Clara M. Gona, PhD, FNP-BC

Clara Gona profile
Assistant Professor, Track Co-Coordinator Family NP Specialty
(617) 724-2736
Office Location: 
Shouse - 219

Dr. Gona received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the Johns Hopkins University, her Master’s in Nursing from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, and a PhD also in Nursing from Boston College. She joined the MGH Institute in 2011.

She is Assistant Professor and Track Co-Coordinator of the Family NP Specialty in the School of Nursing, teaches in the Direct-Entry Master of Science in Nursing program (Family track). She has been a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner since 2002, and maintains her clinical practice at Spaulding North End.

Her research interest is Global Health, focusing on quality of life in women living with HIV/AIDS, immigrant and refugee health and international nurse workforce issues. She also teaches in the interprofessional Certificate of Completion in Global Health Equity and Innovations.

Prior to coming to the MGH Institute Dr. Gona was an Assistant Professor at Simmons College where she taught in the Baccalaureate, Accelerated Baccalaureate and the Direct Entry Master of Science in Nursing program.



Gona, C.M, 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

Clara M. Gona, ”Nausea and vomiting” in Primary Care: Collaborative Practice, Terri M. Buttaro et al, Editors, Publisher: Mosby (2011)

Clara M. Gona, ”Abdominal Pain” in Primary Care: Collaborative Practice Terri M. Buttaro et all, Editors, Publisher: Mosby (2011)

See Curriculum Vitae for complete list.


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

Reidy, P., Gona, C., Baldwin, J., Doherty, R., Knab, M., Hunsaker, E. (October 2017). “Collaboration for Chronic Care Management: Establishing an Interprofessional Healthcare Partnership.” Collaborating Across Borders, Alberta, Canada.

Clara M. Gona, Zimbabwean women’s experiences of being on antiretroviral medications. Poster Presentation, XIX International AIDS Conference, July 22-27, 2012, Washington, DC

Clara M. Gona, “The trauma of being diagnosed with HIV/AIDS for Zimbabwean women” (Oral Presentation). 41st Biennial Convention (29 October - 2 November 2011), Sigma Theta Tau International, Honor Society of Nursing, Grapevine, Texas

Clara M. Gona Zimbabwean women being diagnosed and living with HIV/AIDS; Poster presentation. 23rd Annual ENRS Scientific Sessions Philadelphia, PA, March 2011.


Diploma in Nursing: Harare Hospital School of Nursing
BSN, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
MSN, Family Advanced Practice specialty, University of North Carolina, Wilmington, NC
PhD, Boston College

Curriculum Vitae