Marva Valerie Foster PhD, RN

Assistant Professor, General Internal Medicine

801 Massachusetts Ave | (401) 359-8968

General Internal Medicine


Dr. Foster is a nurse scientist and Assistant Professor of Medicine, in the Boston University School of Medicine. She is a Research Investigator in the Center for Healthcare Organization and Implementation Research (CHOIR) at the Boston, Massachusetts VA Medical Center. Her research interests include health informatics (mobile health and data science), patient self-management of chronic diseases with emphasis on heart failure, implementation science and vulnerable populations. She earned her PhD in Nursing from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, her Master’s in Nursing Education from the University of Rhode Island, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Rhode Island College. Dr. Foster was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the VA Advanced Fellowship Program in Medical Informatics at VA Boston Healthcare System.


Nursing, PhD, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, 2017

Nursing, MS, University of Rhode Island, 2008

Nursing, BS, Rhode Island College, 1998


Published on 5/1/2020

Foster M, Tasnim Z. Data Science and Graduate Nursing Education: A Critical Literature Review. Clin Nurse Spec. 2020 May/Jun; 34(3):124-131. PMID: 32250994.

Published on 2/26/2020

Foster M, Albanese C, Chen Q, Sethares KA, Evans S, Lehmann LS, Spencer J, Joseph J. Heart Failure Dashboard Design and Validation to Improve Care of Veterans. Appl Clin Inform. 2020 01; 11(1):153-159. PMID: 32102107.

Published on 9/1/2019

Foster M, Gilbert M, Hanson D, Whitcomb K, Graham C. Use of Simulation to Develop Teamwork Skills in Prelicensure Nursing Students: An Integrative Review. Nurse Educ. 2019 Sep/Oct; 44(5):E7-E11. PMID: 30339558.

Published on 8/15/2019

Quintiliani LM, Foster M, Oshry LJ. Preferences of mHealth app features for weight management among breast cancer survivors from underserved populations. Psychooncology. 2019 10; 28(10):2101-2104. PMID: 31368197.

Published on 11/1/2018

Foster M. A Mobile Application for Patients With Heart Failure: Theory- and Evidence-Based Design and Testing. Comput Inform Nurs. 2018 Nov; 36(11):540-549. PMID: 30045131.

Published on 10/17/2018

Foster M. HF app to support self-care among community dwelling adults with HF: A feasibility study. Appl Nurs Res. 2018 12; 44:93-96. PMID: 30389067.

Published on 11/1/2014

Foster MV, Sethares KA. Facilitators and barriers to the adoption of telehealth in older adults: an integrative review. Comput Inform Nurs. 2014 Nov; 32(11):523-33; quiz 534-5. PMID: 25251862.

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