Desiree Bertrand

Interim Chair

Desiree Bertrand

Interim Chair

Assistant Professor

Academic Appointment(s)

College of Nursing
Department of Prelicensure Nursing

College of Nursing
Department of Physiological and Technological Nursing

The Graduate School

  • EC 5446


  • Ph.D., Nursing Medical University of South Ca, 2017

  • MSN, Nursing Education Midwestern State University, 2002

  • BS, Nursing University of the Virgin Islan, 1995


  • Registered Nurse Certified (RNC) - Maternal Newborn Nursing 2016

  • Collaborative Institutional Training Institute (CITI): Basic/Refresher, Human Subjects Research Certification 2014

  • Registered Nurse: United States Virgin Islands

Awards & Honors

  • American Academy of Nursing Jonas Policy Scholar Cultural Competence and Health Equity Expert Panel, 2022

  • University of the Virgin Islands Service Award 2019

  • University of the Virgin Islands Research Day Best Faculty Poster Award 2018

  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholar 2014

  • Air Force Longevity Award-Sheppard AFB 2001

Courses Taught Most Recent Academic Year

  • NURS 9051

    DNP Project Inquiry & Change
  • NURS 8550

    Evidence Based Practice
  • NURS 6600

    Healthcare Del Models Econ Po
  • NURS 9250

    Investigation of Research Prob
  • NURS 6700

    Nsg Therap and Prof Nsg
  • NURS 7400

    Inte HC Women Child Fam Hlth
  • NURS 8551

    Complex Issues in Health Care
  • NURS 6400

    Evidence-Based Practice
  • NURS 7001

    Nursing Practice I
  • NURS 9050

    Strategies for Eff Prac Change


Selected Recent Publications

  • Achieving advance care planning in diverse, underserved populations, 2018
  • Position statement: Policies to support family caregivers., 2018
  • Factors associated with increased risk for lethal violence in intimate partner relationships among ethnically diverse black women, 2014
  • U.S. Virgin Islands Men Talk About Health and Health Concerns, 2014
  • Factors influencing resource use by African American and African Caribbean women disclosing intimate partner violence, 2013

Professional Service

  • Caribbean Exploratory Research Center 6th Annual Health Disparities Institute - 2013

    Role: Committee Chair
  • Caribbean Exploratory Research Center 5th Annual Health Disparities Institute - 2012

    Role: Committee Chair

Public Service

  • A Health Education Toolkit for the US Virgin Islands Community 2012