Catherine A. O’Connor, MSN, RN, ACRN

Clinical Instructor
  • School of Nursing

Office: 207D Robinson Hall
Phone: 617-373-8207
Email: c.o'connor@neu.edu

Education and Training:
MSN   Boston College School of Nursing
BSN    Worcester State College
BA       Worcester State College
DEC    Nursing, John Abbott College, Quebec, Canada

Board Certification: Registered Nurse (RN) – Quebec, MA, NY; AIDS-Certified Registered Nurse (ACRN)

Research Interests: HIV/AIDS,STI, Viral Hepatitis, Prevention, Testing, Care and Treatment, GLBT Health, Mobile Health Substance Use Prevention, Care and Treatment, End of Life Care

Funding:
O’Connor, C. A., Grindel, C. G., Patsdaughter, C. A., Giragos, J. J., & Mancusi, M. A. (2/2000). Evaluation of Oral Mucosal Transudate HIV-1 Antibody Screening (OraSure) in a Mobile HIV Educational/Counseling and Testing Unit. Funded by a mini-grant through the Massachusetts Department of Public Health AIDS Bureau awarded to East Boston Neighborhood Health Center. Approved Amount: $9,660.

O’Connor, C. A., Patsdaughter, C. A.,  Grindel, C. G., & Taviera, P. (3/1998 – 6/2000). Evaluation of a Mobile HIV Counseling and Testing Unit:  Participants’ Knowledge, Attitudes, and Behaviors, Staff Perceptions, and Cost Effectiveness. Funded by funds from a Title IIIB Grant from the Federal Bureau of Primary Care awarded to East Boston Neighborhood Health Center [competitive proposal submitted for rollover funds]. Amount: $5,985.

NIH Grants:
Role: Coordinator, Mobile Van Outreach, Reducing urban women’s HIV risk: Soap opera videos streamed to mobile devices.” National Institute of Nursing Research R01NR014632 4/01/2015-1/31/2019. http://grantome.com/grant/NIH/R01-NR014632-01A1

Publications:
Reisner, S. L., Mimiaga, M. J., Skeer, M., VanDerwarker, R., Gaucher, M. J., O’Comnor, C., Medeiros, M. S., et al.  (2008). Differential HIV risk behavior among men who have sex with men seeking health-related mobile van services at diverse gay-specific venue. AIDS and Behavior. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18642070

Mimiaga, M. J., Reisner, M. A., Vanderwarker, B. A., Gaucher, M. A., Gaucher, M. J., O’Connor, C. A., Medeiros, B. A., & Safren, S. A. (2008). Polysubstance use and HIV/STD risk behavior among Massachusetts men who have sex with men accessing Department of Public Health mobile van services:  Implications for intervention development. AIDS Patient Care and STDs, 22(2), 745-51. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18754704

Miamiaga, M., Reisner, S., VanDerwarker, R., Gaucher, M., O’Connor, C. & Safren, S. ( 2008) Crystal methamphetamine use, polysubstance use, and HIV/STI risk behavior among Massachusetts MSM accessing Department of Public Health Mobile Van Services: Implications for Intervention Development. AIDS and Behavior.

Dakin, C. L., O’Connor, C. A., & Patsdaughter, C. A. (2006).   HAART to Heart:  HIV-related           cardiomyopathy and other cardiovascular complications.  AACN Clinical Issues, 17(1), 12-23.  acc.aacnjournals.org/content/17/1.toc  http://mobile.journals.lww.com/aacnadvancedcriticalcare/_layouts/15/oaks.journals.mobile/articleviewer.aspx?year=2006&issue=01000&article=00003

Walensky, R. P., Losina, E., Maletesta, L., Barton, G. E., O’Connor, C.A., Skolnick, P. R., Hall, J. M., McGuire, J. M., Freedberg, K. A.(2005). Effective HIV Case Identification Through Routine HIV Screening at Urgent Care Centers in Massachusetts. American Journal of Public Health 1(95) 71-73.  doi:  10.2105/AJPH.2003.031310   http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1449853/

O’Connor, C. A., Fauchald, S. K., Patsdaughter, C. A., Grindel, C. G., & Medeiros, M. S. (2004).    Remembering those who have gone before: The importance of AIDS memorial services for families   and friends.  Illness, Crisis, and Loss, 12(4), 1-12.

O’Connor, C. A., Medeiros, M. S., DeSantis, J. P., Patsdaughter, C. A., Casale, C., & Balram, S. P. (2004).  Special delivery: When the pills “absolutely, positively” can’t be delivered at home.  Journal of Cultural   Diversity, 11(2), 44-48.  http://tuckerpub.com/JCDIndex.pdf

Dyer, J. G., Patsdaughter, C. A., McGuinness, T. M., O’Connor, C. A., & DeDantis, J. P. (2004).         Retrospective resilience: The power of the patient-provider alliance in disenfranchised persons with    HIV/AIDS.  Journal of Multicultural Nursing and Health, 10(1), 57-65.

Patsdaughter, C. A., O’Connor, C. A., Grindel, C. G., Taveira, P. F., & Mancusi, M. A. (2001).  Circle of   care:  Beyond HIV counseling and testing.  Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 12,   381-391.   https://muse.jhu.edu/article/269798

Cameron, J. F., Patsdaughter, C. A., & O’Connor, C. (2000).  Is the cost of home care greater than the cost   of  nonadherence?  Catrina’s journey through the maze of HIV medications and managed care.  Home  Healthcare Nurse, 18(10), 588-594.

Patsdaughter, C. A., Grindel, C. G., O’Connor, C., & Miller, K. H. (1999).  Students’ decisions to select   HIV services for clinical rotations.  Nurse Educator, 24(3), 307-311.

O’Connor, C., Patsdaughter, C. A., Grindel, C. G., Taveira, P., & Steinberg, J. L. (1998).  A mobile HIV  education  and testing program: Bringing services to hard-to-reach populations.  AIDS Patient Care and STDs, 12(12), 931-937. doi:10.1089/apc.1998.12.931  http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/abs/10.1089/apc.1998.12.931.

Areas of Expertise: 
Mobile Health, HIV/AIDS Care, Treatment and Prevention, Viral Hepatitis, Sexually Transmitted Disease, Substance Abuse/Overdose Prevention, GLBT Health, Health Disparities in Vulnerable Populations,  Trauma Informed Care, Motivational Interviewing/SBIRT, Clinical Leaders/Integration of Care.

Honors & Awards:
2016    The Spirit of Nursing Award Northeastern University SON Class of 2016
2015    Dedication to the School of Nursing Award Northeastern University SON Class of 2015
2014    Spirit of Nursing Award Northeastern University SON Class of 2014
2013    Spirit of Nursing Award Northeastern University SON Class of 2013
2012    Nominee Northeastern University Excellence in Teaching Award
2012    Salute to Nurses Award Boston Globe
2012    Spirit of Nursing Award Northeastern University SON Class of 2012
2011    Spirit of Nursing Award Northeastern University SON Class of 2011
2011    Nominee Northeastern University Excellence in Teaching Award
2009   Association of Nurses in AIDS Care: Excellence in HIV Prevention Award
2009   Unsung Hero Award: Transgender Community of Greater Boston
2008   Unsung Hero Award: Boston Chapter Association of Nurses in AIDS Care
2006   Northeastern University, First Provost Practice Oriented Education Award
2004   Association of Nurses in AIDS Care: Excellence in Clinical Practice Award
2001   AIDS Action 13th Annual Massachusetts Community Provider Recognition Award:  Access to Care
1998   Meridian House Provider Award: Advocate for Substance Abusers
1997    Community Health Education Center (CHEC) Outreach Educator  Award