Bio

Craig Sellers is a widely-recognized educator, researcher, and author who directs the School of Nursing master’s programs, including the nurse practitioner and leadership programs. His four decades as a nurse practitioner — providing primary care for people with HIV/ AIDS and older adults — are integral to his teaching and research. He practices in Strong Memorial Hospital’s Emergency Department.

An expert on qualitative research methods, he is known for his ability to teach students how to apply these methods to their work. Sellers, who earned his PhD from the UR School of Nursing in 2009, works to ensure that the master’s programs are rigorous, aligned with health care needs, and fulfill the core competencies of various specialties. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and a member of several professional nursing organizations, including Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society, National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties, and the American Nurses Association.

Areas of Expertise

  • Care Strategies : Relationships / Caring
  • Care Strategies : Teaching
  • Level of Care : Chronic Illness / Disability
  • Level of Care : Palliative Care
  • Populations : Adults
  • Populations : Families
  • Populations : Older Adults

Professional Experience
Director, Adult and Gerontological Nurse Practitioner Programs, University of Rochester (Masters Program, School of Nursing), Rochester, NY, US. 7/2010 - Current

Associate Professor of Clinical Nursing, University of Rochester (School of Nursing), Rochester, NY, US. 7/2009 - Current

Adult Nurse Practitioner, Strong Memorial Hospital (Emergency Department), Rochester, NY, US. 6/2001 - Current

Director, ANP Program, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, US. 9/2001 - 6/2010

Senior Teaching Associate, University of Rochester (School of Nursing), Rochester, NY, US. 6/1997 - 6/2009

Univ. of Rochester (NRSA), Rochester, NY, US. 5/2000 - 9/2003

Adult Nurse Practitioner/ Director of Clinical Ope, Community Health Network (Outpatient HIV/AIDS Primary Care Practice), Rochester, NY, US. 8/1991 - 1/2001

Adult Nurse Practitioner, Rochester General Hospital (ED/ Nursing Practice/ Same Day Admissions), Rochester, NY, US. 5/1988 - 6/2000

Registered Nurse, Strong Memorial Hospital (Adult Medicine/ ICU), Rochester, NY, US. 6/1978 - 6/1989

Staff Nurse, Rochester General Hospital (Emergency Department), Rochester, NY, US. 1987 - 1988

Staff Registered Nurse, Eastman Kodak Co. (Occupational Health), Rochester, NY, US. 1985 - 1986

Awards
Fellow of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (FAANP)
AANP, 2013

Dissertation Award
Sigma Theta Tau - Epsilon Xi, 2009

RN Best Poster Award
11th Annual Nursing Research and Leadership Conference (GVNA and Sigma Theta Tau), 2008

Dean's Award for Teaching Excellence
University of Rochester, 2008

Katharine Donohoe Scholarly Practitioner Award
University of Rochester School of Nursing, 2005

Jill Thayer Dissertation Award
University of Rochester School of Nursing, 2003

End of Life Nursing Education Consortium---Graduate
American Association of Colleges of Nursing, 2003

Outstanding Faculty Colleague Award
University of Rochester School of Nursing, 2002

Edward Peck Curtis Award - Excellence in Teaching
University of Rochester, 2001

Graduate Student Research Award
Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender and Women's, 2000

18th Annual Faculty Development Course- Scholarship
American Academy on Physician and Patient, 2000

Excellence in Clinical Precepting Award
University of Rochester School of Nursing, 2000

Research Award
Sigma Theta Tau Epsilon Xi Chapter, 2000

Rita C. Kopf Memorial Research Award
New York State Nurses Association , 1999

Presentations
Root cause analysis (RCA) in the emergency department: A comparison study
Scientific Assembly, American College of Emergency Physicians, 2010
Las Vegas, Nevada

Qualitative Health Research: Understanding and Applying
Geriatric Grand Rounds, Monroe Community Hospital, 2010
Rochester, New York

What helps or hinders people with HIV or AIDS to make decisions about advance directives and guardianship?
15th Qualitative Health Research Conference, International Institute for Qualitative Methods, 2009
Vancouver, BC, Canada

Taking it one day at a time versus anticipating the future: A grounded theory of advance directives and guardianship planning by people with HIV and AIDS
25th Annual Clinical Convention, Nurse Practitioner Association of New York State, 2009
Verona, New York

Management of Chronic Diseases
Center for Lifelong Learning, University of Rochester School of Nursing, 2009
Rochester, New York

It's No Longer a Death Sentence, But You'd Better Kind of Deal with Reality: A Grounded Theory of Advance Directives and Guardianship Planning by People with HIV and AIDS
21st Annual Conference, Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, 2008
Tucson, Arizona

Advance Directives and Guardianship Planning by People with HIV and AIDS: A Grounded Theory
14th Annual Qualitative Health Research Conference, International Institute for Qualitative Methodology, 2008
Banff, Alberta, Canada

Planning for the Future by People with HIV and AIDS
2008 ENRS 20th Annual Scientific Sessions, Eastern Nursing Research Society, 2008
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Advance Directives and HIV/AIDS: A Grounded Theory Study - Preliminary Report
25th Anniversary Spring Dinner, Sigma Theta Tau - Epsilon Xi, 2007
Rochester, New York

ICU Cultural Environments and End-of-Life Decision Making
Centennial International Conference on Nursing History and Leadership, Yonsei University College of Nursing, 2006
Seoul

Management of Chronic Diseases
University of Rochester School of Nursing, 2005
Rochester, New York

ICU Cultural Environments and End-of-Life Decision Making
Gerontological Society of America, 2005
Orlando, Florida

APA: A Workshop for Nurses
University of Rochester School of Nursing, 2005
Rochester, New York

"Despite Having a DNR Order, He Wanted to be Put Back on the Ventilator": ICU Patients' Wishes as Expressed in Advance Directives
National Congress on the State of the Science in N, 2004
Washington DC

Advance Directives and HIV/AIDS: What Does the Research Tell Us and How Can We Improve Clinical Practice?
Assoc. of Nurses in AIDS Care, 2003
New York, New York

HIV/AIDS and Advance Directives: A Review and Recommendations for Practice
Sigma Theta Tau, 2003
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

HIV and AIDS in Older Adults
New York State Society on Aging, 2003
Albany, New York

Advance Directives and HIV/AIDS: A Review of the Research Literature and Recommendations for Future Research
ENRS, 2003
New Haven, Connecticut

Anal PAP smears in HIV+ patients at a community based clinic
XIV International AIDS Conference, 2002
Barcelona, Spain

Issues in Gay Men's Health
Rochester Institute of Technology, 2000
Rochester, New York

Publications
Quinn, J. R., Schmitt, M. H., Baggs, J. G., Norton, S. A., Dombeck, M. T., & Sellers, C. R. (n.d.). "The problem often is that we do not have a family spokesperson but a spokesgroup": Family member informal roles in end of life decision making in adult ICUs. American Journal of Critical Care.

Baggs, J. G., Schmitt, M. H., Prendergast, T. J., Norton, S. A., Sellers, C. R., & Quinn, J. R. (n.d.). Understanding attending: ICU attending physician role and decision making at the end of life. .

Seshadri S, Sellers CR, Kearney MH (2017). Balancing eating with breathing: Community-dwelling older adults' experiences of dysphagia and texture-modified diets. The Gerontologist.

Quinn, J.R., Schmitt, M.H., Baggs, J.G., Norton, S.A., Dombeck, M.T., & Seller, C.R. (2012). Family members' informal roles in end-of-life decision making in adult intensive care units.. American Journal of Critical Care, 21 (1), 43-51.

Young, A., & Sellers, C. R. (2010). Nursing education: What's new in the healthcare literature?. Journal of the New York State Nurses Association, 40 (2), 27.

Sellers, C. R (2010). Progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML). In B. A. Swanson (Ed.), ANAC's core curriculum for HIV/AIDS nursing (3rd ed.), 93-96.

Sellers, C. R., & MacIntyre, R (2010). Ethical and legal concerns. In B. A. Swanson (Ed.), ANAC's core curriculum for HIV/AIDS nursing (3rd ed.), 384-391.

Sellers, C. R. (2010). Review of the book Ending nurse-to-nurse hostility: Why nurses eat their young and each other. Journal of the New York State Nurses Association, 41 (1), 14.

Sellers, C. R. (2009). What helps or hinders people with HIV or AIDS to make decisions about advance directives and guardianship?. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 8 (4), 24.

Sellers, C. R. (2009). Advance directives and guardianship planning by people with HIV and AIDS: A grounded theory. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 8 (3), 30.

Lunney, M., & Sellers, C. R (2007). Frameworks for change [Editorial]. Journal of the New York State Nurses Association, 38 (1), 3-5.

Baggs, J. G., Norton, S. A., Schmitt, M. H., Dombeck, M.T., Sellers, C. R., & Quinn, J. R (2007). ICU cultural environments and end-of-life decision making. Journal of Critical Care, 22 (2), 159-168.

Norton, S. A., Baggs, J. G., Schmitt, M., Sellers, C. R., Quinn, J. R., & Dombeck, M.T (2004). ICU family meetings for adults near the end of life: Unpacking a common intervention. Journal of Palliative Medicine,, 7, 160.

Baggs, J. G., Norton, S. A., Schmitt, M. H., & Sellers, C. R. (2004). The dying patient in the ICU: Role of the interdisciplinary team. Critical Care Clinics, 20 (3), 525-540.

Sellers, C. R., & Angerame, M. C (2002). HIV/AIDS in older adults: A case study and discussion. AACN Clinical Issues, 13 (1), 5-21.

Projects
Engaging Older Adult Learners as Health Researchers (ENGOAL)
University of Rochester PCORI
6/1/2017 - 5/31/2019
Role: Co-Investigator
PI: Silvia Sorensen