Defining and Improving Cognitive Health Outcomes of Cancer Survivors
As a nurse, Dr. Henneghan's clinical experience has focused on alleviating unwanted symptoms and optimizing function for persons with chronic diseases, especially cancer. She received her B.S.N. from Pennsylvania State University in 2008, and her M.S.N. (2014) and Ph.D. (2017) from the University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing. Before joining the faculty at UT Austin as an Assistant Professor in 2018, she spent a year as a Postdoctoral Fellow at MD Anderson Cancer Center in the Neuroimaging Lab in the Department of Neuro-Oncology.
The substantive, sustained impact of Dr. Henneghan's work focuses on defining and improving cognitive and psychosocial outcomes in cancer survivors. Cognitive and psychosocial outcomes can emerge during or after cancer treatment and negatively impact daily functioning of survivors. Her research is aimed at defining, treating, and ultimately preventing cognitive and psychosocial symptoms in cancer survivors. She applies biobehavioral and precision health methods to advance knowledge and develop targeted integrative interventions to optimize functioning and quality of life following cancer treatment. Her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and the American Cancer Society, has been published in 32+ peer reviewed journals, and has presented at national and international scientific meetings and conferences. Dr. Henneghan is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, Chairs the Patient Reported Outcome Working Group of the Cancer Neuroscience Initiative, and serves on the Research and Scholarship Advisory Committee Member for Sigma Theta Tau International.
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