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William F. Connell School of Nursing

Holly B. Fontenot, PhD, RN, WHNP-BC

assistant professor

Holly B. Fontenot, Ph.D., RN, WHNP-BC

Cushing Hall 306


  • M.S. and Ph.D. Boston College
  • B.S.N. Georgia Baptist College of Nursing/Mercer University


Sexual and Reproductive Health; Prevention of STI/HPV; Vaccines; Women’s Health; LGBTQ Health


Holly Fontenot is an Assistant Professor of Nursing at the William F. Connell School of Nursing, Boston College. She is a certified women’s health nurse practitioner and predominantly teaches in the graduate program, where she is the director of the WHNP program. Dr. Fontenot’s research focuses on promotion of sexual and reproductive health. She is particularly interested in reducing the burden of human papillomavirus (HPV) related diseases primarily through vaccination. Other research interests include the intersections of violence and sexual health. Dr. Fontenot has numerous publications related to sexual health, sexually transmitted infections, HPV, and general women’s health.


  • Adjunct Faculty, The Fenway Institute
  • Per-diem NP Fenway Health/Sidney Borum Health Center
  • 2014 - Graduate Teaching and Mentorship Award, Graduate Nursing Association
  • 2013 - Hall of Honor Inductee, Excellence in Nursing Education, Mercer University, Georgia Baptist College of Nursing
  • 2013 - Women's Health Research Award, National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women's Health

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  • Hill, A., & Fontenot, H. B. (in press). A second look: Umbilical cord clamping. To appear in Nursing for Women’s Health.
  • Fantasia, H. C., Sutherland, M. A., Fontenot, H. B., & Ierardi, J. A. (2014). Knowledge, attitudes and beliefs about contraceptive and sexual consent negotiation among college women. Journal of Forensic Nursing, 10(4), 199-207. doi:10.1097/JFN.0000000000000046
  • Fontenot, H. B., & George, E. (2014). Sexually transmitted infections in pregnancy. Nursing for Women's Health, 18(1), 67-72. doi: 10.1111/1751-486X.12095
  •  Fontenot, H. B., Fantasia, H. C., Charyk, A., & Sutherland, M. A. (2014). Human papillomavirus (HPV) risk factors, vaccination patterns, and vaccine perceptions among a sample of male college students. Journal of American College Health, 62(3) 186-192. doi: 10.1080/07448481.2013.872649
  • Fontenot, H. B., Fantasia, H. C., Lee-St. John, T., & Sutherland, M. A. (2014). The effects of intimate partner violence duration on individual and partner-related sexual risk factors among women. Journal of Midwifery and Women's Health, 59(1), 67-73. doi: 10.1111/jmwh.12145

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