Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing
Cathy Catrambone, PhD, RN, FAAN
Associate Professor, Rush University College of Nursing
Cathy Catrambone, PhD, RN, FAAN, is an associate professor at Rush University College of Nursing in Chicago. She teaches in the Doctors of Nursing Practice and PhD programs with an emphasis on outcomes research, evidence-based practice, leadership development, and health policy. Following 10 years of distinguished service at the international level, Dr. Catrambone is currently the president of the nursing honor society, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), for 2015 to 2017. She provides strategic leadership in advancing the world health mission of STTI, which claims over 135,000 members in 91 countries worldwide. She is a leader in the STTI Global Advisory Panel for the Future of Nursing, which will establish a voice and vision for the future of nursing and midwifery and advance global health.
Dr. Catrambone’s clinical background is adult pulmonary critical care. She is a pulmonary nurse expert and well known for her leadership and advocacy in promoting lung health, smoke-free living, and clean air. She has worked tirelessly over the last 20 years in advocacy efforts to enact smoke-free legislation in Chicago. She has served on the Respiratory Health Association (RHA) Board of Directors and Executive Committee for two decades and was president of their Nursing Assembly.
She is co-chair of the Illinois Department of Public Health’s (IDPH) Asthma Partnership Executive Committee, which executes the State Asthma Plan. Funded by IDPH, her research focuses on asthma surveillance and system-level interventions to promote guideline-recommended asthma care in the emergency department setting.
Dr. Catrambone has presented her research at national and international meetings and has published her work in peer-reviewed journals. She is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and the Institute of Medicine of Chicago. For her leadership in advancing the lung health mission in Chicago, she was awarded the Herbert De Young Medal.