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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


Crookes, D., Wang, C., DeMairo, K., Killack, M., LePere, J., McFarlane, A., Somayaji, D. Allen, P. Bily,L.,  Brundage, B., Canosa, R., Crean, D., & Jandorf, L. (2015). Perceptions about participation in cancer clinical trials in New York State. The Journal of Community and Supportive Oncology, 13(2), 1-11.

Somayaji, D., & Cloyes, K. G. (2014). Cancer fear and fatalism: How African American participants construct the role of research subject in relation to clinical cancer research. Cancer Nursing. Published-ahead-of-print: June 18, 2014.

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
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