Dena Schulman-Green, PhD

Research Scientist in Nursing

Research Organizations

Nursing Website

Yale Cancer Center: Cancer Prevention and Control

Yale Institute for Global Health

Research Summary

palliative care; goals of care; patient and family self-management of chronic illness, cancer self-management

Extensive Research Description

I am a full-time palliative care researcher. I am passionate about advocating the benefits of palliative care for patients, their family members, and health care providers so that all are supported during the difficult experience of serious illness. My ultimate goal is to increase understanding and use of palliative care among these parties as a catalyst to productive self-management. My current work has three focal points. First, I study palliative care and self-management among cancer patients, family caregivers, and health care providers in order to develop and test palliative care interventions that enable productive and collaborative self-management. Second, I am working to advance self-management science through integration of palliative care. I recently revised the Self- and Family Management Framework with its original authors based on metasyntheses of processes, facilitators, and barriers to self-management. Third, I am filling gaps in palliative care and self-management instrumentation. I have created three new instruments: a knowledge test of palliative care, a scale to measure engagement in self-management activities, and a scale to measure extent and management of cancer transitions. My educational background and experience in psychology, gerontology, nursing, and oncology enable me to bring a multidisciplinary perspective to this work. I have sixteen years of research experience during which I have established relationships at Yale-New Haven Hospital that facilitate my work. My knowledge of qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods research enables me to investigate research hypotheses with appropriate methodology that produce meaningful data. I have a proven record of directing research projects, training and managing teams, producing publications and conference presentations, and mentoring students.

Selected Publications

  • Bereavement services for family caregivers: how often used, why, and why not.

    Cherlin EJ, Barry CL, Prigerson HG, Green DS, Johnson-Hurzeler R, Kasl SV, Bradley EH. Bereavement services for family caregivers: how often used, why, and why not. Journal Of Palliative Medicine 2007, 10:148-58.

  • Pain attitudes and knowledge among RNs, pharmacists, and physicians on an inpatient oncology service.

    Xue Y, Schulman-Green D, Czaplinski C, Harris D, McCorkle R. Pain attitudes and knowledge among RNs, pharmacists, and physicians on an inpatient oncology service. Clinical Journal Of Oncology Nursing 2007, 11:687-95.

  • Goal setting as a shared decision making strategy among clinicians and their older patients.

    Schulman-Green DJ, Naik AD, Bradley EH, McCorkle R, Bogardus ST. Goal setting as a shared decision making strategy among clinicians and their older patients. Patient Education And Counseling 2006, 63:145-51.

  • Will older persons and their clinicians use a shared decision-making instrument?

    Naik AD, Schulman-Green D, McCorkle R, Bradley EH, Bogardus ST. Will older persons and their clinicians use a shared decision-making instrument? Journal Of General Internal Medicine 2005, 20:640-3.

  • Unlicensed staff members' experiences with patients' pain on an inpatient oncology unit: implications for redesigning the care delivery system.

    Schulman-Green D, Harris D, Xue Y, Loseth DB, Czaplinski C, Donovan C, McCorkle R. Unlicensed staff members' experiences with patients' pain on an inpatient oncology unit: implications for redesigning the care delivery system. Cancer Nursing 2005, 28:340-7.

  • Nurses' communication of prognosis and implications for hospice referral: a study of nurses caring for terminally ill hospitalized patients.

    Schulman-Green D, McCorkle R, Cherlin E, Johnson-Hurzeler R, Bradley EH. Nurses' communication of prognosis and implications for hospice referral: a study of nurses caring for terminally ill hospitalized patients. American Journal Of Critical Care : An Official Publication, American Association Of Critical-Care Nurses 2005, 14:64-70.

  • Communication between physicians and family caregivers about care at the end of life: when do discussions occur and what is said?

    Cherlin E, Fried T, Prigerson HG, Schulman-Green D, Johnson-Hurzeler R, Bradley EH. Communication between physicians and family caregivers about care at the end of life: when do discussions occur and what is said? Journal Of Palliative Medicine 2005, 8:1176-85.

  • Managing Cancer Care: A psycho-educational intervention to improve knowledge of care options and cancer self-management. Schulman-Green, D. & Jeon, S. Psycho-Oncology, 26(2), 173-181.
  • A metasynthesis of factors affecting self-management of chronic illness. Schulman-Green, D., Jaser, S., Park, C. & Whittemore, R. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 72(7), 1469-89.
  • A revised Self- and Family Management Framework. Grey, M., Schulman-Green, D., Knafl, K., & Reynolds, N. Nursing Outlook, 63(2), 162-170.
  • Printed guide improves knowledge of curative, palliative, and hospice care among women with metastatic breast cancer. Schulman-Green, D. & Jeon, S. Supportive Care in Cancer, 21(10), 2651-2653.
  • A blended educational module to teach spiritual, cultural and inter-professional aspects of palliative care to medical, nursing and chaplain students. Ellman, M.S., Schulman-Green, D., Blatt, L., Asher, S., Viveiros, D., Clark, J. & Bia, M. Journal of Palliative Medicine, 15(11), 1240-7.
  • Validation of the Knowledge of Care Options instrument to measure knowledge of curative, palliative and hospice care. Schulman-Green, D., Ercolano, E., Jeon, S. & Dixon, J. Journal of Palliative Medicine, 15(10), 1091-1099.
  • Processes of self-management in chronic illness. Schulman-Green, D., Jaser, S., Martin, F., Alonzo, A. Grey, M., McCorkle, R., Redeker, N., Reynolds, N. & Whittemore, R. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 44(2), 136-144.
  • Managing “One step at a time”: Self-management and transitions among women with ovarian cancer. Schulman-Green, D., Bradley, E.H., Nicholson, N.R., George, E., Indeck, A. & McCorkle, R. Oncology Nursing Forum, 39(4), 354-360.
  • Validity of the End-of-life Professional Caregiver Survey (EPCS) to assess for multidisciplinary educational needs. Lazenby, M., Ercolano, E., Schulman-Green, D. & McCorkle, R. Journal of Palliative Medicine, 15(4), 427-431.
  • Self-management and care transitions in women with advanced breast cancer. Schulman-Green, D., Bradley, E.H., Knobf, T., Prigerson, H., DiGiovanna, M., & McCorkle, R. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 42(4), 517-525.
  • Self-Management: Enabling and empowering patients living with cancer as a chronic illness. McCorkle, R., Ercolano, E., Schilling, L., Schulman-Green, D., Lorig, K. &Wagner, E.H. CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, 61(1), 50-62.
  • Developing and testing a web-based survey to assess educational needs of palliative and end-of-life health care professionals in Connecticut. Schulman-Green, D., Ercolano, E., LaCoursiere, S. Ma, T., Lazenby, M. & McCorkle, R. American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, 28(4), 219-229.
  • Tailoring techniques for qualitative research with seriously ill patients about the end of life: A primer. Schulman-Green, D., McCorkle, R. & Bradley, E.H. Omega: Journal of Death and Dying, 60(1), 89-102.
  • Effects of a specialized nursing intervention on quality of life outcomes in post-surgical women with gynecological cancers. McCorkle R., Ercolano, E., Dowd, M., Schulman-Green, D., Williams, A.L., Siefert, M., Steiner, J. & Schwartz, P. Psycho-Oncology, 10, 1002-1012.
  • The current state of palliative care chaplaincy in the United States. Jeuland, J., Schulman-Green, D., Fitchett, G. Journal of Palliative Medicine, 20(5), 502-508.

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