Grace Dean, PhD, RN


Grace Dean.

School of Nursing
University at Buffalo
321 D Wende Hall
Buffalo, NY 14214-3079

PHONE: 716-829-3235

Dean’s research focuses on quality of life and symptom management and the development and testing of theoretically-guided interventions to improve outcomes for patients with cancer. Early on, her team conducted research aimed at elucidating predictors of and identifying significant patterns in the experience of sleep disturbances and fatigue in patients with lung cancer. That work led to the testing of a brief behavioral treatment to improve sleep and reduce fatigue in lung cancer survivors (1R15NR013779). Their work has recently expanded through additional funding (1R01NR018215) to evaluate brief behavioral treatment in a more heterogeneous sample of cancer survivors. To extend this work, their next planned study involves online training with virtual simulation for ambulatory cancer nurses to screen for sleep disorders, deliver the brief behavioral intervention and/or refer cancer survivors for further treatment.