Lauren Ghazal, Ph.D., MS, FNP-BC

Research Fellow
Faculty Affiliate, Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Research (AYA CaRES), University of Michigan Health
Department of Systems, Populations and Leadership

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

In the news


  • Cancer survivorship
  • Adolescent and young adult oncology
  • Financial toxicity
  • Nursing workforce

Dr. Ghazal is a family nurse practitioner and post-doctoral research fellow at the School of Nursing on the National Cancer Institute T-32 in Cancer Care Delivery. She completed her PhD at the Rory Meyers College of Nursing at New York University, where her dissertation focused on work-related challenges and financial toxicity in adolescents and young adult (AYA) cancer survivors. Her broader program of research builds on her background in economics, clinical, and personal experiences to address cancer survivorship in adolescents and young adults.

Current Research Grants and Programs

  • Cancer Care Delivery Research funded by the National Cancer Institute (T32-CA-236621; PI: Friese), Post-doctoral research fellow
  • Partnering to Advance Psycho-Oncology Services for Underrepresented AYAs with Cancer, funded by the (PCORI), Co-I


During her time at NYU, Dr. Ghazal taught simulation in both the undergraduate and graduate nursing programs. Specifically, she was adjunct faculty for the undergraduate Health Assessment and Promotion course, and graduate Advanced Health Assessment course. She was also a co-instructor for the undergraduate nursing research course, Integrating Evidence into Clinical Practice. 

Affiliations / Service

  • Member, American Association of Occupational Health Nurses, 2020 – present
  • Member, Academy Health Interdisciplinary Research Group in Nursing Issues, 2020 – present (Emerging Diversity Leader 2020-2021)
  • Member, New York Academy of Medicine Nursing Section, 2019 – present (Forum on Inter-Collegiate Regional Events [FIRE] for Nursing PhD Students and Faculty Members 2019 – 2021)
  • Member, Oncology Nursing Society, 2018 – present (New York City Chapter Executive Board 2018-2021)
  • Member, Eastern Nursing Research Society, 2018 – present

Notable Awards / Honors

  • Ph.D. Valedictorian, New York University, 2021
  • Outstanding Dissertation Award, New York University, 2021
  • 2nd Place Paper Presentation, Eastern Nursing Research Society, 2021
  • Foundation of the National Student Nurses’ Association 50th Anniversary Scholarship Recipient, Nurses Educational Funds, 2019
  • Herman Biggs Health Policy Scholar, New York University, 2018 – 2019
  • Graduate Student Leadership & Service Award, Regis College, 2016


  • Ph.D., New York University, New York, NY 2021
  • MS Nursing, Regis College, Weston, MA 2016
  • BSN, Regis College, Weston, MA 2015
  • BA Economics, Chestnut Hill, MA 2013