Clara M. Gona, PhD, FNP-BC
Dr. Gona teaches in the Direct-Entry MS in Nursing Program (Family track) and in the Interprofessional Certificate in Global Health, Equity, and Innovations Program.
She received a BSN from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore,MD; a MSN from University of North Carolina at Wilmington, and a PhD in Nursing from Boston College. Her community-based research focuses on African immigrants and their risks for cardiovascular disease. Dr. Gona was awarded the inaugural School of Nursing Seed Grant to study the health beliefs of African immigrants in the US.
Dr. Gona is a Faculty Nurse Scientist at The Yvonne L. Munn Center for Nursing Research at MGH.
Gona, CM, Pusey-Reid, E. Lussier-Duynstee, P. & Gall, G. (2018). The experiences of black nursing alumni at a predominantly white institution in the Northeastern US. Nurse Educator, doi: 10.1097/NNE
Gona, CM, McGee, E & DeMarco, R (2016). What will become of me if they take this away? Zimbabwean women perception of “free” anti-retroviral therapy.
Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, 27(5):667-76.
Gona CM & DeMarco R (2015). The Context and Experience of Becoming HIV-Infected for Zimbabwean Women: Unheard Voices Revealed. Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care. 26, (1) 57-68.
Gona, CM, Lopez, R, Gotora, RS, Gona, PN, & Wood, L. (2019). Attitudes, beliefs and perceived risks for cardiovascular disease among Zimbabwe-born immigrants. Presented at ENRS 2019
Gona CM, Lupafya T, Zhou NT and Gona PN, “The health status of Zimbabwe born immigrants to the US.” Presentation at the Sigma Theta Tau international:44th Biennial Convention 28 October - 1 November 2017
Gona CM, Lupafya T, Zhou NT and Gona PN, “Access to healthcare is not the issue: Perception of risk and HIV testing behavior of Zimbabwe-born US
immigrants.” Presentation at the American Nurses in AIDS Care, City, State, Month 2017
Reidy P, Gona CM, Doherty RF, Knab M, Baldwin J, Hunsaker E, “Integrating Simulation into inter-professional education.” Workshop conducted at the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty Annual Conference, Washington DC, April 22, 2017.
Gona CM, Chikasha V, Dzangare J, Gona PN, Intersection of anemia in changing HIV Prevalence over two cycles of the Zimbabwe Demographic Health Surveys in mothers 15-49 years with infant children, 2005 versus 2010. American Public Health Association Annual Meeting & Expo, Oct. 29 - Nov. 2, 2016, Denver CO.
Gona PN, Gona CM, Chikwasha V, Dzangare J, “Medical Male Circumcision: Should we be concerned about unintended consequences of disinhibition. American Public Health Association Annual Meeting & Expo,
Oct. 29 - Nov. 2, 2016, Denver CO.
Doherty RF, Knab M, Reidy P, Baldwin J, Hunsaker E, Gona CM “Simulation-based learning: effective strategies for developing critical thinking in Inter-professional teams.” Workshop conducted at the American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, Philadelphia PA on April 1, 2017.
Reidy P, Lucey JR, Gona CM, Pomerleau M, Oliver B, Green KM, “Quality Improvement in Nurse Practitioner Education: Integrating Applied QI Simulation-based Learning Across the Family Nurse Practitioner Curriculum.” American Association of Colleges of Nursing's 2017 Annual Master's Education Conference, Atlanta, GA.,February 24, 2017
Baldwin J, Knab M, Hunsaker E, Reidy P, Doherty R, Gall G, Gona CM, “Using Inter-professional Team Simulations to Develop Collaborative Practice Competencies.” Seminar presented to American Physical Therapy Association's Combined Sections Meeting, San Antonio, TX, February 17, 2017
Gona CM, Pusey E, Lussier-Duynstee P “The challenges and strategies for success for Nurse
Practitioner students from diverse backgrounds.” National Organization for Nurse Practitioner
Faculty Conference (NONPF), April 15, 2016, Seattle Washington.
Oliver B, Gona CM, Lucey JR, Green KM, Pomerleau P, Reidy P, “Initial Results of Integration
of Applied Healthcare Improvement Methods in a Graduate Nurse Practitioner Program. Institute
for Healthcare Improvement 28th Annual National Forum, Orlando Florida,,December 4, 2016
Baldwin J, Doherty RF, Hunsaker E, Knab M, Reidy P, Gall G, Gona CM, “Superb Sims: Using inter-professional team simulations to facilitate collaborative practice in healthcare.”
Workshop conducted at the American Speech and Hearing Association Annual Conference,
Philadelphia PA on November 17, 2016.
Gona CM, McGee E, “I am living my life knowing that I have HIV, but only God is giving me
life, and he can protect me just as I am". Zimbabwean women coping with HIV disease”.
American Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, November 11, 2016.
Gona CM, Chikasha V, Dzangare J, Gona PN, Intersection of anemia in changing HIV
prevalence over two cycles of the Zimbabwe Demographic Health Surveys in mothers 15-49
years with infant children, 2005 versus 2010. American Public Health Association Annual
Meeting & Expo, Oct. 29 - Nov. 2, 2016, Denver CO.
Gona PN, Gona CM, Chikwasha V, Dzangare J, “Medical Male Circumcision: Should we be concerned about unintended consequences of disinhibition?” American Public Health Association Annual Meeting & Expo, Oct. 29 - Nov. 2, 2016, Denver CO.
Reidy P, Knab M, Doherty RF, Baldwin J, Gona CM, “Inter-professional Healthcare Partnership: Collaboration for Chronic Care Management.” Presentation to the All Together Better Health, Oxford England on September 7, 2016.
Hunsaker E, Reidy P, Doherty RF, Baldwin J, Gall G, Gona CM, Knab M, “Inter-professional
Education core competencies: using simulations to teach values and ethics in patient-centered
care to graduate students.” Poster presented at the spell out (ASHA) Connect Conference, Minneapolis, MN on July 9, 2016.
Reidy P, Hunsaker E, Baldwin J, Gall G, Doherty R, Gona CM and Mary Knab, “Inter-professional healthcare partnership: collaboration for chronic care management.” National Academies of Practice, Baltimore, April 8, 2016
Hunsaker E, Reidy P, Baldwin J, Doherty R, Gal G, Gona CM and Mary Knab, “Inter-professional healthcare partnership: first steps in establishing a graduate school-based clinic.”American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, Denver Colorado on November 15, 2015.
Gona CM, “Zimbabwean women being diagnosed and living with HIV/AIDS.” 23rd Annual
Eastern Nursing Research Society Scientific Sessions, Philadelphia, PA, March 1, 2011.
PhD in Nursing, Boston College
Master of Science in Nursing, University of North Carolina at Wilmington
Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Johns Hopkins University