Lois Loescher, PhD, RN, FAAN, receives nursing’s highest honor

Lois Loescher, PhD, RN, FAAN, receives nursing’s highest honor

Lois J. Loescher, PhD, RN, FAAN, has been inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing (AAN). Dr. Loescher has spent her career conducting cancer-prevention research and program development, particularly for skin cancer, the most common cancer diagnosed in the United States.

As an associate professor at the University of Arizona College of Nursing, founding member of the University of Arizona Cancer Center Skin Cancer Institute, and founding member of the Pan-Pacific Skin Cancer Consortium, based in Arizona and Queensland, Australia, Dr. Loescher has made a significant global impact through her sustained, interdisciplinary, behavioral research program focusing on skin cancer prevention and risk reduction. “Dr. Loescher is an innovative thinker, consistently forging new knowledge in cancer prevention,” said Mary Ropka, PhD, RN, FAAN, associate professor at the University of Virginia.

Dr. Loescher’s program development began nearly 30 years ago with the first sun-safety program in the United States to measure and report UVB radiation and resulting concerns to the public. She was among the first to develop sun-safety curricula for both preschool and high school audiences in addition to creating several community-focused skin cancer prevention programs. She has delivered more than 80 regional, national and international presentations, been cited more than 200 times in journal articles and was honored with the 2012 Oncology Nursing Society Excellence in Cancer Prevention and Early Detection Award.

Dr. Loescher joins 175 other nursing researchers, educators, practitioners and executives from throughout the nation inducted this year, which brings the total number of Fellows to just more than 2,000. Today, the UA College of Nursing has 16 faculty members and 12 emeritus faculty who have been inducted.

-Nov. 16, 2012