Patricia J. Hollen, PhD, RN, FAAN holds the Malvina Yuille Boyd Professor of Oncology Nursing Endowed Chair in the School of Nursing and a joint appointment as Professor of Pediatrics in the School of Medicine. Her research has focused on both adolescents and adults. She is currently co-principal investigator of a $2 million NIH/NCI multisite, randomized clinical trial that will test the use of a decision aid for patients with advanced lung cancer coupled with a validated, electronic quality of life measure to provide immediate results over the treatment period.

Research Focus

Decision making for patients, health-related quality of life measures, decision aids, adolescents' decision making to reduce risk behaviors, quality of life for adults with lung cancer or malignant pleural mesothelioma.


Journal Articles

Moss, K. O., Deutsch, N., Hollen, P., Rovnyak, V., Williams, I., & Rose, K. (2018). End-of-life plans for African American older adults with dementia. American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, 35(10), 1314-1322. doi:10.1177/1049909118761094

Moss, K. O., Deutsch, N., Hollen, P., Rovnyak, V., Williams, I., & Rose, K. (2018). Understanding end-of-life terminology among older African Americans. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 44(2), 33-40. doi:10.3928/00989134-20171002-02

Coyne, B., Hollen, P. J., Yan, G., Barcia, J., & Brayman, K. (2017). Post-transfer predictors of poor outcomes in pediatric renal transplant recipients. Nephrology Nursing Journal, 44(2), 119-129.

Msaouel, P., Gralla, R. J., Jones, R. A., & Hollen, P. J. (2017). Key issues affecting quality of life and patient-reported outcomes in prostate cancer: An analysis conducted in 2128 patients with initial psychometric assessment of the prostate cancer symptom scale (PCSS). BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care, 7, 308-315. doi:10.1136/bmjspcare-2016-001146

Heath, J., Hollen, P.J., Bialous, S.A, Coyne, B. & Sarna, L. (2016). Few US schools of nursing on campuses with smoke-free policies: A call for action. Nursing Outlook, 64(3), 271-278. doi:10.1016/j.outlook.2015.12.008

Coyne, B., Hollen, P.J, Yan, G., & Brayman, K. (2016). Risk factors for graft loss in pediatric renal transplant recipients after transfer of care. Progress in Transplantation, 26(4), 356-364. doi:10.1177/1526924816667952

O’Laughlen, M. C., Hollen, P. J., Rance, K., Rovnyak, V., Hinton, I., Hellems, M. A., & Radecki, L. (2015). A health-related quality of life measure for older adolescents with asthma: Child Health Survey for Asthma-T (Teen Version). Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 29(5), 402-412.

Hollen, P.J., Msaouel, P., & Gralla, R.J. (2015). Determining issues of importance for the evaluation of quality of life and patient-reported outcomes in breast cancer: Results of a survey of 1072 patients. Breast Cancer Research and Treatment, 151(3), 679-686.

Smith, D.T., Snyder, A.E., Hollen, P.J., Anderson, J.G., & Caterino, J.M. (2015). Analyzing the usability of the 5-level Canadian Triage and Acuity Scale by paramedics in the prehospital environment. Journal of Emergency Nursing, 41(6), 489-495. doi:10.1016/j.jen.2015.03.006

McDonnell, K., Bullock, L., Hollen, P., Heath, J., & Kozower, B. (2014). Emerging issues on the impact of smoking on health related quality of life patients with lung cancer and their families. Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, 18(2), 171-181. doi:10.1188/14.cjon.18-02ap

Gralla, R.J., Hollen, P.J., Msaouel, P., Davis, B.V., & Petersen, J. (2014). An evidence-based determination of issues affecting quality of life and patient-reported outcomes in lung cancer: Results of a survey of 660 patients. Journal of Thoracic Oncology, 9(9), 1243-1248. doi:10.1097/jto.0000000000000244

McDonnell, K. K., Bullock, L. F., Kozower, B. D., Hollen, P. J., Heath, J., & Rovnyak, V. (2014). A decision aid to improve smoking abstinence for families facing cancer. Oncology Nursing Forum, 41(6), 649-658. doi:10.1188/14.onf.649-658

O’Laughlen, M. C., Hollen, P. J., Hinton, I., Mahone, I., Xin, W. & Patrie, J. (2013). Lifetime Substance Use of Tobacco and Marijuana for Medically-at-Risk Adolescents with Asthma in Virginia. Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 27(5), 321-322.

Hollen, P.J., Gralla, R.J., Jones, R., Thomas, C., Brenin, D., Weiss, G., Schroen, A., & Petroni, G. (2013). A theory-based decision aid for patients with cancer: Results of feasibility and acceptability testing of DecisionKEYS for Cancer. Supportive Care in Cancer, 21(3), 889-899. PMCID: PMC3625630.

Sarna, L., Bialous, S., Chan, S.C., Hollen, P., & O’Connell, K.A. (2013). Making a difference: Nursing scholarship and leadership in tobacco control. Nursing Outlook, 61(1), 31-42. doi:10.1016/j.outlook.2012.05.007

Hollen, P.J., Gralla, R.J., Stewart, J.A., Meharchand, J.M., Wierzbicki, R., Kuruvilla, P., Solow, S., & Leighl, N. (2013). Can a computerized format replace a paper form in PRO and HRQL evaluation? Psychometric testing of the computer-assisted LCSS instrument (eLCSS-QL). Supportive Care in Cancer, 21(1), 165-72. PMID: 22684988.

Hollen, P.J., Tyc, V.L., Shannon, S.V, Donnangelo, S.F., Hobbie, W.L., Hudson, M.M., O’Laughlen, M.C., Smolkin, M.E., & Petroni, G.R. (2013). Factors related to decision making and substance use in adolescent survivors of childhood cancer. Journal of Cancer Survivorship, 7(3), 500-510. PMID: 23712611.

Hollen, P.J., Tyc, VL, Donnangelo, S.M., Shannon, S., O’Laughlen, M.C, Hinton, I., Smolkin, M.E. & Petroni, G.R. (2013). A substance use decision aid for medically-at-risk adolescents: Results of a randomized controlled trial for cancer-surviving adolescents. Cancer Nursing, 36(5), 355-367. PMID: 23357887.

Jones, R. A., Steeves, R., Ropka, M. E., & Hollen, P. J. (2013). Capturing treatment decision making among patients with solid tumors and their support persons. Oncology Nursing Forum, 40(1), E24-31. PMCID: PMC3634347. doi:10.1188/13.onf.e24-e31