Maria Pettinato, PhD, RN

PhD, University of Washington
MS, Binghamton University
BSN, Marywood University (Summa Cum Laude)

Associate Professor

Phone: (206) 296-5878

Building/Room: Garrand 402

Areas of Interest

Maria Pettinato, RN, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the College of Nursing at Seattle University, Seattle, Washington. She is an experienced faculty member teaching Patho-physiology, Neurobiology, and Med/Surg nursing in both undergraduate and graduate programs on the east and west coast of the United States for the past 25 years. Her research interests focus on sexual minority health issues and medicinal cannabis. Her scholarly work focuses on substance use, mental health issues, and sexual minority health issues.

Recent Publications

Refereed Journals


Pettinato, M (2012). Providing care for GLBTQ patients, Nursing2012, 42, 22-28.

Pettinato, M. (2008). Nobody was out back then: A grounded theory study of midlife and older lesbians with alcohol problems, Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 29, pp. 619-638.

Swanson, K.M., Connor, S., Jolley S.N., Pettinato, M., Wang, T. J. (2007). Contexts and evolution of women’s responses to miscarriage during the first year after loss, Research in Nursing & Health, 30, 2-16.

Pettinato, M. (2005). Predicting, understanding and changing: Three research paradigms regarding alcohol use among lesbians, Journal of Lesbian Studies, 9(3), 91-101.

Refereed Books

Pettinato, M. (2005). Predicting, understanding and changing: Three research paradigms regarding alcohol use among lesbians. In E. E. Ettore (Ed.), Making lesbians visible in the substance use field (pp. 91-101). Binghamton: Harrington Park Press.

Additional Scholarly Publications

Pettinato, M. (2006). An attempt toward connection and positive change, Neurotransmitter, 4-16.

Scholarly Activities

Currently- Consultant, research project at the University of Washington: Medical Marijuana and Chronic Pain, funded by the WA State Attorney General.

Research podium presentation: Nobody was out back then: Abuse of alcohol by midlife and older lesbians, on April 13, 2007 at the Intersections of Race and Gender: (Re) Imagining the Family Interdisciplinary Conference, Seattle, WA.

Research podium presentation: Nobody was out back then: Abuse of alcohol by midlife and older lesbians, on February 23, 2007 at the Southern Nursing Research Society annual conference, Galveston, Texas.