Marie T. Nolan, PhD, MPH

Core Faculty; Professor


525 North Wolfe Street
Baltimore, MD 21205
  • Core Faculty
    Berman Institute of Bioethics
  • Professor and Executive Vice Dean
    Johns Hopkins School of Nursing

Dr. Marie Nolan is internationally known for her work on patient and family decision making in the face of critical illness. The research that she has undertaken with her interdisciplinary research team has revealed that even when capable of independent decision making, many critically ill patients prefer shared decision making about medical treatments with their family and physician. Dr. Nolan is professor and executive vice dean of Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. She also previously directed the PhD program there and is the Johns Hopkins director of the first nursing doctoral program in China to graduate PhD students, Peking Union Medical College and JHSON funded by the China Medical Board of New York. She is also past-president of the International Network for Doctoral Education in Nursing (INDEN). Dr. Nolan holds a joint faculty appointment in the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics and has served on advisory panels of the National Institutes of Health regarding end-of-life care research.

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Widely published in the nursing and multidisciplinary research literature, Dr. Nolan has edited two books, Measuring Patient Outcomes (2000) and Transplantation Nursing: Acute and Long-term Management (1995).

Research Interests

  • Patient and family decision making in serious illness
  • End-of-life decision making
  • Shared decision making, palliative care


  • Master of Public Health, George Washington University School of Health Services Management and Public Health (2004)
  • Master of Science in Education, Johns Hopkins University School of Professional Studies (1997)
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Catholic University of America School of Nursing (1989)
  • Master of Science in Nursing, Boston College, School of Nursing (1982)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Niagara University School of Nursing (1980)


International Network for Doctoral Education in Nursing (INDEN)
2016-2017 Past-President, Board of Directors
2011-2015 President
2007-2010 Board of Directors
2012-2017 Biennial Conference Planning Committee
2005-2006 Chair, Nominating Committee

National Advisory Panels
Invited Participant in a National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) Panel on “Innovative Questions Workshop on End-of-Life and Palliative Care”. Convened to develop innovative questions related to end-of-life science in the next 10 years. 5/7/2014, Bethesda, MD

Invited Participant in a National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) Panel on “Advancing End-of-Life Science”. Convened to examine major public health challenges and scientific challenges related to end-of-life science in the next 5 years. One of 15 interdisciplinary researchers and other leaders to be invited, 4/16/2009, Bethesda, MD

Hospice and Palliative Care Nurses Association, Expert Reviewer for Certification Examination in Palliative Care Nursing, 03/01/2005

Expert Reviewer for Core Curriculum on Advanced Care Planning, 11/29/2004

Invited Participant in National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) Advisory Panel on “Ethical Challenges of Palliative Care Research”. Purpose was to define ethical aspects of palliative care research which warrant special guidelines, procedures, or restrictions, 9/12/2002 – 9/13/2002, Bethesda, MD

Invited participant in a National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) Advisory Panel on “End of Life Issues in Genetic Illnesses”. Purpose was to advise NINR regarding end of life research issues in particular, end of life issues associated with genetic illness, 9/26/2001, Bethesda, MD

Recent Publications

  1. Xu J, Arruda S, Gallo JJ, Wenzel J, Nolan MT, Flowers D, Szanton SL, Dennison Himmelfarb C, Han HR.J (in press). Using vignettes to understand heart failure self-care. Clinical Nursing. 2018 Jun 26. doi: 10.1111/jocn.14581. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 29943481
  2. Nersesian PV, Han HR, Yenokyanb G, Blumenthal RS, Nolan MT, Hladek MD, Szanton SL. (in press). Loneliness in middle age and biomarkers of systemic inflammation: Findings from Midlife in the United States, Social Science and Medicine,
  3. Ge S, Sanchez M, Nolan M, Liu T, Savage CL. (2018). Is Alcohol Use Associated With Increased Risk of Developing Adverse Health Outcomes Among Adults Living With Human Immunodeficiency Virus: A Systematic Review. J Addict Nurs. 2018 Apr/Jun;29(2):96-118. doi: 10.1097/JAN.0000000000000220.PMID:29864058
  4. Kim K, Xue QL, Walton-Moss B, Nolan MT, Han, HR. (2018). Decisional balance and self-efficacy mediate the association among provider advice, health literacy and cervical cancer screening. European Journal of Oncology Nursing, 32, 55-62. PMID: 29353633
  5. *Xu, J., Gallo, J.J., Wenzel, J., Nolan, M.T., Budhathoki, C., Abshire, M., Bower, K., Arruda, S., Flowers, D., Szanton, S.L., Dennison-Himmelfarb, C., Gonzalez, K., Han, H. (2018). Heart failure rehospitalization and delayed decision making: The impact of self-care depression. Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing. 33(1), 30-39, PMID:28574972
  6. Kim K, Heinze K, Xu J, Kurtz M, Park H, Foradori M, Nolan MT. (2017). Theories of health care decision making at the end of life: a Meta-ethnography, Western Journal of Nursing Research. 2017 Aug 1:193945917723010. doi: 10.1177/0193945917723010. [Epub ahead of print], PMID:28816094
  7. Huang B, Li Z, Wang Y, Xia J, Shi T, Jiang J, Nolan MT, Li X, Nigwekar SU, Chen L. (2017). Effectiveness of self-management support in maintenance haemodialysis patients with hypertension: A pilot cluster randomized controlled trial. Nephrology. Jun 30. doi: 10.1111/nep.13098. [Epub ahead of print]
  8. Sulmasy DP, Hughes MT, Yenokyan G, Kub J, Terry PB, Astrow AB, Johnson JA, Ho G, Nolan MT. (2017). The TAILORED Study: A randomized controlled trial to improve surrogate decision making. Journal of Pain & Symptom Management; 54 (4), 455-465, PMID: 28712987
  9. *Ho GW, Skaggs L, Yenokyan G, Kellogg A, Johnson JA, Lee MC, Heinze K, Hughes MT, Sulmasy DP, Kub J, Terry PB, Astrow AB, Zheng J, Lehmann LS, Nolan MT. (2017). Patient and caregiver characteristics related to completion of advance directives in terminally ill patients. Palliat Support Care. (1):12-19. PMID: 27237410
  10. Kim, K., Kim, S., Gallo, J.J., Nolan, M.T., Han, H.R. (2017). Decision making about Pap test use among Korean immigrant women: A qualitative study. Health Expect., Aug 20(4):685-695. PMID: 27687295
  11. Zhang H, Wang Y, Jiang ZM, Kondrup J, Fang H, Andrews M, Nolan MT, Mu SY, Zhang J, Yu K, Lu Q, Kang WM. (2017). Impact of nutritional support on clinical outcome and cost effectiveness analysis in patients at nutritional risk: A prospective cohort study with propensity score matching. Nutrition. May;37:53-59. Epub 2016 Dec 20, PMID 28359363
  12. Davidson PM, Rushton CH, Dotzenrod J, Godack CA, Baker D, Nolan MT. (2016). Just and Realistic Expectations for Persons with Disabilities Practicing Nursing. AMA Journal of Ethics. 18(10):1034-1040.
  13. *Lee, MC, Sulmasy, DP, Gallo J, Kub J, Hughes, MT, Russell S, Owens, S, Terry, PB, Nolan, MT (2016). Decision-making of patients with implantable cardioverter-defibrillators at end-of-life: Family members’ experiences, American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. March 31, 2016 1049909116641622
  14. *Ellis, L., Gergen, J., Wohlgemuth, L., Nolan, M.T., Aslakson, R. (2016). Empowering the “cheerers”: Role of the surgical intensive care unit nurses in enhancing family resilience. American Journal of Critical Care. 25, 39-45. PMID 26724292
  15. Xu, J., Kim, K., Kurtz, M., Nolan, MT. (2016). Mentored Peer Reviewing for PhD Faculty and Students, Nurse Education Today, 37, 1-2, Epub 2015 Feb;37:1-2, PMID, 26746591
  16. *Abshire, M., Xu, J., Dennison-Himmelfarb, C., Davidson, P., Sulmasy, D.P., Kub, J., Hughes, M.T., Nolan, MT. (2015). Symptoms and fear in heart failure patients approaching end of life: A mixed methods study. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 24, 21-22, PMID 26404121
  17. *Xu, J., Nolan, M.T., Heinze, K., Yenokyan, G., Hughes, M.T., Johnson, J., Kub, J., Tudor, C., Sulmasy, D.P., Lehmann, L.S., Gallo, J.J., Rockko, F., & Lee, M.C. (2015). Symptom Frequency, Severity and Quality of Life among Persons with Three Disease Trajectories: Cancer, ALS, and CHF, Applied Nursing Research.28, 4, 311-315. PMID 26608431
  18. *Heinze KE, Rodday, AM, Nolan MT, Bingen K, Kupst MJ, Patel SK et al. (2015). The impact of pediatric blood and marrow transplant on parents: Introduction of the parent impact scale. Health Qual Life Outcomes. 13:46, 1-8. PMID: 25890070