Suzanne Dickerson, DNS, RN

Department Chair - Biobehavioral Health & Clinical Sciences; Professor

Suzanne Dickerson.

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

PHONE: 716-829-3254


  • DNS, Nursing, State University of New York at Buffalo
  • MS, Adult Health CNS Cardio/Resp, State University of New York at Buffalo
  • BS, Nursing, Niagara University

Areas of Research

  • Patient/technology interactions
  • ICD recipients
  • Sleep apnea patients using CPAP
  • Cancer patients using internet to seek help and support
  • Mixed methods using phenomenology to study sleep disturbances in lung cancer

Teaching Responsibilities

  • NUS 632 Influencing Healthcare Policy
  • NUS 691 Advanced Information Technology Seminar
  • NUS 710 Interpretive Phenomenology

Recent Publications

Nierenberg, S., Hughes, L. P., Warunek, M., Gambacorta, J. E., Dickerson, S. S., & Campbell-Heider, N. (2018). Nursing and dental students' reflections on interprofessional practice after a service-learning experience in Appalachia. Journal of Dental Education, 82(5), 454-461. doi:10.21815/JDE.018.050

Gipson, C. S., Chilton, J. M., Dickerson, S. S., Alfred, D., & Haas, B. K. (2018). Effects of a sleep hygiene text message intervention on sleep in college students. Journal of American College Health. Advance online publication. doi:10.1080/07448481.2018.1462816

Weiss, C., Dickerson, S. S., Jungquist, C., & Dean, G. E. (2017). Effects of morning bright light therapy on circadian activity rhythms in lung cancer survivors. Sleep, 40(suppl_1), A258. doi:10.1093/sleepj/zsx050.695

Dickerson, S. S., Jungquist, C. R., TenBrock, E., Aquilina, A.T., Smith, P., Abu Sabbah, E., Alameri, R., & Dean, G. E. (2016). Feasibility testing of a self-management program book to improve adherence to PAP in persons newly diagnosed with sleep apnea. Behavioral Sleep Medicine. doi:10.1080/15402002.2016.1228644

Dickerson, S. S., Klingman, K. J., & Jungquist, C. R. (2016). Common meanings of good and bad sleep in a healthy population sample. Sleep Health, 2(3), 253-259. doi:10.1016/j.sleh.2016.06.004

Jungquist, C. R., Klingman, K. J., & Dickerson, S. S. (2016). Revisions to the BRFSS sleep questions. Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, 12(12). doi:10.5664/jcsm.6336

Jungquist, C. R., Mund, J., Klingman, K. J., Pender, J. J., Aquilina, A., Ochs-Balcom, H., van Wijngaarden, E., & Dickerson, S. (2016). Validation of the BRFSS sleep questions. Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, 12(3), 301-310. doi:10.5664/jcsm.5570

Dickerson, S. S., Sabbah, E. Gothard, S., Zeigler, P. Chen, H. Steinbrenner, L. & Dean, G. (2015). Experiences of patients with advanced lung cancer: Being resigned to sleep-wake disturbances while maintaining hope for optimal treatment. Cancer Nursing, 38(5), 358-365. DOI:10.1097/NCC.0000000000000206*

Dickerson, S.S. Connors, L., Fayad, A. & Dean, G. (2014). Sleep-wake disturbances in cancer patients: Narrative review of literature focus on improving quality of life. Nature and Science of Sleep, 2014:6, 85-100, DOI: 10.2147NSS.a34846.

Dean, G.E., Abu Sabbah, E., Ziegler, P. Chen, H., Steinbrenner, L.M., & Dickerson, S.S. (2015). Sleeping with the enemy: Sleep and quality of life in Patients with lung cancer. Cancer Nursing, 38 (1), 60-70.*

Jungquist, C. R., Mund, J., Aquilina, A. T., Klingman, K., Pender, J., Ochs-Balcom, H., van Wojngaarden, E., & Dickerson, S. S. (2015). Validation of the behavioral risk factor surveillance system sleep questions. Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, 12(3), 301-310. doi:10.5664/jcsm.5570

McDonald, P. & Dickerson, S. S. (2013). Life after violence: Women’s experiences five or more years after leaving abusive partners. Journal of Nursing Scholarship 45 (4), 388-396.

Dickerson, S. S., Obeidat, R., Dean, G., TenBrock, E., Aquilina, A. Smith, P., and Jungquist, C. (2013). Usability testing of a CPAP self care management intervention for use by individuals with sleep apnea using CPAP. Heart & Lung, 42(5), 346-352. DOI:10.1016/k.hrting.2013.07.011

Dean, G. E., Redeker, N. S., Wang, Y. J., Rogers, A. E., Dickerson, S. S., Steinbrenner, L., & Gooneratne, N. S. (2013). Sleep, mood and quality of life in patients receiving treatment for lung cancer. Oncology Nursing Forum. 40(5), 441-451.

Obeidat, R., Dickerson, S. S., Homlish, G., Alqaissi, N. & Lally, R. (2012). Controlling fear: Jordanian women’s perceptions of the diagnosis and surgical treatment of early stage breast cancer. Cancer Nursing. doi: 10.1097/NCC.0b013e31826fc9b4

Dickerson, S. S., Abu Sabbah, E., Zeigler, P., Chen, H., Steinbrenner, L. & Dean, G. (2012). Sleep is not priority when living my life after a diagnosis of lung cancer.  Oncology Nursing Forum, 39(5), 492-499.

Underhill, M. L., Lally, R. M., Kiviniemi, M. T., Murekeyisoni, C. & Dickerson, S. S. (2012). Living my family's story: Identifying the lived experience in healthy women at risk for hereditary breast cancer. Cancer Nursing. PAP doi: 10.1097/NCC.0b013e31824530fa.

Obeidat, R., Lally, R. & Dickerson, S. S. (2012). Arab-American women’s lived experience with early stage breast cancer diagnosis and surgical treatment. Cancer Nursing, 35(4), 302-311.

Dickerson, S. S., Underhill, M., Alqaissi, N. & Lally, R. (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

Underhill, M. & Dickerson, S. S. (2011). Engaging in medical vigilance: Understanding the personal meaning of breast surveillance. Oncology Nursing Forum, 38(6), 686-694.

Dickerson, S. S., Reinhart, A., Boehmke, M., & Akhu-Zaheya, L. (2011). Cancer as a problem to be solved: Internet use and provider communication by men with cancer. Computers Informatics Nursing, 29(7), 388-95.

Wang, J. Y., Boehmke, M., Wu, B., Dickerson, S. S., Fisher N. (2011). Effects of a six-week walking program on Taiwanese women newly diagnosed with early stage breast cancer. Cancer Nursing, 34(2), E1-E13.

Alqaissi, N. & Dickerson, S. S. (2010). Exploring common meanings of social support as experienced by Jordanian women with breast cancer. Cancer Nursing, 33(5), 353-361.

Crotser, C.B., & Dickerson, S.S. (2010). Women receiving news of a family BRCA1/2 mutation: Messages of fear and empowerment. Journal of Nursing Scholarship. 42(4), 367-378.

Alqaissi, N. & Dickerson S.S. (2010).  Exploring common Meanings of Social Support as Experienced by Jordanian Women with Breast Cancer.  Cancer Nursing.33 (5), 353-361.

Crotser, C.B. & Dickerson, S.S. (2010).  Learning about a twist in the road:  Perspectives of at-risk relatives learning of their potential risk for cancer.  Oncology Nursing Forum. 37(6), 723-733.

Dickerson, S.S., Wu, Y.B., Kennedy, M., Underhill, M. & Othman A. (2010).  Factors related to quality of life pattern changes in recipients of Implantable defibrillators.  Heart & Lung. Nov-Dec; 39(6), 466-76.

Akhu-Zaheya, L. & Dickerson S.S. (2009). Jordanian Patients' and Caregivers' Use of the Internet for Seeking Health Information.  Computer Informatics Nursing, 27(3), 184-191.

Dickerson, S.S., & Akhu-Zaheya, L. (2007).  Life Changes in Individuals Diagnosed with Sleep Apnea which accommodating to continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) devices.  Rehabilitation Nursing, 32(6), 241-250.

Dickerson, S.S., Brewer, C., Kovner, C., & Way, M. (2007).  Giving voice to Registered Nurses decisions to work.  Nursing Forum, 42(3), 132-142.

Dickerson, S.S., Wu, Y. W.B., & Kennedy, M. (2006).  A CNS-Facilitated ICD Support Group: A clinical project and evaluation.  Clinical Nurse Specialist, 20(3), 146-153.

Dickerson, S.S. & Kennedy, M. (2006). Seeking encouragement in a support group of individuals with sleep apnea who use continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) devices.  Rehabilitation Nursing, 31(3), 114-122. 

 Dickerson, S.S., Boehmke, M., Ogle, C., & Brown, J.K. (2006). Seeking and managing hope: Oncology patients’ experiences using the Internet for cancer care. Oncology Nursing Forum.

Boehmke, M., & Dickerson, S.S. (2005). Symptom, symptom experiences, and symptom distress encountered by women with breast cancer undergoing current treatment modalities. Cancer Nursing 28(5), 382-389.

Dickerson, S.S., Boehmke, M., Ogle, C., &. Brown, J.K. (2005). Out of necessity: Oncology nurses experiences integrating the Internet into practice. Oncology Nursing Forum, 32(2), 355-362.

Dickerson, S.S. (2005). Patient/Technology Interactions: Internet use for gaining a healthy context for living with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator ICD. Heart& Lung, 34(3), 157-168.

Dickerson, S.S., Reinhart, A., Feeley, T.H., Bidani, R., Rich, E., Garg, V., & Hershey, C.O. (2004).
Patient Internet use for health information at three urban primary care clinics. The Journal of American Medical Informatics Association.  11(6), 499-504.

Honors and Awards

  • Excellence in Research Award, University at Buffalo, School of Nursing, 2016
  • Excellence in Graduate Student Mentoring, University at Buffalo, 2013
  • Fellow, AACN Leadership in Academic Nursing Program, 2011
  • Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, SUNY, 2003
  • First Annual Mecca S. Cranley Award for Excellence in Teaching, University at Buffalo, School of Nursing, 1997