Victoria L. Champion, PhD, RN, FAAN

Victoria L. Champion, PhD, RN, FAAN

The Office of Research Support
Community & Health Systems
Distinguished Professor
Edward and Sarah Stam Cullipher Endowed Chair
Associate Director of Community Outreach and Population Science, IU Simon Cancer Center

Contact Information

Phone: 317-274-4187
Nursing 318, Indianapolis


PhD, Indiana University
MSN, Indiana University
BSN, Indiana University


Dr. Champion's program of research has provided a significant knowledge base from which to develop interventions that encourage primary and secondary cancer prevention activities, thus leading to the discovery of cancer at earlier and more curable stages. Her NIH funded research spans 35 years and focuses in three primary areas across the Cancer Control Continuum: 1) tailored interactive intervention programs to increase screening for both breast and colorectal cancer, 2) use of technology to develop and deliver interventions with the intent of increasing accessibility for underserved populations, and 3) cancer survivorship which includes the study of symptoms and symptom burden in cancer survivors.  She has purposefully built her program of research with two cross­ cutting threads- reaching underserved populations and pushing the boundaries of technology-driven interventions. She is a prolific author with over 23,000 citations and an h-index of 64.

In 1990, Dr. Champion was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and in 1994, she was honored as the Distinguished Nurse Researcher by the Midwest Nursing Research Society. She received the national Oncology Nursing Society Excellence in Cancer Nursing Award in 2001 and in 2004 received the Pathfinder award from the National Institute for Nursing Research for her program of research. More recently Dr. Champion received the Ada Sue Hinshaw (first director of the National Institute for Nursing Research) award for lifetime contributions to nursing science. She became a distinguished professor in 2001 and received the President’s Medal for Excellence in 2016. 

She has served on numerous peer review panels and advisory boards, including her appointment by President George Bush to a six-year term on the National Cancer Advisory Board. She served as a member of the Department of Defense breast cancer integration panel and received a presidential appointment to the CDC Executive Committee for breast and cervical cancer. She was inducted into the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame in Prague, Czech Republic in 2013.  Nationally, Dr. Champion has served on study sections for the National Cancer Institute, National Institute of Nursing Research and the American Cancer Society for over 30 years as well as serving on numerous review panels for other national and international organizations.  She currently serves as an external advisory member for five NCI funded T32 grants.

As past scientific director of the Mary Margaret Walther Research Program of the Walther Cancer Institute, she led Indiana University in developing the interdisciplinary Cancer Control program one of the four research programs of the IUSCC. During her tenure as scientific director of the MMWP, she founded the Behavioral Cooperative Oncology Group, a collaborative of senior cancer control scientists at midwestern universities who supported development of cancer control science and led training of interdisciplinary pre and post-doctoral fellows.  With the late Dr. Steven Williams, she founded the Indiana Cancer Consortium, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and dedicated to reducing cancer mortality in Indiana.   On August 6th, 2019, the Indiana Simon Cancer Center announced its NCI designation of Comprehensive.  Dr. Champion’s tireless efforts to develop Cancer Control research and her leadership in Community Outreach and Engagement significantly contributed to this designation.

Throughout her career, Dr. Champion has focused on training the next cadre of interdisciplinary cancer control scientists.  Her formal mentoring began early in her career (1990) with becoming the primary mentor for an individual F31 training grant, the first awarded to Indiana University School of Nursing.  Since 1990 she has been the primary mentor for nine F31’s one F32, two K07’s and has received 15 years of funding from the National Cancer Institute to train interdisciplinary scientists in Cancer Prevention and Control.  She is the recipient of a prestigious 5-year K05 senior mentoring award from the National Cancer Institute and has obtained many minority supplements to train racially diverse scientists.  She is director of the interdisciplinary training in cancer control grants now in its 14th year of NCI funding to train postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty. Many of her past mentees have become scientists funded by NIH-a strong testament to her outstanding mentoring.

Complete List of Published Work in My Bibliography:

External Funding

R01CA196246 (2015-2020) Comparative effectiveness of interventions to improve screening among rural women (Co-Principal Investigator)

K05CA175048 (2014-2019) Research and training for behavioral oncology interventions (Principal Investigator)

T32CA117865 (2016-2021) interdisciplinary training in behavioral oncology (Principal Investigator)

R01CA230542 (2019-2023) Acceptance and commitment therapy for fatigue in metastatic breast cancer. (Co-Investigator)

R21CA235788 (2019-2021) Acceptance and commitment therapy for fatigue interference in advanced gastrointestinal cancer patients and caregiver burden. (Co-Investigator)

R01CA194030 (2015-2020) An integrative approach to identify causal epigenetic markers for breast cancer (Co-Investigator)

HIS-1507-31333 (2016-2020) Comparing interventions to increase colorectal cancer screening in low-income and minority patients (Co-Investigator)

UM1CA182884 (2015-2020) Cancer disparities research network (CDRN) cohort (Co-Investigator)

KL2TR025760 (2013-2018) Indiana clinical and translational science institute (Co-Investigator)

K07CA168883 ((2013-2018) Telephone symptom management for advanced lung cancer patients and caregivers (Primary Mentor)

UL1RR025761 (2008-2018) Indiana clinical and translational sciences institute (Co-Investigator)

Selected Publications

Selected Publications out of 201 published

Rand, K.L., Cohee, A.A., Monahan, P.O., Wagner, L.I., Shanahan, M.L., & Champion, V.L. (2019). Coping among breast cancer survivors: a confirmatory factor analysis of the brief COPE. Journal of Nursing Measurement, 27(2):259-276.

Champion, V.L., Christy, S.M., Rakowski, W., Gathirua-Mwangi, W., Tarver, W.L., Carter-Harris, L., Cohee, A.A., Marley, A.R., Jessup, N.M., Biederman, E., Kettler, C.D., Stump, T.E., Monahan, P., Lairson, D.R., & Rawl, S.M. (2018). A randomized trial to compare a tailored web-based intervention and tailored phone counseling to usual care for increasing colorectal cancer screening.  Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, 27(12):1433-1441.

Cohee, A.A., Adams, R.N. Fife, B.L., Von Ah, D.M., Monahan, P.O., Zoppi, K., Cella, D., & Champion, V.L. (2017).The relationship between depressive symptoms and social cognitive processing in partners of long-term breast cancer survivors. Oncology Nursing Forum, 44(1): 44-51.

Champion, V.L., Wagner, L.I., Monahan, P.O., Daggy, J., Smith, L., Cohee, A., Ziner, K.W., Haase, J., Miller, K.D., Pradhan, K., Unverzagt, F.W., Cella, D., Ansari, B., & Sledge, Jr, G.W.  (2014). Comparison of Younger and Older Breast Cancer Survivors and Age-Matched Controls on Specific and Overall Quality of Life Domains. Cancer, 120(15): 2237-2246. NIHMS:602744.PMID: 24891116.

Champion, V.L., Rawl, S.M., Bourff, S., Champion, K., Smith, L.G., Buchanan, A.,Fish, L., Monahan, P.O., Stump, T.E., Springston, J., Gathirua-Mwangi, W., & Skinner, C.  (2014). Randomized Trial of DVD, Telephone, and Usual Care for Increasing Mammography Adherence.  Journal of Health Psychology:1-11. PMID: 25070967. NIHMSID 682005. DOI: 10.1177/1359105314542817.

Champion VL, Rawl SM, Bourff SA, Champion KM, Smith LG, Buchanna AH, Fish LJ, Monahan PO, Stump TE, Springston JK, Gathirua-Mwangi WG, Skinner CS. (2016). Randomized trial of DVD, telephone and usual       care for increasing mammography adherence. Journal of Health Psychology; 21 (6): 916-26. PMID: 25070967

Gathirua-Mwangi, W.G., Monahan, P., Stump, T., Rawl, S.N, Skinner, S.C., & Champion, V.L. (2016). Mammography adherence in African American Women: Results of a randomized controlled trial. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 50(1): 70-78.