Ginette Gosselin Ferszt, Ph.D., R.N., PMHCNS-BC
Professor - College of Nursing
Dr. Ferszt is the coordinator of the graduate psychiatric mental health clinical nurse specialist program. She also teaches nursing research at the undergraduate level, nursing leadership in health policy, nursing research, and qualitative research methods at the graduate level. Dr. Ferszt maintains a clinical practice in the Rhode Island State Women's Correctional Facility where she also conducts her research. Dr. Ferszt has received a number of awards acknowledging her practice and research in women's correctional health including the Rhode Island Department of Corrections Volunteer of the Year Award (2007), Recognition Award from John Hazen White Center for Ethics, University of Rhode Island (2008), Community Outreach Award, University of Rhode Island (2007), Research Award, The International Society of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing (2003) and a Robert Wood Johnson Award for the development of a grief pamphlet for women and men in prisons and jails (2001). Dr. Ferszt is also a Fulbright Senior Specialist Candidate (2006-2011).
Dr. Ferszt is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, American Nurses Association, Rhode Island State Nurses Association, Eastern Nursing Research Society, American Correctional Health Services Association, American Public Health Association and the International Association of Forensic Nurses. She serves on the Rhode Island Community Advisory Board for Female Offenders. Since 2009, Dr. Ferszt has been actively involved with The Rebecca Project for Human Rights advocating for legislation to abolish the use of shackles and restraints with pregnant women in state prisons.
Ph.D., University of Rhode Island, 2000
M.S.N., University of Pennsylvania, 1978
Health care of women in prison; loss, grief and bereavement
Ferszt, G. and Clarke, J. (in press). Health care of pregnant women in prisons. A national survey. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved.
Ferszt, G. (in press). Who Will Speak for Me? Advocating for pregnant women in prison. Policy, Politics & Nursing Practice.
Ferszt, G. and Chambers, A. Navigating the challenges of prison research with women. Nurse Educator 36 (6), 256-259.
Ferszt, G. (2010). Viewpoint: giving birth in shackles. American Journal of Nursing 110 (2), 11.
Ferszt, G., Salgado, D., DeFedele, S. & Leveillee, M. (2009). Houses of Healing: A group intervention for grieving women in prison. The Prison Journal, 89 (1), 46-64.
Ferszt, G. & Erickson-Owens, D. (2008). Development of an educational/ support group for pregnant women in prison, The Journal of Forensic Nursing, 4, 55-60.
Ferszt, G., Hayes, P., DeFedele, S., Horn, L. (2004). Art therapy with incarcerated women who have experienced the death of a loved one. Art Therapy: The Journal of the American Art Therapy Association 21(4),191-199.
Ferszt, G. (2002) Grief experiences of women in prison following the death of a loved one. Illness, Crisis and Loss, 10 (3), 242-255.
Navigating the challenges of conducting research in women's correctional facilities. American Public Health Association Annual Conference, Washington DC, October, 2011.
Health Care of Pregnant Women in State Prisons: A National Survey. 4th Academic and Health Policy Conference on Correctional Health. March 10, 2010 Boston, MA.
Health Care of Pregnant Women in State Prisons: A National Survey. American Public Health Association Annual Conference, Denver, Colorado, November 2010.
Home Visiting Program for Pregnant Women after Incarceration, American Public Health Annual Conference, Nov. 10, 2009.
Pregnant Incarcerated Women: A Vulnerable Population, National Convention, American Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses, San Diego, California, June 27-July 1, 2009.
Plenary Session "Responding to the Needs of Pregnant Incarcerated Women: the Development of Two Programs", Annual Professional Development Conference, American Correctional Health Professionals Association and Emory University School of Medicine in collaboration with University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida, March 12-15, 2009.
Grieving Women in Prison, Baskerud University College, Dramen, Norway, May 11, 2006.
Research with Women in Prison, University of Svovde, Skovde, May 16, 2006.