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Frances Lewis RN, MN, PhD, FAAN

The UW Medical Center Endowed Professor in Nursing
Affiliate, Public Health Sciences Division, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

I have over 25 years of describing, statistically modeling, and designing behavioral interventions whose goals are to enhance the well-being of patients, caregivers, and the dependent children in families. This work began in the 80s with large scale, longitudinal design studies of hundreds of families impacted by serious medical illness in the mother, including the testing of theoretical predictive models of family members’ adjustment. My current most work focuses on families dealing with advanced stage cancers in either parent, their dependent children, and how to help them thrive as individuals and as a family. I am also engaged in training and evaluation programs in eastern and central Europe whose goals are to add to the capacities of medical care workers to reduce symptom burden and enhance quality of life, even with advanced cancer and even with limited pharmacology.


Awards and accolades

  • Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN)
  • Elected Affiliate of the Clinical Sciences Division, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
  • Distinguished Professor, Oncology Nursing Society [national award]
  • Elected Affiliate of the Public Health Sciences Division, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
  • Visiting Professor, National Taiwan Medical School, NTU
  • Awarded international grant for quality of life by Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation [one of 6 funded in the world]
  • Invited member of the President’s Cancer Panel, NCI
  • Selected Fellow, Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science.
  • Recipient, Tiffany Lectureship, International Society for Nurses in Cancer Care, Australia.
  • Master Lecture: “Families, Health & Health Behavior: An Analysis of the Evidence” Annual Meeting, Society of Behavioral Medicine
  • Professor of Survivorship Award, Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, National.
  • Numerous Keynote Invited Addresses and Plenary Presentations

What classes do you teach?

NURS 589

What do you love about the UW School of Nursing?

At the UW, research, practice and teaching are woven tightly together like a braid; all parts are inseparable to form the braid. This integration carries with it an intellectual intensity that fosters curiosity in our students and faculty. Research figuratively
“oozes out of the walls.” There is a cross-school, cross department, and cross program culture of sharing and responsiveness that builds our generativity.


Child, Family, and Population Health Nursing

Research Areas

  • Innovative Interventions
  • Symptom Science
  • Health Equity
  • Lifespan Health

Research Centers

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University of Washington School of Nursing
Dept of Child, Family, and Population Health Nursing
Box 357262
1959 NE Pacific St.
Seattle, WA 98195

Office: T 407A