Nancy M. H. Pontes

Associate Professor
Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden
530 Federal Street
Room 445
Camden, NJ 08102
(856) 225-6232

PhD (Nursing): Columbia University, 2003
MSN (Family Nursing Practitioner): University of Florida, 1994
BSN (Nursing): Pensacola Christian College, 1985
Global Population Health
Social Determinants of health in women, children, and families
The influence of “Time Fatigue” on health and wellbeing
School-based health centers
Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS)

Dr. Nancy Pontes’ academic interests focus upon the improvement of population health trans-nationally. As a family nurse practitioner (FNP) and Distinguished Fellow and Practitioner of the National Academy of Practice (FNAP), Dr. Pontes has worked in a variety of roles and leadership positions. more

Selected Publications 

Articles in Refereed Journals

Pontes, N. M., Ayres, C. G., and Pontes, M. C. F.  (2018). Additive Interactions Between Gender and Bullying Victimization on Depressive Symptoms and Suicidality: Youth Risk Behavior Survey 2011–2015. Nursing Research, 67(6), 430-438. doi: 10.1097/NNR.0000000000000310

Pontes, N. M., Ayres, C. G., Lewandowski, C., and Pontes, M. C. F.  (2018). Trends in bullying victimization among US high school students. Journal of Research in Nursing and Health, (Early Reading), 1-9. doi: 10.1002/nur.21868

Ayres, C. G. and Pontes, N. M. (2018). Use of theory to examine health responsibility in urban adolescents. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 38, 40-45.

Ayres, C. G. and Pontes, N. M. (2017). Factors related to substance use among U.S. high school adolescents. Journal of Nursing Practice Applications and Reviews of Research. 7(1), 40-49.

Ayres, C. G. and Pontes, N. M. (2016). Understanding the non-medical use and abuse of prescription medications in U.S. high school adolescents. Journal of School Nursing, 1-8. doi: 10.1177/1059840516677322

Funding - Internal 

2018 – Amount: $1000.
Rutgers University, Open and Affordable Textbooks Grant. Pontes, Nancy M. H., Role: Principal Investigator.

2017 – Amount: $1,000.
Rutgers University, International Studies and Program Grant. Pontes, Nancy M. H., Role: Principal Investigator.

2015 – Amount: $5,000.
Rutgers School of Nursing—Camden, Internal research start-up funds.

Funding - External 

2016 – ongoing (Grant Amount: $566,832 over three years)
Title: "Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Languages" granted by the Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE): Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language (UISFL) Program. This funding helps advance the study of Spanish language within study abroad courses that focus on global population health for Health Care Professionals. Pontes, Nancy M. H., Role: Principal Investigator. Award# P016A160081.

Honors and Distinctions 


2018 to Present — Faculty Fellow, Engaged Civic Learning, Rutgers University—Camden

2017 to Present — Faculty Fellow, Rutgers University, Community Leadership Center

2016 to Present — Fellow, National Academies of Practice

2016 to 2017 — Faculty Fellow, Digital Teaching Fellowship, Rutgers University

Professional Awards and Honors

2019 — Nursing Research Authorship Award, Eastern Nursing Research Society

2018 — Innovations in the Continuum of Care, Organization of Nurse Leaders of New Jersey

2017 — Distinguished Fellow and Practitioner of the National Academies of Practice, Nursing Division

2013 — New Jersey College Health Association (NJCHA), Honorary Nursing Excellence Award in College Health


2017 to Present — Scholarly Writing Retreat Participant, National League for Nurses (NLN)

Registered Professional Nurse # 26NR08369100 (NJ)
ANCC Nationally Certified Family Nurse Practitioner
Certified Family Nurse Practitioner #26NN08369100 (NJ)
DRCC, Disaster Response Crises Counselor (NJ)
Professional Organizations 
American Nurses Association
Eastern Nursing Research Society (ENRS)
National Academies of Practice
National League for Nursing
New Jersey College Health Association
New Jersey Disaster Mental Health Services
New Jersey State Nurses Association
New Jersey Traumatic Loss Coalition / International Trauma Center & Genesis Training Institute
Sigma Theta Tau International, Alpha Theta Tau and Eta Mu Chapters