Darryl Somayaji, PhD, RN, CNS, CCRC

Assistant Professor; Adjunct Assistant Professor of Oncology, Cancer Screening & Survivorship at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center

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
  • Access to cancer care resources (e.g. prevention, screening, treatment and supportive
  • Cancer survivorship
  • Community-based research
  • Data science and access to health services

Teaching Responsibilities

  • NCG 533 Teaching in Nursing
  • NCG 692 Grantsmanship
  • NUR 700 Advanced Theory Construction and Development
  • NUS 702 Dissertation Seminar
  • NUS 739 Philosophy of Science

Recent Publications

Somayaji, D., Melendez, M., Kwon, M., & Lathan, C. (2019). Access to cancer care resources in a federally qualified health center: A mixed methods study to increase the understanding of met and unmet needs of cancer survivors. Journal of Cancer Education, 1-12. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13187-019-01669-1

Somayaji, D., Blok, A., Hayman, 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. Supportive Care in Cancer, 27(4), 1299-1308.

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., 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.

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, 27(1), 250-257.

Sriphanlop, P., Crookes, D., DeMairo, K., Somayaji, D., Killack, M., McFarlane, A., LePere, J., & Jandorf, L. (2016). New York state health care provider participation in clinical trials: A brief report. Annals of Cancer Research. doi:10.7243/2049-7962-5-3

Crookes, D., Wang, C., Karen R. DeMairo, K., Killack, M., LePere, J., McFarlane, A., Somayaji, 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. (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), 133-44.

Naholi, R., Nosek, C. L., & Somayaji, D. (2015). Stress among new oncology nurses. Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, 19(1), 115-117.

Somayaji D, & Cloyes, K. G. (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. ANS Advancing Nursing Science, 37(1), 32-47.

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

Professional Activities

  • Member, Oncology Nursing Society
  • Member, Oncology Nursing Society Advanced Nursing Research Special Interest Group
  • Member, Western New York Chapter of Oncology Nursing Society
  • Member, International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care
  • Member, International Conference on Cancer Nursing Planning Committee
  • Member, American Nurses Association
  • Member,  Society of Behavioral Medicine
  • Member, Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society, Gamma Chapter
  • Member, Council for Advancement of Nursing Science
  • Member, Eastern Nursing Research Society
  • Member, New York State Cancer Consortium
  • Member, New York State Cancer Consortium Steering Committee
  • Member,  New York State Cancer Consortium Communication Committee



Co-investigator (PI: Laurene Tumiel-Berhalter)
Patient Voices Fights Center
Erie County Department of Health
Award Amount: $225,000

Abstract: This project fosters patient and provider conversations that will build awareness of cancer risks to activate screening.  Community-based partners will develop and deploy an innovative outreach approach that will use “patients as teachers” in a modified version of the academic detailing model that we will refer to as “engagement detailing.”

Co-Investigator (Co-PIs: Laurene Tumiel-Berhalter & Cherrise Walker-Betts)
You Cannot Change Your Family History, but You Can Change What You Do With It: A Peer-Based Education Program to Reduce Breast Cancer Risk in African American Women
New York State Department of Health
Award Amount: $250,000

Abstract: The goal of this study is to reduce morbidity and mortality from breast cancer among African American women by actively engaging family history as a tool to modify screening regimens and enhance communication between women and their providers.

Principal Investigator (Multiple interdisciplinary co-investigators)
Linking New York State Databases to Identify Risk Factors and Gaps in Care for Rural and Urban Health Disparities in Lung Cancer
University at Buffalo CTSI
Award Amount: $50,000


Principal Investigator
Exploring Medicaid Calins-Data: Understanding the Role of Health Utilization in Low Income Lung Cancer Survivors
Patricia H. Garman Behavioral Health Nursing Endowment Fund
Award Amount: $10,000

Principal Investigator (Mentored Research Support)
Civic Engagement and Public Policy (CEPP)
Gregory J. Dimitriadis Research Mentoring Fellowship
Award Amount: $5,000

Principal Investigator
Exploring Cancer Survivorship in an Urban Community Health Center
Dana Farber/Harvard Cancer Center
Award Amount: $20,000