Susan Rawl, PhD, RN, FAAHB, FAAN

Susan Rawl, PhD, RN, FAAHB, FAAN

Science of Nursing Care
Doris J. Froebe Endowed Professor
Co-Director, Advanced Training in Self-Management Interventions for Serious Chronic Conditions

Contact Information

Phone: 317-278-2217
Nursing 345E, Indianapolis


Postdoctoral Fellowship, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis
PhD, University of Illinois
MS, University of Illinois
BSN, University of Illinois


Susan M. Rawl, PhD, RN, FAAHB, FAAN, is the Doris J. Froebe Endowed Professor in the Science of Nursing Care department and co-director of the IUSON's T32 training program in “Advanced Training in Self-Management Interventions for Serious Chronic Conditions” funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research. Dr. Rawl is co-leader of the Cancer Prevention and Control Program at Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center. Her program of research is focused on interventions to promote cancer screening, primarily colorectal cancer screening to reduce cancer risk, morbidity and mortality. Her studies, funded by the National Cancer Institute, the National Institute for Nursing Research and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, have tested computer-based, precision health promotion interventions to motivate colorectal cancer screening. She also conducts intervention research to improve psychosocial and physical adjustment after a cancer diagnosis, including for people living with an intestinal ostomy. She has conducted several studies testing nurse-driven interventions to enhance symptom management and improve quality of life for cancer patients undergoing treatment and their caregivers. Dr. Rawl has authored or co-authored more than 115 research-based articles in multidisciplinary journals and more than 150 peer-reviewed research presentations. She is actively involved in professional organizations currently serving as Chair-Elect for the Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science, National Advisory Council and on the Board of Directors for the Indiana Cancer Consortium. She is past president of the Midwest Nursing Research Society. Dr. Rawl has served as a scientific peer reviewer for the National Institute of Nursing Research, the National Cancer Institute, the American Cancer Society and international research organizations.


Complete list of published work in My Bibliography (total of over 150):

External Funding

1T32NR018407(2019-24) Advanced Training in Self-Management Interventions for Serious Chronic Conditions (Project Co-Director).

IHS-1507-31333(2016-20) Comparing Interventions to Increase Colorectal Cancer Screening in Low-Income and Minority Patients. Patient-Centered outcomes Research Institute. (Primary Investigator)

R15 CA208543(2017-20) Lung Cancer Screening Identifying Factors Associated with Participation. National Cancer Institute. (Primary Investigator)

Selected Publications

Schwartz, P. H., Imperiale, T. F., Perkins, S. M., Schmidt, K. K., Althouse, S., & Rawl, S. M. (2019). Impact of including quantitative information in a decision aid for colorectal cancer screening: A randomized controlled trial.  Patient Education and  Counseling, 102(4), 726–734. PMID: 30578103

Chung, S. Y., Hacker, E. D., Rawl, S., Ellis, R., Bakas, T., Jones, J., & Welch, J.  (2019). Using Facebook in recruiting kidney transplant recipients for a REDCap study.  Western Journal of Nursing Research,  5, 193945919832600. doi:10.1177/0193945919832600. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 30836840

Haggstrom, D., Lee, J., Dickinson, S., Kianersi, S., Roberst, J. L., Teal, E., Baker, L. B., & Rawl, S. M. (2019). Rural and urban differences in the adoption of new health information and medical technologies. Journal of Rural Health, 35(2), 144–154. PMID: 30830983

Rawl, S. M., Dickinson, S., Roberts, J. L., Teal, E., Baker, L. B., Kianersi, S., & Haggstrom, D. (2019).  Racial and socioeconomic disparities in cancer-related knowledge, beliefs and behaviors in Indiana. Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention, 28(3), 462–470. PMID: 30487135

Gage-Bouchard, E., & Rawl, S. M. (2019). Standardizing measurement of social and behavioral dimensions of cancer prevention and control to enhance community outreach and engagement in NCI-Designated and Comprehensive Cancer Centers. Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention, 28(3), 431–434. PMID:  30670459

Ilyas, M. I. M., Haggstrom, D. A., Maggard Gibbons, M. A., Grant, M., Wendel, C. S., Rawl, S., Schmidt, C. M., Ko, C. Y., McCorkle, R., & Krouse, R. S. (2018). Trail of temporary stomas: a Veterans Administration hospital's multi-institutional retrospective study. Journal of the Wound, Ostomy, Continence Nursing, 45(6), 510–515.

Wambui, G.-M., Cohee, A., Tarver, W. L., Marley, A., Biederman, E., Stump, T., Monahan, P., Rawl, S. M., Skinner, C. S., & Champion, V. L. (2018).  Factors associated with adherence to mammography screening among insured women differ by income levels. Women’s Health Issues, 28(5), 462–469.

Champion, V. L., Christy, S. M., Rakowski, W., Gathirua-Mwangi, W. G., 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 and Prevention, 27(12), 1433–1441.  PMID: 30181203

Cripe, L. D., Rand, K. L., Perkins, S. M., Tong, Y., Schmidt, K. K., Hedrick, D. G., & Rawl, S. M. (2018). Ambulatory advanced cancer patients' and oncologists' estimates of life expectancy are associated with patient psychological characteristics but not chemotherapy use.  Journal of Palliative Medicine, 21(8), 1107–1113. doi: 10.1089/jpm.2017.0686 Epub 2018 Jun 15. PMID: 29905496

Carter-Harris, L., Slaven, J. E., Jr., Monahan, P. O., Shedd-Steele, R., Hanna, N., & Rawl, S. M. (2018). Understanding lung cancer screening behavior: Racial, gender, and geographic differences among Indiana long-term smokers. Preventive Medicine Reports, 10, 49–54. PMID: 2955245

Carter-Harris, L., Comer ,R. S., Goyal, A., Vode, E. C., Hanna, N., Ceppa, D., & Rawl, S. M. (2017). Development and usability testing of a computer-tailored decision support tool for long cancer screening: Study protocol.  JMIR Res Protoc, 6(11), e225. doi: 10.2196/resprot.8694 PMID: 29146565