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Deborah Mayer, PhD, RN, AOCN, FAAN


Phone: (919) 843-9467
Specialty Area: Adult Health

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
School of Nursing
Carrington Hall, CB #7460
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7460

Office: 4105

Dr. Mayer's research interests include cancer survivorship issues and eHealth applications. She was the recipient of an NRSA from the NINR exploring Cancer Survivors Information Seeking and Health Promotion Behaviors. Current research includes:

Cancer Survivors' Information Seeking and Lifestyle Behaviors (R03 CA136077) PI

Emergency Department Utilization by Oncology Patients (2KR30903 NC Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute, Travers, PI) Co-Investigator

Interactive Cancer Communication Directed Physical Activity Enhancement for Colon Cancer Survivors (2P50CA095817, Gustafson, PI) Project Co-Director and Site PI

HSCT-CHESS to Enhance Hematopoietic Transplant Recovery (R01 CA119196, Parsons, PI)

1991 First Quality of Life Lectureship, ONS Fall Institute, Atlanta
1992 ONS Distinguished Service Award
1993 Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing
1998 ONS Excellence in Nursing Informatics Award
1998 Debbra Flomenhoft Humanitarian Award,
Oncology Section American Physical Therapy Association
2006 Outstanding Doctoral Student Award, University of Utah
Associate Professor

Dr. Mayer is an advanced practice oncology nurse who has consulted with organizations on issues to improve cancer care and has over 30 years of cancer nursing practice, education, research, and management experience. Dr. Mayer earned a PhD from the University of Utah, her MSN from Yale University, her BSN from Excelsior College, her Nurse Practitioner Certificate from the University of Maryland, and her diploma from Pennsylvania Hospital School of Nursing.

Dr. Mayer is past president of the Oncology Nursing Society, was a member of the National Cancer Institute's National Cancer Advisory Board (a Presidential appointment) and Board of Scientific Advisors. Dr. Mayer was elected as a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. Prior to joining UNC, Dr. Mayer was co-founder and Chief Medical Officer of Cancer Source ( and a research scientist at the Tufts-New England Medical Center Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies. She is the Editor for the Oncology Nursing Society's Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing (CJON). Dr. Mayer has published over 70 articles and book chapters and lectures internationally on oncology and oncology nursing issues. Dr. Mayer is a member of the Adult and Geriatric Health Division in the School of Nursing and the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. She has a clinical practice working with breast cancer survivors.

Mayer, DK, Ratichek, S, Berhe H, Stewart S, McTavish F, Gustafson D, Parsons, SK. (2009). Development of a health-related website for parents of children receiving hematopoietic stem cell transplant: HSCT-CHESS. J Ca Surv, epub ahead, DOI

Mayer, DK, Tighiouart, H, Terrin, N. Stewart, S., Peterson, E. Jeruss, S, Parsons, SK. (2009) A Brief Report of Caregiver Needs and Resource Utilization during Pediatric Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation. J Ped Onc Nurs, 26(4), 223-229.

Moss, LS, Starbuck, MF, Mayer, DK, Harwood, EB, Glotzer, J. (2009). Trastuzumab Induced Cardiotoxicity. Oncology Nursing Forum, 36(6): 676-685.

Campbell, M, Mayer,D, Abernethy A, Carroll S. (2008). Cancer Survivorship. NC Med J, 69(4): 322-324.

Mayer, D.K. (2008) Guest Editor. "Health Promotion in Cancer Survivors". Seminars in Oncology Nursing, 24(3).

Parsons, S.K., Saiki-Craighill, S., Mayer, D.K., Sullivan, A.M., Jeruss, S., Terrin, N., Tighiouart, H., Nakagawa, K., Iwata, Y., Hara, J., Grier, H.E., Block, S. (2007) Telling children and adolescents about their cancer diagnosis: cross cultural comparisons between pediatric oncologists in the U.S. and Japan. Psycho-oncology, 16(1): 60-68.

Mayer DK, Terrin NC, Menon U, Kreps GL, McCance K, Parsons SK, Mooney KH. (2007) Screening practices in cancer survivors. Journal of Cancer Survivorship, 1(1): 17-26.

Mayer DK, Terrin N, Kreps GL, Menon U, McCance K, Parsons SK, Mooney KH. (2006) Cancer survivors' information seeking behaviors: a comparison of survivors who do and do not seek information about cancer. Patient Educ Couns, 2007 Mar;65(3):342-50. Epub 2006 Oct 9.


Mayer DK, Terrin NC, Menon U, Kreps GL, McCance K, Parsons SK, Mooney KH. (2007) Health behaviors in cancer survivors. Oncology Nursing Forum, 2007 May; 34(3): 643-652.

Parsons SK, Mayer DK. (2004) Health-related quality of life assessment in hematologic disease. Hematology/Oncology Clinics of North America Dec; 18(6): 1235-48.

Morone JF, Mayer DK, Parsons SK (2006) The Transformation Of A Validated Health Related Quality Of Life (HRQL) Instrument Into A Computer Animated Format: The Child Health Ratings Inventories (CHRIs)-Transplant Module. PRO Newsletter Vol 37: 5-8.

Mayer DK, Jeruss S, Parsons SK. (2006) Virtual synchronous focus groups. fullpapers/MEDNET-19_MayerDeborahKA_e.pdf