Kathy Simmonds has been on the faculty of the MGH Institute of Health Professions since 2000, and the Coordinator of the Women's Health/Gender-Related NP Track since 2007. Her clinical work and research has focused on reproductive health, including abortion, unwanted/mistimed pregnancy, and access to services. She is a member of the Steering Committee of the MGH Institute’s Center for Climate Change, Climate Justice, and Health. She has written numerous articles and textbook chapters and presented nationally on her areas of interest. She was a Jonas Scholar and a Jonas Health Policy Scholar, and a CoreAlign Generative Fellow. She was the recipient of the 2015 Nancy T. Watts Award for Excellence in Teaching at the MGH Institute, the 2018 Upsilon Lambda chapter of Sigma Theta Tau Inge Corless Research award, and in 2020 of the National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women's Health, Inspiration in Women's Health-Research Award.

  • BA, Government, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
  • MS, Nursing Women's Health Specialty, MGH Institute of Health Professions, Boston, MA
  • MPH, Family and Community Health, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
  • PhD, University of Rhode Island, College of Nursing, Kingston, RI


Schneller, H., Kaye, J., Simmonds, K. & Weems, H. Proactive professional and legal strategies to challenge abortion provider restrictions. 2018 

Simmonds, K., Erickson-Owens, D. & Schwarz-Barcott, D. Nurse practitioners' and Nurse midwives' experiences providing comprehensive early abortion care in New England. (Poster presentation). The National Abortion Federation 42nd Annual Meeting.  2018

Cappiello, J. & Simmonds, K. Sexual and reproductive health offerings & needs of Primary Care NP Residency/Fellowship programs, National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties, 43rd Annual Conference.  2017

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Nicholas, P., Breakey, S.E., Tagliareni, E., Simmonds, K., & Sabo, K. (accepted; in press). Climate Change and the Health of Populations: Incorporating Stages of Nursing’s Political Development. Nursing Outlook.

Simmonds, K., Cappiello, J., & Hoyt, A. (2019). Sexual and reproductive health content in nurse practitioner transition to practice training programs. Contraception: X, 1, 100005. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.conx.2019.100005

Nicholas, P. K., Breakey, S., Tagliareni, E., Tuck, I., Neal-Boylan, L., Ladd, E., Corless, I. B., Reynolds, R., Lussier-Duynstee, P., & Simmonds, K. (2019). Advancing a School of Nursing Center for Climate Change, Climate Justice, and Health. Annual Review of Nursing Research38, 145-167.

Cappiello, J., Simmonds, K., & Bamrick, K. (2019). A Survey of Characteristics of Transition to Practice Nurse Practitioner Programs. The Journal for Nurse Practitioners. 15, 241-244.

Bosse, J., Simmonds, K., Hanson, C., Pulcini, J., Dunphy, L., Vanhook, P., & Poghosyan, L. (2017). Position statement: Full practice authority for advanced practice registered nurses is necessary to transform primary care. Nursing Outlook, 65(6), 761-765.

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