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Meghan L. Underhill, PhD, RN

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Phone: (617) 632-6227


meghanl_underhill@dfci.harvard.edu

Meghan L. Underhill, PhD, RN

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

EDUCATIONAL TITLES

  • Instructor, Population Medicine, Harvard Medical School
  • Instructor, Phyllis F. Cantor Center, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

DF/HCC PROGRAM AFFILIATION

Research Abstract

I have dedicated my clinical and academic nursing career to caring for individuals across the spectrum of healthcare, always focused on promoting optimal health and well-being. For the past 8 years I have committed this practice to oncology patient care research, specifically improving the science of understanding the person-centered experiences of those living with hereditary cancer risk and making health related decisions. The formative qualitative research that I have completed with women at high risk for hereditary breast cancer and those with familial pancreatic cancer risk has provided rich, descriptive data that is grounded in the voice and experience of the patient. This work highlights the need for improved access and information surrounding cancer genetics, early cancer detection and prevention. Through my post-doctoral research training in cancer and health disparities I have gained experiential and didactic expertise in research design, implementation, methods and cancer genetics. I have been promoted to Instructor of Medicine within the Phyllis F. Cantor Center at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and have been awarded a KL2 training grant through Harvard Catalyst to continue to develop my research. I am now well poised to apply my expertise to better understand and improve health disparities surrounding patient centered care and cancer genetics. I am committed to improving health outcomes in individuals living with high risk for cancer.

Publications

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  • Underhill ML, Jones T, Habin K. Disparities in Cancer Genetic Risk Assessment and Testing. Oncol Nurs Forum 2016; 43:519-23. PubMed
  • Underhill ML, Habin KR, Shannon KM. Perceptions of Cancer Risk, Cause, and Needs in Participants from Low Socioeconomic Background at Risk for Hereditary Cancer. Behav Med 2016. PubMed
  • Underhill ML, Chicko L, Berry DL. A nurse-led evidence-based practice project to monitor and improve the management of chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting. 2015; 19:38-40. PubMed
  • Underhill ML, Sheldon LK, Halpenny B, Berry DL. Communication about symptoms and quality of life issues in patients with cancer: provider perceptions. J Cancer Educ 2014. PubMed
  • Underhill ML, Crotser CB. Seeking balance: decision support needs of women without cancer and a deleterious BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation. J Genet Couns 2014; 23:350-62. PubMed
  • Underhill ML, Hong F, Berry DL. When study site contributes to outcomes in a multi-center randomized trial: a secondary analysis of decisional conflict in men with localized prostate cancer. Health Qual Life Outcomes 2015; 12:159. PubMed
  • Underhill ML, Kiviniemi MT. The association of perceived provider-patient communication and relationship quality with colorectal cancer screening. Health Educ Behav 2012; 39:555-63. PubMed
  • Underhill ML, Boucher J, Roper K, Berry DL. Symptom management excellence initiative: promoting evidence-based oncology nursing practice. 2012; 16:247-50. PubMed
  • Lally RM, Underhill ML. Transition to breast cancer survivorship: a longitudinal qualitative follow-up study of two-year survivors. J Psychosoc Oncol 2012; 30:97-127. PubMed
  • Underhill ML, Dickerson SS. Engaging in medical vigilance: understanding the personal meaning of breast surveillance. Oncol Nurs Forum 2011; 38:686-94. PubMed
  • Underhill ML, Lally RM, Kiviniemi MT, Murekeyisoni C, Dickerson SS. Living my family's story: identifying the lived experience in healthy women at risk for hereditary breast cancer. Cancer Nurs 2012; 35:493-504. PubMed
  • Rhodes ML, Meyers CC, Underhill ML. Evaluation outcomes of a dedicated education unit in a baccalaureate nursing program. J Prof Nurs 2012; 28:223-30. PubMed
  • Boucher, J., Habin, K., and Underhill, M. . Cancer Genetics and Genomics Essentials for Oncology Nurses 2014.
  • 1. Pirl, W., Braun, I., Deshields, T., Fann, J., Greer, J., Harvey, E., Holland, J., Kennedy, V., Lazenby, M., Wagner, L., Zabora, J., Zebrack, B., Bardwell, W., Underhill, M., Walker, D. . Implementation of Distress Screening Programs in Cancer Centers: Report from the American Psychsocial Oncology Society, Association of Oncology Social Work, and Oncology Nursing Society Cancer 2014.
  • Underhill, M., Berry, D., Dalton, E., Schienda, J., & Syngal, S. . Patient experiences living with pancreatic cancer risk. 2015.
  • Dickerson, S., Kennedy, M., Wu, Y., Underhill, M., & Othman, A. . Factors related to quality-of-life pattern changes in recipients of implantable defibrillators. 2010.
  • Underhill, M., Roper, K., Siefert, M. L., Boucher, J., & Berry, D.. Evidence‐Based Practice Beliefs and Implementation Before and After an Initiative to Promote Evidence‐Based Nursing in an Ambulatory Oncology Setting 2014.
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