Marylouise Welch, Ph.D.

Professor Emerita
Academic Degrees B.S., University of Pennsylvania
M.S., University of Connecticut
Ph.D., University of Connecticut
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“I see the process of interactivity to be the main ingredient of an education here at University of Saint Joseph,” Dr. Marylouise Welch says.  As the driving force behind the Guyana Immersion Experience-a program in which students and faculty assisted in disaster relief in hospitals and local organizations – Dr. Welch speaks from experience. In the classroom, she demands hands-on, active participation because, she says: “The more engaged you are in a process the more meaningful it is.”

Dr. Welch never saw herself as the “ideal” student growing up. “I never fit the mold of the perfect little student. So I try not to ask my students to fit an idealized mold either,” she says. This helps make University of Saint Joseph an exceptional place to study Nursing. Dr. Welch adds, “We get comments from employers and alumnae all the time about how outstanding our graduates are, and I am very proud of that.”

In a small, nurturing environment like University of Saint Joseph, students are the first priority. “Often in bigger universities nursing faculty and students are walled off in a certain part of the school. But at University of Saint Joseph, I work with faculty in English, History and other disciplines.” That cross-fertilization among departments helps to enrich the experience for both faculty and students.

Recent Research/Publications/Presentations

  • National Institute of Health Doctoral Completion Grant, 1987-1988.
  • Research Grant from Hartford Hospital for Investigation of Outcomes Following Trauma, 1996-1999.
  • “Growth of an International Partnership for Student Experience: Restoring Guyana Project and Outcomes,” 4th Hispanic congress of Health Related Professions, Puerto Rico, December 2004.
  • “Short-term Immersion Experiences: Partnerships between University of Saint Joseph Students and Guyanese Health Care Providers,” Toward unity for Health Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, October 2004.
  • “Short Term Study Abroad: A Transformative Learning Experience Guyana, South America,” Mercy Colleges Regional Conference, Salve Regina, Newport, Rhode Island, June 2004.
  • “International Partnerships to Promote Quality Care: Faculty Groundwork, Student Projects and Outcomes,” Eastern Nursing Research Conference, University of Massachusetts, Boston, April 2004.
  • “Nursing Students Involved in Service Learning in Guyana,” Sigma Theta Tau 14th  International Nursing Research Congress, St. Thomas, July 2003.
  • Bosworth, T & Welch, M., “Improving Students’ Learning,” PBL in Nursing Curriculum, Problem-Based Learning 2002 , Baltimore, June 2002.
  • Courvoisier, S. Pliforni, P & Welch, M., “Patient’s Perceptions of Caring,” Eastern Nursing Research Association, Rutgers University, April 2001.
  • “Predictors of Patient Recovery Following Traumatic Injury,” 4th Annual Capital Alliance Nursing Research/Research Utilization Conference, Hartford, Connecticut, October 2000.
  • Bosworth, T., Haloburdo, E., Hetrick, C., Patchett, K., Thompson, M.A, and Welch, M., “International Partnerships to Promote Quality: Faculty Groundwork, Student Projects and Outcomes,” Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, March 2005.
  • Welch, M., “This Nursing Shortage May Be Permanent” Connecticut Medicine, 2001.
  • Welch, M., “From Tasks to Caring: Analysis of the Changes in Baccalaureate Nursing Students’ Attitudes Toward the Profession,” Nurse Educator July-August 1999.
  • Polifroni, E.C. and Welch, M., “Perspectives on Philosophy of Science in Nursing: An Historical and Contemporary Anthology,” Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Co., 1998.
  • Welch, M., “Overcoming Depression in Trauma Patients: Nursing Strategies Which Promote Healing,” Clinical Nurse Specialist , May-June 1994.


  • Sigma Theta Tau Iota Upsilon Chapter: Witt-Haloburdo Mentor Award, November 1996.
  • Connecticut Nurses’ Association: Vera Keane Award for Service to the Organization, October 1993.
  • Sigma Theta Tau Mu Chapter: Carolyn Ladd Widmer Leadership Award, May 1991.