Lixin Song, RN, PhD

Associate Professor
Adult Health, Family, Research


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

Office: 5102

Currently Accepting PhD Students

Dr. Song received her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and completed her postdoctoral training in chronic illness management at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Nursing. Her research crosscuts a range of areas in the socio-cultural context of cancer care.

* mHealth intervention to promote symptom management and quality of life for cancer survivors and family caregivers

* Stress and coping of cancer survivors and family caregivers and their impact on cancer care outcomes

* Communication and interaction between cancer survivors, family caregiver, and health care providers

* Cancer health disparities

1: Song L, Rini C, Deal AM, Nielsen ME, Chang H, Kinneer P, Teal R, Johnson DC,
Dunn MW, Mark B, Palmer MH. Improving Couples’ Quality of Life Through 
Web-Based Prostate Cancer Education Intervention. Oncol Nurs Forum. 2015 Mar
1;42(2):183-92. doi: 10.1188/15.ONF.183-192. PubMed PMID: 25806885.

2: Morris BB, Farnan L, Song L, Addington EL, Chen RC, Nielsen ME, Mishel M,
Mohler JL, Bensen JT. Treatment decisional regret among men with prostate cancer:
Racial differences and influential factors in the North Carolina Health Access
and Prostate Cancer Treatment Project (HCaP-NC). Cancer. 2015 Mar 3. doi:
10.1002/cncr.29309. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 25740564.

3: Matson M, Song L, Mayer DK. Putting together the pieces of the puzzle:
identifying existing evidence-based resources to support the cancer caregiver.
Clin J Oncol Nurs. 2014 Dec;18(6):619-21. doi: 10.1188/14.CJON.619-621. PubMed
PMID: 25427695.

4: Song L, Weaver MA, Chen RC, Bensen JT, Fontham E, Mohler JL, Mishel M, Godley
PA, Sleath B. Associations between patient-provider communication and
socio-cultural factors in prostate cancer patients: a cross-sectional evaluation
of racial differences. Patient Educ Couns. 2014 Dec;97(3):339-46. doi:
10.1016/j.pec.2014.08.019. Epub 2014 Sep 4. PubMed PMID: 25224313; PubMed Central
PMCID: PMC4252656.

5: Northouse L, Schafenacker A, Barr KL, Katapodi M, Yoon H, Brittain K, Song L,
Ronis DL, An L. A tailored Web-based psychoeducational intervention for cancer
patients and their family caregivers. Cancer Nurs. 2014 Sep-Oct;37(5):321-30.
doi: 10.1097/NCC.0000000000000159. PubMed PMID: 24945270; PubMed Central PMCID:

6: Song L, Ji Y, Nielsen ME. Quality of life and health status among prostate
cancer survivors and noncancer population controls. Urology. 2014
Mar;83(3):658-63. doi: 10.1016/j.urology.2013.12.009. PubMed PMID: 24581528;
PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3947555.

7: Song L, Bensen JT, Zimmer C, Sleath B, Blackard B, Fontham E, Su LJ, Brennan
CS, Mohler JL, Mishel M. Patient-health care provider communication among
patients with newly diagnosed prostate cancer: findings from a population-based
survey. Patient Educ Couns. 2013 Apr;91(1):79-84. doi: 10.1016/j.pec.2012.12.002.
Epub 2013 Jan 15. PubMed PMID: 23332967; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4238380.

8: Song L, Chen RC, Bensen JT, Knafl GJ, Nielsen ME, Farnan L, Wallen EM, Mishel
M, Pruthi RS, Mohler JL, Godley PA. Who makes the decision regarding the
treatment of clinically localized prostate cancer–the patient or physician?:
results from a population-based study. Cancer. 2013 Jan 15;119(2):421-8. doi:
10.1002/cncr.27738. Epub 2012 Jul 11. PubMed PMID: 22786794.

9: Song L, Mishel M, Bensen JT, Chen RC, Knafl GJ, Blackard B, Farnan L, Fontham
E, Su LJ, Brennan CS, Mohler JL, Godley PA. How does health literacy affect
quality of life among men with newly diagnosed clinically localized prostate
cancer? Findings from the North Carolina-Louisiana Prostate Cancer Project
(PCaP). Cancer. 2012 Aug 1;118(15):3842-51. doi: 10.1002/cncr.26713. Epub 2011
Dec 16. PubMed PMID: 22180041.

10: Song L, Hamilton JB, Moore AD. Patient-healthcare provider communication:
perspectives of African American cancer patients. Health Psychol. 2012
Sep;31(5):539-47. doi: 10.1037/a0025334. Epub 2011 Sep 5. PubMed PMID: 21895368.

11: Hamilton JB, Agarwal M, Song L, Moore AD, Best N. Are psychosocial
interventions targeting older African American cancer survivors culturally
appropriate?: a review of the literature. Cancer Nurs. 2012 Mar-Apr;35(2):E12-23.
doi: 10.1097/NCC.0b013e31821e0b11. Review. PubMed PMID: 21760495.

12: Song L, Northouse LL, Zhang L, Braun TM, Cimprich B, Ronis DL, Mood DW. Study
of dyadic communication in couples managing prostate cancer: a longitudinal
perspective. Psychooncology. 2012 Jan;21(1):72-81. doi: 10.1002/pon.1861. Epub
2010 Oct 22. PubMed PMID: 20967920; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3875561.

13: Song L, Northouse LL, Braun TM, Zhang L, Cimprich B, Ronis DL, Mood DW.
Assessing longitudinal quality of life in prostate cancer patients and their
spouses: a multilevel modeling approach. Qual Life Res. 2011 Apr;20(3):371-81.
doi: 10.1007/s11136-010-9753-y. Epub 2010 Oct 8. PubMed PMID: 20927648; PubMed
Central PMCID: PMC3888242.

14: Northouse LL, Katapodi MC, Song L, Zhang L, Mood DW. Interventions with
family caregivers of cancer patients: meta-analysis of randomized trials. CA
Cancer J Clin. 2010 Sep-Oct;60(5):317-39. doi: 10.3322/caac.20081. Epub 2010 Aug
13. PubMed PMID: 20709946; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2946584.

15: Lehto RH, Song L, Stein KF, Coleman-Burns P. Factors influencing prostate
cancer screening in African American men. West J Nurs Res. 2010 Oct;32(6):779-93.
doi: 10.1177/0193945910361332. Epub 2010 Aug 9. PubMed PMID: 20696846.

16: Yu MY, Song L, Seetoo A, Cai C, Smith G, Oakley D. Culturally competent
training program: a key to training lay health advisors for promoting breast
cancer screening. Health Educ Behav. 2007 Dec;34(6):928-41. Epub 2007 Oct 26.
PubMed PMID: 17965228.

17: Yu MY, Seetoo AD, Hong OS, Song L, Raizade R, Weller AL. Cancer screening
promotion among medically underserved Asian American women: integration of
research and practice. Res Theory Nurs Pract. 2002 Winter;16(4):237-48. PubMed
PMID: 12643332.

2017-2022 Efficacy of a Couple-focused, Tailored Symptom Self-management mHealth Intervention for Prostate Cancer Patients and Partners. NINR (1 R01 NR016990-01A1). Role: PI.

2016-2018 Using SCP to tailor and deliver a prostate cancer symptom management program. NCI (1 R21 CA212516-01). Role: PI

2014-2015 Tailored Web-Based Prostate Cancer Education for Patients and Partners. UNC CPC Intervention Research Pilot Proposal Grant Award. Role: PI

2013-2015 National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences UNC Clinical and Translational Science Award. KL2TR00110 (PI: Runge). Role: Scholar

2013-2014 Development of a Couple-focused eHealth Intervention for Prostate Cancer-Related Symptom Management. UNC Population Sciences Developmental Research Award. Role: PI

2011-2014 Partner Involvement In Treatment Decision Making & Symptom Management For Localized Prostate Cancer. UNC New Faculty Start-up Fund. Role: PI

2013 Quality of Life and Health Economic Outcomes among Patients with Prostate Cancer and Family Caregivers. UNC Junior Faculty Development Award. Role: PI

2012–2013 Clinic-Based Intervention to Increase Physical Activity among Gynecologic Oncology Patients: A Pilot Study. NCCH Endowment Fund (PI: Yeo). Role: Co-I

2011-2012 Telemedicine Delivery of a Cancer Support Training Intervention: Partnership with Community-Based Survivorship Centers. University Cancer Research Fund (PI: Rosenstein). Role: Co-I

2008-2009 Couples’ Communication and Quality of Life during Prostate Cancer Survivorship. F31NR010990. Role: PI.

Dr. Song’s research focuses on the physical and psychosocial issues that patients with cancer commonly encounter, with a particular emphasis on the interactions between patients, their family caregivers, and healthcare providers and how these interactions affect cancer outcomes (such as quality of life and symptom management).  Built upon observational studies on cancer survivorship issues, Dr. Song has led and co-led interventions using mHealth technology to improve dissemination of proven efficacious programs as well as access to evidence-based effective supportive care for cancer survivors and their family caregivers, and ultimately, to enhance their symptom management and quality of life.