Yale School of Nursing, Yale University's Graduate Nursing Programs

Margaret P. Moss, PhD, JD, RN, FAAN

mossAssociate Professor of Nursing

Division of Acute Care/Health Systems

Yale School of Nursing - Rm 20405
Yale University West Campus
P.O. Box 27399
West Haven, CT 06516


203.685.6455 fax

Dr. Moss received her PhD in Nursing from the University of Texas at Houston, Health Sciences Center in 2000 and subsequently received a distinguished alumni award in 2002. She is one of only 16 doctorally-prepared American Indian nurses in the country and the only one to focus solely on aging. Dr. Moss is an enrolled member of the Three Affiliated Tribes of North Dakota, the Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara Nation. Dr. Moss is Hidatsa with equal lineage in the Fort Peck Sioux Tribe.

She completed a two-year post-doctorate fellowship at the University of Colorado’s Native Elder Research Center, a resource center for minority aging research.  Concurrently, she entered and completed law school and received her Juris Doctorate from Hamline University School of Law, Saint Paul, Minn. She is the first and only American Indian to hold both nursing and juris doctorates.  

In 2008-2009, Dr. Moss was named a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow, and staffed the Senate Special Committee on Aging under the ranking Senators Martinez and then Corker. She was inducted as a Fellow into the American Academy of Nursing in 2008.

Policy Work
• Staffed the Senate Special Committee on Aging under the ranking Senators Martinez until 8/09, and then Corker 8/09-12/09, as a 2008-2009 Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow.
 • Minnesota Board on Aging 2004-2008: Appointed by Governor Pawlenty/Membership on the Public Policy and Diversity committees
• Delegate for the National Congress of American Indians at the 2005 White House Conference on Aging.

Research Interests
Dr. Moss’ phenomena of interest include aging (long-term care, functional disability and related policy) and health disparity. Her population of interest is largely American Indians with a special focus on reservation based research. And finally methods have included: Ethnography, Geographical Information Science, and Survey work. 

• Bachelor of Science, Biology, Washington State University, 1981
• Associate Degree, Nursing, Portland C.C., Oregon, 1989
• Masters Degree, Nursing, University of Phoenix, Albuquerque, NM, 1996 
• Doctor of Philosophy, Nursing, University of Texas-HSC at Houston, 2000
• Post Doctorate, Aging, University of Colorado-HSC, Denver, 2003
• Juris Doctor, Law, Hamline University School of Law, ST. Paul, MN, 2006

Selected publications
Moss, M. (2011). Native American families perspectives on health. In M. Craft-Rosenberg (Ed.),Encyclopedia of Family Health. SageSage.

Moss, M. (2009). Storytelling. In Snyder & R. Lindquist (Eds.), Complementary/Alternative Therapies in Nursing. Springer PublishingSpringer Publishing.

Henly, S. J. & Moss, M. (2007). American Indian healtlh issues. In S. Boslaugh (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Epidemiology. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Goins, R. T., Moss, M., Buckwald, D. & Guralnik, J. (2007). Disability among older American Indians and Alaska Natives: An analysis of the 2000 census public use microdata sample. The Gerontologist47(5), 690-696.

Moss, M. (2006). Thinking "inside-of-the-box": Zuni Indian elders' constructions of aging. The Journal of Religion, Spirituality, and Aging19(1), 37-56.

Moss, M., Schell, M. & Goins, R. (2006). Using GSI in a first national picture of functional disability in American Indian and Alaka Native elders. International Journal of Health Geographics5:37, 1-11.

Moss, M., Tibbett, L., Henly, S. J., Dahlen, B. J., Patchell, B. & Struthers, R. (2005). Strenthening American Indian nurse scientist training through tradition: Partnering with elders. Journal of Cultural Diversity12(2), 50-55.

Moss, M. (2005). TOLERATED ILLNESS©: A middle range theory for chronically ill and elderly patients as exemplified in American Indians. Journal of Cancer Education20(1 Suppl), 17-22.

Moss, M. & Schell, M. (2004). GIS(c): A scientific framework and methodological tool for nursing research. Advances in Nursing Science27(2), 150-159.

Moss, M., Roubideaux, Y. & Jacobsen, C. (2004). Functional disability and associated factors among older American Indians. Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology19(1), 1-12.

Moss, M. (2001). Adult day care as a viable eldercare model for Indian country. The IHS Primary Care Provider26(5), 71-73.