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Donna M. Zucker


Associate Professor                                                                                     

BIO: Donna Zucker is an Associate Professor at University of Massachusetts Amherst. During her tenure, she has focused her research on symptom identification and management of adverseevents in person with hepatitis C particularly those in treatment. At UMASS AMHERST she has developed an expertise in two areas: communicable disease prevention and behavioral modification for persons with substance abuse. The populations she works with are the homeless, incarcerated and those at high risk for acquiring hepatitis, HIV and return to substance abuse. As part of this work, she participates in the following professional clinical organizations: the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, the International Nurses Society on Addiction, The Labyrinth Connection of Western MA, and MA Viral Hepatitis Coalition.  


RESEARCH: Current research is focused on decreasing the disparity between available screening and treatment for HIV and HCV, and access by high risk persons who are homeless, incarcerated and actively recovering. She and her collaborators hope to provide an innovative, cost effective, multi test point of care screening device to reduce barriers to access to treatment and wellness. Ongoing work continues in measuring biomarkers for stress response in offenders before and after participating in labyrinth walking, and measuring differences in outdoor and indoor labyrinth walking.



Barton-Burke, M., Garofolo, J., Zucker, D.M., Chandler, G. and Jacelon, C. (2012).
Mutual mentoring:  a report of a successful project.  Nursing Education Perspectives, submitted.
Choi, J. & Zucker, D.M. (In press, 2013 Jan-Feb. Issue). Self-Assessment of Nursing
Informatics Competencies for Doctor of Nursing Practice Students.Journal of Professional Nursing.

Zucker, D.M., Villemaire, L, Rigali, C & Callahan, K. (2012),  Evolution of a labyrinth walking program in corrections.  Forensic Nursing Journal,  accepted.

Zucker, D.M. (2012). Policy brief:  Hepatitis C screening and testing. Nursing Outlook, 60, p. 229-30.         

Zucker, D.M., Sharma, A. (2012).  Labyrinth walking in corrections.  Journal of Addictions Nursing, , 23:47–54, DOI: 10.3109/10884602.2011.645253

Zucker, D.M., Choi, J.C. & Gallagher, E. (2011).  Mobile Outreach Strategies for Screening Hepatitis and HIV in High Risk Populations.  Public Health Nursing.  DOI: 10.1111/j.1525-1446.2011.00970.x     

Zucker, D.M. (2009). Teaching case study research.  In M. Garner, C. Wagner, & B. Kawulich, Teaching Research Methods in the Social Sciences.  Oxon, UK:  Ashgate Publishing Limited. 

Zucker, D.M. (2009).  An intervention to prevent symptoms associated with hepatitis C:  a pilot study.  Applied Nursing Research, doi:10.1016/j.apnr.2008.04.003.

Zucker, D.M. (2009).  Peer education for hepatitis C prevention.  Gastroenterology Nursing, 32(1), 42-48.

Zucker,D.M. & Rigali, C.  (2008). University and sheriff’s office create a model collaboration. Corrections Today, April, pp. 18-20.

Koerbel, L & Zucker, D.M. (2007). Thesuitability of mindfulness-based stress reduction for chronic hepatitis C.   Journal of Holistic Nursing, 25(4), 265-274.

Kim, D., Kim, H., Schwartz-Barcott, D. & Zucker, D.M.  (2006).  The nature of hope in hospitalized chronically ill patients.  International Journal of Nursing Studies, 43:  547-556. 

Zucker,D.M.  (2006).  A case of health disparity:  Treatment issues in women with hepatitis C.  Gastroenterology Nursing, 29 (2), 137-141.

Gapinski, M & Zucker, D. M. (2005). Review of the literature:  Factors influencing the development of a hepatitis C exercise protocol.  Gastroenterology Nursing, 28(3), S10-S18.

Zucker, D.M. & Borg, D. (2005). Plato’s Cave and Aristotle’s Games:  Dialogues Across the Disciplines.  Journal of Nursing Philosophy, 6(2), 144-147.

Jacelon, C.J., Zucker, D.M., Stacciarini, J.M. & Henneman, E.A.  (2003).  Peer mentoring for tenure-track faculty.  Journal of Professional Nursing, 19(6), 335-338.

Zucker, D.M.  (2003). Relapse in Hepatitis C:  A Case Study.  Clinical Excellence for Nurse Practitioners, Vol. 7(3), 53-59.

Zucker, D.M.  (2002).  Chronic heart disease:  An approach for intervention.  Rehabilitation Nursing, 27(5), 187-191; 198.

Hunter, A., Lusardi, P., Zucker, D.M., Jacelon, C., & Chandler, G.  (2002).  Making meaning:  The creative component in qualitative research.  Qualitative Health Research, 12(3), 388-398.

Zucker, D.M. & Miller, B. (2001).  Assessment of side effects in patients with chronic hepatitis C receiving combination therapy.  Gastroenterology Nursing, 24(4), 192-196.

Zucker, D.M.  (2001).  Using case study methodology in nursing research. The Qualitative Report, 6(2), (

Zucker, D.M.  (2000).  Depicting death: Lessons on writing and professional development in nursing.  Journal of Nursing Education, 39(3), 142-144.