Nursing — Full-time
Cathy  Coleman

Cathy Coleman, DNP, RN, MSN, OCN, CPHQ, CNL

Assistant Professor

Dr. Coleman’s professional career includes decades of experience across multiple settings in breast oncology and comprehensive breast center development in the United States; performance improvement and healthcare informatics. Her research interests are primarily in the areas of team effectiveness, leadership and quality improvement. In the scope of health care reform, her interests include the redesign of primary care practice; and breast cancer care from prevention to palliation, especially in underserved populations. She is also a staunch advocate of new and emerging nursing roles such as the Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP).


D.N.P., Nursing, Healthcare Systems Leadership, University of San Francisco
M.S.N., Nursing, Clinical Nurse Leader program, University of San Francisco
Diploma, Nursing, Thomas Jefferson School of Nursing

Research Areas

Quality Improvement
Team Effectiveness
Comprehensive Breast Center Development

Courses Offered
  • All Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) roles courses
  • Foundations of CNL leadership
  • Transitions to CNL Graduate Education
  • Healthcare Systems Leadership
  • Healthcare Informatics

Coleman, C. (2015). Stimulating a culture of improvement: Introducing an integrated quality tool for organizational self-assessment. Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, 19(3), 261-264. DOI 10.1188/15.CJON.261-264.

Coleman, C. (2013). Integrating quality and breast cancer care: role of the clinical nurse leader. Oncology Nursing Forum, 40(4), 311-314.

Bailey, L., Barone, B., Coleman, C., Garrison, J., Goffney, W., Gordon, L. . . . Waters, C. (2011, July 13). Why are women still getting diagnosed with late stage breast cancer in California? How breast cancer screening saves lives. A white paper. American Cancer Society, California Division. Oakland: CA.

La Fargue, M. M., and Coleman, C. M. (Guest editors). (2010). Exploring the economics of breast care: A quest for quality. The Breast, 19(4), 251-252. doi:10.1016/j.breast.2010.03.020

La Fargue, M. M., and Coleman, C. M. (Guest editors). (2009). Exploring the economics of breast care: In search of excellence. Seminars in Breast Disease, 11(3):113-115. doi:10.1053/j.sembd.2009.04.002

Coleman, C. (2009, June). Improving quality, saving lives. Introducing the California breast health campaign. Poster presentation, University of San Francisco - Clinical Nurse Leader Summer Institute, San Francisco: CA.

Kaufman, C. S., Shockney, L., Rabinowitz, B., Beard, C., Coleman, C., Landercasper, J. . . . Wiggins, D. (2009). National quality measures for breast centers: A robust quality tool. Annals of Surgical Oncology, 16:24.

Awards and Distinctions
  • Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Clinical Breast Care Project, Scientific Advisory Board, Certificate of recognition for 11 years of service; 2011
  • Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society of Nursing, 2009-present