Ashley Maria Henneghan

Ashely Maria Henneghan
PhD, MSN, BSN, RN, FAAN Assistant Professor

NUR 3.450

Adult Health Nursing Research Tenured/Tenure Track
Interprofessional Health Palliative Care/Hospice Prevention/Wellness Resilience/Mindfulness


As a nurse, Dr. Henneghan's clinical experience has focused on alleviating unwanted symptoms and optimizing wellness for persons with chronic diseases including cancer. She pursued a PhD from the University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing in 2012 and was awarded a fellowship to focus her research on identifying modifiable factors impacting inflammation and cognitive function of breast cancer survivors. Before joining the faculty at UT Austin, she spent a year as a Postdoctoral Fellow at MD Anderson Cancer Center in the Neuroimaging Lab in the Department of Neuro-Oncology.
Since Dr. Henneghan started her research in the field of cancer and cognition, many advances have been made but there are still many questions left to answer. Her research integrates multiple levels of scientific investigation including biobehavioral methods, cognitive science, and patient reported outcomes. Her lab now focuses on both understanding the underlying mechanisms of cancer-related cognitive impairment and evaluating targeted interventions to improve cognition following cancer treatment. Her lab embraces multi-disciplinary research teams and are eager to collaborate!
Dr. Henneghan is passionate about investing all that she can in the future of our nursing profession through education and by mentoring students and providing training experiences that could facilitate the development of leaders in nursing. She teaches Introduction to Nursing Research (N 264). She is also an Interprofessional Education (IPE) enthusiast and represent the School of Nursing on the University’s team completing specialized training in IPE through iPEX, a National Program to Advance Interprofessional Education in Cancer Care.