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

Currently my $1.4 million HRSA grant entitled, “Maximizing capacity to educate future PhD nurse faculty” is in its final year.  Thus far we have built the infrastructure and transitioned our PhD program to distance learning format. The School of Nursing currently has 12 students progressing successfully in the program and is enrolling an additional six students this coming fall.  


  • 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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

  • Distinguished Mentor Award, University at Buffalo, School of Nursing, 2019
  • 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