Laurel Northouse, PhD, RN, FAAN
University of Michigan School of Nursing
400 North Ingalls Building
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5482
Scholarly Expertise / Activity
- Multiple effects of cancer on patients and their family caregivers
- Intervention studies to improve outcomes in cancer patients and family members
- Translation and dissemination of evidence-based programs of care in oncology
- Longitudinal assessment of quality of life in cancer patients and their family caregivers
- Predictors of emotional and physical well-being in cancer survivors and their family caregivers
Dr. Northouse is a nurse scientist in the field of cancer research. She has conducted numerous of studies that describe the effect of cancer on the family, and developed a model to identify patients and family members at higher risk of developing emotional distress following a diagnosis of cancer.
Dr. Northouse's research has been funded by the National Institute for Nursing Research, National Cancer Institute, American Cancer Society, Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving, and Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research.
Current Research Grants and Programs:
- Implementation of an Evidence-based Program of Care for People with Cancer and Their Caregivers in the Cancer Support Community (Co-Investigator). Grant from the Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Care Research
Prior to achieving emerita faculty status, Dr. Northouse’s primary teaching responsibilities were courses on research methods at the undergraduate, masters, and doctoral levels and on implementing evidence-based research findings in nursing practice. She was also a frequent guest lecturer for undergraduate courses on topics related to helping families of patients with a serious illness. She gave guest lectures in the School of Nursing and in the School of Public Health on topics that pertained to conducting theory-based intervention studies. Dr. Northouse has directed a number of doctoral dissertations and masters research projects on topics related to cancer survivorship, caregiving, family communication, and psychosocial adjustment to chronic illness.
Affiliations / Service
- Member, National Advisory Board, Cancer Support Community, Cancer Experience Registry: Caregivers (2014-present)
- Member, Advisory Committee, POLARIS (Predicting Optimal Cancer Rehabilitation and Supportive Care), International Data and Sharing Project, Amsterdam (2014-present)
- Member, Planning Committee, Caring for Caregivers and Patients: Revisiting the Research and Clinical Priorities for Informal Caregiving. National Cancer Institute and National Institute for Nursing Research (2015)
- Member, Board of Directors, American Psycho-Oncology Society (2010-2013)
- Co-Chair, Prostate Advisory Committee, Michigan Department of Community Health, 2006-2013
- Co-Director, Socio-behavioral Program, University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center, 2004-2012
- Member, Research Priorities Committee, Oncology Nursing Society, 2009-2011
- Member, National Caregiving Quality Committee, Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving, 2009-2012
Notable Awards / Honors
- Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, 1993
- Oncology Nursing Society Mara Morgensen Flaherty Award for significant contributions to psychosocial care of people with cancer and their family caregivers, 2012
- Oncology Nursing Society Distinguished Researcher Award for excellence in oncology nursing science, 2013
- Spirit of Collaboration Award, Michigan Cancer Consortium, State of Michigan for excellent academic-community partnership to improve care for oncology patients and their family caregivers, 2013
- Harold Burdette Award for Excellent in Research, Walther Cancer Program, Indiana for significant contributions to behavioral research with cancer patients and their families, 2013
- Excellence in Research Award, Sigma Theta Tao, Rho Chapter, 2014
- PhD, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 1985
- MSN, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, 1979
- BSN, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 1970
- Ellis, K.R., Janevic, M.R., Kershaw, T., Caldwell, C.H., Janz, N., & Northouse, L. (2017). Engagement in health-promoting behaviors and interdependence of patient-caregiver dyads facing advanced cancer. Journal of Behavioral Medicine. DOI:10.1007/s/0865-016-9819-6
- Kent, E., Rowland, J.H., Northouse, L.L., Litzelman, K., Choi, W-Y. Shelburne, N. et al (2016). Caring for caregivers and patients: Research and clinical priorities for informal caregiving. Cancer. DOI: 10.1002/cncr.29939.
- Dockham, B., Schafenacker, A., Yoon, H., Ronis, D., Kershaw, T., Titler, M. & Northouse, L.L., (2016). Implementation of a psycho-educational program for cancer patients and family caregivers at a Cancer Support Community Affiliate: A pilot effectiveness study. Cancer Nursing, 39, 169-180.
- Kershaw, T., Ellis, K., Yoon, H., Schafenacker, A., Katapodi, M. & Northouse, L.L. (2015). The interdependence of advanced cancer patients and their family caregivers' mental health, physical health, and self-efficacy over time. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 49, 901-911.
- Martinez, K., Friese, C., Kershaw, T., Given, C.W. Fendrich, A.M. & Northouse, L.L. (2015). Effect of a nurse-led psycho-educational intervention on healthcare resource utilization among adults with cancer. Oncology Nursing Forum, 42. DOI: 10.1188/15. ONF. E310-E318
- Northouse, L.L., Schafenacker, A., Barr, K., Yoon, H., Brittain, K., Song, L., Ronis, D. &An, L. (2014). A tailored web-based psycho-educational intervention for cancer patients and their family caregivers. Cancer Nursing, 37, 321-330.
- Northouse, L.L., Mood, D., Schafenacker, A., Kalemkerian, G., Zalupski, M., LoRusso, P., et al. (2013). Randomized clinical trial of a brief and extensive dyadic intervention for advanced cancer patients and their family caregivers. Psycho-Oncology, 22, 555-563
- Northouse, L.L., Williams, A., Given, B. & McCorkle, R. (2012) Psychosocial care for family caregivers of cancer patients. Journal of Clinical Oncology, 30(11), 1227-1234.
- Northouse, L. L., Katapodi, M., Song, L., Zhang, L., Mood, D.W. (2010). Interventions with family caregivers of cancer patients: Meta-analysis of randomized clinical trials. Ca: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, 60(5): 317-39.
- Sanda, M.G., Dunn, R.L., Michalski, J., Sandler, H.M., Northouse, L.L., Hembroff, L., Lin, X., Greenfield, T.K., Litwin, M.S., Saigal, C.S., Mahadevan, A., Klein, E., Kibel, A., Pisters, L.L., Kuban, D., Kaplan, I., Wood, D., Ciezki, J., Shah, N., Wei, J.T. (2008) Quality of life and satisfaction with outcome among prostate-cancer survivors. N Engl J Med 358, 1250-61.
- Kershaw, T., Mood, D., W., Newth, G., Ronis, D.L., Sanda, M.G., Vaishampayan, U., & Northouse, L.L. (2008). Longitudinal analysis of a model to predict quality of life in prostate cancer patients and their spouses. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 36, 117-128.
- Northouse, L.L., Mood, D.W., Schafenacker, A., Montie, J.E., Sandler, H.M., Forman, J.D., Hussain, M., Pienta, K.J., Smith, D.C., Kershaw, T. (2007) Randomized clinical trial of a family intervention for prostate cancer patients and their spouses. Cancer, 110, 2809-2818.
- Northouse, L.L., Mood, D.W., Montie, J.E., Sandler, H.M., Forman, J.D., Hussain, M., Pienta, K.J., Smith, D.C., Sanda, M.G., Kershaw, T. (2007) Living with prostate cancer: Patients' and spouses' psychosocial status and quality of life. J Clin Onc, 25, 4171-4177.
- Mellon, S., Northouse, L.L., & Weiss, L. (2006). A population-based study of the quality of life of cancer survivors and their family caregivers. Cancer Nursing, 29, 120-131.
- Northouse, L., Kershaw, T., Mood, D., & Schafenacker, A. (2005). Effects of a family intervention on the quality of life of women with recurrent breast cancer and their family caregivers. Psycho-Oncology, 14, 478-491.