Cathi-Ann A. Thomas, MS

Clinical Assistant Professor, Neurology

Cathi-Ann Thomas
75 E. Newton St Collamore Building


Cathi Thomas, MS earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Boston State College in 1979 and a Master of Science in Nursing from Boston University School of Nursing in 1987 as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Neurology and Rehabilitation Nursing. She is ABNN certified in Neuroscience Nursing. She joined the Boston University School of Medicine Department of Neurology in 1984. She has worked extensively with individuals with Parkinson’s disease and their families. As a Clinical Nurse Specialist, she has developed programs to assess the impact of Parkinson’s disease on patient’s and families. Her research activities have included participation in over fifty research studies and she is an active member of the Parkinson Study Group (PSG). She was a co-investigator in a NIH-NIA study “Self-Management in Parkinson’s Disease.” This work examined the role of exercise and education on quality of life. Positive results of this study have led to the ongoing development of “Wellness Exercise Programs” in Massachusetts. She is currently a co-investigator in the NIH study “Social Self-Management in Parkinson’s.” Cathi Thomas has published numerous educational materials for patients and families. She has co-authored Parkinson’s Disease A Guide to Patient Care. She is an author in over twenty peer-reviewed publications. As Coordinator of the American Parkinson Disease Association Information and Referral Center, she has participated in over 250 presentations to professional and lay groups. She regularly speaks to support groups and educates health care professionals about PD. She has facilitated local and national conferences for the APDA and American Association of Neuroscience Nurses. She is the Site-Director of the PDF Edmond J. Safra Visiting Nurse Faculty Program and is a member of the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses, Movement Disorders Society, and Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society. Cathi Thomas is the recipient of the Salvatore A. Esposito, Sr. Coordinators Award and the American Parkinson Disease Association National Service Award.

Other Positions

  • Boston Medical Center


  • Boston University, MS
  • Boston State College, BSN


  • Published on 7/1/2018

    Sprague Martinez L, Thomas CA, Saint-Hilaire M, McLaren J, Young J, Habermann B, Tickle-Degnen L. Using a Macro Social Work Strategy to Improve Outreach in Parkinson's Disease Research. Soc Work. 2018 Jul 01; 63(3):265-268. PMID: 29722873.

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  • Published on 6/26/2018

    Goldman JG, Vernaleo BA, Camicioli R, Dahodwala N, Dobkin RD, Ellis T, Galvin JE, Marras C, Edwards J, Fields J, Golden R, Karlawish J, Levin B, Shulman L, Smith G, Tangney C, Thomas CA, Tröster AI, Uc EY, Coyan N, Ellman C, Ellman M, Hoffman C, Hoffman S, Simmonds D. Cognitive impairment in Parkinson's disease: a report from a multidisciplinary symposium on unmet needs and future directions to maintain cognitive health. NPJ Parkinsons Dis. 2018; 4:19. PMID: 29951580.

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  • Published on 5/17/2018

    Vergara-Diaz G, Osypiuk K, Hausdorff JM, Bonato P, Gow BJ, Miranda JG, Sudarsky LR, Tarsy D, Fox MD, Gardiner P, Thomas CA, Macklin EA, Wayne PM. Tai Chi for Reducing Dual-task Gait Variability, a Potential Mediator of Fall Risk in Parkinson's Disease: A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial. Glob Adv Health Med. 2018; 7:2164956118775385. PMID: 29796338.

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  • Published on 12/12/2017

    Berger S, Chen T, Eldridge J, Thomas CA, Habermann B, Tickle-Degnen L. The self-management balancing act of spousal care partners in the case of Parkinson's disease. Disabil Rehabil. 2017 Dec 12; 1-9. PMID: 29228835.

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  • Published on 10/18/2017

    Vernon GM, Leiningen C, Thomas CA, Dunlop SR. Essential tremor & Parkinson disease: Recognizing the differences. Nurse Pract. 2017 Oct 18; 42(10):35-40. PMID: 28926496.

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  • Published on 6/3/2016

    Ma HI, Saint-Hilaire M, Thomas CA, Tickle-Degnen L. Stigma as a key determinant of health-related quality of life in Parkinson's disease. Qual Life Res. 2016 Dec; 25(12):3037-3045. PMID: 27259581.

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  • Published on 6/3/2016

    Gunnery SD, Habermann B, Saint-Hilaire M, Thomas CA, Tickle-Degnen L. The Relationship between the Experience of Hypomimia and Social Wellbeing in People with Parkinson's Disease and their Care Partners. J Parkinsons Dis. 2016 Jun 03; 6(3):625-30. PMID: 27285568.

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  • Published on 1/1/2016

    Sparrow D, DeAngelis TR, Hendron K, Thomas CA, Saint-Hilaire M, Ellis T. Highly Challenging Balance Program Reduces Fall Rate in Parkinson Disease. J Neurol Phys Ther. 2016 Jan; 40(1):24-30. PMID: 26655100.

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  • Published on 10/15/2014

    Vernon GM, Carty AE, Salemno CM, Siskind MM, Thomas CA. Understanding Parkinson disease: an evolving case study. Nurse Pract. 2014 Oct 15; 39(10):1-10. PMID: 25225972.

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  • Published on 5/2/2014

    Tickle-Degnen L, Saint-Hilaire M, Thomas CA, Habermann B, Martinez LS, Terrin N, Noubary F, Naumova EN. Emergence and evolution of social self-management of Parkinson's disease: study protocol for a 3-year prospective cohort study. BMC Neurol. 2014; 14:95. PMID: 24885181.

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