Adrienne Wald

  • Associate Professor, Nursing
Dr. Adrienne Wald, Associate Professor

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Dr. Wald, Associate Professor of Nursing 

Dr. Adrienne Wald is an Associate Professor  in the School of Natural and Health Sciences, Nursing Program. Dr. Wald has been a nurse, health administrator, and educator for 45 years. She holds a Doctorate degree from Teachers College Columbia University; MBA in health care management from Adelphi University, BSN from Boston University, and certification in Nursing Education (CNE) and Master Certified Health Education (MCHES). She has been at Mercy University since 2019 and previously as nursing faculty and director of wellness education at the College of New Rochelle, and was a clinical assistant professor and undergraduate nursing program director for the traditional and accelerated nursing baccalaureate options at the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, University of Massachusetts Boston. Earlier in her career Dr. Wald served as Health Services Administrator at the American Red Cross in Greater New York, in healthcare management systems consulting roles and medical education and publishing firms, and she began her career as an oncology nurse.

Dr. Wald’s areas of teaching expertise are nursing research, leadership, policy, and health promotion. Her clinical areas of expertise are oncology nursing and public health. She is a member of the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments (AHNE) —serving as a mentor in the inaugural environmental nursing Fellowship program, and is active in the research, climate change (served as co-chair of the AHNE Climate Change workgroup), and advocacy work groups and in the American Public Health Association (APHA), Sigma Theta Tau, and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), —serving as an evidence analyst on an exertional heat-related illness, and she is a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine, Nursing section. Her research has been published in the Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, the American Journal of Health Promotion, Journal of Nursing Scholarship, and Nursing Economics (on heatwaves and emergency room visits/costs) and she has presented her work at national and regional conferences.  Adrienne is a longtime activist on antiwar, environmental issues and climate change's impact on health, and on the opioid epidemic, and gun violence. She recently participated in FireDrillFridays with Jane Fonda and continues to fight for passionately for peace and planetary health. Dr. Wald has served as a reviewer for the American Journal of Advanced Nursing, American Journal of Preventive Medicine (2019, 2020 outstanding reviewer), Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, Journal of Nurse Practitioners, and others. While at CNR, Dr. Wald coached the Women's Cross Country team (DIII) for five seasons. She is a six-time Boston Marathon qualifier (1996, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2011) and has served as medical team volunteer at the Boston Marathon and other races.


OPINION Letter: Water shutoff moratorium must be extended to the editor        March 24, 2021 Researchers hope to mobilize nurses to help tackle climate change. May 13th, 2019 fbclid=IwAR0WKUyyKeHJWyZmvkD41SbxIcgi0ikYX8v2rIPx4_PHahAQDSxokW2mdZg

 Podcast » Nurses for Healthy Environments » Season #4 Promoting Health and Justice – Dr. Adrienne Wald January 4, 2021  i

OPINION Viewpoint: Honor nurses by enacting safe staffing regulations. April 19, 2020

Buffalo News. February 19, 2019. Another Voice: New York should lead on modern, clean transportation

LoHud. February 16, 2018. After another school massacre, Congress must act to slow gun violence: Letters Contributed: Congress must fund research on gun violence school-massacre-congress-must-act-slow-gun-violence-letters/344523002/

LoHud. November 30, 2017. New York should make manufacturers come clean about household products: View Adrienne Wald

Patch. , Apr 24, 2017. College Of New Rochelle Students Trained To Administer Narcan.


EdD Teachers College Columbia University

MBA Adelphi University

BSN Boston University

MCHES (Master Certified Health Education Specialist)

CNE (Certified Nurse Educator)

Interests include health promoting behaviors (physical activity, diet, sleep) and environmental health including health impact of climate change, extreme heat and heat-related illness, environmental risk exposure, and environmental justice and policy.

Areas of Expertise/Teaching 

Primary Prevention, Health Behavior, Physical Activity Behavior, Public Health and Environmental Health Advocacy and Policy, Environmental Justice, Health Promotion, Weight Management, Tobacco Control, Wellness Programs, Chronic Disease Prevention, Nursing Fundamentals, Informatics, Nursing Research, Policy, Nursing Leadership and Management.

Wald, A. & Demorest, S. (2022). Race to Beat the Heat: Climate Change Impacts Physical Activity Activity. JNP: The Journal for Nurse Practitioners.

Wald, A. (2022). In Environmental Health in Nursing, 2nd Edition. R. Levy-McDermott,  K.P. Jackman-Murphy, J. Leffers, A.G. Cantu (Eds.) Unit VI: Climate change: Climate change impact on mental health, 291-303.

Wald, A. (2020). Emergency Department Visits and Costs for Heat-Related Illness Due to Extreme Heat or Heat Waves in the United States: An Integrative Review. NursingEconomics.

Wald, A. & Garber, C.E. (2018). A Review of Current Literature on Vital Sign Assessment of Physical Activity in Primary Care. Journal of Nursing Scholarship. 50(1):65-73. doi: 10.1111/jnu.12351

Wald, A., Muennig, P.A.,  O'COnnell, K.A., & Garber, C.E. (2014). Associations between healthy lifestyle behaviors and academic performance in U.S. undergraduates: A secondary analysis of the American College Health Association's National College Health Assessment II. American Journal of Health Promotion. 28(5):298-305. doi: 10.4278/ajhp.120518-QUAN-265

Rooney, M. & Wald, A. (2007). Interventions for the management of weight and body composition changes in women with breast cancer. Journal of Clinical Oncology. 11(1):41-52. 10.1188/07.CJON.41-52.


2021    Co-chair of Global Climate Change Forum, Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments (ANHE)

2019    Inducted as a Fellow in the New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM), Nursing Section

2018    Invited to serve as a reviewer for Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (Sigma) as a grant reviewer for a 2-year term

2018    Selected for training/certification as Evidence Analyst by American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)

2015    Selected as Contributing Editor for ONS Connect (2015-2016) by Oncology Nursing Society

2014    Outstanding Service to Nursing Award, Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society at the University of Massachusetts Boston

2013    Community Service Award, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, at the University of Massachusetts Boston

2009    3rd place for Scientific Quality; Student presentation at New York Region Chapter Conference of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)

2008    Health Promotions Policy Expert (HPPE) for NY State: Selected to attend the SOPHE State Health Policy Institute (SHPI) for HPPE training

2005    Selected as Mentor by Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing (CJON) Mentor/Fellow Writing Program