Mid-Level Provider

Mary K. Hughes, M.S., R.N., C.N.S., C.T.

Mary K. HughesPrimary Appointment

Clinical Nurse Specialist, Department of Psychiatry, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

Dual/Joint/Adjunct Appointment

Clinical Faculty, Undergraduate nursing program, Texas Woman’s University, Houston, TX

Education & Training

  • 1988 Texas Woman’s University, Houston, TX, MS, Medical-Surgical Nursing, Psychiatric Mental-Health Nursing
    Focus: Clinical Nurse Specialist; Education
  • 1968 Texas Woman’s University, Denton, TX, BS, Major: Nursing, Minor: Psychology & Sociology


  • 1990 Clinical Nurse Specialist by the Texas Board of Nurse Examiners
  • 1995 Certified in Thanatology by the Association for Death Education and Counseling

Professional Memberships  & Offices

  • Sigma Theta Tau- Secretary-2001-2003
  • American Psychosocial Oncology Society- Treasurer- 2009-2011, Nominating committee-2007, Editoral board member- 2004-2006, Conference planning committee-2006-2009, ad hoc manuscript reviewer- 2004-present
  • International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health- abstract reviewer-2008; Association for Death Education and Counseling- Certification test committee- 2006-Present
  • Oncology Nursing Society- Education advisory panel-2003-2005, Field reviewer- Putting Evidence into Practice- 2006, 2007, 2008
  • Houston Chapter Oncology Nursing Society- Nominating committee- 2005, President-2007, Program committee- 2009


  • Oncology Nursing Society, 2009 Mara Mogensen Flaherty Memorial Lectureship
  • Oncology Nursing Society, 2007 Excellence in Supportive Care Award
  • Texas Nurses Association, 2003 one of 20 outstanding Houston nurses
  • Texas Woman’s University, 2001, 100 Great Nursing Alumni
  • Oncology Nursing Society, 1996 Quality of Life Lectureship
  • The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, 1993, Brown Foundation Inc. Award, Outstanding Nurse-Oncologist
  • The American Cancer Society, 1986 "Sword of Hope Award"

Selected Publications

  1. Hughes, M.K. (2009). Communication issues for Oncology Nurses at Difficult Times in Burke, C (Ed.), Psychosocial Dimensions of Oncology Nursing Care (2nd ed.), (pp 29-58), Pittsburgh, PA. ONS.
  2. Hughes, M.K. (2008). Alterations of sexual function in women with cancer, Seminars in Oncology Nursing 24 (2), 91-101.
  3. Hughes, M. (2006). Physical Symptom Management: Sexual Dysfunction. In Holland, J, Greenberg, D & Hughes, M (Eds.), Quick reference for oncology clinicians: The psychiatric & psychological dimensions of cancer symptom management. (pp90-93). VA. IPOS Press.


  • Consultant- Identification and Treatment of Depression in Underserved African American and Latino Patients with Cancer- ongoing
  • RCR, P.I., Prevalence of Fatigue and its Relationship to Insomnia and Anxiety in Oncology Patients Referred to one Clinical Nurse Specialist in Psychiatry- ongoing
  • RCR, P.I., Prevalence of Sexual Dysfunction in Women with Cancer Referred to Psychiatric Outpatient Clinic- closed 03/08
  • RCR, P.I., Referral Patterns of Oncology Patients for Sexual Dysfunction- closed 01/08

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