Heidi Donovan

Health & Community Systems


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 2010D 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.


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.