Susan W. Wesmiller

Associate Professor
Health Promotion & Development


Dr. Wesmiller’s research interests are in the science of symptoms, especially those experienced by women undergoing treatment for breast cancer. Her current research, funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research of the NIH, focuses on the genomic underpinnings of treatment-induced nausea and vomiting in women with breast cancer.  


Dr. Wesmiller teaches graduate and undergraduate Genetic classes and the undergraduate Research course.  Dr. Wesmiller also serves as a guest lecturer on genetic topics in courses taught at the undergraduate and doctoral level in the School of Nursing. She mentors undergraduate students interested in research as part of the Undergraduate Research Mentoring Program, and advises doctoral students in both the PhD and DNP programs.


Dr. Wesmiller serves on the BSN and PhD Councils, the PhD Curriculum Committee and is a member of the University Senate Student Admissions, Aid and Affairs Committee. She serves as the faculty advisor for the University of Pittsburgh Student Nurses Association. Outside of the university, Dr. Wesmiller serves on the Board of Directors for the International Society for Nurses in Genetics and on the Research Priorities Task Force for the Oncology Nursing Society, where she also serves on the Putting Evidence into Practice team for symptom management. She is a member of the American Nurses Association, Sigma Theta Tau International and the American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses.