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My program of research focuses on promoting patient self-advocacy among women with cancer. Specifically, I developed a model and measure of how patients advocate for their needs and priorities within the context of their cancer experience (the Female Self-Advocacy in Cancer Survivorship Scale). My research evaluates the impact of a theoretically-based, patient-centered serious game (a motivational video game) intervention on women with advanced cancer’s self-advocacy skills, symptom burden, and use of health care services. My other areas of interest include cancer symptom management, instrument development and testing, and financial distress related to chronic health problems. I have received funding from the National Institute of Nursing Research (F31 NR014066), the American Cancer Society, the Oncology Nursing Foundation, Sigma Theta Tau International, Rockefeller University, the Beckwith Institute, and the Nightingale Awards of Pennsylvania in support of my research.
I teach health policy to undergraduate students with an emphasis on providing students with direct experiences advocating for policies related to nursing care, education, and research. A key component of participating in health policy is also developing nurses’ critical analysis, communication, and leadership skills. I guest lecture in undergraduate and graduate courses in the areas of qualitative research methodology, building programs of research, women’s health, oncology, and health policy.
I am an active board member of the Greater Pittsburgh Chapter of the Oncology Nursing Society. I am a Jonas Policy Scholar with the Women’s Health Expert Panel of the American Academy of Nursing. I am the co-founder and co-chair of the Palliative Care Research Interest Group of the Eastern Nursing Research Society.