Faculty and Staff
Sue P. Heiney, PhD, RN, FAAN
Research Professor and Dunn Shealy Professor of Nursing
College of Nursing
Dr. Heiney received her diploma in nursing from the Greenville General Hospital School of Nursing in 1971. Her BSN (1979), MN (1981), and PhD (1998) were earned at the College of Nursing, University of South Carolina.
Dr. Heiney has practiced in a variety of clinical settings, including medical surgical, peri-operative and orthopedic nursing. She began her interest in psychosocial oncology while a BSN student and has provided psychosocial care to pediatric and adult cancer patients and their families for the past 26 years. Dr. Heiney has developed and implemented numerous workshops and seminars for professionals including CLIMB which teaches psychosocial professionals how to implement a support program for children whose parents have cancer. She has taught this seminar to a multidisciplinary audience of oncology professionals in Japan. The CLIMB program is now being implemented in over 5 cancer centers in Japan. She also developed a workshop to help professionals learn strategies for working with grieving children. This workshop has also been presented in Japan. Additionally, Dr. Heiney is also lead author on several patient/family books including The Gift: For children who are bone marrow donors, Zig the Pig Goes to School, and Sometimes Words are not Enough.
Dr. Heiney’s research program parallels her clinical experiences. She has created unique group support programs for patients and families which have been nationally and internationally recognized. She has conducted research on these groups. Her knowledge and experience from this research has evolved into studying interventions to promote social connection in African American women with breast cancer. Her research expertise includes:
- Treatment adherence and treatment continuation in African American
- Minority recruitment/retention to cancer studies
- Behavioral interventions
- Measurement for Intervention Studies
Healing Power of Story, Evidence Academy Survivorship and Patient Care, South Carolina Cancer Alliance, May 20, 2016.
Butterfly Program, Interventions for Families and Children when Parent Has Terminal Cancer, Japan 2015.
Butterfly, Program, Interventions for Families and Children when Parent Has Terminal Cancer , Japan, 2014.
Patient Decision Making: Myth or Reality, Cancer Prevention and Control Colloquium, 8/15/14.
Quality of life in Disparate Populations, The Quality of Life Continuum: From Palliative Care to Survivorship; South Carolina Cancer Alliance, April 11, 2014.
Group Leadership Techniques for Support Groups for Children whose Parents Have Cancer. CLIMB Program workshop, Tokyo, Japan, sponsored by Hope Tree, Japan, July 15/16, 2014.
Journey of Cancer, lecture for SCOR-G at Saint Luke’s Hospital, Tokyo, Japan, 2014.
Diversity in Research (lecture), Research Day at Palmetto Health, September 6, 2013.
Helping Children with Loss and Grief (workshop), Palmetto Association for Children and Families, August 28, 2013.
CLIMB Workshop, Japan, July 15-16, 2012.
Good Grieving Workshop: Helping Children Before and After the Death of a Loved One. Sponsored by Hope Tree, Japan, July 14, 2012.
Video shoot by Novartis, Japan, July 14, 2012, http://www.novartisoncology.jp/material/download01.html#sh.
Workshop for Healthcare Professionals, CLIMB Program, Tokyo, Japan, October, 29- 30, 2011.
Helping Children Cope with a Parent's Illness, Japan Society of Clinical Oncology, October 27, 2011.
Group Leadership Techniques for Support Groups for Children whose Parents Have Cancer. CLIMB Program, Tokyo, Japan, sponsored by Hope Tree, Japan, July 15/16, 2011.
Helping Children Cope When a Parent Has Cancer, Japan Society of Clinical Oncology, 49th Annual Meeting, Nagoya, Japan July, 2011.
Group Leadership Techniques for Support Groups for Children whose Parents Have Cancer. CLIMB Program, Denver, Colorado, 12/10/04 & 12/11/04 (bi-annually since this date in various locations).
McWayne, J., Heiney, S. P., Hazlett, L. J., and Parrish, R. S. Sisters Tell Others and Revive Yourself. American Psychosocial Oncology Society 6th Annual Conference, 5-8 February 2009, Charlotte, NC, February 7, 2009.
Heiney, Sue P., Underwood, Sandra Millon, Parrish, Rudolph, Hazlett, Linda, Wells, Linda, Adams, Swann Arp, Social Disconnection in African American Women with Breast Cancer (Podium) Concurrent Session V: Ethnic Minority Research, Orlando, FL, February, 12-14 2009.
Heiney, S, Adams, S, Hebert. J. & Cunningham, J. Subject recruitment for cancer control studies in an unfavorable environment – Podium Presentation, Oncology Nursing Forum, 32 (1), 162, 2005.
Recruitment of African American Women with Breast Cancer for Therapeutic Group by Teleconference. (Podium) Sue P. Heiney, PhD, RN, CS, FAAN, Linda M. Wells, Hiluv Johnson, BA, Cassandra Wineglass, MA, Lisa H. Bryant, MD, Lynne G. Bridges, BA ONS 33rd Annual Congress, Philadelphia, PA, May 15-19, 2008.
Confirmatory Factor Analysis of Profile of Mood States Short Form in an African American Female Sample (Poster) Bryant, L, Heiney, S, Hall, A. One Voice in Action, 161st Annual Meeting, American Psychiatric Association, Washington, DC May 3-8, 2008.
Social Disconnection in African American Women with Breast Cancer, for (Podium presentation) Heiney, S., Wells, L, Parrish, R, Hazlett, L Uniting Practice, Education and Research, 5th Annual Conference, Beta Omicron Honor Society for Nursing, Augusta, GA, April 18, 2008.
Intervention Integrity for a Telephone Support Group, Howell, C, Meriwether, M, Heiney, S, Bryant, L, Parrish, R, Hazlett, L (Poster)American Psychosocial Oncology Society (APOS) 5th Annual Conference, Irvine, CA, February 28–March 2, 2008.
Tuskegee Revisited: Relationship of Trust, Knowledge, Demographics and Stress in African American Women with Breast Cancer (poster). Nursing: Innovations in Leadership, Rudolph S. Parrish, PhD, Linda J. Hazlett, PhD, Linda M. Wells, MA, Hiluv Johnson, BA, Nursing: Innovations in Leadership, Research and Practice, Alpha Xi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau and the Center for Nursing Leadership. Columbia, South Carolina, February 8, 2008. Received the research award.
Subject Recruitment for Cancer Control Studies in an Unfavorable Environment (Podium presentation). Heiney, S., Adams, S., Cunningham, J. McKenzie, W., Harmon, B., Hebert, J.National Conference on Cancer Nursing Research. Ft. Lauderdale, FL, February 4, 2005.
Quality of Life of Breast Cancer survivors with Lymphedema, (Poster) S Heiney, Vitoc, C., Cunningham, J., Jansen, K. National Conference on Cancer Nursing Research. Ft. Lauderdale, FL, February 4, 2005.
Holy Ground: A Phenomenological Study of Hospital Chaplains (Poster) S Heiney, J McWayne, J Teas. Integrating Research on Spirituality and Health and Well-being into Service Delivery: A Research Conference, International Center for the Integration of Health and Spirituality, Bethesda, MD, April 1-3, 2003.
Data in Search of Analysis: How can we understand patient narratives that attribute healing to faith? (Poster) AL Cousins, S Heiney, P Verma, JE Cunningham, G Khushf, J Teas. presented at the Alpha Xi 2002 Viewpoints (Alpha Xi, Sigma Theta Tau, the International Honor Society of Nursing Convention), Columbia, SC, January 2002. The poster was awarded second prize.
Faith and Healing among Christians in South Carolina AL Cousins, G Jackson, S Heiney, P Verma, CP Kanwat, JE Cunningham, G Khushf, J Teas. Presented at the "Spirituality and Healing in Medicine" workshop organized by Harvard Medical School and held at Boston, MA, December 14-17, 2001 (poster).
Efficacy of Therapeutic Group by Telephone for Women with Breast Cancer, Preliminary Data, 5th National Conference on Cancer Nursing Research. Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, February 8, 2001 (poster).
Impact of Parental Anxiety on Child Emotional Adjustment when a Parent has Cancer) poster presentation) for 4th National Conference on Cancer Nursing Research. Marriott's Bay Point Resort, Panama City, FL, January 23, 1997.
Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Parent/Patient Handbook, (Education Abstract Session) APON Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, October 7, 1994.
Anxiety and Emotional Adjustment of Children Whose Parents Have Cancer, (paper presentation) Tenth Oncology Nursing Society/National Cancer Institute Cancer Nursing Research Course, Cincinnati, OH, May 3, 1994.
Symposium Review: Pediatric Oncology (lecture) 7th International Conference on Cancer Nursing, Vienna, Austria, August 20, 1992.
Baysinger, M. Heiney, S. An Educational Trajectory Approach for the Child and Adolescent with Cancer, APON Annual Meeting, Boston, MA, October 10, 1991.
Heiney, S. Bone Marrow Transplantation: A Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, ONS Annual Conference, San Antonio, Texas, May 8, 1991.
Heiney, S, Wagner, D. Parent/Patient Handbook in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology. (Poster) ONS Annual Conference, San Antonio, Texas, May 8, 1991.
Heiney, S. Sibling Grief: A Case Report, 6th International Cancer Nursing Conference, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, August 1990.
Heiney, S. Psychosocial Support Program for Adolescents with Cancer and Their Parents, (Poster) 6th International Cancer Nursing Conference, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, August 1990.
Heiney, S. Lasting Impressions Adolescents with Cancer Share How to Cope Video tape Program. (Educational Poster) ONS Annual Congress, May 16-19, 1990.
Heiney, S. Sibling Grief: A Case Report, Oncology Nursing Society, Annual Congress, May 18, 1990.
Heiney, S., Wells, L., Swygert, E. LASTING IMPRESSIONS: Adolescents with Cancer Share How to Cope - Videotape Program, APON 13th Annual Conference, October 13, 1989.
Heiney, S., Wells, L., Swygert, E. Psychosocial Support Program for Adolescents with Cancer and Their Parents, APON 13th Annual Conference, October 13, 1989.
Coleman, B. Heiney, S. Storytelling in a Support Group for School Aged Oncology Patients, ACCH Conference, May 1989.
Heiney, S., Coleman, B. et al. Support Program for Adolescents with Cancer and Their Parents, (Poster) ACCH Conference, May 1989.
Wells, L., Heiney, S., et al. - Psychosocial Stressors, Coping Resources and Information Needs of Parents of Adolescent Cancer Patients, APON Annual Conference, 1988.
Heiney, S., et al. - Effects of Group Therapy on Siblings of Pediatric Oncology Patients, APON Annual Conference, 1988.
Heiney, S., Wells, L., Successful Strategies for Organizing and Maintaining Support Groups APON Annual Conference, October 1987.
Collison, C., Heiney, S., A Focus on Interpersonal Relations: Job Papers Satisfaction, Stress and Coping Research '87, USC College of Nursing, May 14, 1987.
Heiney, S., Wells, L., Robinson, R., Planning, Marketing, and Evaluating a Nursing Symposium on Pediatric Oncology - APON Annual Conference, Baltimore, MD, October 10, 1986.
Wells, L., Heiney, S., Effects of Group Therapy on Parents of Children with Cancer - APON Annual Conference, Baltimore, MD, October 10, 1986.
Heiney, S., Ruffin, R., Effects of Group Therapy on Adolescents with Cancer - Research '85, Columbia, S.C., May 16, 1985.
Heiney, S., Ruffin, R., Effects of Group Therapy on Adolescents with Cancer - APON Congress, Seattle, Washington, October, 1984.
American Nurses Association, 1971-present
Received Certificate of Recognition for S.C.N.A., 1994
SCNA, Treasurer, 1993 - 1994
Conference on Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing, 1993
Association of Pediatric Oncology Nurses, 1981 - 1998
Chairman, Board of Trustees, Pediatric Oncology Nurses Foundation, 1994 - 1996
Chairman, Ad Hoc Committee on APON Foundation
National Past President, APON, 1991 - 1992
National President, APON, 1989 - 1991
National President-Elect, APON, 1988
National Secretary, APON, 1987 - 1988
President, Palmetto Chapter, 1987
Member, National Research Committee, 1981-present, Abstract Reviewer, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1989, 1993
Sigma Theta Tau, 1978-present
Membership Application Reviewer, 1991
Region 7 Research Utilization Review Awards Committee, 1992
International Research Utilization Review Awards Committee, 1993
The Founders Awards Committee, 2001
Media Public Print Award Judging Panel, 2002
Greenville General Hospital Alumnae Association, 1971 - present
Oncology Nursing Society, 1982 to present
Research Committee, Corresponding Member, 1993 - 1994, 1994 - 1995, 1995 - 1996
Advance Nurse Researchers SIG, 1995 – present
Research Advisory Board, 2008 - 2010
- Psychosocial Oncology
- Inpatient Psychiatry
- Operating Room
- Medical Surgical Nursing
Research Studies (Selected)
Story and Adherence: Breast Cancer in African Americans. Oncology Nursing Society- $19,109. Principal Investigator: 2013.
Teleconference Group: Breast Cancer in African Americans. National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute—$1,195,502. Principal Investigator: Funded June 2005 - May 2009.
The Effect of a Home-Based Walking Intervention on Quality of Life, Body Composition, and Estrogen Metabolism in Post-Menopausal Cancer Survivors. Department of Defense—$72,250. Co-investigator: 2000 – present.
Pilot Study on Home-Based Walking Program in Breast Cancer Survivors. SC Cancer Center—$10,000. Co-investigator: 2004.
A Diet, Physical Activity, and Meditation Intervention in Men with Rising PSA. Department of Defense—$531,480. Co-investigator: 2002 - 2004.
Complementary and Alternative Medicine with Curative Intent. Prevention Center at USC School of Public Health from Centers for Disease Control—$420,047. Co-investigator. 2001 - 2002.
A Survey of Lymphedema among Breast Cancer Survivors. Bonner Family Fund, SC Cancer Center—$10,000. Co-investigator: 2000 - 2004. Supplemental funding of $7,200 SC Cancer Center 2004 - 2005.
Efficacy of Therapeutic Group for Breast Cancer Patients. SC Cancer Center—$13,000. Principal Investigator: 1999 - 2002.
Anxiety and Adjustment of Children whose Parents Have Cancer. South Carolina Cancer Consortium—$9,700. Principal Investigator: 1994 - 1995.
Quality of Life Factors for Adolescents with Cancer. University of Arizona. Co-investigator: 1992 - 1994.
Heiney, S.P., Messias, D.K.H., Felder, T.M., Phelps, K.W., Quinn, J. African American women’s recollected experiences of breast cancer treatment. Oncology Nursing Forum, in press.
Felder, T., Phuong, D., Lu, K., Lincy, S.L., Heiney, S.P., Bennett, C. (2016). Racial differences in receipt of adjuvant hormonal therapy among Medicaid-enrollees in South Carolina diagnosed with breast cancer. Breast Cancer Research and Treatment, in press.
Heiney, S.P., Gullatte, M., Hayne, P.D., Powe, B., & Habing, B. (2016). Fatalism revisited: Further psychometric testing across two studies. Journal of Religion and Health, 55(4), 1472-1481. doi:10.1007/s10943-015-0159-6
Heiney, S. P., Reavis, K., Tavakoli, A. S., Adams., S. A., Hayne, P. D., Weinrich, S. P. (2015). The impact of STORY on depression and fatigue in African-American women with breast cancer. The Journal of the National Black Nurses Association, 26(1), 1-7.
Adams, S. A., Wirth, M. D., Khan, S., Murphy, E. A., Heiney, S. P., Davis, L. C., Davis, B., Drayton, Ruby F., Hurley, Thomas G., Blair, Steven N., Hebert, J. R. (2015). The association of C-reactive protein and physical activity among a church-based population of African Americans. Preventive Medicine, 77, 137-140. doi:10.1016/j.ypmed.2015.05.010.
Heiney, S. P., Darr‐Hope, H., Meriwether, M. P., & Adams, S. A. (2015). Healing by Creating: Patient Evaluations of Art‐Making Program. The Journal of Creative Behavior. doi:10.1002/jocb.84.
Inoue, I., Higashi, T., Iwamoto, M., Heiney, Sue P., Tamaki, T., Osawa, K., Inoue, M., Shiraishi, K., Kojima, R., & Matoba, M. (2015). A national profile of the impact of parental cancer and their children in Japan. Cancer Epidemiology: The International Journal of Cancer Epidemiology, Detection, and Prevention, 39, 838-841. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.canep.2015.10.005.
Heiney, Sue P. (2014). Social Disconnection in African American Women with Breast Cancer. The Oncology Nursing Forum, 1;41(1):E28-34. doi: 10.1188/14.ONF.E28-E34. PMID: 24368250
Heiney SP, Adam SA, Khang L. (2014). Agreement Between patient self-report and an objective measure of treatment among African American women with breast cancer. Journal of Oncology Nurse Navigation and Survivorship, 5:3, 21-27
Adams SA, Heiney SP, Brandt HM, Wirth MD, Khan S, Johnson H, Davis L, Wineglass CM, Warren-Jones TY, Felder TM, Drayton RF, Davis B, Farr DE, Hébert JR. (2014). A Comparison of a Centralized Versus De-Centralized Recruitment Schema in Two Community-Based Participatory Research Studies for Cancer Prevention. Journal of Community Health, Aug 3. [Epub ahead of print], PMID: 25086566.
Heiney, S., & Dernoot, P. (2014). The Children's Treehouse Foundation: Improving the lives of families dealing with cancer through CLIMB. Psycho-oncology, 23, 67-68.
Heiney SP. (2013). Tavakoli A, Millon-Underwood S, Wells LM, Weinrich SP. (2013). Social Connection in African-American Women with Breast Cancer. The Journal National Black Nurses Association, 24(2):1-7.
Heiney, S. et al. (2012). Participant Evaluation of Teleconference Support for African American Women with Breast Cancer. Cancer Nursing, 35:2, e24-e30.
Heiney, Sue P., Hazlett, Linda J., Weinrich, Sally, P., Wells, Linda M., Adams, Swann Arp, Millon-Underwood, Sandra, Parrish, Rudolph J. (2011). Community Connection in African American Women with Breast Cancer, Research and Theory for Nursing Practice, 25 (4), 252-270.
Heiney, Sue P, Underwood, Sandra Millon, Tavaloki, Abbas, Adams, Swann Arp, Wells, Linda M., and Bryant, Lisa H. (2011). Randomized Controlled Trial of Therapeutic Group by Teleconference: African American Women with Breast Cancer: CANCER. 118:15, 3822-3832. Doi 10.1002/cncr.26676
Heiney, SP, Adams SA, Fisher-Drake B, Bryant LH, Bridges LG, and JR Hebert. (2010) Recruitment for a Prostate Cancer Behavioral Trial. Clinical Trials, 7(4), 411-417.
Heiney, Sue P., Adams Swann Arp, Wells, Linda M, Johnson, Hiluv, 2010. Evaluation of Conceptual Framework for Recruitment of African American Patients with Breast Cancer, Oncology Nursing Forum, 37(3):e160-e167.
Heiney, SP, McWayne, J. Teas, J. (2007). Being Real on Holy Ground: The Lived Experience of Chaplains, The Journal Psychology and Christianity, 26(1), 26-32.
Heiney, Sue P., McWayne, Janis, Cunningham, Joan E., Hazlett, Linda J., Parrish, Rudolph S., Bryant, Lisa H., Vitoc, Camilla, Jansen, Kel (2007). Quality of Life and Lymphedema following Breast Cancer, Lymphology, 40, 177-184.
Heiney, S. P., McWayne. J. Ford, L, Carter, C. (2006). Measurement in Group Interventions for Women with Breast Cancer, Journal of Psychosocial Oncology. 24(4), 89-106.
McWayne, J. & Heiney, S. P. (2005). Psychological and social sequelae of secondary lymphedema: A review. CANCER, 104 (3), 457-466.
Heiney, S. P., McWayne, J., Hurley, T., Lamb, L., Bryant, L. H., Butler, W. (2003). Efficacy of therapeutic group by telephone for Women with Breast Cancer. Cancer Nursing, 26(6): 439-447.
Heiney, S. P., McWayne, J., Walker, S, Bryant, L., Howell, C., & Bridges, L. (2003). Evaluation of a therapeutic group by telephone for women with breast cancer. Journal of Psychosocial Oncology. 21(3):63-80.
Heiney, S. (1995) The healing power of story. Oncology Nursing Forum, 22(6):899-904.
Heiney, S. & Wells, L. (1989). Successful strategies for organizing and maintaining support groups. Oncology Nursing Forum, 16:6, 803-809.
Heiney, S. (1988). Assessing and Intervening with Dysfunctional Families. Oncology Nursing Forum 15(5), 585-590.