Holly Harner, PhD, MBA, MPH, RN, WHCNP-BC, FAAN
- PhD, University of Pennsylvania , 2001
- MBA, La Salle University, 2014
- MPH, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, 2002
- MSN, University of Pennsylvania , 1997
- BSN, Gwynedd Mercy University, 1996
- ASN, Gwynedd Mercy University, 1994
Dr. Holly Harner’s scholarship addresses gender-related health disparities with a specific emphasis on women’s mental health and violence. She is particularly interested in examining the role of childhood physical and sexual trauma as a pathway to incarceration for women.
National Institute of Health (NIH) National Research Service Award Institutional Research Training Grant (T32), University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing. International Center for Research on Vulnerable Women, Children and Families, Post-Doctoral Fellowship, 2009-2010.
United States Department of Maternal and Child Health, Federal Training Grant, Harvard School of Public Health, Maternal-Child Health Fellowship, 2001-2002.
National Institute of Health (NIH) National Research Service Award Institutional Research Training Grant (T32), University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing. International Center for Research on Vulnerable Women, Children and Families, Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, 2000-2001.
PAST/PRESENT FUNDED RESEARCH GRANTS
Principal Investigator and Fellow, “’How to Say it’: Improving Communication Strategies for Incarcerated Women.” Brother Alfred Kelly Center for Social Justice Research, funded $8,000 [2-year research fellowship], 2014-2016.
Principal Investigator, “Gender and Racial Disparities in Income and Expenses in Pennsylvania Prisoners,” Kelly Social Justice Research Center, funded $1000.00, 2012-2013.
Principal Investigator, “Focus Groups on the Physical and Mental health Conditions of Incarcerated Women,” American Nurses Foundation (ANF) Scholar/Eastern Nursing Research Society (ENRS), funded $3,455.00, 2010-2011.
Principal Investigator, “The Effect of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder on Cardiovascular Risk in Incarcerated Women,” Sigma Theta Tau Xi Chapter, University of Pennsylvania, funded $1,689.00, 2010-2011.
Principal Investigator, “The Experience of Grief and Loss Among Incarcerated Women.” Research Expense Grant, Boston College, funded $1,450, 2005-2006.
Principal Investigator, “Reducing Cardiovascular Risk in Incarcerated Women: A Meditation and Yoga Based Approach,” Research Incentive Grant, Boston College, funded $14,975, 2003-2004.
Principal Investigator, “The Prenatal and Obstetric Outcomes of Teenagers with Adult and Peer Age Partners,” American Nurses Foundation (ANF). Germaine S. Krysner, R.N. Scholar, funded $ 2,300, 2000-2001.
Principal Investigator, “The Prenatal and Obstetric Outcomes of Teenagers with Adult and Peer Age Partners,” Baxter Foundation for the Study of Violence and Victimization, funded $2,000, 2000-2001.
Principal Investigator, “The Prenatal and Obstetric Outcomes of Teenagers with Adult and Peer Age Partners,” Sigma Theta Tau Xi Chapter, University of Pennsylvania, funded $1,000, 2000-2001.
Selected Career Highlights
- 2015 Fellow, American Academy of Nursing (AAN)
- 2014 Member, Beta Gamma Sigma (BGS) Business Honor Society, La Salle University
- 2010 American Nurses Foundation (ANF) Scholar/Eastern Nursing Research Society (ENRS)
- 2006 Massachusetts Association of Colleges of Nursing (MACN) Early Academic Career Award
- 2005 Teaching with New Media Award, Boston College
- 2005 Convocation Speaker, William F. Connell School of Nursing, Boston College
- 2004 Faculty Appointment, Assistant Professor of Nursing, University of Massachusetts School of Nursing, in recognition of research with incarcerated women
- 2002 Harvard Representative at the Massachusetts Student Health Policy Forum
- 2001 Ann W. Burgess Distinguished Dissertation in Mental Health
- 1995 Member, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing
Stelson, E., Mogul, M., Harner, H.M. Grisso, J.A. & Frasso, R. (2018). Social determinants of health: What mothers say they need and want after release from jail. Preventing Chronic Disease - Centers for Disease Control (CDC). http://dx.doi.org/10.5888/pcd15.180260
Lannutti, P.J. & Harner, H.M. (2019). “They don’t know what it’s like in here”: Incarcerated individuals’ communication with family members. Qualitative Research Reports in Communication. DOI: 10.1080/17459435.2019.1653359
Wyant, B., & Harner, H.M. (2018). Financial barriers and utilization of medical services by inmates: An examination of co-payments, personal assets, and individual characteristics. Journal for Evidence-Based Practice in Correctional Health: Vol. 2: Iss. 1, Article 4.
Harner, H.M., Wyant, B., & DaSilva, F. (2017). “Prison ain’t free like everyone thinks”: Financial stressors faced by incarcerated women. Qualitative Health Research. 27, (5), 688-699. http://qhr.sagepub.com/content/early/2016/08/17/1049732316664460.abstract
Wyant, B., & Harner, H.M. (2016). Being poor in prison: An examination of the prevalence and sources of financial stress among a sample of male inmates. Prison Service Journal, 224, 28-34. https://www.crimeandjustice.org.uk/sites/crimeandjustice.org.uk/files/PSJ%20224%20March%202016.pdf
Harner, H.M., Budescu, M., Gillihan, S., Riley, S., & Foa, E. (2015). Posttraumatic stress disorder in incarcerated women: A call for evidence-based treatment. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy. 7, 58–66. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/a0032508
Harner, H.M., & Riley, S. (2013). Factors contributing to poor physical health in incarcerated women: Responses from incarcerated women. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved. 24(2):788–801. http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/hpu.2013.0059
Harner, H.M., & Riley, S. (2013). The impact of incarceration on women’s mental health: Responses from women in a maximum security prison. Qualitative Health Research. 23, 26 – 42. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1049732312461452
Harner, H.M., Hentz, P., & Evangelista, M.C. (2012). Exemplar: Grief interrupted: The experience of loss among incarcerated women. In P. Munhall (Eds.), Nursing research: A qualitative perspective (pp. 205-222). Subdbury, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning.
Alexander, K., Dovydaitis, T., Beacham, B., Bohinski, J., Brawner, B., Clements, C., Everett, J., Gomes, M., Harner, H.M., McDonald, C., Pinkston, E., & Sommers, M. (2011). Learning health equity frameworks within a community of scholars. Journal of Nursing Education. 50, 569–74. http://dx.doi.org/10.3928/01484834-20110630-05