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

Recio-Boiles, A., Galeas, J. N., Goldwasser, B., Sanchez, K., Man, L. M. W., Gentzler, R. D., Gildersleeve, J., Hollen, P. J., & Gralla. R. J. (2018). Enhancing evaluation of sarcopenia in patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) by assessing skeletal muscle index (SMI) at the first lumbar (L1) level on routine chest computed tomography (CT). Supportive Care in Cancer, 26(7), 2353-2359. doi:10.1007/s00520-018-4051-2

Gelhorn, H. L., Skalicky A. M., Balantac, Z., Eremenco, S., Cimms, T., Halling, K., Hollen, P. J., Gralla, R. J., Mahoney, M. C., & Sexton, C. (2018). Content validity and electronic PRO (ePRO) usability of the Lung Cancer Symptom Scale-Mesothelioma (LCSS-Meso) in mesothelioma patients. Supportive Care in Cancer, 26(7), 2229-2238. doi:10.1007/s00520-018-4061-0

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