Suzzane Sullivan, Ph.D., MBA, RN, CHPN
Dr. Suzanne S. Sullivan is an assistant professor in the School of Nursing at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. Her program of research focuses on developing novel approaches for identifying, communicating with, and supporting persons with advanced serious illness and their family caregivers in planning and preparing for end-of-life care, including supporting transitions to community-based palliative and hospice care services. Dr. Sullivan’s interest in dementia caregiving stems from her experience working in home health and hospice programs as a Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Nurse (CHPN) where she witnessed the influence of social determinants of health on caregiving burdens and patient outcomes, particularly in relation to end-of-life caregiving. Dr. Sullivan has specialty-training in the analysis of large, population-level datasets using machine learning approaches, where she is able to contribute nursing knowledge to the development of predictive algorithms that support clinical decision making and improve health equity. Through the Dementia Palliative Care Clinical Trials Training Program (Dementia PCCT), she seeks to translate her algorithmic work for timing palliative communication interventions into approaches for improving caregiver confidence in serious illness communication and reducing decisional conflict and psychological distress for dementia caregivers residing in the community.