Darryl Somayaji, PhD, RN, CNS, CCRC

Assistant Professor

School of Nursing
University at Buffalo
201C Wende Hall
Buffalo, NY 14214-3079



  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Cancer and Health Disparities, Dana Farber/Harvard Cancer Center/ University of Massachusetts Boston, Boston, MA
  • PhD, University of Utah School of Nursing, Salt Lake City, UT
  • MSN, Community Health Nursing, Clinical Nurse Specialist, D’Youville College, Buffalo, NY
  • BSN, Niagara University, Niagara Falls, NY
  • RN Diploma Program, Gowanda Psychiatric Center School of Nursing, Gowanda, NY

Areas of Research

Cancer and health disparities | Health equity/underserved populations in access to care (clinical trials & survivorship)

Teaching Responsibilities

NUR 700 Advanced Theory Construction and Development


Blok, A. C., Blonquist, T. M., Nayak, M. M., Somayaji, D., Crouter, S. E., Hayman, L. L., … Cooley, M. E. (2017). Feasibility and acceptability of “Healthy Directions” a lifestyle intervention for adults with lung cancer. Psycho-Oncology. Advance online publication. doi:10.1002/pon.4443

Sriphanlop, P., Crookes, D. M., Demairo, K., Somayaji, D., Killackey, M., McFarlane, A., ... Jandorf, L. (2016). New York state health care provider participation in clinical trials: A brief report. Annals of Cancer Research.

Crookes, D. M., Wang, C., DeMairo, K. R., Killackey, M., LePere, J. C., McFarlane, A., Somayaji, D., Allen, P., Bily, L., Brundage, B. A., Canosa, R., Crean, D., & Jandorf, L. (2015). Perceptions about participation in cancer clinical trials in New York state. Journal of Community and Supportive Oncology, 13(2), 62-72. doi:10.12788/jcso.0110

Naholi, R., Nosek, C., & Somayaji, D. (2015). Stress among new oncology nurses. Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, 19(1), 115-117. doi:10.1188/15.CJON.115-117

Somayaji, D., & Cloyes, K. G. (2015). Cancer fear and fatalism: How African American participants construct the role of research subject in relation to clinical cancer research. Cancer nursing, 38(2), 133-144. doi:10.1097/NCC.0000000000000144

Somayaji, D., & Cloyes, K. (2014). Uniting postcolonial, discourse, and linguistic theory to explore participation of African Americans in cancer research as an effect of social and historical race relationships. Advances in Nursing Science, 37(1), 32-47.  Editors featured article for March 2014.

Honors and Awards

  • Gregory J. Dimitriadis Research Mentoring Fellowship, Civic Engagement and Public Policy (CEPP), 2014-2015
  • Patient Service Award, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Western and Central New York, 2010
  • Nursing Doctorate Scholarship/ACS Fellow, American Cancer Society, 2009-2011
  • Nursing Doctorate Scholarship/ACS Fellow, American Cancer Society 2007-2009
  • Award for Excellence in Oncology Nursing, Western New York Chapter of Oncology Nursing Society, 2006
  • Nurse of Distinction Award, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, 2005