Terry Badger, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN

Professor and Division Director, Community and Systems Health Science, College of Nursing

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(520) 626-6058
(520) 626-7891
Short Bio: 

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.

Research Information
Research Program: 
4. Cancer Prevention and Control
Member Status: 
Research Member
Year of Membership Acceptance: 
Selected Publications: 
Segrin, C., Badger, T.A., Meek, P., Lopez, A.M., Bonham, E., & Sieger, A.  (2006) Dyadic interdependence on affect and quality of life trajectories among women with breast cancer and their partners. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. 27,673-689. 
Badger, T.A. (2006). A case exemplar: Health outcomes of people with serious mental illnesses. In P.L. Munhall (Ed.), Nursing research: A qualitative perspective, 4th ed. (pp. 359-374).Sudbury, MA:Jones & Bartlett.
Segrin, C., Badger, T.A., Dorros. S., Meek, P., & Lopez, A.M. (2007). Interdependent anxiety and psychological distress in women with breast cancer and their partners. Psycho-Oncology, 16, 1-10.
Badger,  T.A., Segrin, C., Dorros, S., Meek, P., & Lopez, A.M. (2007). Depression and anxiety in women with breast cancer and their partners. Nursing Research, 56, 44-54
Badger, T.A., Fulcher, C. D., Gunter, A.K., Mars, J.A., & Reese, J.M. (2007). Depression [Putting Evidence Into Practice (PEP) card. Ptitsburgh, PA: Oncology Nurisng Society.
Badger, T.A. (2008)A nursing perspective of depression in cancer survivors and their partners. Nursing Science Quarterly: Theory, Research and Practice, 21, 43-44.
Fulcher, C. D., Badger, T.A., Gunter, A.K., Mars, J.A., & Reese, J.M. (2008). Putting evidence into practice: Interventions for depression. Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, 12, 131-140..
Badger, T.A. (in press) Measuring nursing-sensitive patient outcomes: Evidenced-based summary for anxiety. ONS.
Harrington, J.H., Jones, E.G., & Badger, T.A. (2009). Body image perceptions in men with prostate cancer. Oncology Nursing Forum, 36 (2), 167-172.
Harrington, J.H., & Badger  (2009). T.A. Body image and quality of life in men with prostate cancer. Cancer Nursing, 32 (2), E1-E7.
Badger, T. A. (2008). Depression assessment and psychosocial Interventions for cancer survivors and their partners. Oncology Nursing Forum, 35, E76-E82.
Fulcher, C. D., & Badger, T. A. (2009). Updated Oncology Nursing Society putting evidence into practice: resources: Depression. Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, 13,138.
Fulcher, C. D., & Badger, T. A., (2009).  Depression. In Eaton, L.H. & J. M. (Eds.), Putting evidence into practice: Improving Oncology Patient Outcomes (pp. 105-118).  Pittsburgh, PA: ONS.
Segrin, C. & Badger, T. A. (in press). Interdependence in family systems adjusting to breast and prostate cancer. In M. Miller-Day (Ed.), Going Through this Together: Family Communication and Health Transitions. Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press.
Badger, T. A., Henry, B., & McCorkle, R. (in press). Education of nurses in psycho-oncology. In Holland, J. M. et al. (Eds.), Psycho-Oncology. Charlottesville, VA: Oxford University Press.
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Professional Information
Professional 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
2002    Award for Excellence in Research, Sigma Theta Tau International, Beta Mu Chapter
2007    Jo Eleanor Elliot Leadership Award, Western Institute of Nursing
2008     Extraordinary Faculty Award, University of Arizona Alumni Foundation
2008      Mara Mogensen Flaherty Memorial Lecture, Oncology Nursing Society