Patricia Friend, PhD, APRN-CNS, AOCNS, AGN-BC, has advanced certification in oncology nursing and is board-certified in advanced genetics nursing. Her areas of expertise are in oncology and genomics, educational preparation of advanced practice nurses, online education, and interprofessional education and practice. Her doctoral dissertation work was supported by the American Cancer Society (doctoral scholarship) and a pre-doctoral fellowship (F31) from the National Cancer Institute. Her doctoral research, examining the interactions between stress and immune responses in women undergoing diagnostic breast biopsy, was funded by the National Cancer Institute, the Oncology Nursing Foundation, and the Chicago Chapter of the Oncology Nursing Society. Additionally, Dr. Friend has experience with educational training grants and currently leads a team of faculty supported by the NCI-sponsored Interprofessional Education Exchange (iPEX) Project, that is developing interprofessional education in palliative care.
Dr. Friend’s main area of clinical scholarship and research interest is in the area of genetics/genomics. She serves on the Genomics Advisory Board for the Oncology Nursing Society and is interested in improving genomic literacy of healthcare educators, students, and clinicians.