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Jill Hamilton, PhD, RN

Associate Professor

5106 Carrington Hall
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Office: 5106

Phone: (919) 966-9483

Email: Jill_Hamilton@unc.edu

Specialty Area: Adult Health, Gerontology

Biography

Jill B. Hamilton, PhD, RN is an Associate Professor at the School of Nursing.  She earned her BSN, MSN, and PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a BS in Accounting from North Carolina Central University.  Her postdoctoral training in the nursing care of older adults was completed at the Oregon Health & Science University. Dr. Hamilton’s research interests include health disparities, social and cultural factors that influence health, and the coping strategies used among older African American cancer survivors and their families.  She has developed measures of coping and spirituality and is currently exploring the sociocultural factors that influence how older African Americans use social support and spirituality to cope with a diagnosis of cancer.  Dr. Hamilton is published on topics related to social support, religion, and quality of life among African American cancer survivors.  She was a Georgia Cancer Coalition Distinguished Cancer Scholar from 2003-2007 and is currently a Faculty Scholar at the Center for Spirituality, Theology & Health at Duke University.  Dr. Hamilton was the recipient of the 2011 Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) Publishing’s Division Award for Excellence in Writing Qualitative Research.

Research Activities

Mentor/Co-Investigator:  Hamilton, J. B., Factors and behaviors to consider when implementing Patient-Centered Medical Home Model, Tri-Service Nursing Research Program, PI: Moore, A. D., 2011-2013, $211,745.

Principal Investigator:  Hamilton, J. B., An evaluation of sociocultural and religious coping measures for use in older African American cancer patients, funded by UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, Summer 2011, $10,000.

Principal Investigator:  Hamilton, J. B., An evaluation of sociocultural and religious coping measures for use in older African American cancer patients, funded by The Center for Spirituality, Theology & Health Pilot Grants, Duke University, 2010-2011, $8,500.00.

Co-Investigator: Hamilton, J. B., A Randomized Controlled Trial of SPIRIT: A Representational Intervention to Promote Preparation for End-of-Life Decision Making, National Institute of Health/National Institute of Nursing Research, PI: Song, M. K., 1R01NR011464, 2009-2014, $2.44M.

Principal Investigator: Hamilton, J. B., Helping older African American cancer survivors cope, National Institute of Health/National Institute of Nursing Research, 1 R01 NR009271, 2006-2010,$826,200.

Principal Investigator: Hamilton, J. B., Components of Spiritual Support Intervention for Older African Americans with Chronic or Life Threatening Illness, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing Investigator Earned Overhead Program, 2008.

Principal Investigator: Hamilton, J. B., Exploring perceptions of care needs and support among older African American cancer survivors and family members, Pilot funds from Georgia Cancer Center for Health Disparities, PI: Brawley, O. National Institute of Health/NMCHD, P60 Grant #5P60-MD000525-01, 2005, $5,000.

Co-Investigator: Hamilton, J. B., Surviving the storm: The experiences of African American breast cancer survivors participating in a choir formatted support group. Avon Foundation, PI: Brawley, O. W., 2004-2006.

Principal Investigator: Hamilton, J. B., Development and testing of the Ways of Helping Questionnaire,  Post-doctoral Fellowship, Nursing of Older Adults, Oregon Health & Science University, School of Nursing, Portland, Oregon. Institutional NRSA T32 NR07048-06, 2001-2003.

Selected Publications

Bower, J. M., Hamilton, J. B., Hodges, E. A., Crandell, J. L., & Muss, H.  (in press). African American cancer patients: Do cultural factors influence symptom distress? Journal of Transcultural Nursing.

Hamilton, J. B., Moore, A. D., Johnson, K. A., & Koenig, H. G. (2013). Reading the Bible for guidance, comfort, and strength during stressful life events. Nursing Research, 62(3), 176-183.

Hamilton, J. B., Deal, A. M., Moore, A. D., Best, N. C., Galbraith, K., & Muss, H. (2013). Psychosocial predictors of depressive symptoms among older African American cancer patients. Oncology Nursing Forum, 40(4), 394-402.

Hamilton, J. B., Sandelowski, M., Moore, A. D., Agarwal, M., & Koenig, H. G. (2013).  You need a song to bring you through:  The use of religious songs to manage stressful life events. The Gerontologist, 53(1), 26-38.

Moore, A. D., Hamilton, J. B., Pierre-Louis, B. J. and Jennings, B. (2013). Increasing access to care and reducing mistrust: Important considerations when implementing the patient-centered medical home in Army health clinics. Military Medicine, 178 (3), 291-298.

Moore, A.D., Hamilton, J.B., Knafl, G.J., Godley, P.A., Carpenter, W. R., & Bensen, J.T., & Mishel, M. (2012). Patient satisfaction influenced by interpersonal treatment and communication for African American men:  The North Carolina-Louisiana Prostate Cancer Project (PCaP).  American Journal of Men’s Health, 6, 409-419.

Hamilton, J. B., Agarwal, M., Song, L., Moore, A. D., & Best, N. (2012). Are interventions delivered to African American cancer patients culturally appropriate?  A review of the literature. Cancer Nursing, 35(2), E12-E23.

Moore, A.D., Hamilton, J.B., Knafl, G.J., Godley, P.A., Carpenter, W. R., & Bensen, J.T. , Mohler, J. L., & Mishel, M. (in press). The influence of mistrust, racism, religious participation, and access to care on patient satisfaction for African-American men:  The North Carolina-Louisiana Prostate Cancer Project (PCaP).  Journal of the National Medical Association.

Song, L., Hamilton, J. B., & Moore, A. D. (2012). Patient-Heath Care Provider communication:  Perspectives of African American cancer survivors. Health Psychology, 31(5), 539-47

Hamilton, J. B., Agarwal, M., Carter, J., & Crandell, J. L. (2011). Patterns of coping among older African American cancer survivors. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 41(1), 79-92.

Hamilton, J.  (2010). Teaching research to master’s students: An innovative approach to the use of group research projects on clinical problems. Nursing Forum, 45, 260-265.

Agarwal, M., Hamilton, J. B., Crandell, J. L., & Moore, C. E. (2010). Coping strategies, quality of life, and closeness to family and friends of older African American head and neck cancer patients. Journal of Psychosocial Oncology, 28, 526-538.

Hamilton, J. B., Moore, C. E., Powe, B. D., Agarwal, M., & Martin, P. P.  (2010). Perceptions of social support among older African American cancer survivors. Oncology Nursing Forum, 37, 480-489.

Hamilton, J. B., Crandell, J. L., Carter, J. K., & Lynn, M.R. (2010). Reliability and validity of the perspectives of support from God scale. Nursing Research, 50, 102-109.

Agarwal, M., Hamilton, J. B., Moore, C. E., & Crandell, J. L. (2010). Predictors of depression among older African American cancer patients. Cancer Nursing, 33, 156-163.

Hamilton, J. B., Stewart, B. J., Crandell, J. L., & Lynn, M. R. (2009). Development of the Ways of Helping questionnaire: A measure of preferred coping strategies for older African American cancer survivors.  Research in Nursing & Health, 32, 243-59.

Hamilton, J. B., Powe, B. D., Pollard, A. B. III.,  Lee, K. J., & Felton, A. M (2007). Spirituality among African American cancer survivors: A personal relationship with God.  Cancer Nursing, 30, 309-316.

Powe, B. D., Hamilton, J., Hancock, N., Johnson, N., Finnie, R., Ko, J., Brooks, P., & Boggan, M. Jr. (2007). Quality of life of African American cancer survivors: A review of the literature. Cancer, 109(2 Suppl), 435-445.

Powe, B. D., Hamilton, J., & Brooks, P.  (2006). Perceptions of cancer fatalism and cancer knowledge: a comparison of older and younger African American women.  Journal of Psychosocial Oncology, 24, 1-13.

Hamilton, J. B., & Sandelowski, M. (2004). Types of social support in African American cancer patients. Oncology Nursing Forum, 31, 792-800.

Hamilton, J. B., & Sandelowski, M. (2003). Living the golden rule: Reciprocal exchanges among African Americans with cancer. Qualitative Health Research, 13, 656-674.