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Nurse Theorist


Meet Sister Callista Roy, RN, PhD, FAAN

Sister Callista Roy is a highly respected nurse theorist, writer, lecturer, researcher, teacher and member of the religious community. She currently holds the position of professor and nurse theorist at Boston College Connell School of Nursing. Her name is one of the most recognized in the field of nursing today worldwide. She is considered among nursing’s great living thinkers.



  • Post Doctoral Fellow - University of California, San Francisco
  • M.S., M.A., Ph.D. - University of California, Los Angeles
  • B.A. - Mount Saint Mary's College


Coping with chronic health conditions; developing middle range theory for a clinical center on symptom assessment and intervention; conceptualizing and measuring coping; philosophical basis of adaptation nursing; implications of individual and common good for clinical nursing; emerging nursing knowledge and practice outcome.