Cheryl Holly, EdD, RN, ANEF

Cheryl Holly

Professor and Co-Director of the Northeast Institute for Evidence Synthesis and Translation, A JBI Collaborating Center

Division of Nursing Science

Newark Health Sciences

SSB 1025D

(973) 972-9055

Specialty: Acute delirium, gun safety education, meta-analysis, meta-synthesis

Cheryl Holly is a professor, senior methodologist, and co-director of the Northeast Institute for Evidence Synthesis and Translation (NEST) at Rutgers School of Nursing. She holds a joint appointment in the School of Public Health (Department of Epidemiology) and New Jersey Medical School (Department of Preventive Medicine and Community).

A collaborating center of excellence with JBI at the University of Adelaide in Australia, NEST works with researchers, clinicians, and managers to help facilitate and coordinate global research, and disseminate results to a wide range of audiences; identify and promote best practices in health care; and develop training and procedure models based on sound research, specifically related to the various methods of systematic review. NEST has received several awards for evidence synthesis and was named a JBI Center of Excellence in 2015. Dr. Holly’s book Comprehensive Systematic Review for Advanced Nursing Practice (co-authored with Susan Salmond) is in its 2nd edition. Both editions have won AJN Book Awards in the advanced nursing practice category.

Dr. Holly represents researchers on a PCORI advisory board on health disparities and health delivery systems. She is a member of the Scientific Methodology Committee for Umbrella Reviews and Rapid Reviews of JBI. She is also Co-Chair of the Education Committee of the American Delirium Society.

For Rutgers, Dr. Holly developed a new grant-funded, fully accredited Doctor of Nursing Practice program — the first of its kind in New Jersey and one of the first nationwide — and served as its first director. The program now has well over 150 students and a rapidly growing list of alumni. She has also worked with Rutgers nursing faculty to redesign the school’s honors program and to integrate it into the RN to BS in Nursing and Second Degree BS in Nursing programs. Under a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, she has integrated concepts of population health into the undergraduate program.

Dr. Holly has extensive experience managing inter-professional, multi-site projects and departments and conducting and teaching systematic review and knowledge translation, particularly meta-analysis for medical and critical care conditions at both schools of nursing and public health. One four-site funded study on knowledge translation incorporated the use of evidence for multiple chronic conditions.

She has developed partnerships with external constituencies to expand programs in evidence-based practice and clinical scholarship. She also mentors doctoral students through their project studies.

Previously, she was an administrator and professor at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey before its nursing program was merged with that of Rutgers. Her experience also includes senior positions at New York University Medical Center, Westchester (NY) Medical Center, and Columbia University School of Nursing.

Dr. Holly earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing at Pace University. Her master’s degree in nursing, with a concentration in adult health and physical illness, was earned at Columbia University, as was her doctorate in education, with an emphasis on research and evaluation in curriculum and teaching. She is a fellow of the Academy of Nursing Education and a fellow and distinguished scholar of the National Academies of Practice.