University Profiles

Mary Ellen E Roberts

Mary Ellen E. Roberts, D.N.P., R.N., A.P.N.,C. FNAP, FAANP, FAAN

Assistant Professor - Graduate Dept.

College of Nursing


Certified as an Adult and Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, with experience in a variety of settings.

Dr. Roberts is certified as an Adult Nurse Practitioner and Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. Her professional interests are in the primary care of Adult Cardiovascular patients. Dr. Roberts maintains a practice with the Urban Health Initiative Program serving vulnerable populations in the greater Newark New Jersey area. Dr. Roberts is known for her expertise in cardiovascular care, specializing in women and heart disease, hypertension, lipids and acute coronary syndrome. Her current research focuses on self-efficacy in vulnerable populations related to cardiovascular disease. She has experience in critical in both the Intensive Care Unit and the Coronary Care Unit and extensive Emergency Department experience. She maintained a private cardiology practice for many years. Her enduring interest is the advancement of the nurse practitioner role in today's healthcare environment, encouraging and teaching nurse practitioners role development, advancement and the importance of staying politically active. Dr. Roberts serves on the editorial board of the Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and the Internet Journal of Advanced Nursing Practice. An active member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, Dr. Roberts is Past President of the AANP Board of Directors. She is Past Region 2 Director and Recording Secretary for the Board of Directors. She is a Charter member of the Board of Trustees for the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Political Action Committee. Dr. Roberts is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, the American Academy of Nursing and the National Academics of Practice. She serves as Chair of the Fellows of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Senior Advisor to the Planning Committee for the National Primary Care Conference for AANP. Other professional activities include Treasurer, Board of Commissioners of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP), test developer and item writer for the AANPCP Adult and Family Nurse Practitioner National Certification Exam, she serves on several national advisory boards. She is well known for her work in Lipid management, cardiovascular disease, and hypertension. She is a national lecturer on these subjects and on the role of the nurse practitioner.

Primary research interests: PTSD, Self-Efficacy, Cardiovascular Disease, Role of the Nurse Practitioner, Lipids and Hypertension.


  • D.N.P. University of Iowa
  • M.S.N. Seton Hall University
  • M.A. Seton Hall University
  • B.S.N. College of Saint Elizabeth

Academic Distinctions

  • Fellow of American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.
  • Fellow of American Academy of Nursing.
  • Fellow/Distinguished Practitioner National Academies of Practice.
  • Past President of American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.
  • Trustee, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners PAC.
  • Catherine Denning Medal, Seton Hall University.
  • Sigma Theta Tau, Gamma Nu Clinical Practice Award.
  • Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing Mu Theta,Gamma Nu and Gamma Chapters.
  • NJ State Award for Excellence Nurse Practitioner of the Year, AANP.



Office Phone
(973) 275-2497


Office Location
Room NU223
Caroline D. Schwartz College of Nursing Building


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