In Focus: Research Leaders

Photo: Dr. Catherine M. Bender is one of nursing’s leading researchers in oncology, particularly looking at the neuropsychological consequences of cancer, cancer treatment, and patient adherence to cancer therapy. She has been continuously funded since 1993 by prestigious agencies including the National Institutes of Health, American Cancer Society, Department of Defense, and the Oncology Nursing Society Foundation. She currently serves as the Program Director for one of the School of Nursing's two T32 grants, Interdisciplinary Training of Nurse Scientists in Cancer Survivorship Research (TNR011972A ).

Pitt’s School of Nursing is unique because it has two T32 grants. These grants provide an extraordinary opportunity for support for nurses interested in pre-doctoral and postdoctoral research training in cancer survivorship, genomics and technology.

Continually ranked among the top 10 schools of nursing in the amount of research funding received from the National Institutes of Health, the School is also a Research Intensive Environment by the National Institute of Nursing Research.  The School has earned an internationally renowned reputation for several signature research programs in oncology nursing, chronic care, genomics, patient adherence, and nursing informatics.

Nursing research methodologies and outcomes are woven into the curricula at all degree levels at Pitt Nursing – one of the School’s featured programs is the Undergraduate Research Mentorship Program, the goal of which is to introduce students to research methods and to engage them in faculty-led projects and scholarship.