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Donna Berry PhD, RN, AOCN, FAAN

Professor of Biobehavioral Health and Health Informatics
An oncology nurse in the 1970’s, Dr. Berry was exposed to, and fascinated by, cancer clinical trials. She wanted to ask questions to improve care and patient outcomes and began learning how to do that with a masters degree (1981) at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center-Houston. Her doctoral work at the university of Washington (1988-1992) solidified her passions. She has spent her career at the UW (1994-2008; 2018-present) and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston (2008-2018).

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 two decades, primarily as a Principal Investigator. I am a multi-method investigator. I led a large interdisciplinary team to develop and test the Personal Patient Profile-Prostate (P3P), the first and only efficacious 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. 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 a Distinguished Researcher by the Oncology Nursing Society in 2011

What classes do you teach?

  • WI 2019 NMETH 535 Nursing Inquiry to Support Evidence-Based Practice
  • SP 2019 NSG 540 Symptom Science and Patient Reported Outcomes

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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