Dr. Shurpin obtained her undergraduate and graduate degrees in nursing from Adelphi University, Garden City N.Y. She holds certifications as a Registered Professional Nurse, an Adult Nurse Practitioner, and a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She currently holds the position of Professor in the Stony Brook University School of Nursing. In addition to her professorship, Dr. Shurpin currently serves as the director of the Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) Program. She is also engaged in support groups for cancer patients and families. Dr. Shurpin has been director of both the Adult Health Nurse Practitioner Program and the Family Nurse Practitioner Program. She has also directed the undergraduate nursing program. Her research interests include oncology and educational technologies. She serves on many national and regional committees related to nursing education and practice.