Susan Duty

MPH Steering Committee Member

Doctor of Science (ScD), Harvard School of Public Health
Master of Science in Nursing, Simmons University

Susan Duty teaches in the nursing program at Simmons University. She is an associate professor and teaches across the baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral programs. She is also certified as an Adult Nurse Practitioner with specialization in Occupational Health. 

In addition to her teaching responsibilities at Simmons, Duty works clinically at South Shore Hospital as a nurse research scientist and is a visiting scholar at the Harvard School of Public Health. Her research agenda explores environmental exposures to plasticizers, including phthalates and bisphenol A, and she works collaboratively with students and multidisciplinary faculty on studies exploring Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) colonization of people, pets, and surfaces. She is the author of numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals and has presented her work regionally, nationally, and internationally. Recently she extended her scholarly activity into clinical research translation aimed at reducing 30-day readmissions, enhancing mammography compliance, improving satisfaction with patient care, and reducing hospital-acquired adverse outcomes. 

Duty has secured grant funding from highly competitive sources, including the National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, and the Simmons University President’s Fund as well as from private foundations such as the Passport Foundation and the New England Deaconess Hospital School of Nursing Alumni Association. She recently received a $250,000 workforce development grant from the Commonwealth Corporation to improve the infrastructure for palliative care education at Simmons University and at our practice partner sites.

Duty is a member of the Organization of Nurse Leaders Research Council. She also serves as a peer reviewer for many top-tier journals. She received the Theresa LaPlante Award for Excellence in Administration from Sigma Theta Tau and is treasurer of the Theta-at-Large Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International.