Dr. Donna McCarthy




Donna McCarthyDonna McCarthy, PHD, RN, FAAN
Interim Associate Dean for Research
(414) 288-3820

Dr. Jessica Przuszynski
Mauricio Garnier-Villarreal
Research Assistant Professor

Pengpeng Wang
Ms. Pengpeng Wang
Research and College Office Coordinator
(414) 288-3803

Education Background:

BSN, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
MSN, Marquette University ---- YES!!
Ph.D., University of Michigan
Post-Doc, University of Rochester

What made you decide to teach at Marquette?

I had lived in Ohio for over 6 years, and commuting back to Wisconsin where my family lived got old.  I really liked Dr. Callahan and her vision for the College of Nursing.  I wanted to be part of faculty efforts to grow the research enterprise and support the research development of junior faculty and doctoral students. I have grown to hate I-94, but fortunately, Dr. Topp and other faculty give me plenty of work I can do at home so I do not have to come in 5 days a week.

What are your research interests?

My program of research addresses the pathobiology of illness symptoms, including fever, anorexia, and fatigue.

Selected professional experience

Professor, College of Nursing, Marquette University

Mildred E. Newton Professor of Nursing, Associate Dean for Research, College of Nursing, Ohio State University

Interim Scientific Director and Scientist, Division of Intramural Research, National Institute of Nursing Research

Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Nursing

Research achievement

Please visit Dr. McCarthy’s official page

Something to brag in addition to nursing research

Tennis--I am an avid member of USTA recreational leagues and will play whenever and where ever I can.  I also love to travel with my daughters.  We try to do one big city a year, and this year we may try the wine country--fewer options for high end shopping!  This year is the first time in over 20 years I do not have to go-to-work over the summer.

Home-made raspberry jam---I make terrific raspberry jam from berries grown in my back yard.  I enjoy sharing it with my neighbors now that my kids have all moved away.

Retirement plans
When they change the lock on my office door, I will know it is time to quit. I do really enjoy teaching and reading, revising, and critiquing grant applications and manuscripts and will  probably continue to do it even after I retire.


College of Nursing Mission Statement

Through a transformational Catholic, Jesuit education, Marquette University College of Nursing prepares nurse leaders to promote health, healing and social justice for all people through clinical practice and development of nursing knowledge.