Dr. Danny G. Willis, D.N.S., PMHCNS-BC is an associate professor at Boston College. He completed his bachelor’s of science in nursing degree at the University of Mississippi Medical Center and his master's degree in psychiatric mental health nursing and doctor of nursing science degree at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. Dr. Willis is an ANCC board certified clinical specialist in adult psychiatric mental health. Dr. Willis has used qualitative research methods to study men’s mental health issues related to trauma and abuse, such as adult hate crimes, boys' experiences of being bullied, child witness to violence, and healing as a phenomenon among adult male survivors of childhood maltreatment (physical, emotional, sexual abuse and/or neglect). Dr. Willis continues to evolve his program of scholarship towards philosophical, theoretical, and nursing intervention developments related to mental health, health promotion, and healing processes in the aftermath of traumatic and marginalizing experiences. Dr. Willis is the Principal investigator (PI) for an National Institute of Nursing Research (NIH) funded qualitative study of adult male survivors' experiences of healing from childhood maltreatment (1RI5NR011353-01).Dr. Willis served from 2007-2009 as the secretary of the national organization American Assembly for Men in Nursing. He holds a faculty nurse scientist appointment in the Yvonne L. Munn Center for Nursing Research at the Massachusetts General Hospital and a research associate appointment at McLean Psychiatric Hospital. He is co-chair of the Theory Development RIG for Eastern Nursing Research Society, a co-chair of the research council of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA), and serves on the editorial review panel for Advances in Nursing Science, American Journal of Men’s Health, Journal of Holistic Nursing, Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences, and Issues in Mental Health Nursing. Dr. Willis co-chaired the combined 12th International Philosophy of Nursing Conference & 15th New England Nursing Knowledge Conference held in Boston in September 2008. Dr. Willis served as the co-editor of a special 2010 issue of Nursing Philosophy, focused on: Nursing science: Knowledge development for the good of persons and society.
APPOINTMENTS & AWARDS
* October 2010 - Research Poster Award, American Psychiatric Nurses Association
* 2010-2012 – NIH/NINR 1RI5NR011353-01A1: Adult Male Survivors Healing from Childhood Maltreatment