Amber Vermeesch PhD

School of Nursing, Associate Professor

Amber Vermeesch PhD

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Buckley Center 301

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About

Dr. Amber Vermeesch, PhD, MSN, FNP-C, RN, CNE, FACSM, FNAP has been a practicing Family Nurse Practitioner since 2006. She has spent the majority of her practice serving under-insured and vulnerable populations. She completed her master’s in nursing at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing and her PhD in Nursing Science from the University of Miami in 2011 where she focused on the reduction of healthcare disparities among Latino populations using multiple methodologies including participatory photography. She joined the University of Portland as an Associate Professor in 2014 teaching in both graduate and undergraduate programs. She became a Certified Nurse Educator in 2017. In 2020, Dr. Vermeesch became a Fellow in the American College of Sports Medicine and, in 2021, she was recognized as a Distinguished Practitioner and Fellow of the National Academies of Practice (NAP) in Nursing. Her overall area of expertise is wellness, both physical and emotional. Her investigations have concentrated on physical activity and integrated health among vulnerable populations. Additionally, she explores risk factors related stress reduction and health promotion among undergraduates and graduate students as well as faculty and staff.

Education

  • Doctorate of Philosophy, University of Miami
  • Master of Science, Nursing, Vanderbilt University
  • Bachelor of Arts, Anthropology, Davidson College

Research

  • Vermeesch, A. (PI) & Garrigues, L. Nature Therapy Effects on Nurse Practitioners’ Stress. Funded by Sigma Omicron Upsilon Chapter (02/23/2021-02/15/2021). Total award: $1500
  • Vermeesch, A. (PI) (2020). Opus Foundation Sabbatical Grant. Opus Foundation. Total award: $5,000
  • Vermeesch, A. (PI) (2020). Enhancing Vital Practice in a School of Nursing. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health funding through the Professional Training Opportunities Program Northwest Center for Occupational Health & Safety. (10/01/2020 – 06/30/2021). Total award: $9,722
  • Vermeesch, A. (2020). Taste of Lifestyle Medicine Micro-grant to fund plant-based food to be served at a lifestyle medicine event at university. Funded by The American College of Lifestyle Medicine. (Fall 2020). Total award: $250.
  • Vermeesch, A. (PI) & Braband, B. Bridge to Wellness. Funded by Sigma Omicron Upsilon Chapter, (02/27/2020 – 02/15/2021). Total award: $750
  • Wyss, H. (PI) & Vermeesch, A. (PI). Building resilience, health, and wellness for nursing students beyond the parameters of Title IX and early alert programs. Funded by Butine, (11/15/19-9/30/20). Total award: $5000
  • Wyss, H. (PI) & Vermeesch, A. (PI). Prevalence of Coping Strategies for Inappropriate Patient Sexual Behavior in Nursing Baccalaureate Education. Funded by Omicron Upsilon Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau Practice Scholarship Grant, (3/22/19-3/21/20), Total award: $800

Professional Affiliations

  • 2015 – present - Western Institute of Nursing
  • 2015 – present - Oregon Nurses Association /Nurse Practitioners of Oregon
  • 2013 – present - American College of Sports Medicine (Minority Health and Interest Research Group, Faculty Network Member, Northwest Chapter)
  • 2013 – present - American Association of Nurse Practitioners
  • 2011-2013, 2015 – present - National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties
  • 2006 - 2012 - American College of Nurse Practitioners
  • 2006 - present - Omicron Upsilon Chapter Sigma Theta Tau International
  • 2010/2012 – present - Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science
  • 2008 - present - American Nurses Association

Awards & Recognition

  • 2021 - University of Portland, Butine Award, Vermeesch, A. Conference Funding to attend American College of Medicine's 68th Annual Meeting, June 1-5, 2021. Total award: $525. *Conference virtual due to COVID-19 pandemic
  • 2020 - Fellow of the National Academies of Practice (NAP) in Nursing
  • 2020 - Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine
  • 2020 - University of Portland, Butine Award, Vermeesch, A. Conference Funding to Present “Investigation Of Physical Activity Instruction In United States Nurse Practitioner Curricula,” Poster presentation at American College of Medicine's 67th Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, May 26-30, 2020. Total award: $2000. *Conference cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic
  • 2019 - Dundon-Berchtold Institute Ethics Curriculum Fellowship 2019-2020 for Vermeesch, A. & Cox, P. “Incorporating Ethics into Gradate Nursing Clinical Management Courses.” University of Portland. Total award: $10,000
  • 2018 - University of Portland, Misener Fund for Innovation, Vermeesch, A. Conference Funding to Present Participatory Visual Thinking Strategies in Baccalaureate Nursing Education: Impact of Using Art to Define Family Sigma Theta Tau 29th International Nursing Research Congress Melbourne, Australia 19-23 July 2018. Total award: $2339
  • 2018 - University of Portland, Misener Fund for Innovation, Vermeesch, A. Completion of University of Arizona College of Nursing Integrative Nursing Faculty Fellowship May 2018 through June 2019. Fellows transform teaching pedagogy and serve as an integrative health leader for fellow nurse educators, students, and clients. Total award: $6750
  • 2018 - University of Portland, Butine Award, Vermeesch, A. Conference Funding to Present “Participatory Visual Thinking Strategies in Baccalaureate Nursing Education: Impact of Using Art to Define Family.” Sigma Theta Tau 29th International Nursing Research Congress Melbourne, Australia 19-23 July 2018. Total award: $2000
  • 2018 - Opus Prize University of Portland Faculty Ambassador

Recent Publications

 Books

 Publications in Refereed, Peer Reviewed Journals

  • Bates, L. C, Conners, R., Zieff, G., Adams, N. T., Edgar, K. M., Stevens, S., Faghy, M. A., Arena, R., Vermeesch, A., Joseph, R., Keith, N., & Stoner, L. (in press). Physical Activity and Sedentary Behavior in People with Spinal Cord Injury: Mitigation Strategies During COVID-19 on Behalf of ACSM-EIM and HL-PIVOT. Disability and Health Journal.
  • Lassalle, P. P., Meyer, M., Conners, R., Zieff, G., Rojas, J., Faghy, M., Arena, R., Vermeesch, A., Joseph, R., Keith, N., & Stoner, L. (in press). Sedentary Behavior in Minority Populations Is a Feasible Health Strategy During and Beyond COVID-19. Translational Journal of the American College of Sports Medicine.
  • Braband, B., Pressman, C., & Vermeesch, A. (in press). Piloting the Perfect Storm: A Vision for the Vital Practitioner. Journal of Nursing Education.
  • Vermeesch, A. & Cox. P. (2021). Mindfulness and stress reduction strategies with undergraduate and graduate nursing students. In Vermeesch, A. (Eds.), Integrative Health Nursing Interventions for Vulnerable Populations. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-60043-3_4 
  • Vermeesch, A. (2021). Integrative Physical Activity Intervention Strategies and Influencing Factors for Latina women. In Vermeesch, A. (Eds.), Integrative Health Nursing Interventions for Vulnerable Populations. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-60043-3_12 
  • Raber, A. & Vermeesch, A. (2020). Participatory Arts-Based Pedagogy in Baccalaureate Nursing Education. Nursing Education Perspectives: December 14, 2020 - Volume Publish Ahead of Print - Issue - doi: 10.1097/01.NEP.0000000000000763
  • Timko Olson, E. R., Hansen, M. M., & Vermeesch, A. (2020). Mindfulness and Shinrin-yoku: Potential for Physiological and Psychological Interventions During Uncertain Times. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17, 9340.
  • Wyss, H., & Vermeesch, A. (2019). Building resilience, health, and wellness for undergraduate nursing students beyond Title IX and early alert programs. Archives of Women Health and Care, 2(3), 1-2.
  • Wyss, H., & Vermeesch, A. (2019). Inappropriate Patient Sexual Behavior in Nursing Education. Archives of Women Health and Care, 2(1), 1-1.
  • Williams, W., Vermeesch, A., & MacLean, L. (2019). Factors Associated with Black & Latina Women Meeting the US Federal Physical Activity Guidelines: Secondary Analysis of NHIS Data. Archives of Women Health and Care, 1(4), 2-7.
  • Vermeesch, A., Cox, P., Baca, S., & Simmons, D. (2018). Strategies for Strengthening Ethics Education in a DNP program. Nursing Education Perspectives, 39(5), 309-311.
  • De Cordova, P., Steck, M. B., Vermeesch, A., Pierre, N., Ohlendorf, J., Rankin, A., Lawrence, S., & Derouin, A. (2018). Health policy engagement among graduate nursing students in the United States. Nursing Forum, 1-6. doi: 10.1111/nuf.12295
  • Stillwell, S., Vermeesch, A., & Scott, J. (2017). Interventions to Reduce Perceived Stress Among Graduate Students: A Systematic Review with Implications for Evidence-based Practice. Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing, 00, 1-7. doi 10.1111/wvn.12250