University of Vermont

College of Nursing and Health Sciences
Brenda Hamel-Bissell

Brenda Hamel-Bissell, Ed.D., MS

Professor of Nursing

Brenda Hamel-Bissell

Office: 224 Rowell
Phone: (802) 656-3399

Dr. Brenda Hamel-Bissell is a clinical specialist in psychiatric-mental health nursing who focuses on psychotherapy modes of care. She has additional treatment abilities in Reiki, meditation/relaxation, aromatherapy, magnified healing, and hypnotherapy. She has created and taught undergraduate and graduate nursing courses in nursing research, psychiatric nursing theory and practice, family theory, advanced qualitative nursing research methods, and issues in women's health.


Ed.D., Boston University, Humanistic Education & Behavioral Studies, 1981
M.S., Boston University, Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing, 1974

Research Interests
  • Health and human service professionals care of suicidal clients
  • Mental health issues of women
  • Successful aging of rural elders
  • Families' health and illness perspectives on coping
  • Clients treatment experiences with colorectal cancer metastases to the liver
Service Activities
  • Tri County Foster Grandparent
  • Retired Senior Volunteers Programs Advisory Council Member and Evaluation Committee Member
  • College of Nursing & Health Sciences Professional Standards Committee
  • Dartmouth-Hitchcock Assembly of Overseers
  • Vermont State Nurses' Psychiatric Interest Group for Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses
  • University Faculty Ombudsperson
  • Curricular Affairs, Grievance, and Professional Standards Committees

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