Christopher R. Friese, PhD, RN, AOCN®, FAAN

Christopher Friese

Department of Systems, Populations and Leadership

Room 1172 400NIB

University of Michigan School of Nursing
400 North Ingalls Building
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5482

Telephone: (734) 647-4308
Fax: (734) 647-2416
Christopher Friese is accepting new PhD students.


  • Quality of care
  • Health policy
  • Oncology nursing
  • Nursing workforce

Christopher Friese’s program of research is focused on understanding and improving healthcare delivery in high-risk settings, such as cancer. In 2008, he was awarded a Pathway to Independence K99/R00 research grant to study outcomes of care for patients with cancer from the National Institute of Nursing Research. Active projects include a multi-site randomized controlled trial to improve the safety of hazardous drug handling by nurses. In 2016, he was awarded a one-year health policy fellowship in Washington DC by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. He is an Associate Editor of International Journal of Nursing Studies, and is a member of the American Nurses’ Credentialing Center Research Council. He lectures widely on evidence-based oncology nursing practice, nursing workforce, and health care policy. Dr. Friese holds advanced certification as an oncology nurse, and continues to practice clinically as a staff nurse in medical oncology, hematological malignancies, and stem cell transplantation.

To learn more about Christopher Friese's research, visit his website. You can also follow him on Twitter @ChrisFriese_RN.

Current Research Grants and Programs:

  • Randomized Controlled Trial to Improve Oncology Nurses’ Use of Personal Protective Equipment (DEFENS), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, CDC. PI
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellowship, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. PI
  • Organizational Dynamics and Failure to Rescue after Major Surgery, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Co-I/Mentor


Dr. Friese focuses his teaching on action-oriented learning. Borrowing from Benjamin Franklin, he believes his students should learn the “most useful and most ornamental.” He has taught across the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs. He developed an interprofessional elective in Cancer Care, and frequently teaches organizational theory and systems for healthcare. He has mentored several honors students and Hillman Scholars

Affiliations / Service

  • Scientific Program Committee for Health Services ResearchResearch Council, American Society of Clinical OncologyAmerican Nurses’ Credentialing Center, 2015-2016
  • Associate Editor, International Journal of Nursing Studies, 2014-Present
  • Standing Reviewer, Cancer Nursing, 2011-Present
  • Standing Reviewer, National Cancer Institute Training Study Section, 2013-2016
  • Standing Reviewer, Peer Review Committee for Scholarships in Cancer Nursing, American Cancer Society, 2011-2015
  • Elected Board Member, Interdisciplinary Research Group on Nursing Issues, AcademyHealth, 2012-2014

Notable Awards / Honors

  • Henry Russel Award for Junior Faculty, University of Michigan, 2016
  • Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellowship, 2016
  • Rose Mary Carroll-Johnson Distinguished Award for Consistent Contributions to Nursing Literature, Oncology Nursing Society, 2015
  • Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, 2012
  • Pathway to Independence Award, National Institutes of Health, 2008
  • Sigma Theta Tau Xi Chapter, 2000


  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard University, Boston, MA, 2008
  • PhD, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 2005
  • MS, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 2001
  • BSN, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 1997

Publication Highlights

  • Harrison, J., Pressler, S.J., & Friese, C.R. (2016). Cardiotoxic heart failure in breast cancer survivors: A concept analysis. Journal of Advanced Nursing, In press.

  • He, B.Y., Mendelsohn-Victor, K., McCullagh, M.C., & Friese, C.R. (2016). Personal protective equipment use and hazardous drug spills among ambulatory oncology nurses: Results from a mailed survey. Oncology Nursing Forum, In press.

  • Harrison, J.M., Stella, P.J., LaVasseur, B., Adams, P.T., Swafford, L., Lewis, J., Mendelsohn-Victor, K., & Friese, C.R. (2016). Factors associated with toxicity-related service use among community oncology patients. Journal of Oncology Practice, In press.

  • Kurian, A.W., & Friese, C.R. (2015). Precision medicine in breast cancer care: An early glimpse of impact. JAMA Oncology, 1, 1109-1110.

  • Friese, C.R., Siefert, M.L., Thomas-Frost, K., Walker, S., & Reid Ponte, P. (2016). Using data to strengthen oncology nursing practice. Cancer Nursing, 39, 74-79.

  • Friese, C.R., McArdle, C., Zhao, T., Sun, D., Spasojevic, I., Polovich, M., & McCullagh, M.C. (2014). Antineoplastic drug exposure in ambulatory oncology settings: A pilot study. Cancer Nursing, 38, 111-117.

  • Friese, C.R., Mendelsohn-Victor, K., Wen, B., Sun, D., Sutcliffe, K., Yang, J.J., Ronis, D.L., & McCullagh, M.C. (2015). DEFENS: Drug exposure feedback and education for nurses’ safety: Study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials, 16, 171.

  • Friese, C.R., Xia, R., Ghaferi, A., Birkmeyer, J.D., & Banerjee, M. (2015). Hospitals in ‘Magnet’ program show better patient outcomes on mortality measures compared to non-‘Magnet’ hospitals. Health Affairs, 34, 986-992.

  • Friese, C.R., Kalisch, B.J., & Lee, K.H. Patterns and correlates of missed nursing care in inpatient oncology units. Cancer Nursing, 36, E51-57

  • Friese, C.R., & Manojlovich M. Nurse-physician relationships in ambulatory oncology settings. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 44, 258-265.

  • Shang, J.J., Friese, C.R. Wu, E., & Aiken, L.H. 2012. Nursing practice environment and outcomes for oncology nursing. Cancer Nursing, 36, 206-212.

  • Friese, C.R., Himes-Ferris, L., Frasier, M.N., McCullagh, M.C., & Griggs, J.J. 2011. Structures and processes of care in ambulatory oncology settings and nurse reported exposure to chemotherapy. BMJ Quality and Safety, 21, 753-759.

  • Friese, C.R. 2012. Practice environments of nurses employed in ambulatory oncology settings: Measure refinement. Oncology Nursing Forum, 39, 166-172.

  • Kalisch, B.J., Friese, C.R., Choi, S.H., & Rochman, M. 2011. Hospital nurse staffing: Choice of measure matters. Medical Care, 49, 775-779.

  • Friese, C.R., Lake, E.T., Aiken, L.H., Silber, J.H., & Sochalski, J.A. 2008. Hospital nurse practice environments and outcomes for surgical oncology patients. Health Services Research. 43, 1145-1163.