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Associate Professor of Nursing
Director of Education and Behavior Research, Arizona Skin Cancer Institute
I am a nurse scientist, specializing in research of behaviors of persons at high risk of cancer and other diseases. My passion is cancer prevention, particularly skin cancer prevention. I am interested in the factors that influence persons at high risk of cancer to engage in certain behaviors that may increase or decrease their cancer risk. For example, why do people who know they are at high risk choose NOT to engage in preventive behaviors?
My experience at the Arizona Cancer Center spans three decades. My first job at the UACC was working as a research nurse who coordinated all the clinical treatment trials for melanoma. I then moved from treatment to prevention, wherein I conducted some of the first research on skin cancer prevention programs for young children. After completing my doctorate, I chose to focus solely on high risk populations, including persons with genetic predisposition to cancer. I first conducted this research in women who were at risk for hereditary breast/ovarian cancer, then shifted my focus to skin cancer high risk (back where I started!). I am interested in expanding my work to solid organ transplant recipients who are at extraordinarily high risk of skin cancer.