Catherine A. Marshall, PhD

Senior Scholar, National Center of Excellence in Women's Health
Phone Number: 
(520) 626-8528

UACC Information

Professional Bio: 

A Fulbright Scholar, Catherine A. Marshall, PhD, has worked for more than 30 years in the area of chronic illness and disability. Since 2004, her work has focused on cancer as a chronic illness, how cancer may result in disability and/or affect employment and productivity.

In 2007, Marshall was awarded the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award for Individual Senior Fellowship from the National Cancer Instititute. This work has resulted in a campus-community partnership providing a free service, Un Abrazo Para La Familia, to low income families facing cancer. Dr. Marshall serves as the Director of Psycho-educational Services for Abrazo.

Dr. Marshall is the founder and president of the Women's International Leadership Insitute, a non-profit organization whose purpose it is to benefit low-income women seeking to improve their educational and economic status. In addition, she is also a Senior Scholar with the UA National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health.

Read more at the Jim and Doris Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences.

Research Information

Research Program: 
Cancer Prevention and Control
Member Status: 
Affiliate Member
Year of Membership Acceptance: 
Summary of Research Activity: 

Cancer as Chronic Illness/Disability; Families and Chronic Illness/Disability; Participatory Action Research and Indigenous Communities; Indigenous People and Disability; Women and Disability/Rehabilitation.

El Rio Health Center Foundation
12/01/2009 – 11/31/2010
Principal Investigator: MARSHALL, CATHERINE A PHD
Project Title: Un Abrazo Para La Familia
Role: Project Director for Psychoeducational Intervention

How Families Cope With Cancer - Frances McCelland Institute

Selected Publications: 
Caldwell, J.Y., Davis, J.D., Du Bois, B., Echo-Hawk, H., Erickson, J.S., Goins, R.T., Hill, C., Hillabrant, W., Johnson, S.R., Kendall, E., Keemer, K., Manson, S.M., Marshall, C.A., Running Wolf, P., Santiago, R.L., Schacht, R., & Stone, J.B. (2005). Culturally competent research with American Indians and Alaska Natives: Findings and recommendations of the First Symposium of the Work Group on American Indian Research and Program Evaluation Methodology (AIRPEM). American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research: The Journal of the National Center, 12(1), 1-21
Cochran, P., Marshall, C.A., Garcia-Downing, C., Kendall, E., Cook, D., McCubbin, L., & Gover, R.M.S. (2008). Indigenous ways of knowing: Implications for participatory research and community. American Journal of Public Health, 98, 22-27.
Marshall, C.A., Kendall, E., Catalano, T., & Barnett, L. (2008). The spaces between: Partnerships between women researchers and indigenous women with disabilities. Disability and Rehabilitation, 30(3), 191- 201.
Marshall, C.A. (2008). Family and culture: Using autoethnography to inform rehabilitation practice with cancer survivors. Journal of Applied Rehabilitation Counseling. 39(1), 9-19.
Johnson, S.R., Finifrock, D., Marshall, C.A., Jaakola, J., Setterquist, J., Burross, H.L., & Hodge, F.S. (in press). Cancer, employment, and American Indians: A partipatory action research pilot study. Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin.
Niemelä, M., Väisänen, L., Marshall, C.A., Hakko, H., & Räsänen, S. (in press). The experiences of mental health professionals utilizing structured child and family-centered interventions in families with parental cancer. CANCER NURSING: An International Journal for Cancer Care.

Professional Information

Positions and Honors: 
Switzer Scholar - "Rehabilitation Support Systems for Persons
with Long-Term Mental Illness: Preparing for the Next Decade,"
Washington, DC, National Rehabilitation Association
Fellowship in International Development, Partners of the Americas-W. K. Kellogg Foundation
National Council on Rehabilitation Education Outstanding Researcher 
of the Year. Given for research with American Indians who have
disabilities; in particular, documenting the importance of working  within
the context of family as an indicator of culturally-respectful practice.
Fulbright Scholar Teaching & Research Award, Mexico: Indigenous
People with Disabilities 
Leo B. Hart Humanitarian Award. Given for “Outstanding Contributions to
Social Justice,”  Arizona Alumni Association, University of Arizona
Participant; Cancer, Culture and Literacy Institute; H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute,  University of South Florida Cancer                                                                                          
Other Experience and Professional Memberships/Affiliations: 
2007- Present, Member, International Psycho-Oncology Society
2006-Present, Member, American Evaluation Association                    
2005-Present, Member, American Association for Cancer Education
2005-Present, Member, American Psychosocial Oncology Society
1997-Present, Member, American Public Health Association, Mental Health Section
1989-Present, Member, American Psychological Association (APA), Division 22, Rehabilitation Psychology
1983-Present, Member, National Council on Rehabilitation Education (NCRE)