Debra Lynch Kelly

Virginia Commonwealth University School of Nursing, USA


Currently, I am in the dissertation phase of my doctoral training and will be completing my PhD in 2013. The focus of my doctoral work is exploring biobehavioral mechanisms that affect the presentation of symptoms associated with chronic graft-versus-host disease following allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. I am the project director for two NIH RO1 funded breast cancer studies. I have been a nurse since 1996 proudly serving the needs of persons in all areas of adult health. My specialty is oncology nursing. I have received my oncology certification as well as my chemotherapy certification. My professional goals are to 1) contribute to the science to better understand the biobehavioral mechanism of chronic graft-versus-host disease, 2) explore interventions to ameliorate distressing symptoms of chronic graft-versus-host disease for patients thus increasing quality of life, and 3) developing situation specific theories for the development and implementation of interventions to decrease distressing symptoms associated with various systems effected by chronic graft-versus-host disease.

Biography Updated on 21 January 2014

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