Dr. Moreland is an Assistant Professor, clinical track, at the Emory University Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing. She has an M.S. and Ph.D. from Columbia University School of Nursing in New York. Dr. Moreland completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of North Carolina School of Nursing, completing research in young adults with congenital heart disease, examining the relationship between illness uncertainty and post-trauma symptoms. In 2012, she joined the Rwanda Human Resources for Health (HRH) Program as the first cohort of U.S. institution faculty in Rwanda. HRH, a 7-year initiative, is an academic collaboration between the Rwanda Ministry of HealthMO and 23 USI teaching institutions in that and twenty-six U.S. teaching institutions. The goal of HRH is to increase the quantity as well as the rigor and diversity of training of healthcare professionals to reduce health disparities within the population. From 2012-2017, she lived in both the rural and urban areas of Rwanda, in a wide range of settings, to improve the quality of education and clinical skills for nurses. Dr. Moreland assisted with the creation and implementation of the country’s first Masters of Science in Nursing (MScN) Program in collaboration with her Rwandan colleagues.

Areas of Expertise

Cardiovascular Health
Emergency And Urgent Care
Global Health


Moreland, P & Santacroce, S. (2018). Illness uncertainty and posttraumatic stress in young adults with Congenital Heart Disease. The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing (accepted for publication)

Rosa, W., Male, M., Ntizimira, C., Uwimana, P., Nankundwa, E., Sego, R., Byiringiro, S., Nsereko, E. & Moreland, P. (2018). The advancement of palliative care in Rwanda: Transnational partnerships and educational innovation. Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing (accepted for publication, June, 2018).

Uwizeye, G., Mukamana, D., Relf, M., Rosa. W., . . . Moreland, P. (2017). Building nursing and midwifery capacity through the Human Resources for Health Program in Rwanda. Journal of Transcultural Nursing. (accepted for publication in March 2018).

Anathan, J., Bahemuka, O., Bhengu, B., Burke, K., Ewing, H., Moreland, P., . . . Wilson, D. (2017) (in press). Global nursing wisdom: Notes from the field. In W. Rosa (Ed.), A new era in global health: Nursing and the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. New York, NY: Springer Publishing Company, scheduled publication date: April 2017.


Dr. Moreland is committed to involving students in the teaching process using active-learning strategies. Understanding the context of cultural relevance related to patient care is the focus of her teaching.


Dr. Moreland’s research interests include global health, health disparities in LGBT people, and maternal-newborn health in low resource settings. She is Co-Principal Investigator in a qualitative study in lesbian and bisexual women in Rwanda examining Minority Stress. In addition, she is a Co-Investigator in a study examining the impact of nutrition, infection, and vaginal microbiome on preterm birth, premature rupture of membranes, and low birth weight in Rwanda.