Professor and Director, Community and Systems Health Science Division College of Nursing
Professor, Department of Psychiatry
Phone Number: 
(520) 626-6058
(520) 626-7891

UACC Information

Professional Bio: 

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 counseling and health education with Latinas with breast cancer and their family members (informal cancer caregivers).

Her research shows the importance of including the informal caregivers in psychosocial care because survivors and their families react to the cancer experience as one emotional system.  Caregivers’ 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 families have access to the psychosocial services they need during the cancer journey.

She has been funded 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 over 10 years.  She is currently funded by the American Cancer Society and V Foundation to examine the effectiveness of two types of interventions (counseling and health education) on quality of life for Latinas with breast cancer and their family members.

Dr. Badger has over 20 years’ experience as PI on various research proposals. She is Professor and Head of the Community and Systems Health Science Division, and DNP and MEPN administrator at the University of Arizona (UA) College Of Nursing. She also holds an adjunct appointment in Psychiatry and is a member of the University of Arizona Cancer Center, Arizona Health Science Center Council on Health Disparities and the Center for the study of Mechanisms of Emotions, Social relationships and Health (MESH).  She has reviewed grant proposals for internal and external grant mechanisms and have served on study sections for NIH.

Dr. Badger has extensive experience including students in my research activities. She has experience with pre-doctoral training (34 PhD students graduated or in progress) and experience with post-doctoral (3) students. All three inter-professional post-docs focused on the health disparities. She has successfully sponsored students who have received funding from institutes at NIH-primarily NINR and NCI, American Cancer Society, Oncology Nursing Society, and Yuma Friends of Nursing, among other private foundation funding. Dr. Badger has worked on proposals with students and junior faculty at UA other institutions. 

Research Information

Research Program: 
Cancer Prevention and Control
Selected Publications: 
  1. Dorros, S., Card, N., Segrin, C. & Badger, T.A. (2010).  Interdependence in women with breast cancer and their partners: An interindividual model of distress. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 78, 121-125. PMID: 20099957; PMCID: PMC2843088
  2. Badger, T.A. ,LeBaron, V.T., & McCorkle, R. (2010).  Screening for emotional distress in older patients with lung cancer.  www.cancernetwork.com: Oncology Nurse Edition, 24 (4), 25-27, 36-37.
  3. Sheppard, K. & Badger, T.A. (2010).  The lived experience of depression among culturally deaf adults.   Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 9, 783-9. PMID: 21040223
  4. Segrin, C., & Badger, T.A. (2010) Psychological distress in different social network members of breast and prostate cancer patients.  RINAH, 33, 450-464. PMID: 20672304; PMCID: PMC2966868
  5. Badger, T.A., Segrin, C. & Meek, P. (2011).   Development and validation of an instrument to rapidly assess symptoms: The General Symptom Distress Scale.  Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 41 (3), 535-548. PMID: 21131168; PMCID: PMC3062688
  6. Badger, T.A., Segrin, C., Figueredo, A.J., Harrington, J., Sheppard, K., Passalacqua, S., Pasvogel, A., &    Bishop, M. (2011) Psychosocial Interventions to Improve Quality of Life in Prostate Cancer Survivors and their Intimate or Family Partners.  Quality of Life Research. 20 (6), 833-844 [epub Dec 2010]. PMID: 21170682; PMCID: PMC3117079
  7. Marshall, Larkey, L.K., Curran, M., Weihs, K., Badger, T.A., Armin, J. & Garcia, F. (2011).  Considerations of culture and social class for families facing cancer: The need for a new model for health promotion and psychosocial intervention.   Families, Systems & Health, 29 (2), 81-94. PMID: 21688902; PMCID: PMC3521537
  8. Segrin, C., Badger, T.A., & Figueredo, A.J.  (2011). Stage of disease progression moderates the association between social support and depression in prostate cancer survivors.  Journal of Psychosocial Oncology, 29, 552-560. DOI: 10.1037/a0023975. PMID: 21688902; PMCID: PMC3521537.
  9. Marshall, C., Weihs, K., Badger, T.A., Koerner, S.S., Curran, M.A., Grarcia. F.A.R. (2011).  “Like a Mexican wedding: Psychosocial intervention needs of predominately Hispanic low-income female co-survivors of cancer.  Journal of Family Nursing. 17 (3), 380-402. PMID: 2181381
  10. Marshall, C.A., Badger, T.A., Curran, M. et al. (2011).  Un Abrazo Para La Familia: Providing low  income Hispanic co-survivors with education and skills in coping with cancer and care. Psycho-Oncology, 22, 470-474. DOI: 10.1002/pon.2108. PMID: 22140003; PMCID: PMC3563927
  11. Segrin, C., Badger, T.A., & Harrington, J. (2012).   Interdependent psychological quality of life in dyads adjusting to prostate cancer.   Health Psychology, 31, 70-79. PMID: 21895374; PMCID: PMC3882321
  12. Badger, T.A., Segrin, C., Hepworth, J.T., Pasvogel, A., Weihs, K., & Lopez, A.M. (2013).  Telephone-delivered health education and interpersonal counseling improve quality of life for Latinas with breast cancer and their supportive partners..Psychooncology. ;22(5):1035-42. doi: 10.1002/pon.3101. Epub 2012 May 10. PMID: 22573418
  13. Badger, T.A., Segrin, C., Figueredo, A.J., Harrington, J., Sheppard, K., Passalacqua, S., Pasvogel, A., & Bishop, M. (2013).  Who benefits from a psychosocial counseling intervention vs. educational intervention to improve psychological quality of life in prostate cancer survivors?  Psychology & Health, 28 (3) 336-354. DOI:10.1080/08870446.2012.731058 Epub 2012 Oct 9. PMID: 23045995; PMCID: PMC3574213
  14. Segrin, C. & Badger, T. A. (2013). Interdependent Psychological Distress Between Latinas With Breast Cancer and Their Supportive Partners. Journal of Latino/a Psychology, 1 (1), 21-34. PMID: 22573418
  15. Hsu, Y., Badger, T.A., Reed, P.G., & Jones, E. (2013). Factors associated with depressive symptoms in older Taiwanese adults in a long-term care community.  International Psychogeriatrics, 25 (6), 1013-1021. PMID: 23506786
  16. Badger, T.A., Segrin,C., Pasvogel, A., & Lopez, A.M. (2013) The effect of psychosocial   survivors and their supportive partners. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare, 19 (5):260-265.  DOI:: 101177/1357633X13492289. Epub 2013 Jun 18. PMID: 24163235
  17. Bean, M.G, Stone, J., Moskowitz, G. Badger, T.A & Focella, E.S. (2013). Evidence of Nonconscious Stereotyping of Hispanic Patients by Nursing and Medical Students.  Nursing Research, 62 (5), 362-367.  DOI: 10.1097/NNR.0b013e02ec. PMID: 23995470; PMCID: PMC3763916.
  18. Ramirez, J., Badger, T.A., (2014). Men Navigating Inward and Outward through Depression.          Archives of Psychiatric Nursing.;28(1):21-8. doi: 10.1016/j.apnu.2013.10.001. Epub 2013 Oct 16. PMID: 24506983
  19. Badger, T.A., Segrin, C. (2014)  Psychological and Physical Distress Are Interdependent in Breast Cancer Survivors and Their Partners. Psychology, Health & Medicine, 19(6):716-23. doi: 10.1080/13548506.2013.871304. Epub 2014 Jan 2. PMID: 24383980
  20. Bean, M.G., Focella, E.S., Covarrubias, R., Stone, J., Moskowitz, G.B. & Badger, T.A. (2014). Documenting Nursing and Medical Students’ Stereotypes about Hispanic and American Indian Patients.  Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice, 64:7 (3), 14-22. Available at: http://digitalscholarship.unlv.edu/jhdrp/vol7/iss4/2
  21. Badger, T.A., Heitkemper, M., Lee, K. & Bruner, D.W.  (2014).The experience of Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System: Pros and cons and unanswered questions. Nursing Outlook,,62(5):332-8. doi: 10.1016/j.outlook.2014.06.009. Epub 2014 Jul 10. PMID: 25218082
  22. Segrin, C., Badger, T.A., & Pasvogel, A. (2015). Loneliness and emotional support predict physical and psychological distress in Latinas with breast cancer and their supportive partners.  The Open Psychology Journal , 05/2015; 8(1):105-112. DOI:10.2174/1874350101508010105
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Professional Information

Positions and Honors: 
2014 Ana M. Shannon Mentorship Award, Western Institute of Nursing
2012 Distinguished Research Lecturer, Western Institute of Nursing
2008 Mara Mogensen Flaherty Memorial Award, Oncology Nursing Society
2007 Jo Eleanor Elliot Leadership Award, WIN
2002 Sigma Theta Tau International Beta Mu Chapter, Award of Distinction, Research
1997 Sigma Theta Tau International, Beta Mu Chapter Award of Distinction, Education

Other Experience and Professional Memberships/Affiliations: 
American Nurses' Association Certification: Clinical Specialist in Adult Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing
Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing
American Nurses Association
Oncology Nursing Society
American Psychosocial Oncology Society
Western Institute of Nursing
Fellow, American Academy of Nursing

Academic Information

University of Texas at Austin
Master's Degree: 
MS, Arizona State University
Undergraduate School: 
BSN, Arizona State University