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Heidi Donovan, PhD, RN

Associate Professor
Director, Office of Community Partnerships

Acute and Tertiary Care

    School of Nursing
336 Victoria Building
3500 Victoria St
Pittsburgh, PA 15261

Phone: 412-624-2699
Fax: 412-383-7227


My expertise is in symptom management and the development and testing of theoretically-guided psycho-educational interventions to improve outcomes for patients with cancer and their family caregivers. I am the co-developer of the Representational Approach (RA) to patient education, an intervention theory designed to promote behavior change to improve self-management of complex health problems. I have had sustained funding to develop and test a web-based symptom management intervention (WRITE Symptoms) based on the RA with the aim of improving symptoms, patient-health care provider communication, and quality of life among women with recurrent ovarian cancer (NR010735). I am also a Co-PI with Dr. Paula Sherwood on a 3 arm RCT evaluating the impact of a web-based caregiver intervention (SmartCare) on biobehavioral outcomes for caregivers of patients with a primary malignant brain tumor (NR013170).


I teach NUR 2010 & NUR 2210 Health Promotion & Disease Prevention in Culturally Diverse Populations, I guest lecture & supervise research practica and independent studies across all levels of the curriculum, and mentor doctoral students in their dissertation research.


As Director of the Office of Community Partnerships in the School of Nursing my role is to promote community engagement by faculty, staff, and students in order to address the health needs of vulnerable, underserved communities in our region. In addition, I serve on the Quality of Life and Ancillary Data Committees of the Gynecologic Oncology Group and serve on the Medical Advisory Board of the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition.


PhDUniversity of Wisconsin, Madison , WI
MSUniversity of Wisconsin, Madison , WI
Nursing – CNS Oncology
AD Lane Community College, Eugene , OR
BAUniversity of Colorado Boulder , CO


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