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About Lisa Kennedy Sheldon

Dr. Sheldon’s program of research is focused on health communication and international oncology nursing education to address disparities and improve cancer outcomes. Her doctoral and postdoctoral research explored relationships between patient and provider communication behaviors, and patient psychosocial outcomes in oncology settings.
Dr. Sheldon is an Associate Professor at the University of Massachusetts Boston (UMass Boston) and teaches in the Department of Nursing in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. She is the past President of the Theta Alpha Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, the International Honor Society for Nursing. In 2007-2008, Dr. Sheldon was the Researcher for the national Putting Evidence into Practice (PEP®) Team: Anxiety, organized by the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) to determine the level of evidence for interventions for anxiety in people with cancer. She is the Editor of the Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing (CJON) and currently serves on the Oncology Nursing Society's International Advisory Panel, and Research and Scientific Advisory Panel.
Internationally, Dr. Sheldon serves as a board member of the Honduran Mission Team – New Hampshire, a nonprofit organization that provides healthcare and educational support services to the communities around Juticalpa, Honduras. She has also traveled to Honduras with the American Society of Clinical Oncology's (ASCO) International Cancer Corps in partnership with Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO). In 2011, she was a member of the ATA delegation of oncology nurses to Havana, Cuba. Dr. Sheldon was the Co-director of the Global Nursing Caucus (GNC) and continues to serve on the HVO Nursing Education Steering Council to address the role of nursing in global health and reduce disparities in health and cancer care.
Dr. Sheldon presents locally to community groups on cancer issues including prevention, screening and psychosocial adaptation. She speaks on issues regarding patient-provider communication, oncology nursing, and global cancer and palliative care to national and international organizations to address disparities and improve outcomes for people with cancer.


2015 Present Editor, Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing ‐ Oncology Nursing Society
Present Associate Professor, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, University of Massachusetts Boston
Present Oncology Nurse Practitioner, Cancer Center at St. Joseph Hospital
Present Associate Member, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, University of Massachusetts Boston

Research Interests

Health Communication and Global Oncology Nursing Education

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Honors and Awards

  • Saint Anselm College Alumni Association Health Services Award
  • SAnne K. Kibrick Award for Excellence in Nursing Leadership
  • DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing Faculty
  • Beacon Group Award for Service: Recognition of Extraordinary Leadership


  • Oncology in Primary Care
  • Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice
  • Role of the Advanced Practice Nurse

Contact Information

Telephone: 617-287-7500
Office Location: Science Building-03-10


Articles (12)

Editorials and Invited Reviews (8)

Contributions to Books (7)