Faculty Directory

Catherine Conahan

Assistant Professor of the Practice


Catherine Conahan is an assistant professor of the practice in the Connell School of Nursing. In addition to teaching at Boston College, she is also a nurse practitioner at a Jesuit high school for underprivileged students. At the high school she precepts 2-3 Boston College D.N.P. students per day and serves as faculty mentor for the students' DNP projects. In addition to her work with vulnerable populations she teaches at least one class per semester in both the D.N.P. and undergraduate nursing programs at CSON.

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