Susan W. Wesmiller

Associate Professor
Vice Chair for Research
Health Promotion & Development


Dr. Wesmiller’s program of research is focused on the science of symptoms, especially the trajectory of symptoms experienced by women undergoing treatment for breast cancer.  Her research has been funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research of the NIH and the Oncology Nursing Foundation.


Dr. Wesmiller has over forty years’ experience in nursing education. She currently teaches graduate and undergraduate Genetic classes and also the Freshmen Seminar. Dr. Wesmiller also serves as guest faculty for the University of Basel teaching Medical and Nursing Care in the Genomics Era.  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 School of Nursing BSN and PhD Councils, the PhD Curriculum Committee and is a member of the University Senate Athletic Committee. Outside of the university, Dr. Wesmiller serves on the Board of Directors for the International Society for Nurses in Genetics, where she is the Past-President. She is also active in the Oncology Nursing Society and the Multi-national Association of Supportive Care in Cancer. She is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, a member of the American Nurses Association, Sigma Theta Tau International and the American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses.