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Professor and Division Director, Community and Systems Health Science, College of Nursing
Dr. Terry Badger's research focuses on depression in chronic illness, specifically psychosocial interventions to treat depression in cancer.
Her most recent studies have focused on testing the effectiveness of an intervention to reduce emotional distress and improve QOL (quality of life) in cancer survivors and their partners. Partners are defined as whoever the survivor considers important in his/her cancer recovery, whether or not related by blood or marriage. The interdependence of the cancer survivors' and partners' emotional distress was documented. Intervention was found to be effective in reducing depression, anxiety, symptom distress and increasing symptom management and QOL in women with breast cancer. Her study included a variety of outcome measures to enable Dr. Badger to assess individual as well as dyadic outcomes.
Dr. Badger’s current studies are three randomized clinical behavioral trials 1) testing the intervention of men with prostate cancer and their partners (funded by NCI), 2) testing the intervention of Spanish speaking Latinas with breast cancer and their partners (funded by the Lance Armstrong Foundation) and 3) testing a videophone delivered intervention of women with breast cancer (funded by the American Cancer Society). These studies are examples of translational research i.e. testing the efficiency of intervention across different clinical populations and/or cultural groups.
Dr. Badger has served as the mentor or co-sponsor for undergraduate Honor’s student theses and for master’s and PhD students. She also has experience supervising post-doctoral fellows, and currently has one post-doctoral fellow working with her on her behavioral intervention. Her research would afford opportunities for pre-and post-doctoral fellows to gain experience in behavioral clinical trials.