Teresa Hagan, PhD

Teresa Hagan, PhD, RN

Research Interests: How women with a history of cancer get their needs met in the face of challenges.



Teresa Hagan is a postdoctoral research fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard University in Boston. She received her Ph.D. in nursing science and her B.S.N. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing. She previously received a bachelor of arts in anthropology and international peace studies from the University of Notre Dame. Dr. Hagan has published peer-reviewed articles and co-authored one book chapter on topics related to oncology, women’s health, self-advocacy, and symptom management. She is a Jonas Policy Scholar with the American Academy of Nursing in which she focuses on women’s health policy. She serves on the Leadership Committee of the Graduate Nursing Student Academy as well as the Policy Committee of the Graduate Nursing Student Academy, both of which she has assisted in supporting health policy involvement of graduate nursing students. She is a fellow at the GetWellNetwork, assisting with improving patient engagement in their health and care delivery. Dr. Hagan is the recipient of an F31 training grant from the NIH/NINR and the Doctoral Scholarship in Cancer Nursing from the American Cancer Society. She is active in the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition Pittsburgh chapter as well as several other community and cancer organizations.

Twitter Account: @TLHagan

Research Interests

Dr. Hagan’s research focuses on how women with a history of cancer get their needs met in the face of challenges. She has conducted qualitative, psychometric, and quantitative analyses of how adult women with a history of a cancer diagnosis advocate for their priorities and wants. During her postdoctoral fellowship, she will develop and test a pilot intervention to train cancer survivors how to get their needs met. Dr. Hagan aims to be lead a program of research in helping patients advocate for their needs, especially the most vulnerable and isolated patients.


Selected Publications

  • Hagan, T. L., Cohen, S. M., Stone, C. A., & Donovan, H. S. (In press). Theoretical to tangible: Creating a measure of self-advocacy among female cancer survivors. Journal of Nursing Measurement.
  • Altdoerffler, K., Crosby, K., Dowling, E., Emma, E., Hagan, T. L., Hoffman, S., Leger, M., Lewis, M., & Smith, T. L. (2015). Supporting the next generation of nurse leaders: Graduate Nursing Student Academy. American Nurse Today, 10(6).
  • Hagan, T. L., & Medberry, E. (2015). Patient education vs. patient experiences of self-advocacy: Changing the discourse to support cancer survivors. Journal of Cancer Education. PMID: 25846573
  • Hagan, T. L. (2014). Measurement in quantitative research: How to select and report instruments. Oncology Nursing Forum, 41(4), 431-433. PMID: 24969252
  • Hagan, T. L., & Cohen, S. M. (2014). A narrative analysis of global female identity, health, and equity. Advances in Nursing Science, 37(3), 235-248. PMID: 25102214
  • Hagan, T. L., & Donovan, H. D. (2013). Self-advocacy and cancer: A concept analysis. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 69(10), 2348-2359. PMID: 23347224
  • Hagan, T. L., & Donovan, H. D. (2013). Ovarian cancer survivors’ experiences of self-advocacy: A focus group study. Oncology Nursing Forum, 40(2), 140-147. PMID: 23454476
  • Hagan, T. L., Knapp, J., Guo, J., Hughes, S., Roberge, M., Klein, S., Ward, S., Happ, M. B., & Donovan, H. S. (2012). Ovarian cancer survivors’ experiences of self-advocacy: A focus group study [Abstract]. International Journal of Gynecologic Oncology.

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