Coleen Toronto

B.S.N Northeastern University
M.S.N Framingham State University
Ph.D University of Massachusetts Dartmouth  

Dr. Coleen Toronto has been teaching at Curry College School of Nursing since 2009.  She is currently the RN-BS program coordinator. Prior to working at Curry College, Dr. Toronto taught in the nursing pre-licensure programs at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and Boston College.   

Dr. Toronto is certified as a Certified Nurse Educator (CNE). She is a member of the Metro West Health Foundation's Board of Trustees.  Dr. Toronto is an active member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and currently serves as Vice President for Framingham State University's Rho Phi Chapter.  She is a member of the Association of Community Health Nursing Educators, Massachusetts Association of Public Health Nurses, Eastern Nursing Research Society, American Nursing Informatics Association, National League for Nursing, and Massachusetts Rhode Island League for Nursing.

Research interests

Nursing Education
Health Literacy
Information Literacy
Delphi Methodology  


Population Health in the Community
Teaching Strategies and Evaluation Methods
Informatics and Health Information Systems  

Representative publications

Toronto, C. E., Quinn, B., & Remington, R. (2018).  Methodological review characteristics of reviews published in nursing literature: A. Advances in Nursing Science.41(1), 30-40. doi: 10.1097/ANS.0000000000000180

Toronto, C. (2017). Considerations for conducting an e-Delphi study: A case study. Nurse Researcher, 24(5), 10-15. doi: 10.7748/nr.2017.e1498

Toronto, C. E. (2016). Health literacy competencies for registered nurses: An e-Delphi Study.The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, 47(12), 558-565. doi:10.3928/00220124-20161115-09  

Lawless, J., Toronto, C. E. & Grammatica, G. L. (2016). Health literacy and information Literacy: A concept comparison. Reference Services Review. 44(2), 144-162. doi:10.1108/RSR-02-2016-0013

Toronto, C. E. & Weatherford, B. (2016). Registered nurses' experiences with individuals with low health literacy: A qualitative descriptive study. Journal for Nurses in Professional Development, 32(1), 8-14. doi: 10.1097/NND.0000000000000211

Toronto, C. E. & Weatherford, B. (2015) Health literacy education in health professions schools: An integrative review. Journal of Nursing Education, 54(12), 669-676. doi: 10.3928/01484834-20151110-02

Coleen Toronto

Name: Coleen Toronto

Department: Nursing

Title: Associate Professor

Phone: (617)979-3562

E-mail: Contact Me


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