Susan Hickman, PhD
Community & Health Systems
Research in Palliative and End-of-Life Communication and Training (RESPECT) Center
Professor, Community and Health Systems, IU School of Nursing
Co-Director, Research in Palliative and End-of-Life Communication and Training (RESPECT) Center
Director, IU Center for Aging Research, Regenstrief Institute Cornelius and Yvonne Pettinga Chair in Aging Research, IU School of Medicine
Portland Veteran Affairs Medical Center
PhD, University of Kansas
MA, University of Kansas
BA, Wellesley College
Dr. Hickman is a clinical Psychologist whose research program reflects her strong commitment to optimizing the quality of life for older adults in life's final chapter thorugh improved decision-making and communication about treatment preferences. Her area of expertise is in palliative care and advance care planning. She is nationally recognized for her work to help ensure that patients' end-of-life treatment preferences are known and honored as well as for her work translating reasearch into policy.
A Nursing Home Pragmatic Clinical Trial of APPROACHES (Aligning Patient Preferences: a Role Offering Alzheimer’s patient, Caregivers, and Healthcare providers Education and Support)
National Institute on AgingR33AG057463
|Ethics of Medication Deprescribing in Dementia Care (PI: G. Sachs, Co-I: A. Torke)||
National Institute on AgingR01AG057733-02S1
|POLST Facilitation in Complex Care Management (PI: A. Torke, MD, Co-I: P. Monahan, L. Wocial)||
National Institute on Aging
Indiana Palliative Excellence in Alzheimer’s Care Efforts: IN-PEACE RCT R01
(PI: G. Sachs, MD, with Co-Is: K. Kronecke, MD, A. Torke, MD, & M. Austrom, PhD)
National Institute on AgingR01AG057733
|Initiative to Reduce Avoidable Hospitalizations among Nursing Facility Residents - Payment Reform (PI: K. Unroe, MD),||
Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services1E1CMS331488-01-00
The Quality of POLST Decisions in the Nursing Facility Setting – R01 (Co-Is: G. Sachs, MD, A. Torke, MD, R. Sudore, MD)
National Institute of Nursing ResearchR01NR015255
Hickman, S.E., Unroe, K.T., Ersek, M., Buente, B.B., & Sachs, G.A. (2016). An Interim Analysis of an Advance Care Planning Intervention in the Nursing Home Setting. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 64, 2385-2392.
Unroe, K.T., Hickman, S. E., & Torke, A. M. (2016). Care consistency with documented care preferences: Methodologic considerations for implementing the Measuring What Matters indicator. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 52, 453-458..
Hickman SE, Vandenbroucke A, Carney J, Sandler V, Lum H, Hammes BJ. (2019). Artificial nutrition belongs on POLST. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 67, 1985-1987.
Unroe, KT, O’Kelly Phillips E, Effler S, Hickman SE, Ersek M, Hickman SE. (2019). Comfort Measures Orders and Hospital Transfers: Insights from the OPTIMISTIC Demonstration Project. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 58, 559-566.
Hickman SE, Torke AM, Sachs GA, Sudore R, Myers A, Tang Q, Bakoyannis G, Hammes BJ. (2019). A tool to assess patient and surrogate knowledge about POLST. Journal of Palliative Medicine, 57, 1143-1150.
Hickman SE, Unroe KT, Ersek E, Stump TE, Tu W, Ott M, Sachs GA. (2019). Systematic advance care planning and potentially avoidable hospitalizations of nursing facility residents. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 67, 1649-1655.
Torke AM, Hickman SE, Hammes B, Counsell SR, Inger L, Slaven JE, Butler D. (2019). POLST facilitation in complex care management: A feasibility study. American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, 36, 5-12.
Unroe KT, Hickman SE, Carnahan JL, Hess Z, Sachs GA, Arling G. (2018). Investigating the Avoidability of Hospitalizations of Long Stay Nursing Home Residents – Opportunities for Improvement. Innovations in Aging, 2.
Crane S, Haase J, Hickman SE. (2018). Well-Being of Child and Family Participants in Phase I Pediatric Oncology Clinical Trials: An Integrative Review. Oncology Nursing Forum, 45, E67-E97.
Unroe KT, Fowler NR, Carnahan JL, Holtz LR, Hickman SE, Effler S, Evans R, Frank KI, Ott ML, Sachs G. (2018). Improving nursing facility care through an innovative payment demonstration project: OPTIMISTIC Phase Two. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 66, 1625-1631.
†Hickman SE & Critser R. (2018). National standards and state variation in Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment Forms. Journal of Palliative Medicine, 21, 978-986.
Kim, H., Bradway, C., Hickman, S.E., Ersek, M. (2018). Exploring provider-surrogate communication during POLST discussions for individuals with advanced dementia. Aging and Mental Health.
Crane S, Haase J, Hickman SE. (2018). Parental experiences of child participation in a Phase 1 oncology clinical trial: “We don’t have time to waste.” Qualitative Health Research.
Hickman SE, Sudore RS, Torke AM, Myers AM, Sachs GA, Bakoyannis G, Tang Q, Hammes BJ. (2018). Use of the Physician Orders for Scope of Treatment Program in Indiana Nursing Homes. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 66, 1096-1100.