Research Centers & Institutes

Indiana University School of Nursing Champion Center for Cancer Control Research

Champion Center Researchers

Meet Indiana University School of Nursing's cadre of cancer researchers. Committed to a collaborative interdisciplinary approach, they comprise the largest group of oncology-focused behavioral research faculty at a nursing school in the nation.

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Janet S. Carpenter, PhD, RN, FAAN

Research
Symptom management in cancer survivors

Impact
Created a hot flash assessment toolkit, conducted studies testing new treatments and led development of an international position statement to guide clinical practice.

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

Research
Understanding factors and decreasing stigma associated with lung cancer screening, improving decision-making discussions about screening and decreasing smoking

Impact
Tailored programming increases patient knowledge, decreases stigma and empowers shared decisions about lung cancer screening.

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Victoria Champion, PhD, RN, FAAN

Research
Early detection of cancer and cancer survivorship

Impact
Technology can be used to deliver programs to women that will increase screening behavior.

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Andrea Cohee, PhD, RN

Research
Breast cancer survivors and their partners often live with fear that the cancer will return. This may increase depression and anxiety and negatively impact cancer survivorship. This research focuses on helping couples manage fears of a breast cancer recurrence and adjust to life after a cancer diagnosis.

Impact
We will develop and test interventions that will help survivors and their partners deal with their fear of recurrence and related symptoms thus improving quality of life for both individuals

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Janet Fulton, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, FAAN

Research
Prevention and management of oral complications of cancer treatment

Impact
Multinational Association of Supportive Care for Cancer Symptoms systematic reviews serve as the basis for international guidelines managing symptoms related to cancer and cancer treatment.

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Joan Haase, PhD, RN, FAAN

Research
Foster positive health outcomes for children, adolescents/young adults and families using interventions guided by the Haase Resilience in Illness Model

Impact
The Haase Resilience in Illness Model guides all research done through the Children's Oncology Group Nursing Discipline across North American, Australia, New Zealand and parts of Europe.

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Eileen Hacker, PhD, APN, AOCN, FAAN

Research
Fatigue, physical activity, health status and quality of life in stem cell transplant patients

Impact
The development of strength training programs to enhance early recovery following bone marrow transplant.

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Susan Hickman, PhD

Research
Ensuring treatment preference of older adults with life-limiting disease are honored through advance care planning

Impact
Millions of older adults nationwide receive care that is consistent with their documented treatment preferences.

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Julie Otte, PhD, RN, OCN

Research
Managing sleep difficulties and other related cancer and treatment symptoms in breast cancer survivors

Impact
Specific sleep problems in breast cancer survivors can now be identified and appropriate treatment planned.

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Celeste Phillips-Salimi, PhD, RN, CPON

Research
Development of interventions to foster connectedness between adolescents/young adults with cancer and their healthcare providers to improve resilience and quality of life

Impact
Developing interventions based on adolescents/young adults perspectives is vital to creating impactful interventions for this underserved population.

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Susan Rawl, PhD, RN, FAAN

Research
Prevention and early detection of cancer and helping the underserved

Impact
Interactive programs can be used in a health care setting to increase probability that a person will get necessary screening.

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Sheri Robb, PhD, MT-BC

Research
Developing and testing of music therapy palliative care interventions to diminish distress and improve positive health outcomes in pediatric/adolescent cancer patients and their parents

Impact
Research findings are increasing availability of pediatric music therapy services, refining delivery of evidence-based interventions and supporting families in managing distress and maintaining quality of life during treatment.

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Sue Story, PhD, RN, AOCNS

Research
When a cancer patient also suffers from diabetes, there are many problems resulting from the co-occurrence of both diseases. Research focuses on understanding and alleviating the significant problems when an individual who has diabetes is diagnosed with cancer.

Impact
If not correctly managed, cancer patients with diabetes may experience more severe symptoms, and treatments may not be as effective. This research identifies ways to decrease symptom severity and improve treatment outcomes for these cancer patients.​

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Diane Von Ah, PhD, RN, FAAN

Research
Cancer and cancer treatment-related coginitive impairment in cancer survivors

Impact
Breast cancer survivors may use computerized cognitive training programs to address cancer and cancer treatment-related cognitive impairment.

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