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My long-term research goal is to improve the mental health and wellbeing of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender/nonbinary, and queer (LGBTQ+) young adults by identifying, and ultimately intervening with, modifiable risk and protective factors at multiple levels of influence using  community-engaged, trauma-informed interventions.


More broadly, I want to put health  and care  back in healthcare by improving health and healthcare experiences of LGBTQ populations and other folks who experience stigma and marginalization in healthcare settings. To this end, I have worked published on issues in nursing education and policy, collaborated with teams to identify best practices for treatment of opioid use disorder (OUD), and evaluated the relationship between OUD treatment outcomes by integrating treatment for Hepatitis C. 

As a nurse and scientist, I value interdisciplinary collaboration and routinely work with others on the development of research ideas, studies, and manuscripts. I have also mentored undergraduate and graduate students in the development and dissemination of research.

Theoretical Frameworks 

The primary theoretical approach I use to frame my work is Minority Stress Theory (Meyer, 2003), which suggests disparities in health conditions and risk behaviors are 1) partially due to the ongoing direct (discrimination and violence) and indirect (negative self-concept) stress of living in unwelcoming home and community environments, and 2)  can be moderated by connection to others with similar identities.  I also use Interpersonal Acceptance-Rejection Theory (Rohner, 2015), which highlights the impact of perceived acceptance-rejection from parents (and alternate attachment figures) on coping and personality development. Mentors from developmental psychology, public health, and social epidemiology have introduced additional frameworks and lenses I  apply to my work including: the socioecological model, lifespan development, family systems theory, and intersectionality. 


My research thus far has highlighted the distinct, often overlapping nature of sexual orientation and gender identity as well as identified the role of social, structural, and interpersonal relationships on the mental health of LGBTQ+ young adults, including specific differences between sub-groups in that community. The findings are relevant to nurses in all levels of practice who work in pediatric, family, community, school, or public health settings as well as to clinicians and scientists from other disciplines who work with LGBTQ young people in their families.


Peer-Reviewed Publications (* = data-based; + = co-authored/co- first author)

  1. *Clark, K., Lunn, M. R., Bosse, J. D., Sevelius, J. M., Dawson-Rose, C., …Flentje, A. (in press) Societal stigma and mistreatment in healthcare among gender minority people: A cross-sectional study. International Journal for Equity in Health.

  2. *Bosse, J. D., Clark, K. D, Dion, K. A., Chiodo, L. M. (2023).Transgender and Nonbinary Young Adults’ Depression and Suicidality in Association with Familial Acceptance-Rejection. Journal of Nursing Scholarship. [online ahead of print] PMID: 37235487

  3. Soled, K., Clark, K. D., Altman, M. R., Bosse, J. D., Thompson, R., Squires, A., Sherman, A. D. F. (2022) Changing Language, Changes Lives: Learning the Lexicon of LGBTQ+ Health Equity. Research in Nursing and Health, 45(6): 621-632. DOI: 10.1002/nur.22274

  4. Klepper, M., Clark, K. D., Bosse, J. D., Kerbyson, M., Roy, E., Rushton, C. H. (2022) State-level anti-transgender policies in conflict with core principles of nursing: An educator call to action. Nurse Education Today, 119 [online ahead of print]

  5. *Losikoff, P. Bosse, J. D., Martin, S. A., Wilson, A. & Chiodo, L. M. (2022) Integrated Hepatitis C Treatment is Associated with Improved Retention and Success in Outpatient Addiction Treatment. Frontiers in Psychiatry DOI: 10.3389/fpsyt.2022.932306  

  6. *Bosse, J. D., Hoffman, K., Wiest, K., Korthuis, P. T., Petluri, R., Pertl, K., & Martin, S. A. (2022) Patient Evaluation of a Smartphone Application for Telehealth Care of Opioid Use Disorder. Addiction Science & Clinical Practice, 17 (50). DOI: 10.1186/s13722-022-00331-4          

  7. *Bosse, J. D., Katz-Wise, S., & Chiodo, L. M. (in press) Sexual and Gender Diverse Young Adults’ Perception of Behaviors that are Supportive and Unsupportive of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identities. Journal of Adolescent Research               

  8. *Bosse, J. D., Dion, K. A., Campbell Silverman, S., & Chiodo, L. (2022). Transgender and Nonbinary Young Adults’ Perception of Sibling and Parental Support for Gender Identity. Research in Nursing & Health. Online ahead of print. DOI: PMID: 35767425

  9. +Clark, K. & Bosse, J. D. (2022) Syllabus selections: Stigma word cloud. Journal of Nursing Education, 71(7): 422. DOI:  10.3928/01484834-20220613-10  PMID: 35858141

  10. +Bosse, J.D., Clark, K., Arnold, S. (2021). Implementing Trauma Informed Education Practices in Undergraduate Mental Health Nursing Education. Journal of Nursing Education, 60(12): 707-711. DOI: 10.3928/01484834-20211103-02 PMID: 34870506

  11. Tubbs-Cooley, J., Lavin, R. P., Lyndon, A., Anderson, J., Baernholdt, M., Berry, P., Bosse, J. D. …Friese, C. R. (2021) Stronger Together: The Case for Multidisciplinary Tenure Track Faculty in Academic Nursing. Nursing Outlook. [online ahead of print] DOI: 10.1016/j.outlook.2021.03.016

  12. *Bosse, J. D., Jackman, K. & Hughes, T. (2020). NINR Funding Dedicated to Sexual and Gender Minority Health: 1987-2018. Nursing Outlook, 68: 293-300. DOI: 10.1016/j.outlook.2020.01.002

  13. Bosse, J. D. (2019). Sexual and gender identity development in young adults and implications for healthcare. Current Sexual Health Reports, 11: 274-286.  DOI: 10.1007/s11930-019-00215-w

  14. *Mariolis, T., Bosse, J. D., Martin, S., Wilson, A., Chiodo, L. C. (2019). A systematic review of the effectiveness of buprenorphine for opioid use disorder compared to other treatment modalities. Journal of Addiction Research & Therapy, 10:2. DOI: 10.4172/2155-6105.1000379

  15. *Jackman, K., Bosse, J. D., Eliason, M., Hughes, T. (2019) Sexual and Gender Minority Health in Nursing Research. Nursing Outlook, 67(1): 21-38. DOI: 10.1016/j.outlook.2018.10.006

  16. Martin, S., Chiodo, L., Bosse, J.D., Wilson, A. (2019, June 4). In Response: The Next Stage of Buprenorphine Care for Opioid Use Disorder: A Narrative Review. Annals of Internal Medicine. DOI: 10/7326/L19-0145.

  17. Martin, S., Chiodo, L., Bosse, J.D., Wilson, A. (2018) The Next Stage of Buprenorphine Care for Opioid Use Disorder: A Narrative Review. Annals of Internal Medicine. 10.7326/M18-1652

  18. Vanhook, P., Bosse, J. D., Flinter, M., Poghosyan, L., Dunphy, L., & Barksdale D. (2018) Policy Brief: Emerging Role of Baccalaureate Registered Nurses in Primary Care. Nursing Outlook, 66(5): 52-17.  DOI:

  19. Martin, S., Bosse, J.D., Wilson, A., Losikoff, P. & Chiodo, L. (2018). Under one roof: Identification, evaluation, and treatment of chronic Hepatitis C in addiction care. Addiction Science & Clinical Practice, 13:10.

  20. Bosse, J. D., Leblanc, R. G., Jackman, K., Bjarnottir, R. I. (2018). Benefits of Implementing and Improving Collection of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Data in Electronic Health Records. Computers, Informatics, and Nursing, 36(6): 267-274. DOI: 10.1097/CIN.0000000000000417

  21. Bosse, J. D., Simmonds, K., Hanson, C., Pulcini, J., Dunphy, L., Vanhook, P., Poghosyan, L. (2017). American Academy of Nursing Position Statement: Full Practice Authority for Advanced Practice Registered Nurses is Necessary to Transform Primary Care. Nursing Outlook, 65(6): 761-765. DOI: 10.1016/j.outlook.2017.10.002

  22. *Bosse, J. D. & Chiodo, L. (2016). It’s Complicated: Gender and Sexual Orientation Identity in LGBTQ youth.  Journal of Clinical Nursing, 25: 3665–3675. DOI: 10.1111/jocn.13419

  23. Bosse, J. D., Nesteby, A., & Randall, C. (2015). Incorporating Sexual Minority Health into the Health Assessment Class. Journal of Professional Nursing, 31(6): 498-507. DOI: 10.1016/j.profnurs.2017.02.001

  24. Bosse, J. D. (2015). You CAN Get There from Here: Looking to the Future Beyond Graduate School. Advances in Doctoral Education and Research (ANDER), 4(1): 27-29.

  25. Bosse, J.D. (2013) Care for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and/or Transgender Patient. ANA Maine, p. 5.

  26. Bosse, JD. (2012). Creating and Delivering Presentations: 10 Steps to Effective Training Programs. ANA Maine, p.7.

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