Shelli Feder, PhD, APRN, FNP-BC, ACHPN

Assistant Professor in Nursing 

Yale School of Nursing- Room 21401

phone: 203-737-3822


Dr. Feder is an assistant professor at the Yale School of Nursing, a family nurse practitioner, and an Advanced Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse. She received her undergraduate degree in nursing from Florida State University and her Masters and Doctoral degrees in nursing from the Yale University School of Nursing. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship with the National Clinician Scholars Program at Yale University.

Dr. Feder has practiced as an advanced practice nurse for over ten years in hospice and palliative care settings.  Her program of research focuses on the development, implementation, and dissemination of novel models of palliative care delivery that expand access and improve care quality for persons with cardiopulmonary conditions. Dr. Feder’s research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Hartford Centers for Gerontological Nursing Excellence, and the Department of Veterans Affairs.  

Research Interests/Clinical Practice  

Research Interests 

Dr. Feder’s research interests include palliative and end-of-life care, medical informatics, quality improvement, health services research, and patient-centered outcomes of care. She is currently funded by the Yale Center for Implementation Science/ National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute and the Palliative Care Research Cooperative to conduct a mixed methods study to identify best practices in palliative care and end-of-life care delivery for Veterans with heart failure.

Clinical Practice 

Dr. Feder started her nurse practitioner career in 2010 working with a hospitalist service. She has been practicing as a palliative care nurse practitioner since 2013.    

Selected Publications/Presentations


Feder, S.L., Abel, E., Murphy, T.E., Ersek, M., Fried, T., Redeker, N. (2022). The incidence of specialist palliative care among heart failure subtypes. Submitted to the Journal of Palliative Medicine.

Latif, Z., Makuvire, T., Feder, S. L., Wadhera, R. K., Garan, A. R., Pinzon, P. Q., & Warraich, H. J. (2022). Challenges Facing Heart Failure Patients with Limited English Proficiency: A Qualitative Analysis Leveraging Interpreters’ Perspectives. JACC. Heart failure, S2213-1779(22)00183-4.

Feder, S., Smith, D., Griffin, H., Shreve, S. T., Kinder, D., Kutney-Lee, A., & Ersek, M. (2021). “Why Couldn’t I Go in To See Him?” Bereaved Families’ Perceptions of End-of-Life Communication During COVID-19. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society69(3), 587–592

Feder, S.L., Tate, J., Ersek, M., Krishnan, S., Chaudhry, S. I., Bastian, L. A., Rolnick, J., Kutney-Lee, A., & Akgün, K. M. (2020). The association between hospital end-of-life care quality and the care received among patients with heart failure. J Pain and Sympt Manage, S0885-3924(20)30732-6.

Feder, S.L., Canavan, M.E., Wang, S., Kent, E.E., Kapo, J., Presley, C.J., Ross, J., Davidoff, A.J. (2020). Patters of opioid prescribing among Medicare Advantage beneficiaries with pain and cardiopulmonary conditions. J Palliat Med. 10.1089/jpm.2020.0193.

Feder, S.L., Jean, R.A., Bastian, L., Akgün, K.M. (2020). National trends in palliative care use among older adults with cardiopulmonary and malignant conditions. Heart Lung, 3(2). doi: 10.1016/j.hrtlng.2020.02.004. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 32115242; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC7128096.

Feder, S.L., Kiwak, E., Costello, D., Dindo, L., Hernandez-Bigos, K., Vo, L., Geda, M., Blaum, C., Tinetti, M.E., Naik, A.D. (2019). Perspective of patients in identifying their values-based priorities. J Am Geriatric Soc, 7(7), 1379-1385. doi: 10.1111/jgs.15850. Epub 2019 Mar 7. PubMed PMID: 30844080; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6612577.

Feder, S.L., Tate, J.P., Akgün, K.M., Womack, J.A., Jeon, S., Funk, M., Bedimo, R.J., Budoff, M.J., Butt, A.A., Crothers, K., Redeker, N.S. (2018). The association between HIV infection and the use of palliative care in patients hospitalized with heart failure. Am J Hosp Palliat Care, 10(10). doi: 10.1177/1049909118804465.

Feder, S.L., Redeker, N.S., Jeon, S., Schulman-Green, D., Womack, J., Tate, J.P., Bedimo, R.J., Budoff, M.J., Butt, A.A., Crothers, K., Akgün, K.M. (2018). Validation of the ICD-9 diagnostic code for palliative care in patients hospitalized with heart failure within the Veterans Health Administration. Am J Hosp Palliat Care, 35(7), 959-65.


Feder, S.L., Murphy, T.E., Akgün, K.A, Ersek, M., Fried, T., Redeker, N. (2022) Longitudinal patterns of palliative care delivery among patients with heart failure in the HEART-PAL cohort. Poster presented at the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine’s State of the Science. Virtual.

Soliman, A., Akgün, K.A., Feder, S.L. (2022). Quality and outcomes of tele-palliative care during the COVID-19 pandemic. Poster presented at the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine Annual Assembly. Virtual.

Feder, S.L., Ersek M., Kutney-Lee A., Redeker N., Bastian L., Akgün K.M. (2020, March 26). Variation in Palliative Care and Associated Outcomes Among Decedents with Heart Failure in Veterans Affairs Medical Centers. Podium presentation. 2020 Eastern Nursing Research Society Scientific Sessions, Boston, MA. (In-person Conference Canceled)

Feder, S.L., Canavan, M.E., Wang, S., Sheinfeld, E., Kent, E.E., Kapo, J., Presley, C.J., Davidoff, A. (2020, March 18 – 21). Patterns of Opioid Prescribing Among Patients with Cardiopulmonary Conditions and Cancer. Poster session. American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine Annual Assembly, San Diego, CA. (Conference Canceled)