Faculty and Staff
Karen Kane McDonnell, PhD, RN, OCN
College of Nursing
College of Nursing
Dr. McDonnell received her PhD in Nursing from the University of Virginia in 2013, her MSN with a specialization in oncology medical/surgical nursing from Yale University in 1983, a BSN from Cornell University-New York Hospital School of Nursing and a BS in Biology from St. Francis College in New York City.
As a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Virginia, Dr. McDonnell assisted in teaching courses entitled “Leadership and Management in Health Care Settings“ and “Foundation of Nursing Research and Evidence-based Practices” in the undergraduate nursing program. Also, assisted teaching “Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Practice” to graduate students in the classroom and online.
Dr. McDonnell’s primary research interests include developing and testing family interventions for behavior modification when a diagnosis of cancer exists within a family. Concept areas include decision making and health related quality of life. She has a special interest in the prevention and early detection of lung cancer.
Dr. McDonnell has disseminated several publications and abstracts in international/national conferences. Most recent ones are listed below:
A Systematic Review of the Evidence on HRQL in Individuals with Lung Cancer who Smoke. Poster, Southern Nursing Research Society Conference, New Orleans, LA, February 2012 with P. J. Hollen & C. Campbell.
Recruitment and Retention of Families Facing Cancer into a Smoking Cessation Trial. Poster, Washington Regional Nursing Research Consortium, Washington, D. C., November, 2012 with L. F. Bullock, B. D. Kozower, J. Heath & P. J. Hollen.
Evaluating the Feasibility of a Smoking Cessation Intervention Designed for Families Facing Cancer. Poster, Southern Nursing Research Society Conference, Little Rock, AR, February, 2013 with L. F. Bullock, B. D. Kozower, J. Heath & P. J. Hollen.
Evaluating the Feasibility of a Smoking Cessation Intervention Designed for Families Facing Cancer. Abstract, 5th Annual Ottawa Conference: State of the Art Clinical Approaches to Smoking Cessation, Ottawa, ON, Canada, February, 2013 with L. F. Bullock, B. D. Kozower, J. Heath & P. J. Hollen.
A Decision Aid to Improve Smoking Abstinence for Families Facing Cancer. Paper, Oncology Nursing Society’s Connections: Advancing Care through Science, Dallas, TX, November, 2013 with L. F. Bullock, P. J. Hollen, J. Heath & B. D. Kozower.
Dr. McDonnell is an active long-time member of the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) and Sigma Theta Tau. Over the years, she has enjoyed a variety of leadership roles within ONS. She is also a member of the Southern Nursing Research Society, International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care, American Society of Clinical Oncology, International Society of Nurses in Genetics, and the Association for the Treatment of Tobacco Use and Dependence.
Dr. McDonnell is an oncology certified nurse and has practiced in an array of cancer care settings as an Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist and in several administrative practice and research roles.
Research Studies (Selected)
A Dissemination Project to Advance Lung Cancer Screening in South Carolina. South Carolina Cancer Alliance - $43.537. 2014-2015. Co-Principal Investigator. (Dr. Jan Eberth, Co-PI).
Living with Lung Cancer: Receptivity and Preferences for Risk-reducing Behavior Change among African American Families. American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant - $30,000. 2014. Principal Investigator.
A decision aid to improve smoking abstinence and HRQL for families facing cancer. American Cancer Society - $30,000. 2011-2013. Principal Investigator.
McDonnell, K. K., Bullock, L. F., Hollen, P. J., Heath, J. & Kozower, B. D. (in press). Evidence and emerging issues on the impact of smoking on HRQL in individuals with lung cancer and their families. Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing.
McDonnell, K. K., Bullock, L. F., Hollen, P. J., Heath, J., & Kozower, B. D. (2013). Recruitment and retention issues when delivering a smoking cessation intervention to families facing cancer surgery. Manuscript submitted for publication.
McDonnell, K. K., Bullock, L. F., Hollen, P. J., Heath, J., Rovnyak, V., & Kozower, B. D. (2013). Tobacco Free Family: Helping family dyads confronting cancer to stop smoking. Manuscript under review.