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Robin Lally, PhD, RN, AOCN

Assistant Dean, PhD Program; Associate Professor

School of Nursing
University at Buffalo
301A Wende Hall
Buffalo, NY 14214-3079



  • PhD - University of Minnesota School of Nursing - 2006
  • MS - University of Minnesota School of Nursing - 1999 minor biomedical ethics
  • BSN - University of Minnesota School of Nursing - 1991
  • BA - University of Minnesota College of Liberal Arts - 1987 minor English


Psychosocial oncology, breast cancer, cancer survivorship issues.


NUR 527 -- Evaluating Research Evidence for Health Care II
NUR 513 -- Nursing Research Practicum
NUR 699 -- Dissertation Guidance


Lally, R. M., McNees, P., & Meneses, K. (corrected proof published on-line October 30, 2014). Application of a novel transdisciplinary communication technique to develop an internet-based psychoeducational program.  Applied Nursing Research (Methods used in current research development).

Connors, L. M., Voian, N., Lally, R. M., Austin-Ketch, T., & Edge, S. B. (June 2014). Decision making after BRCA genetic testing. Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, 18(3), E58-E63. (Original data based clinical inquiry project)*

Obeidat, R. & Lally, R.M.  (2014, September).  Health-related information exchange experiences of Jordanian women at breast cancer diagnosis. Journal of Cancer Education, 29 (3), 548-554. (Original data based research)* DOI: 10.1007/s13187-013-0574-x.

Obeidat, R., Homish, G. Lally, R.M.  (2013, September). Shared decision making among individuals with cancer in non-Western cultures:  A literature review.  Oncology Nursing Forum, 40(5), 454-463. (Doctoral Advisee, Systematic Search & Narrative Review of Literature; Corresponding Author)+

Lally, R. M., Hydeman, J., Schwert, K., Edge, & S. B. (2013, July).  Unsupportive social interactions in the weeks immediately following breast cancer diagnosis.  Journal of Psychosocial Oncology, 31(4), 468-488. doi:10.1080/07347332.2013.798758

Obeidat, R. Dickerson, S., Homish, G, Alqaissi, N., & Lally, R. M. (2013, Nov/Dec). Controlling fear: Jordanian women’s perceptions of the diagnosis and surgical treatment of early stage breast cancer. Cancer Nursing, 36(6), 484-92. (Original data-based dissertation research).

Underhill, M. L., Lally, R. M., Kiviniemi, M. T., Murekeyisoni, C., & Dickerson, S. S. (2012). Living my family’s story: Identifying the lived experience within the context of high risk for hereditary breast cancer. Cancer Nursing, 35(6), 493-504. (Original research, Doctoral co-advisee dissertation)*+

Othman, A., Kiviniemi, M. T., Wu, Y., & Lally, R. M. (March 2012). Influence of demographic factors, knowledge and beliefs on Jordanian women’s intention to undergo mammography screening. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 44(1), 19–25. doi:10.1111/j.1547-5069.2011.01435.x (Doctoral Advisee Original data based Research; Corresponding Author)*+

Lally, R. M., & Underhill, M. L. (2012). Transition to breast cancer survivorship: A qualitative longitudinal follow-up study of 2 year survivors. Journal of Psychosocial Oncology, 30(1), 97-127.  (Original data based Research) *+

Lally, R. M., Hydeman, J., Schwert, K., Henderson, H., & Edge, S. (2012, Jan/Feb).  Exploring the first days of adjustment to cancer:  A modification of acclimating to breast cancer theory. Cancer Nursing, 35(1), 3–18. doi:10.1097/NCC.0b013e318227ca62. (Original Research)*+

Obeidat, R., Lally, R. M., & Dickerson, S. (2012). Arab American women's lived experience with early-stage breast cancer diagnosis and surgical treatment. Cancer Nursing, 35(4), 302-311. doi:10.1097/NCC.0b013e318231db09 (Doctoral Advisee, Original Research)*+

Obeidat, R., Finnell, D., Lally, R. M. (2011). Decision aids for surgical treatment of early stage breast cancer: Narrative review of the literature. Patient Education and Counseling, 85(3), e311 – e321. (Doctoral Advisee’s Narrative Review)+

Dickerson, S., Alqaissi, N., & Underhill, M., & Lally, R. M.  (2011). Surviving the wait: Defining support while awaiting breast cancer surgery. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 67(7), 1468-1479.  doi:10.1111/j.1365-2648.2011.05612.x (Original research Dr. Lally’s data)*+

Lally, R.M. (2010).  Acclimating to breast cancer:  A process of maintaining self-integrity in the pretreatment period.  Cancer Nursing, 33(4), 268-279.  (Dissertation data, Original Research)

Lally, R.M. (2009).  In the moment:  Women speak about surgical treatment decision making days after breast cancer diagnosis.  Oncology Nursing Forum, 36(5), E257-E265.  (data-based) [role:  study PI, data collection, analysis and manuscript development]

Lally, R.M., Chalmers, K.L., Johnson, J., Kojima, M., Endo, E., Suzuki, S., Lai, Y., Yang, Y., Degner, L., Anderson, E., & Molassiotis, A. (2008).  Smoking behavior and patient education practices of oncology nurses in six countries.  European Journal of Oncology Nursing, 12(4), 372-379.  (data-based) [role:  joint concept/study design, data collection/management for U.S., data interp./joint analysis; co-writing, content review/revision for publication]

Ritz, L.J., Nissen, M.J., Swenson, K.K., Farrell, J.B., Sperduto, P.W., Sladek, M.L., Lally, R.M., & Schroeder, L.M. (2000).  Effects of advance practice nursing on quality of life and cost outcomes of women diagnosed with breast cancer.  Oncology Nursing Forum, 27(6), 923-932.  (data-based) [role:  data collection & interp.; content review/revision for publication]

Lewis, M.L., corcoran-Perry, S., Narayan, S.M., & Lally, R.M. (1999).  Women's approaches to decision making about mammography.  Cancer Nursing, 22(5), 390-388.  (data-based) [role:  data interp.; content review/writing/revision for publication]

Lewis, M., Hepburn, K., Corcoran-Perry, S., Narayan, S., & Lally, R.M. (1999).  OOVL decision-making guide for patients and families.  Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 25(12), 19-25.  [role:  content review; revision for publication]

Swenson, K.K., Mahipal, A., Nissen, M.J., Tuttle, T.M., Heaton, K., Lally, R.M., Spomer, A., Lee, M.W. (2005).   Axillary disease recurrence after sentinel lymph node dissection for breast carcinoma. Cancer, 104, 1834-9.

Swenson, K.K., Sladek, M.L., Lally, R., & Tuttle, T. (2001).  Educating patients on sentinel lymph node dissection for breast cancer. Cancer Practice, 9, 2, 92-96.

Nissen, M.J., Swenson, K.K., Ritz, L.J., Farrell, J.B., Sladek, M.L., & Lally, R. (2001).  Quality of life after breast cancer surgery: A comparison of three surgical procedures. Cancer, 91, 1238-46.

Lewis, M., Hepburn, K., Narayan, S., Lally, R., Corcoran-Perry, S., Maddox, M., Dropkin, K., & Haase, S. (2000).  Decision making by family caregivers of elders experiencing dementia. American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, 15, 6, 361-366.


  • 2013 - Nominated by Dean Lewis (UBSON) for Hope, Faith & Love Award, Susan G. Komen for the Cure of Western New York
  • 2013 - Fellow of the Western New York Cancer Coalition (WNYCC), Roswell Park Cancer Institute
  • 2013 - Coordinator-elect of the Advanced Nursing Research Special Interest Group (SIG), Oncology Nursing Society
  • 2012 - Cancer Nursing: An International Journal for Cancer Care Annual Research Award
  • 2011 - Excellence in Research Award, University at Buffalo School of Nursing
  • 2011 & 2012 - Nominated for Eastern Nursing Research Society “Rising Star” Award, Center for Nursing Research at University at Buffalo School of Nursing
  • 2010-2013 - Designated Trainee Western New York Cancer Coalition (WNYC2) Center to Reduce Disparities U54 NCI grant, Roswell Park Cancer Institute
  • 2008-2012 - University at Buffalo School of Nursing, "Teaching Apple of Excellence" for excellent student evaluations for Nursing 512, 513, and guest lecture in patho-physiology
  • 2008 - Adjunct Faculty Appointment awarded, Roswell Park Cancer Institute
  • 2007 - Graduate Faculty Member, University at Buffalo, SUNY appointment awarded
  • 2007-2008 - United University Professions Individual Development Award ($1,000 awarded for attendance at UNC theory-based research course, June 2008)
  • 2005-07 - Oncology Nursing Society Foundation/Oncology Educational Services
  • 2005-06 - Midwest Nursing Research Society Doctoral Dissertation Grant
  • 2005 - Violet A. Shea Nursing Scholarship
  • 2005 - U of M Graduate School Doctoral Dissertation Grant
  • 2004 - Helen Wells Nursing Research Award
  • 2003 - Oncology Nursing Society Foundation Doctoral Scholarship
  • 2004 - Sarah Harrison Knight Nursing Leadership Award, Methodist Hospital
  • 2003 - Metro MN, Oncology Nursing Society, Nurse of Excellence
  • 2003 - “Feature Nurse” profiled in “In Care of Nurses” Star Tribune
  • 2003 - Oncology Nursing Society/SuperGen Chapter Newsletter Award for Metro


2011 - 2016 - American Cancer Society Mentored Research Scholar Grant (MRSG-11-101-01-CPPB)

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