colby-sawyer faculty

Judith A. Joy, PhD, RN

Associate Professor, Nursing & Public Health
(603) 526-3038 |

Joined the faculty in 2005. Teaches the senior nursing capstone courses, community-based nursing, nursing research, and participates in the liberal education pathway program. Dr. Joy also teaches in the Public Health program. Active in the NH Nurses' Association she has been Chairperson of the Government Affairs Commission for the past three years and was recently elected President-Elect of the Association. Dr. Joy frequently presents health related testimony before the NH Legislature on behalf of the nurses and citizens of NH.

Areas of Expertise

  • Adult Health Nursing/Care of Older Adults
  • End of life and palliative care
  • Nursing Research
  • Ethics
  • Public Health
  • Healthcare policy

Recent Publications and Presentations

2012 (January) Moderated statewide 6 site video conference 'Legislative Town Hall' sponsored by the New Hampshire Nurses' Association to determine Association legislative priorities.

2011 (September): Moderated statewide video conference sponsored by the New Hampshire Nurses' Association to discuss nurse delegation to medical assistants.

2011 (August): Represented the New Hampshire Nurses' Association before the New Hampshire Board of Nursing related to budget cuts by the State.

2011 (April – May): Represented the New Hampshire Nurses' Association in testimony separately to New Hampshire House of Representatives and Senate Legislative Committees in support of Senate Bill 53 which was subsequently passed by the Legislature and signed by the Governor.

2011 (May): Poster presentation for Lilly Conference on College and University Teaching, Bethesda, Maryland entitled, “A practice/education partnership to improve new nurse quality and safety.

2011(April): Submitted letter to Editor of Concord Monitor published as: Budget is bad for health care, unfair to nurses.

2011 (January): Conducted the New Hampshire Nurses' Association first statewide video conference: Town Hall – Upcoming Legislative Issues in Nursing

2010 (October): Coordinated and presented with a panel at the New Hampshire Nurses' Association fall conference; Nursing Issues for a New Decade – Nursing Informatics.

Joy, J. (2009). Nurses: The patient's first – and perhaps last – line of defense. AORN. 89(6): 1133-1136.

Joy, J. (2009, August). Nurse staffing for safe patient care. A presentation to the New Hampshire Organization of Nurse Leaders.

Joy, J. (2009, October). Activities of the Government Affairs Commission. A presentation at the New Hampshire Nurses Association's annual meeting.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Higher Education Adminstration, University of Texas at Austin, 1989.

  • Master of Science in Adult Health Nursing, State University of New York at Buffalo, 1980.

  • Bachelor of Arts, State University of New York at Buffalo, 1974.

  • Associate of Applied Science, Nursing, Genesee Community College, Batavia, NY, 1973.