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Mary M. Aruda, PhD

TitleAdjunct Assistant Professor
InstitutionBoston University School of Public Health
DepartmentCommunity Health Sciences
 Research Expertise & Professional Interests
Mary Aruda is a graduate of the Cornell-New York Hospital School of Nursing, and began her nursing career in the United States Public Health Service, Indian Health Branch, serving in Tuba City, Arizona. She completed her master’s work at Boston University, Pediatric Primary Care Program. Dr. Aruda received her PhD in Nursing and Health Promotion from the University of Massachusetts Lowell in 2002, where her dissertation research focused on the motivation for unprotected sexual activity for adolescent females measured at the time of a request for a pregnancy test.

Dr. Aruda’s research has focused on unprotected sexual activity in adolescent females and identified a new motivator, fertility fears in at-risk populations. In addition, she has assessed parental concerns for their children with special health care needs. She serves as Chair of the Content Expert Panel for Pediatric Nurse Practitioners for the American Nurses Credentialing Center and serves as a HRSA reviewer for the Maternal Child Health Bureau. Dr. Aruda is a pediatric nurse practitioner with over twenty years of clinical experience in Adolescent Health at Children’s Hospital Boston, where she was also nursing faculty in the Maternal Child Health Bureau’s Leadership Education in Adolescent Health multidisciplinary training program. Dr. Aruda continues a long standing relationship as an educational consultant with Boston’s anti-poverty agency, Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD), Boston Family Planning Program. She was recently appointed to the board of the Lupus Foundation of New England.

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  1. Aruda MM, Griffin VJ, Schartz K, Geist M. Evolving role of pediatric nurse practitioners. J Am Assoc Nurse Pract. 2016 Feb; 28(2):68-74. PMID: 26206240.
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  2. Schwaiger C, Aruda M, LaCoursiere S, Rubin R. Current guidelines for cervical cancer screening. J Am Acad Nurse Pract. 2012 Jul; 24(7):417-24. PMID: 22735065.
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  3. Aruda MM, Kelly M, Newinsky K. Unmet needs of children with special health care needs in a specialized day school setting. J Sch Nurs. 2011 Jun; 27(3):209-18. PMID: 21123847.
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  4. Aruda MM. Predictors of unprotected intercourse for female adolescents measured at their request for a pregnancy test. J Pediatr Nurs. 2011 Jun; 26(3):216-23. PMID: 21601145.
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  5. Aruda MM. Little evidence from randomised controlled trials regarding effects of routine health promotion interventions for pregnant women. Evid Based Nurs. 2010 Feb; 13(1):20-1. PMID: 20179064.
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  6. Aruda MM, Waddicor K, Frese L, Cole JC, Burke P. Early pregnancy in adolescents: diagnosis, assessment, options counseling, and referral. J Pediatr Health Care. 2010 Jan-Feb; 24(1):4-13. PMID: 20122473.
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  7. Aruda MM, McCabe M, Litty C, Burke P. Adolescent pregnancy diagnosis and outcomes: a six-year clinical sample. J Pediatr Adolesc Gynecol. 2008 Feb; 21(1):17-9. PMID: 18312795.
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  8. Ott MJ, Aruda M. Hepatitis B vaccine. J Pediatr Health Care. 1999 Sep-Oct; 13(5):211-6. PMID: 10776195.
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  9. Forman SF, Aruda MM, Emans SJ, Woods ER. Follow-up of pregnant teens at a hospital-based clinic. J Adolesc Health. 1995 Sep; 17(3):193-7. PMID: 8519789.
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  10. Aruda MM. Vulvovaginitis in the prepubertal child. Nurse Pract Forum. 1992 Sep; 3(3):149-51. PMID: 1472887.
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