Katherine Simmonds, PhD, MPH, RN, WHNP-BC

Kathy Simmonds
Associate Professor, Track Coordinator of the Women’s Health and Adult-Gerontology/Women’s Health NP Specialties
(617) 726-8007
Office Location: 
Shouse - 229

Katherine Simmonds, PhD, MPH, RN, WHNP-BC, is an Assistant Professor and Track Coordinator of the Women’s Health/Gender-related and the dual Adult-Gerontology/Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner Specialties at the MGH Institute of Health Professors School of Nursing. She is a 1993 graduate of the Institute who joined the faculty in 2000. In 2015, she received the Institute's Nancy T. Watts Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Dr. Simmonds completed her PhD in 2018 at the University of Rhode Island College of Nursing, where she focused her dissertation on nurse practitioners and nurse midwives’ experiences providing comprehensive early abortion care. In 2018, she received the Inge Corless Research Award from the Upsilon Lambda chapter of Sigma Theta Tau. She was a 2014-2016 recipient of the Jonas Scholars award and selected to be a member of the inaugural cohort of the Jonas/American Academy of Nursing Health Policy Scholars’ Program. She also participated in the CoreAlign Generative Fellows Program in 2014.

Dr. Simmonds has extensive clinical experience, primarily working as a provider of sexual and reproductive health services to vulnerable populations. Currently she volunteers as a nurse practitioner at the Portland Free Community Health Clinic, and with the organization, In Her Presence, which works to empower immigrant women living in Maine. She is also a nurse in the Reproductive Health clinic at the Cambridge Health Alliance-Revere. Prior to these positions, she worked as a clinician in the Youth Health Centers at the MGH Charlestown Health Center and MGH Chelsea-Roca, at the Martha Eliot Health Center in Jamaica Plain, and at Planned Parenthood-Boston. She also serves as a trainer and consultant to the Family Planning Program of Action for Boston Community Development.

Dr. Simmonds is the founder and former director of the Reproductive Options Education Consortium for Nursing, an initiative to bring training and curricula on reproductive options to nurse educators in New England and across the United States. She was also a founder and leadership team member of Reproductive Health in Nursing, which subsequently merged with Nursing Students for Sexual and Reproductive Health to become Nurses for Sexual and Reproductive Health (NSRH).

Dr. Simmonds has been engaged in scholarship and advocacy related to sexual and reproductive health for more than 25 years. She has published a number of articles and textbook chapters and has presented at regional and national conferences on topics including pregnancy options counseling and care of people during the pregnancy decision-making process, advanced practice nurses’ and abortion care, and sexual and reproductive health content of health professions’ education programs. An emerging area of scholarly interest and activity is the intersection of climate justice and reproductive health.

Research Interests

  • Reproductive health
  • Unintended pregnancy
  • Access to abortion
  • Inclusion of reproductive health in nursing education


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


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. 2.

Flinter, M., Dunphy, L. & Simmonds, K. (2018). The Primary Care Nurse Practitioner. In Tracy, M. & O’Grady, E. (Eds.). Hamric and Hanson’s Advanced Practice Nursing, 6th ed., Elsevier Health Sciences.

Johnson-Mallard, V., Kostas-Polston, E. A., Woods, N. F., Simmonds, K. E., Alexander, I. M., & Taylor, D. (2017). Unintended pregnancy: a framework for prevention and options for midlife women in the US. Women's Midlife Health, 3(1), 8. 3.

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. 4.

Simmonds, K. E., Beal, M. W., & Eagen-Torkko, M. K. (2017). Updates to the US Food and Drug Administration regulations for mifepristone: implications for clinical practice and access to abortion. Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health, 62(3), 348-352. 5.

Simmonds, K., Hewitt, C. M., Aztlan-James, E. A., & Skinner, E. (2017). Pathways to competence in sexual and reproductive health care for advanced practice nurses. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic & Neonatal Nursing. 46 (5), e168–e179. 

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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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Curriculum Vitae