School of Nursing
University at Buffalo
301 E Wende Hall
Buffalo, NY 14214-3079
Listening to the nurses' voices, it was amazing that in spite of the volume of deterrents to working, they continued to care for their patients … 'nurses-supporting-nurses' could be developed into a strong network to promote a solidarity that could be operationalized through nursing organizations.
Suzanne Dickerson is a professor whose research focuses on patient/technology interactions, including cancer patients using internet to seek help and support, ICD recipients, sleep apnea patients using CPAP and mixed methods using phenomenology to study sleep disturbances in lung cancer.
Dickerson lead and received a $1.2 million grant funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration titled “Maximizing Capacity to Educate Future PhD Nurse Faculty.” The goal of this grant was to create a distance learning format PhD program, which will allow for more students from varying backgrounds to enroll. The goal is for these graduating students to join the nursing faulty workforce to fill the shortage of nurse teaching professionals.
Dickerson has been a member of the UB SON faculty since 1991. She earned her BS in nursing from Niagara University and went on to earn an MS in adult health CNS cardio/respiratory and DNS in nursing from the University at Buffalo.
Curtin, M., Somayaji, D., & Dickerson, S. S. (2022). Precision medicine testing and disparities in health care for individuals with non-small cell lung cancer: A narrative review. Oncology Nursing Forum, 49(3), 257–272. doi:10.1188/22.ONF.257-27
Somayaji, D., Mohedat, H., Dean, G. E., & Dickerson, S. S. (2022). Patients' perceptions at diagnosis: Lung cancer discovery and provider relationships. Cancer Nursing. Advance online publication. doi:10.1097/NCC.0000000000001050
Kwon, M., Wang, J., Wilding, G., Dickerson, S. S., & Dean, G. E. (2021). Brief behavioral treatment for insomnia: A meta-analysis. Behavioral Sleep Medicine. Advance online publication. doi:10.1080/15402002.2021.1982715
Dickerson, S. S., TenBrock, E., Smith, P., Kwon, M., Chacko, T., Li, C.-S., & Dean, G. E. (2020). Mixed methods feasibility study of Breathe2Sleep™ a peer modeling approach to PAP self-management. The Journal of Cardiopulmonary and Acute Care: Heart & Lung. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.hrtlng.2020.04.015
Dean, G. E., Weiss, C., Jungquist, C. R., Klimpt, M. L., Alameri, R., Ziegler, P. A., Steinbrenner, L. M., Dexter, E. U., Dhillon, S. S., Lucke, J. F., & Dickerson S. S. (2019). Nurse-delivered brief behavioral treatment for insomnia in lung cancer survivors: A pilot RCT. Behavioral Sleep Medicine, 1-13. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1080/15402002.2019.1685523
Kwon, M., Park, E., & Dickerson, S. S. (2019). Adolescent substance use and its association to sleep disturbances: A systematic review. Sleep Health, 5(4), 382-394.
Kwon, M., Seo, Y., Dickerson, S. S., Park, E., & Livingston, J. (2019). Cyber victimization and depressive symptoms: A mediation model involving sleep quality. Sleep, 42(Suppl. 1), A322. https://doi.org/10.1093/sleep/zsz067.800
Talal, A. H., McLeod, A., Andrews, P., Nieves-McGrath, H., Chen, Y., Reynolds, A., Sylvester, C., Dickerson, S. S., Markatou, M., & Brown, L. S. (2019). Patient reaction to telemedicine for clinical management of hepatitis C virus integrated into an opioid treatment program. Telemedicine and e-Health, 25(9), 791-801. https://doi.org/10.1089/tmj.2018.0161
Dunwoody, D., Jungquist, C. R., Chang, Y.-P., & Dickerson, S. S. (2018). The common meanings and shared practices of sedation assessment in the context of managing patients with an opioid: A phenomenological study. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 28(2), 104-115. https://doi.org/10.1111/jocn.14672
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
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
Seo, J., Kim, W., Hewner, S., & Dickerson, S. S. (2018). Lived experience of health seeking and healthcare utilization among Korean immigrant women living in suburban communities. Asian/Pacific Island Nursing Journal, 3(1), 8-20. https://doi.org/10.31372/20180301.1086
Talal, A., McLeod, A., Andrews, P., Nieves-McGrath, H., Chen, Y., Reynoolds, A. S., Sylvester, C., Dickerson, S. S., … Brown, L. S. (2018). Patient reaction to telemedicine for clinical management of hepatitis C virus integrated into an opioid treatment program: A pilot study. Telemedicine and E-Health. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1089/tmj.2018.0161
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.
I am very thrilled announce our book launch of: Doing Hermeneutic Phenomenological Research: A practical guide (2020, Sage Publication Inc., ISBN 978-1-5264-8573-1). This book evolved from a team (myself included) of scholars (Lesley Dibley, Suzanne Dickerson, Mel Duffy and Roxanne Vandermause) who participate in the emerging scholarship of the Advanced Hermeneutical Institute that has occurred over the past three decades. The goal of this research is to gain an understand of the meaning of human experience. To discuss philosophical underpinnings of the research, this group of national and international scholars gather annually, bringing in current philosophers to examine the readings from Heidegger and Gadamer, among others. Doctoral students and faculty also attend to engage in the scholarly discussion. This book is a guide for scholars of any discipline to understand the philosophical way of thinking in designing and conducting Hermeneutic Phenomenological Research. A video of the book launch is below.