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Donna Berry PhD, RN, AOCN, FAAN

Professor of Biobehavioral Health and Health Informatics

My program of scientific inquiry concerns the human response to cancer; specifically, but not exclusively, in genitourinary (GU) malignancies. I have received external funding (post-doctoral) for over three decades, primarily as a Principal Investigator. I am a multi-method investigator with expertise in patient-centered technologies I led a large interdisciplinary team to develop and test the Personal Patient Profile-Prostate (P3P), the first and only efficacious web-based intervention based on personal factors to support treatment decision-making by men with prostate cancer. P3P ( helps men with newly diagnosed prostate cancer build a personal profile of top concerns and then educates men about localized prostate cancer based on top concerns. Our current efforts aim at implementation of P3P, especially for underserved men. Our team also developed and tested the Electronic Self Report Assessment, a self-management education and communication coaching intervention that significantly improved patient-clinician communication about cancer symptoms and quality of life concerns and significantly reduced symptom distress and depression in patients undergoing active therapy. Renamed eSAC, the web-based program has been implemented in gynecologic oncology with women diagnosed with ovarian cancer and found feasible and acceptable by patients and clinicians. I have mentored over 100 students, trainees and young investigators from disciplines such as nursing, physical therapy, epidemiology, sociology and medicine.

Awards and accolades

  • Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN)
  • Recipient of the 2014 President’s Award by the Friends of the Institute of Nursing Research
  • Named Distinguished Researcher by the Oncology Nursing Society in 2011

What classes do you teach?

  • NMETH 535 Nursing Inquiry to Support Evidence-Based Practice
  • NMETH 526 Patient Centered Technologies

What do you love about the UW School of Nursing?

The excellence in scholarship that can be readily applied to clinical practice.


Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Informatics

Research Areas

  • Innovative Interventions
  • Symptom Science
  • Health Equity
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