Faculty Directory

Sean Reed


Assistant Professor
  • College of Nursing

Email Address:sean.reed@cuanschutz.edu

Primary Phone:303-724-8508

Mailing Address:
  • CU Anschutz

Education II North

13120 East 19th Avenue

Aurora, CO 80045

Dr. Reed is an accomplished Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) in Adult Health, Hospice, and Palliative Care, with over 18 years of experience in a variety of healthcare settings, including hospitals, post-acute care facilities, outpatient clinics, and academic institutions. He is nationally recognized as a leader within the CNS profession and has served on the board of directors for the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists. In addition to his CNS credentials, Dr. Reed is board certified as an Advanced Holistic Nurse, a Scholar of the Global Academy of Holistic Nursing, and faculty for the College of Nursing's Caring Science track.

Dr. Reed has a diverse background in business, leadership, and healthcare systems, and is known for his innovative approach to nursing and his commitment to improving quality, safety, and service outcomes at low cost through quality improvement and program evaluation projects. His research focuses on providing high value-based care delivery within a unitary caring science theoretical perspective in palliative care and other nursing service lines. Dr. Reed uses a variety of methods in his research including qualitative descriptive, quantitative, and deterministic techniques. He is currently studying social determinants of health using electronic health records and large datasets.

In addition to his research pursuits, Dr. Reed is a dedicated educator, teaching in the PhD and DNP programs at the College of Nursing and lecturing for the Interprofessional Master of Science in Palliative Care program in the School of Medicine. He also coaches and mentors graduate students with interests aligned with his research and scholarship. Dr. Reed has co-authored many student-led publications aimed to advance nursing science.

Education, Licensure & Certifications

  • Post-Doctorate (T32) Palliative Care, University of Colorado 2017
  • PhD in Nursing, University of Colorado 2011
  • Post-Master’s Palliative Care, University of Colorado 2006
  • Master in Nursing, Clinical Nurse Specialist, University of Colorado 2005
  • Bachelor in Nursing, University of Colorado 2004


  • Scholar, Global Academy of Holistic Nursing, 2022
  • Nightingale Luminary Award, Denver Metro Regional Nightingale Association, 2022
  • President’s Award, National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialist, 2022
  • Fellow Clinical Nurse Specialist Institute 2021
  • Pathfinder Award: University of Colorado College of Nursing Alumni Award, 2016
  • Champion in Healthcare Award (finalist): Denver Business Journal 2009, 2010
  • Inductee Sigma Theta Tau International 2005
  • Diversity Leadership in Nursing, University of Colorado School of Nursing 2003