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 a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) in Adult Health and Hospice and Palliative Care. He has over 17 years of health care experience in acute, post-acute, ambulatory, systems, and academic settings. Dr. Reed 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. He teaches in the PhD and DNP programs at the University of Colorado, College of Nursing, and lectures for the Interprofessional Master of Science in Palliative Care program in the School of Medicine.

Dr. Reed’s research experience includes employing qualitative and quantitative methodologies as well as implementing quality improvement and program evaluation projects. In addition, he completed a post-doctoral NIA T32 funded fellowship in palliative care at the University of Colorado, School of Medicine. His research foci include high value-based care delivery and unitary caring science. With his robust background in academics and industry, Dr. Reed coaches and mentors graduate students whose interest aligns with his research.

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


  • 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