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Kathleen Sullivan, PhD, MS, PMHNP-BC, APRN-Rx

Associate Professor

School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene
University of Hawaii at Manoa
2528 McCarthy Mall, Webster Hall 439
Honolulu, HI 96822
Ph: 808-956-0527
Fax: 808-956-3257

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Dr. Sullivan exemplifies principles of life-long learning. She graduated with her diploma in Nursing from Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, and subsequently obtained her Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, and Doctorate of Philosophy. She is board-certified as a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC). She has clinical experience in medical-surgical, intensive care, emergency, and psychiatric mental health nursing.

Dr. Sullivan also has experience in clinical nursing and education on an international level. She worked as an ICU nurse in Cairns, Australia, and served as an Ambassadorial Scholar in Fiji, while living at the Fiji School of Nursing.

As an educator in the university setting, Dr. Sullivan has taught more than fourteen nursing-related courses (clinical, preceptor-based, didactic) for students in either the undergraduate, masters and/or doctoral DNP and PhD programs. She has served as an advisor for both DNP and PhD students, and as a dissertation committee member for students majoring in nursing and psychology.

Dr. Sullivan was the recipient of the Fall 2016 DAISY Faculty Award. She was also awarded the Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Teaching, by the University of Hawaii Board of Regents, in 2000.

Dr. Sullivan has research interests in behavior change, chronic disease self-management, HIV/AIDS prevention and care, telehealth and psychiatric mental health nursing. She enjoys engaging in research, and has authored and co-authored several published manuscripts.


PhD, University of Hawaii at Manoa
MS, University of Hawaii at Manoa
BS, Hawaii Loa College

Clinical Practice

Adult Mental Health

Teaching Focus

Psychophysiology of Human Behavior & Psychopharmacology, Advanced Psychiatric Mental Health Practicum – Adult Mental Health, Therapeutic Modalities, Advanced Psychiatric-Mental Health Practicum – Adult, Concept Development & Analysis, Psychiatric – Mental Health Nursing Lab, Adolescent & Family Psychiatric-Mental Health Care, Child & Adolescent Psychiatric Mental Health, and Psychotherapeutic modalities in Advanced Practice Nursing; HIV Prevention

Research Focus

HIV prevention with a particular interest in self-efficacy for disclosure of HIV status to sex partners, and self-efficacy for negotiating safer sex

Recent Publications

Sullivan K.M., Dawson Rose C., Phillips J.C., Holzemer W.L., Webel A. R., et al., (2017). Sexual transmission-risk behaviour among HIV-positive persons: A multisite study using Social Action Theory. Journal of Advanced Nursing 73(1), 162–176. Doi: 10.1111/Jan.13087.

Corless I.B., Hoyt A.J., Tyer-Viola L., Sefcik E., Kemppainen J., Holzemer W.L., Eller, L.S., ………Sullivan K.M., et al., (2017). 90-90-90-plus: Maintaining adherence to antiretroviral therapies. AIDS Patient Care and STDs, 31(5): 227-236.

Sullivan, K., Inouye, J. (2015). Feasibility of a group-based self-management program for ethnically diverse people with HIV/AIDS in Hawaii. Asian Pacific Island Nursing, 2 (3), 1-11. doi:10.1177/2373665815597231

Dawson RC, Webel, A., Sullivan, K., Cuca, Y., Wantland, D., Johnson, MO, et al. (2014). Self- compassion and risk behavior among people living with HIV/AIDS. Research in Nursing and Health 37(2), 98-106. doi: 10.1002/ nur.21587. PMID: 24510757. PMCID: PMC4158433.

Tyer-Viola, L., Corless, I., Webel, A. Reid, P., Sullivan, K., Nicholas, P., International Nursing Network for HIV/AIDS Research (2014). Predictors of medication adherence among HIV-positive women in North America. JOGNN, 43(2), 168-178. doi: 10.1111/1552-6909.12288. PMID: 24502460.

Kemppainen, J., Johnson, MO, Phillips, JC, Sullivan, KM, Corless, IB, Reid, P., et al. (2013). A multi-national study of self-compassion and HIV-related anxiety. International Nursing Review. 60(4), 477-86. PMID: 24251940.

Phillips, JC, Webel, A., Dawson Rose, C., Corless, IB., Sullivan, KM., Voss, J., et al. (2013). Associations between the legal context of HIV, perceived social capital, and HIV antiretroviral adherence in North America. BMC Public Health. 13: 736. doi:10.1186/1471-2458-13-736. PMCID: PMC3750916.

Kemppainen, J., Brion, J., Leary, M., Wantland, D., Sullivan, K., Nokes, K., et al. (2013). Use of a brief version of the Self-Compassion Inventory with an international sample of people with HIV/AIDS. AIDS Care. 25(12), 1513-9. doi:10.1080/09540121.2013.780119. PMCID: PMC3796174.

Nokes, K., Johnson, MO, Webel, A., Dawson Rose, C., Phillips, J.C. Sullivan, K., et al. (2012). Focus on treatment self-efficacy to improve HIV treatment adherence. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 44(4), 403-10. doi: 10.1111/j.1547-5069.2012.01476.x.

Funded Grants

Self-Efficacy and Self-Management of Symptomatic HIV/AIDS: A Pilot Study
Seed Grant Sub-award for NINR P-20 Center Grant for ‘Ohana Self-Management of Chronic Illnesses in Hawaii: Building Research Teams for the Future
Funded 2010 to 2012 for $63,564
Principal Investigator

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