Dena Schulman-Green


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Dena Schulman-Green

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Dena Schulman-Green, PhD, is an associate professor at NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing. Her program of research focuses on the timely integration of palliative care into patient and family management of chronic illness. She designed Managing Cancer Care as an intervention to help women with breast cancer and their family caregivers to manage cancer collaboratively with clinicians. Schulman-Green is well known for her role in developing the Self- and Family Management Framework to guide research on patient and family management of chronic illness. Other research interests include addressing health disparities in palliative care, use of telehealth in palliative care, and tailoring research methods for vulnerable populations. Schulman-Green consults on qualitative and mixed methods research studies nationally. Her work has been funded by the American Cancer Society, the National Institutes of Health, the National Palliative Care Research Center, and the Palliative Care Research Cooperative, among others. invested in mentorship and leadership development, Schulman-Green supervises PhD and postdoctoral research trainees. 

Prior to joining NYU Meyers, Schulman-Green conducted research and taught and advised in the PhD and DNP programs at Yale School of Nursing for 18 years. She was also faculty for Yale School of Medicine’s Palliative Medicine Fellowship and Interprofessional Palliative Care Education programs. She was instrumental in developing palliative care research and providing qualitative and mixed methods research support university wide.  

Schulman-Green received a PhD and an MS in gerontology from the University of Massachusetts Boston, an MA and EdM in counseling psychology from Columbia University, and a BA in psychology and religion from Boston University. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship in breast cancer and palliative care at Yale School of Nursing through a US Army Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program Training Grant under the mentorship of Drs. Ruth McCorkle and Elizabeth Bradley.

PhD, University of Massachusetts Boston
MS, University of Massachusetts Boston
EdM, Columbia University, Teachers College
MA, Columbia University, Teachers College
BA, Boston University

Palliative care
Chronic disease

American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
Palliative Care Research Cooperative Group
Eastern Nursing Research Society
Gerontological Society of America
American Psychosocial Oncology Society

Faculty Honors Awards

Suzanne Feetham Nurse Scientist Family Research Award, Eastern Nursing Research Society (2019)
Annie W. Goodrich Award for Excellence in Teaching, Yale School of Nursing (2017)
American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine Poster Award (2017)
American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine Poster Award (2016)
American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine Poster Award (2010)
Center for Disease Control Success Story Award (2010)
Ellison Medical Foundation Aging New Scholar Award Nominee, University of Massachusetts Boston (2006)
National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization Research Award (2004)
Inducted into Sigma Phi Omega, Gerontology Honor Society (1999)
Association for Gerontology in Higher Education/AARP Andrus Foundation Graduate Scholarship in Gerontology (1998)
Columbia University General Scholarship Award (1993)
Inducted into Psi Chi, Psychology Honor Society (1992)


Domains of delirium severity in Alzheimer's disease and related dementias

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Background: The ability to rate delirium severity is key to providing optimal care for persons with Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias (ADRD). Such ratings would allow clinicians to assess response to treatment, recovery time and prognosis, nursing burden and staffing needs, and to provide nuanced, appropriate patient-centered care. Given the lack of existing tools, we defined content domains for a new delirium severity instrument for use in individuals with mild to moderate ADRD, the DEL-S-AD. Methods: We built upon our previous study in which we created a content domain framework to inform development of a general delirium severity instrument, the DEL-S. We engaged a new expert panel to discuss issues of measurement in delirium and dementia and to determine which content domains from the prior framework were useful in characterizing delirium severity in ADRD. We also asked panelists to identify new domains. Our panel included eight interdisciplinary members with expertise in delirium and dementia. Panelists participated in two rounds of review followed by two surveys over 2 months. Results: Panelists endorsed the same content domains as for general delirium severity, including Cognitive, Level of Consciousness, Inattention, Psychiatric-Behavioral, Emotional Dysregulation, Psychomotor Features, and Functional; however, they excluded six of the original subdomains which they considered unhelpful in the context of ADRD: cognitive impairment; anxiety; fear/sense of unease; depression; gait/walking; and incontinence. Debated measurement challenges included assessment at one point in time versus over time, accounting for differences in clinical settings, and accurate assessment of symptoms related to delirium versus dementia. Conclusions: By capturing a range of characteristics of delirium severity potentially present in patients with ADRD, a population that may already have attention, functional, and emotional changes at baseline, the DEL-S-AD provides a novel rating tool that will be useful for clinical and research purposes to improve patient care.

Exploring Cancer Pain Self-Management Needs and Preferences: A Meta-Ethnography

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Family Caregiver Support of Patient Self-Management During Chronic, Life-Limiting Illness: A Qualitative Metasynthesis

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Incarceration and Cancer-Related Outcomes (ICRO) study protocol: Using a mixed-methods approach to investigate the role of incarceration on cancer incidence, mortality and quality of care

Puglisi, L., Halberstam, A. A., Aminawung, J., Gallagher, C., Gonsalves, L., Schulman-Green, D., Lin, H. J., Metha, R., Mun, S., Oladeru, O. T., Gross, C., & Wang, E. A. (2021). BMJ Open, 11(5). 10.1136/bmjopen-2021-048863
Introduction Incarceration is associated with decreased cancer screening rates and a higher risk for hospitalisation and death from cancer after release from prison. However, there is a paucity of data on the relationship between incarceration and cancer outcomes and quality of care. In the Incarceration and Cancer-Related Outcomes Study, we aim to develop a nuanced understanding of how incarceration affects cancer incidence, mortality and treatment, and moderates the relationship between socioeconomic status, structural racism and cancer disparities. Methods and analysis We will use a sequential explanatory mixed-methods study design. We will create the first comprehensive linkage of data from the Connecticut Department of Correction and the statewide Connecticut Tumour Registry. Using the linked dataset, we will examine differences in cancer incidence and stage at diagnosis between individuals currently incarcerated, formerly incarcerated and never incarcerated in Connecticut from 2005 to 2016. Among individuals with invasive cancer, we will assess relationships among incarceration, quality of cancer care and mortality, and will assess the degree to which incarceration status moderates relationships among race, socioeconomic status, quality of cancer care and cancer mortality. We will use multivariable logistic regression and Cox survival models with interaction terms as appropriate. These results will inform our conduct of in-depth interviews with individuals diagnosed with cancer during or shortly after incarceration regarding their experiences with cancer care in the correctional system and the immediate postrelease period. The results of this qualitative work will help contextualise the results of the data linkage. Ethics and dissemination The Yale University Institutional Review Board (#2000022899) and the Connecticut Department of Public Health Human Investigations Committee approved this study. We will disseminate study findings through peer-reviewed publications and academic and community presentations. Access to the deidentified quantitative and qualitative datasets will be made available on review of the request.

Pediatric Patients' and Parents' Perspectives of Unsedated Transnasal Endoscopy in Eosinophilic Esophagitis: A Qualitative Descriptive Study

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Self-Efficacy Survey Study of Pain Self-Management in Patients with Cancer

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Use of the self- and family management framework and implications for further development

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Communication strategies to mitigate fear and suffering among COVID-19 patients isolated in the ICU and their families

Akgün, K. M., Shamas, T. L., Feder, S. L., & Schulman-Green, D. (2020). Heart and Lung, 49(4), 344-345. 10.1016/j.hrtlng.2020.04.016

New Delirium Severity Indicators: Generation and Internal Validation in the Better Assessment of Illness (BASIL) Study

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Palliative care advanced practice nursing in Israel: bridging creation and implementation

Collett, D., Feder, S., Aaron, E., Haron, Y., & Schulman-Green, D. (2020). International Nursing Review, 67(1), 136-144. 10.1111/inr.12555
Aim: To describe Israel's development of the palliative care advanced practice registered nurse as a foundation for the development of the advanced practice registered nurse role in other specialties. Background: Palliative care centres on alleviating physical, emotional, social and spiritual distress associated with life-limiting illness. In 2009, Israel introduced the palliative care advanced practice nurse role, that is, registered nurses with specialized training in palliative care, to address increasing palliative care needs. Introduction: While there has been investment in its development, full implementation of the advanced practice nurse has not yet been achieved. Methods: In this qualitative descriptive study, we conducted a document analysis (n = 11) and key informant interviews (n = 11), extracted themes using qualitative content analysis and triangulated data sets. Results: Documents reflected growing palliative care needs and uniform requirements for advanced practice nurse training. Interviews uncovered a perceived lack of awareness of palliative care, the need for increased role definition and practice authority for advanced practice nurses, and barriers to entry and training for this role. Discussion: Findings highlight ongoing needs in palliative care and advanced practice nursing and a trajectory of growth. Conclusions: The challenges Israel faces in implementation of the palliative care advanced practice nurse role inform development of other advanced practice nursing roles in Israel and other countries. Implications for Nursing Practice: Streamlining training pathways and resolving scope of practice issues will assist in implementation of advanced practice nursing roles. Implications for Health Policy: Our data offer targets for policymakers advocating the advanced practice nurse role, including training requirements and scope of practice.