Katherine Hutchinson joined the Connell School of nursing at Boston College in 2012 as a professor and associate dean for graduate programs. She had previously completed post-doctoral training at the University of Pennsylvania Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research (CHOPR). Dr. Hutchinson had served on the faculty of the schools of nursing at the University of Pennsylvania and New York University. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Nnursing (FAAN) and has been awarded the award for University of Delaware Presidential Citation for Outstanding Achievement.

Dr. Hutchinson’s research focuses on adolescent and young adult risk behaviors and influential parenting behaviors. She has developed tool that measure parent-teen sexual risk communication (PTSRC-III Scale) that has been used by researchers across the U.S. and around the world. Since 2001, Dr. Hutchinson has been a principal- or co-investigator on many NIH-funded research projects.



  • Katigbak, C., Foley, M., Robert, L., & Hutchinson, M. K. (2016). Experiences and Lessons Learned in Using Community‐Based Participatory Research to Recruit Asian American Immigrant Research Participants. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 48(2), 210-218.
  • Willard, V. W., Hostetter, S. A., Hutchinson, K. C., Bonner, M. J., & Hardy, K. K. (2016). Benefit Finding in Maternal Caregivers of Pediatric Cancer Survivors A Mixed Methods Approach. Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing, 1043454215620119.
  • Harris, A. L., Sutherland, M. A., & Hutchinson, M. K. (2013). Parental influences of sexual risk among urban African American adolescent males. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 45(2), 141-150.
  • Katherine Hutchinson, M., Kahwa, E., Waldron, N., Hepburn Brown, C., Hamilton, P. I., Hewitt, H. H., … & Sweet Jemmott, L. (2012). Jamaican mothers’ influences of adolescent girls’ sexual beliefs and behaviors. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 44(1), 27-35.