Investigator Spotlight


Terry Badger, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC

Professor and Director, Community and Systems Health Science Division
The University of Arizona, College of Nursing.

Dr. Badger’s primary research interests are testing theory-based methods to improve quality of life for cancer survivors and their families during cancer treatment, including decreasing the depression, anxiety and stress associated with cancer diagnosis and treatment. Dr. Badger is interested in developing easily accessible, quality psychosocial oncology services for underserved, multicultural populations. Most recently, she has been testing telephone-delivered and Skype-delivered counseling and health education with Latinas with breast cancer and their family members.

Dr. Badger was a founding member of the Psychosocial Oncology Leadership Team to establish the current Supportive Care for Healing program at the Arizona Cancer Center. Her master’s degree is from Arizona State University and her doctoral degree is from the University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing. She is a psychiatric mental health clinical nurse specialist specializing in working with adults who are depressed, anxious and/or stressed during treatment for cancer.

She has been conducting research at the Arizona Cancer Center for 20 years. During the past 10 years, Dr. Badger, along with her co-investigator Dr. Chris Segrin, has been funded along by the National Institutes of Health (National Cancer Institute, National Institute of Nursing Research), Lance Armstrong Foundation, Oncology Nursing Foundation and the American Cancer Society. She has been a comprehensive member of the Arizona Cancer Center for more than 10 years.

Examples of research topics/methods

  • Examining the effectiveness of two types of interventions (counseling and health education) on quality of life for breast and prostate cancer survivors and their supportive partners (family members and friends)
  • Testing the effectiveness of the same  two types of interventions with Spanish-speaking populations
  • Examine the role of supportive partners (family and friends) in cancer recovery
  • Examining the effectiveness of telephone versus Skype-delivered methods
  • Describing the psychological, physical, social and spiritual well-being of cancer survivors and their supportive partners
  • Creating new health delivery models that are acceptable to survivors and their supportive partners’ and allow greater access to care

BadgertalkingonSkype (2).jpgDr. Badger’s research shows the importance of including the supportive partners in psychosocial care because survivors and their families react to the cancer experience as one emotional system. Supportive partners’ well-being can influence survivors’ well-being and recovery. The long term goal of Dr. Badger’s studies is to change oncology practice, moving beyond a "one-size-fits-all" approach so that all cancer survivors and their supportive partners have access to the variety of psychosocial services they need. Dr. Badger balances her professional life with family, friends and two large German Shepherds, regular exercise, traveling, laughing as often as she can, and enjoying life.

Contact Information:

Terry A. Badger, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC

Professor and Director, Community and Systems Health Science Division

University of Arizona, College of Nursing,

1305 N. Martin, Tucson, AZ 85721

Office Phone: 520-626-6058
Cell Phone: 520-730-7455