Loyola University Chicago

Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing

Faculty and Staff

Nancy Hogan, PhD, RN, FAAN

Title/s: Distinguished Professor

Office #: BVM, Room 914, LSC

Phone: 773.508.8956

E-mail: nhogan@luc.edu

Research Interests

Childhood and Adult bereavement; End of Life; Personal Growth as an Outcome of Trauma/Tragedy; Social Support as a Mediator of Stress Events; Coping and Adaptation Modeling.

Research Methods:
Psychometrics, qualitative research: generating empirically derived theory - grounded theory, focus group, content analysis, quantitative research: Model testing - structural equation modeling.

The primary focus of Dr. Hogan’s research has been to generate empirically derived research instruments and theories for studying the child, adolescent and adult bereavement process. Her research program has resulted in the development and testing of the instruments to measure child and adolescent grief and personal growth and subsequently the generation of the Grief to Personal Growth Bereavement theory. In addition, she has developed instruments to measure the adult bereavement process and using these instruments she tested the construct validity of the adult Grief to Personal Growth Bereavement Theory using structural equation modeling. In addition, she developed and tested instruments to measure child, adolescent and adult social support and continuing bonds to the deceased and the relationship of these variables on bereaved individuals grieving. Dr. Hogan is currently studying the effects of time on the bereavement process of tissue donor family members. Her instruments have been used in studies nationally and internationally and translated into numerous languages. Her research is published in numerous peer-reviewed research journals.


Dr. Hogan is the Director of Research and has taught undergraduate courses in research and professional role, at the Master’s level a research course and at the PhD level the educational practicum, philosophy of science, concepts and theories, measurement and qualitative methodology. Dr. Hogan has served as a dissertation chair and member of numerous student dissertations. She has mentored faculty members in the SON and within Loyola University community in research methodology.


Dr. Hogan has served on scientific review committees within the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, Loyola University, NIH and Hong Kong, China.  She has served in many leadership and volunteer positions including as a board member to the Association of Death Education and Counseling and the International Work Group on Death, Dying and Bereavement. She has served as a member of dissertation committees for students from Italy and Finland and as chair of a dissertation defense in Sweden. Dr. Hogan is a member of the Midwest Nursing Research Society where she currently serves as a Co-host Chair for the 2013 conference. Dr. Hogan is a peer reviewer for a number of research journals.