Susan Rawl, PhD, RN, FAAN

Susan Rawl, PhD, RN, FAAN

Science of Nursing Care
Director, Training in Behavioral Nursing Research

Contact Information

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


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


Susan M. Rawl, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor in the Science of Nursing Care department, is the director of the IUSON's T32 training program in behavioral nursing research funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research. Dr. Rawl is a member of the Cancer Prevention and Control Program at the Indiana University Simon Cancer Center and a scientist with the Behavioral Cooperative Oncology Group. Her program of research is focused in the area of behavioral oncology, with a special emphasis on interventions to promote colorectal and breast cancer screening and reduce cancer risk. Her studies, funded by the National Cancer Institute and the National Institute for Nursing Research, have tested computer-based, tailored health promotion interventions to motivate colorectal cancer screening. She also conducts intervention research to promote 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 55 research-based articles in multidisciplinary journals and more than 100 peer-reviewed research presentations. She is actively involved in professional organizations and is currently serving as president and chief medical officer of the Board of Directors of the American Cancer Society, Great Lakes Division. She recently completed four years as secretary of the Midwest Nursing Research Society Board of Directors. Currently, Dr. Rawl is a permanent member of the NINR Review Committee, serves as an ad hoc reviewer for numerous NIH panels, and recently completed a four-year term as a scientific peer reviewer for the American Cancer Society.

External Funding

2T32NR007066(2006-17) Training in Behavioral Nursing Research (Project Director).

Selected Publications

Groves, P. S., Rawl, S. M., Wurzbach, M. E., Fahrenwald, N., Cohen, M. Z., McCarthy Beckett, D., Zerwik, J., . . . Conn, V. (2012). Secrets of successful short grant applications. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 34(1), 6-23. PMID: 21613655

Liu, C. J., & Rawl, S. M. (2012). Effects of text cohesion on comprehension and retention of colorectal cancer screening information: A preliminary study. Journal of Health Communication [Suppl 3], 222-240, doi:10.1080/10810730.2012.712614

Mitchell, K. A., Rawl, S. M., Champion, V. L., Jeffries, P. R., & Welch, J. L. (2012). Development and psychometric testing of the colonoscopy embarrassment scale. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 34(4), 548-64. June 6, 2011 [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 21646636

Rawl, S. M., Menon, U., Breslau, E., & Burness, A. (2012) Interventions to promote colorectal cancer screening: An integrative review. Nursing Outlook, 60(4), 172-181. PMID: 22261002

Rawl, S. M., Skinner, C. S., Perkins, S. M., Springston, J., Wang, H. L., Russell, K. M, Tong, Y., . . . Champion, V. L. (2012). Computer-delivered tailored intervention improves colon cancer screening knowledge and health beliefs of African Americans. Health Education Research. doi:10.1093/her/cys094