Holly B. Fontenot, PhD, APRN, WHNP-BC, FAAN

Associate Dean for Research, Frances A. Matsuda Chair in Women's Health & Professor

Nancy Atmospera-Walch School of Nursing
University of Hawaii at Manoa
2528 McCarthy Mall, Webster Hall 402D
Honolulu, HI 96822
Ph: 808-956-4917
Fax: 808-956-3257

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Holly Fontenot is the Associate Dean for Research, Professor, and the Francis A. Masuda Chair in Women’s Health at the UH Manoa Nancy Atmospera-Walch School of Nursing. She is a board certified women’s health nurse practitioner and has extensive experiences as an educator mentoring the next generation of nurses, nurse practitioners, and nursing scholars.

To address current health care challenges, she is committed to fostering nurses to become leaders of clinical and scientific teams, unleash their creativity and utilize innovative strategies to engage marginalized communities, promote health in multicultural environments, and actively disseminate nursing scholarship to multidisciplinary audiences.

Dr. Fontenot’s scholarly focus is on promotion of health for women and adolescents. Her work, in collaboration with colleagues across disciplines seeks to address health disparities and answer questions with direct clinical applications. Her program of research currently focuses on developing innovative strategies to reduce HPV-associated cancers via vaccination and screening. Her overarching goal as a researcher is to contribute to the multidisciplinary science that will lead to the eventual elimination of cervical cancers among women. Notably, her research teams have been funded by federal, foundation, and industry grants, including the National Institute of Health, the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the American Cancer Society (ACS).

She is an Associate Member of the UH Cancer Center and an Adjunct Faculty at The Fenway Institute, Boston, MA. Dr. Fontenot contributes to several national health initiatives/advisory boards, including membership on the CDC, Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, Adult/Child Combined Immunization Workgroup, the ACS National Roundtable on Cervical Cancer, and the Unity Consortium. She is also a nursing leader at the Society of Adolescent Health and Medicine. Prior to joining UH she was an Associate Professor and Director of the Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner program at Boston College. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, a Distinguished Practitioner & Fellow of the National Academies of Practice, and is a member of Sigma Theta Tau. Her work has produced numerous publications, multimedia products, and she one of the editors/authors of Protocols for Nurse Practitioners in Gynecologic Settings.

Recent and select grants and publications are listed below. Visit the NIH National Library of Medicine for a full list of Holly Fontenot’s published works.

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