Donna J. Perry PhD, RN


Assistant Professor

Phone: 508-856-3621



Expertise Statement

My program of research focuses on human decision-making around contemporary issues of social transformation that influence health related to peace, social justice and human rights.  The research is conducted within an emerging theory that I developed called transcendent pluralism, which is grounded in human dignity.  The research method I use is Transcendental Method for Research with Human Subjects, a qualitative phenomenological approach that I developed from the philosophy of Bernard Lonergan.


Research Interests:

Social determinants of health and health disparities

Social transformation and human development (from grass roots to policy)

Global health, peace and human rights

Transformative peace building (particularly in Israeli-Palestinian context)

Intergroup relations


Philosophical studies/ Bernard Lonergan

Qualitative research methods


Honors /Awards

  • Alumni Award of Merit; Saint Anselm College, 2012 
  • Nursing Spectrum, Nurses of Excellence Award, Community Service, 2008
  • Distinguished Dissertation Award; Boston College William F. Connell School of Nursing 2007



Perry, D.J. (2011).  The Israeli-Palestinian Peace Movement: Combatants for

Peace. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. 


Perry, D.J. (2008).  Catholic Supporters of Same Gender Marriage: A Case Study of

Human Dignity in a Multicultural Society.  Lewiston, NY: The Edwin Mellen Press.


Book Chapters

Perry, D.J. & Gregory, K.E. (2006). Global applications of the cosmic

imperative for nursing knowledge development.  In C. Roy & D. Jones

(Eds.), Nursing Knowledge Development. New York: Springer Publications, pp. 315-326.

Perry, D. (1997). Examining the Chest and Back (contributor), In Expert

10-Minute Physical Examinations. Philadelphia: Mosby-Year Book, Inc.,

 pp. 161-184.



Journal Articles

Perry, D. J. (2013, Feb. 7). Transcendental method for research with human

subjects: A transformative phenomenology for the human sciences.  Field Methods. Published online before print; doi: 10.1177/1525822X12467105

Perry, D. J. (2011, September). A Review of Global Health and Human Rights:

Legal and Philosophical Perspectives. (Book review). Journal of Human Rights. 10(3), pp. 422-6.

Perry, D. (2005, Feb.). Transcendent pluralism and the influence of nursing testimony on

environmental justice legislation. Policy, Politics & Nursing Practice, 6(1), pp. 60-71.

Read, C.Y., Perry, D.J., & Duffy, M.E. (2005). Design and psychometric evaluation

of the psychological adaptation to genetic information scale. Journal of Nursing

 Scholarship, 37(3), pp. 203-208.

Perry, D. (2004). Self-transcendence: Lonergan’s key to integration of nursing theory,

 research and practice. Nursing Philosophy, 5, pp.67-74.

Corsetti, A.L, Perry, D. (1998) A comprehensive approach to facilitating the recovery

 of cardiac surgery patients. The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing,

 12(2), pp. 82-90.

Balaguer, J.M., Perry, D., Rao Parachuri, V., Morell, V.O., Moran, J.M. (1997).

Programa de recuperación rápida (Fast Track) en la cirugía de revascularización

miocárdica. Análisis de sus implicancias médicas y económicas. Revista

Argentina de Cardiologia, 65(5).

Balaguer, J.M., Perry D., Crowley, J., Moran, J. (1995). Coronary artery bypass

grafting in an achondroplastic dwarf." Texas Heart Journal,

22(3), pp. 258-259.

Balaguer, J.M., Soto E., Perry, D., Moran, J.M. (1994). Postoperative intramyocardial

 abscess caused by mucormycosis. The Annals of Thoracic Surgery.

 58, pp.1760-2.

Perry D. (1990, June). Using a computer database to increase efficiency in the practice

setting. The Nurse Practitioner. The American Journal of Primary Health Care.

16(6), pp. 44, 47.

Perry D. (1990, May-June).  Review of CAI program entitled: "Stupor and coma:

 an exercise in clinical problem solving, Computers in Nursing, pp. 127-128.


Research/Training Grants


  • Postdoctoral Fellowship; Lonergan Institute at Boston College, 2012-2013
  • Yvonne L. Munn Postdoctoral Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital, 2008-10
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