Darryl Somayaji, PhD, RN, CNS, CCRC

Assistant Professor

Darryl Somayaji.

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

PHONE: 716-829-2178

Darryl Somayaji earned her BSN from Niagara University. She went on to earn an MSN from D'Youville College with a focus on community health and teaching, as well as her PhD in Nursing from the University of Utah. She recently completed a postdoctoral research fellowship in cancer and health disparities from the Dana Farber/Harvard Cancer Center and the University of Massachusetts Boston. Her research areas of interest include cancer and health disparities with a focus on access to care in cancer survivorship and recruitment and retention of underserved individuals to cancer clinical trials. 


  • 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

Recent Publications

Somayaji, D., & Bellury, L. (2019). Post-treatment and survivorship care. In M. M. Olsen, K. B. LeFebvre & K. J. Brassil (Eds.), Chemotherapy and immunotherapy guidelines and recommendations for practice (pp.597- 614). Pittsburgh, PA: Oncology Nursing Society.

Somayaji, D., Blok A. C., Hayman, L. L., Colson, Y., Jaklisch, M., & Cooley, M. E. (2019). Enhancing behavioral change among lung cancer survivors participating in a lifestyle risk reduction intervention: A qualitative study. Support Care Cancer, 27(4), 1299-1308. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00520-018-4631-1

Somayaji, D., Chang, Y.-P., Casucci, S., Xue, Y., & Hewner, S. (2018). Exploring Medicaid claims data to understand predictors of healthcare utilization and mortality for Medicaid individuals with or without a diagnosis of lung cancer: A feasibility study. Translational Behavioral Medicine, 8(3), 400–408. doi:10.1093/tbm/iby023

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

  • Dean's Award for Excellence in Research Scholarship, University at Buffalo School of Nursing, 2018
  • 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