Faculty Directory

Catherine Conahan

Assistant Professor of the Practice


Dr. Catherine Conahan has extensive experience in oncology nursing, mentorship, and healthcare quality improvement projects. Dr. Conahan has been in oncology nursing her entire career. Her educational journey began at Georgetown University, where she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. She further expanded her knowledge and skills by pursuing an Adult/Geriatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner degree from New York University. Driven by her passion for making a meaningful impact on patient care, Dr. Conahan went on to achieve a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Boston College. Currently, she pursues her passion as an advocate for nursing education and mentorship in her role as a full-time Clinical Assistant Professor at the Connell School of Nursing, while simultaneously working clinically as an oncology Nurse Practitioner.

Clinical Practice

Nurse practitioner at Cristo Rey Boston High School through a partnership through Boston College

Selected Publications

Grossman, J. E., Muthuswamy, L., Huang, L., Akshinthala, D., Perea, S., Gonzalez, R. S., Tsai, L. L., Cohen, J., Bockorny, B., Bullock, A. J., Schlechter, B., Peters, M. L. B., Conahan, C., Narasimhan, S., Lim, C., Davis, R. B., Besaw, R., Sawhney, M. S., Pleskow, D., & Berzin, T. M. (2021). Organoid Sensitivity Correlates with Therapeutic Response in Patients with Pancreatic Cancer. Clinical Cancer Research, 28(4), 708–718. DOI: 10.1158/1078-0432.CCR-20-4116

Meng, Q., Xie, S., Gray, G. K., Dezfulian, M. H., Li, W., Huang, L., Akshinthala, D., Ferrer, E., Conahan, C., Pino, S. P. D., Grossman, J., Elledge, S. J., Hidalgo, M., & Muthuswamy, S. K. (2021). Empirical Identification and Validation of Tumor-Targeting T Cell Receptors from Circulation Using Autologous Pancreatic Tumor Organoids. Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer, 9(11), e003213. DOI: 10.1136/jitc-2021-003213

Selected Grants

2021 CSON Innovation Grant project entitled “Associations between Cannabis Policies, Cannabis Use and Patient-Provider Communication Among Cancer Survivors: A Cross-sectional Survey”

Selected Awards

2021 William F Connell Award DNP Nominee

2021 Boston Globe Everyday Hero award