Susan Rawl, PhD, RN, FAAHB, FAAN

Susan Rawl, PhD, RN, FAAHB, FAAN

Science of Nursing Care
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
PhD, University of Illinois
MS, University of Illinois
BSN, University of Illinois


Susan M. Rawl, PhD, RN, FAAHB, FAAN, professor in the Science of Nursing Care department, is the co-director of the IUSON's T32 training program in advanced training in self-management interventions for serious chronic conditions research funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research. Dr. Rawl is a co-leader of the Cancer Prevention and Control Program at the Indiana University Simon Cancer Center. Her program of research is focused in the area of behavioral oncology, with a special emphasis on interventions to promote colorectal cancer screening and reduce cancer risk. Her studies, funded by the National Cancer Institute, the National Institute for Nursing Researchand the Patient-Centered Outcomes Resaerch Institute, 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 115 research-based articles in multidisciplinary journals and more than 150 peer-reviewed research presentations. She is actively involved in professional organizations and is currently serving on the Board of Directors of the American Cancer Society, Indiana area and recently completed her term as President of the Midwest Nursing Research Society. Dr. Rawl has served as a scientific peer reviewer for the AmericanCancer Society, on numerous NIH panels, 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 PH, Imperiale TF, Perkins SM, Schmidt KK, Althouse S, Rawl SM. (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 SY, Hacker ED, 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 JL, Teal E, Baker LB, Rawl SM. Rural and urban differences in the adoption of new health information and medical technologies (2019). Journal of Rural Health, 35 (2): 144-154. PMID: 30830983

Rawl SM, Dickinson S, Roberst JL, Teal E, Baker LB, 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 and Rawl SM (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 MIM, Haggstrom DA, Maggard Gibbons MA, Grant M, Wendel CS, Rawl S, Schmidt CM, Ko CY, McCorkle R, Krouse RS. (2018). Trail of temporary stomas: a Veterans Administration hospitals multi-institutional retrospective study. Journal of the Wound, Ostomy, Continence Nursing 45 (6): 510-515.

Wambui Gathirua-M, Cohee A, Tarver, WL, Marley A, Biederman E, Stump T, Monahan P, Rawl SM, Skinner CS, Champion VL. (2018).  Factors associated with adherence to mammography screening among insured women differ by income levels. Women’s Health Issues, 28 (5): 462-69.

Champion VL, Christy SM, Rakowski W, Gathirua-Mwangi WG, Tarver WL, Carter-Harris L, Cohee AA, Marley AR, Jessup NM, Biederman E, Kettler CD, Stump TE, Monahan P, Lairson DR, Rawl SM. (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 LD, Rand KL, Perkins SM, Tong Y, Schmidt KK, Hedrick DG, Rawl SM. (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 JE Jr, Monahan PO, Shedd-Steele R, Hanna N, Rawl SM. (2018). Understanding lung cancer screening behavior: Racial, gender, and geographic differnces among Indiana long-term smokers. Preventive Medicine Reports. 10: 49-54. PMID: 2955245

Carter-Harris L, Comer RS, Goyal A, Vode EC, Hanna N, Ceppa D, Rawl SM. (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