Professor and Co-Director of the Northeast Institute for Evidence Synthesis and Translation, A JBI Collaborating Center
Division of Nursing Science
Newark Health Sciences
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
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.