Lisa Carter-Harris, PhD, APRN, ANP-C

Lisa Carter-Harris, PhD, APRN, ANP-C

Science of Nursing Care
Assistant Professor
Associate Member, Cancer Prevention and Control, IU Simon Cancer Center
Affiliate Investigator, Group Health Research Institute (Seattle, WA)

Contact Information

Phone: (317) 274-2043
Nursing W427, Indianapolis


Postdoctoral Fellowship, Indiana University
PhD, University of Louisville
MSN, University of Louisville
BSN, Spalding University


Dr. Carter-Harris' program of research is aimed at understanding factors associated with lung cancer screening behavior in an effort to address the world's deadliest cancer. Her research interests lie in understanding the impact of stigma and important health beliefs and their impact on cancer prevention and control outcomes. Her overarching goal is to develop and translate science in this emerging field of lung cancer screening to improve the decision-making process and decisional outcomes in patients at risk for the deadliest cancer in the world. To date, she has developed a conceptual model on lung cancer screening participation to guide research in this area as well as developed and psychometrically validated the Lung Cancer Screening Health Beliefs Scales (comprised of four scales to measure perceived risk of lung cancer, perceived benefits of lung cancer screening, perceived barriers to lung cancer screening, and self-efficacy for lung cancer screening). She has examined knowledge and beliefs about lung cancer and screening in long-term smokers as well as explored the decision to opt out of lung cancer screening in patients who were recently offered screening by their primary care provider and declined. She is currently developing a theory-based computer-tailored decision support intervention called LungTalk to help prepare high-risk patients to engage in a discussion about lung health and screening with their healthcare provider, make a decision about lung cancer screening, and intervene with current smokers who are ready to make a quit attempt. Her work has resulted in first-authored peer-reviewed papers published in leading oncology and nursing journals, including Oncology Nursing Forum, Health Expectations, Cancer Nursing, Patient Education & Counseling Journal of Psychosocial Oncology, Applied Nursing Research, and Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, In addition to research, Dr. Carter-Harris has over 12 years of clinical experience as an adult nurse practitioner and enjoys mentoring students and teaching statistics. She is actively involved in several professional organizations such as the Society of Behavioral Medicine, American Thoracic Society, International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer, American Society of Preventive Oncology, and American Society of Preventive Oncology. She is the immediate past co-chair of the Health Promoting Behaviors Across the Lifespan Research Interest Group and chair-elect of the Decision-Making Research Interest Group of the Midwest Nursing Research Society. Dr. Carter-Harris serves as a scientific reviewer for the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).


External Funding

Cancer Research Network Opportunity Fund (2015–2016) Exploring Opting Out of Lung Cancer Screening Participation in Long-term Smokers. Principal Investigator.

Sigma Theta Tau International Iota Zeta Chapter Research Grant (2015–2016) Measuring Health Beliefs about Lung Cancer Screening: Pilot Testing Recruitment Feasibility via Social Media versus Traditional Methods. Principal Investigator.

Oncology Nursing Society Foundation/Genentech Inc. Research Career Development Award (2015–2016) Lung Cancer Screening: Model Testing and Shared Decision-Making. Mentee/Project Director.

U24 CA171524 National Cancer Institute Cancer Research Network Scholar’s Program (2015–2017) Prevalence of Lung Cancer Screening in High-Risk Smokers. CRN Scholar.

Selected Publications

Carter-Harris, L., Davis, L. L., & Rawl, S. M. (2016). Lung cancer screening participation: Developing a conceptual model to guide research. Research and Theory for Nursing Practice: An International Journal, 30(4), 1-21.

 Carter-Harris, L., Tan, A. S., Salloum, R., & Young-Wolff, K. C. (2016). Patient-provider conversations about lung cancer screening pre- and post-guidelines: Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS). Patient Education & Counseling, pil: S0738-3991(16)30212-9. doi:10.1016/j.pec.2016.05014 [Epub ahead of print 05.17.2016]. PMID:27241830

 Carter-Harris, L., Bartlett Ellis, R., Warrick, A., & Rawl, S. M. (2016). Beyond traditional newspaper recruitment: Leveraging Facebook targeted advertisement to recruit long-term smokers for research. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 18(6): e117. doi:10.2196/jmir.5502. PMID: 27306780

 Carter-Harris, L., Slaven, J., Monahan, P. O., & Rawl, S. M. (2016). Development and psychometric evaluation of the lung cancer screening health belief scales. Cancer Nursing: An International Journal for Cancer Care, 1-8 (ePub ahead of print 05.17.2016). doi:10.1097/NCC.0000000000000386

 Carter-Harris, L., Ceppa, D. P., Hanna, N., & Rawl, S. M. (2015). Lung cancer screening: What do long-term smokers know and believe? Health Expectations, 1-10  (ePub ahead of print 12.23.2015). doi:10.1111/hex.12433

 Carter-Harris, L., Hermann, C. P., & Draucker, C. B. (2015). Pathways to a lung cancer diagnosis. Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, 27(10), 576-583. doi:10.1002/2327-6924.12242

 Carter-Harris, L. (2015). Lung cancer stigma as a barrier to medical help-seeking behavior: Practice implications. Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, 27(5), 240-245. PubMed PMCID: PMC4414901; doi:10.1002/2327-6924.12227

 Carter-Harris, L. & Hall, L. (2014). Development of a Short Version of the Cataldo Lung Cancer Stigma Scale. Journal of Psychosocial Oncology, 32(6), 665-677 (ePub ahead of print 08.26.2014). PubMed PMCID: 4224672 doi:10.1080/07347332.2014.955238