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Dan (Danny) Willis

Dan (Danny) Willis

Nurse scientist focusing on boys' and men's mental health (in the aftermath of trauma and abuse) child maltreatment, bullying, caring and healing, wellness

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs & Associate Professor School of Nursing Work: 608-263-5262 Home page


  • Barriers to healing for men who have experienced trauma and abuse. These include lack of male specific healing resources, stigma, societal expectations around masculinity.
  • Negative consequences associated with child maltreatment and delaying help-seeking. These include addictions, difficulty managing emotions and relationships, anger management, aggression, violence (self, others).
  • Unhealthy gender roles are a societal problem that not only affects families and communities but also men in terms of their physical and mental health.


  • Fellow, Academy of Nursing (for sustained contributions in the area of men's mental health)
  • NIH grant (2010-2013) funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research. Topic: Adult Male Survivors Healing from Child Maltreatment
  • American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) - New England Chapter Nancy Valentine Leadership Award