Associate Professor, College of Nursing
Associate Professor, Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health
After receiving my Bachelor's degree at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, I moved to Tucson and worked at the Arizona Health Sciences Center while receiving my Master's degree in nursing at the University of Arizona. I worked and conducted my research at the Arizona Cancer Center for many years, during which time I completed my PhD degree at the University of Arizona. I am a founding member of the Skin Cancer Institute at the Arizona Cancer Center and serve on the executive board. I have been an oncology nurse for many years and am a long-standing member of the Oncology Nursing Society and the American Society of Preventive Oncology. Currently, I conduct behavioral science research at the University of Arizona Cancer Center and Medical Center, primarily in the area of skin cancer. I also conduct international skin cancer research in Queensland, Australia.
Using technology as an intervention to educate high risk groups on skin cancer detection and prevention.
Using technology as an intervention to educate healthcare providers about skin cancer detection
My research focuses on two broad areas. The first is risk factors, risk communication and risk communication as they pertain to persons at high risk of cancer and other diseases. For example, I study cognitive and emotional factors, such as risk perception, cancer worry, self-efficacy, and beliefs as they relate to risk reducing behaviors in persons at high risk of skin cancer, such as melanoma survivors and solid organ transplant recipients. I also am involved in studies of risk perception in the context of diabetes and cardiovascular disease in vulnerable populations. The second broad area is using and evaluating technology to improvie skin cancer early detection in healthcare providers, particularly primary care providers, and consumers. Currently I am a co-investigator in two studies using a smartphone-dermoscopy device to improve skin cancer detection and self-efficacy. My research is theory-based and mixed-methods research.
My collaborators at the University of Arizona are investigators at the Skin Cancer Institute at the Arizona Cancer Center and at two universities in Queensland, Australia.
2007: Sigma Theta Tau International, Journal of Nursing Scholarship, award for Best of Genomics to Practice article