Helping kids with cancer explain how they feel
Mar 16, 2017 12:00 AM
Meet Dr. Lauri Linder
Dr. Lauri Linder is an Assistant Professor at the University of Utah College of Nursing and the Pediatric Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist at Primary Children’s Medical Center. She holds 20 years of experience as a pediatric oncology nurse and holds a national certification as a pediatric oncology nurse. Dr. Linder is also a member of the Consortium to Study Symptoms in Adolescents with Cancer. This newly-established consortium is a group of nurse researchers in the United States with a shared interest in studying symptoms in adolescents with cancer. Presently, Dr. Linder is serving as Vice President of the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation Board of Directors.
Q: What are your research interests?
A: Supportive care for children, adolescents and young adults with cancer. This includes symptoms management, promoting wellness, supporting them in being able to take their medications and reducing the risk of infection.
Q: What are your current projects?
A: I am currently working with the Therapeutic Games and Applications Lab (GApp Lab) to create and test a symptom tracking app for elementary school-age children with cancer. I also work with a team of nurse researchers across the country with a shared interest in symptom management for adolescents and young adults (AYA’s) with cancer. In addition to this, my clinical work addresses efforts to reduce bloodstream infections in children, adolescents, and young adults.
Q: What is the progress on the app?
A: We have developed an app for them and are testing its potential as an intervention. I have just finished a project that tested the feasibility and acceptability of a medication reminder app for AYA’s with cancer to see if it will support them with remembering to take their oral medications.
Q: What is your opinion on the future of your research? Do you think it could lead to another project?
A: I like to think I am just getting started and that there will be many great projects ahead! I am already beginning to plan for my next grant submissions.
Q: Who do you hope your research will positively impact?
A: I am hoping that my research will ultimately improve the care and quality of life for children, adolescents, and young adults with cancer.
Q: What advice do you have for undergraduates, graduates of PhD candidates on getting involved in research?
A: It’s a great journey and adventure! Take advantage of opportunities to get involved.
Q: What is something people don’t know about you?
A: I like to run and I also love sewing and quilting projects.
Q: Are you involved in other groups or activities?
A: Yes, I am a member of several professional organizations that address the care of children, adolescents, and young adults with cancer. I am a member of the Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses (APHON), the Children’s Oncology Group (COG) Nurse Scholar Group, the International Society for Pediatric Oncology (SIOP), and Sigma Theta Tau International.
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