Cecile Lengacher

International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame

Dr. Cecile Lengacher is Professor and holds the Lyall and Beatrice Thompson Nursing Professorship in Oncology at the USF College of Nursing. She also serves as a member of the Moffitt Cancer Center Outcomes and Behavioral Program in the Population Sciences Division. She is an internationally recognized nurse scientist, with expertise in bio-behavioral clinical trial intervention research including Psycho-Oncology, psychoneuroimmunology, and complementary alternative medicine (CAM) emphasizing the link between physiological and behavioral outcomes for cancer survivors. Dr. Lengacher’s record of external funding and publications have impacted national and international research by translating research into practice for symptom management to improve the quality of life among cancer survivors and caregivers. Her research contributes to the science of psychoneuroimmunology, by analyzing the molecular and biological mechanisms of CAM interventions on natural killer cells, stress hormones, cytokines, telomeres, and genes. She has received multiple awards and honors, and her research and scholarship is widely recognized within nursing, integrative medicine and Psycho-Oncology. Her funding of $7.2 million has resulted in over 120 papers published in peer-reviewed journals; and numerous book chapters, monographs, and technical reports on research, education and practice. Recognized as a leader in CAM therapy research, she served as Secretary of the Board of Directors and Director of Research for the American Psycho-Oncology Society. She has held several state, national and international leadership positions, including membership on national and international review panels such as the NIH Behavioral Medicine Intervention Outcomes (BMIO) panel and Director of the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) Integrated Therapy Special Interest Group (SIG). As a reviewer for national and international nursing and interdisciplinary journals, she is able to share her knowledge and expertise as a nurse scientist. She is a role model for students and faculty, and actively mentors new scientists. Dr. Lengacher‘s contributions and expertise in women’s health and oncology are strengths that are important as a Fellow of the American Psychosocial Oncology Society and the American Academy of Nursing.

Awarded: 2019