Catherine Vena, PhD, RN, MS


Titles and Roles

Associate Professor, Office of Academic Advancement
Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Emory University
Research Program
Cancer Prevention and Control


Catherine Vena, PhD, RN, MS, is an Associate Professor in the Office of Academic Advancement at Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing of Emory University. Dr. Vena has over 40 years of experience in the field of nursing and is a member of the Cancer Prevention and Control Research Program at Winship.


Dr. Vena earned her PhD in Nursing from Emory University. She also holds an MS in Nursing from Clemson University and is a registered nurse.


Dr. Vena's primary research interest is in the bidirectional interaction between sleep and cancer disease/treatment processes and their influence on patient outcomes. She is currently the primary investigator on a National Cancer Institute funded exploratory study evaluating sleep-related disturbances in breathing and nocturnal hypoxia in patients with non-small cell lung cancer.


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Dr. Vena has earned the following awards and honors:

  • Emory Williams Award for Distinguished Teaching, Emory University, 2011
  • Susan Baird Excellence in Writing Award in Nursing Research, Oncology Nursing Society, 2007
  • Woodruff Postdoctoral Institute, Emory University, 2005
  • ONS Publishing Division Quality-of-Life Award (ONS Evidence-Based Practice WorkGroup on Sleep-wake Disturbances in People with Cancer), 2005
  • Sigma Theta Tau, 1995
  • Edgar A. Brown Excellence in Nursing Fellowship, Clemson University,1993
  • Nurses Make a Difference, Georgia Hospital Association, 1991

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