Dr. Lixin (Lee) Song has begun her joint position as an assistant professor in the School of Nursing and the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Dr. Song received a BSN from Tianjin Medical University in China and a MSN from Tianjin Medical University and the University of Ottawa in Canada. She went on to receive a PhD from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 2009 and then completed postdoctoral training in chronic illness management at the UNC Chapel Hill School of Nursing. She also practiced as a clinical nurse at the University of Michigan Health Systems for five years.
Her research crosscuts a range of areas in psycho-oncology, health disparities, and cancer care outcomes. Four of her major lines of work include stress and coping of cancer patients and family caregivers; communication and interaction between cancer patient, family caregiver, and health care providers; health-related quality of life; and cancer-related health disparities. She uses quantitative methodology to tackle complex phenomena in the socio-cultural context of cancer care.
Dr. Song says that she is committed to decreasing the cancer suffering among patients and their family caregivers through education and research. “I feel fortunate that I have the opportunity to work with the researchers from different disciplines at the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, School of Nursing, and other parts of the University. I hope that with the support and resources at UNC we will develop evidence-based based oncology care for cancer patients and their families with diverse cultural and socio-demographic backgrounds and help reduce cancer-related health disparities in North Carolina.”