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

Kathy Simmonds Profile
Assistant 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 Assistant Professor and Track Coordinator of the Women’s Health and the Adult-Gerontology Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner Specialties in the School of Nursing at MGH Institute of Health Professors. She is a 1993 graduate of the Institute who joined the faculty in 2000 as clinical instructor in Women's Health and Community Health. She currently teaches at the Advanced Practice level. She received the Institute's Nancy T. Watts Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2015.

She is a 2014-2016 recipient of the Jonas Scholars award and an alumni fellow in the CoreAlign Generative Fellows Program. She has extensive experience as a clinician, most recently working with the Youth Health Centers at the MGH Charlestown Health Center and MGH Chelsea-Roca. She also serves as a trainer and consultant to the Family Planning Program of Action for Boston Community Development.

She 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 and continues to serve as an advisory member to that organization.

Simmonds has been involved in research including a study of women's experiences with medical abortion, and two studies (1997 and 2007) on the inclusion of content on reproductive choice in Massachusetts nursing schools. She has written numerous publications and presented at regional and national conferences on the topic of unintended pregnancy. Her current scholarly work is focused on sexual and reproductive health, particularly within vulnerable populations.

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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