Susan M. Schneider, PhD '98, RN, AOCN, FAAN
Award for Excellence 2012:
Dr. Susan M. Schneider is an associate professor and the director of the Graduate Oncology Nursing Specialty at Duke University School of Nursing. She received her PhD in nursing from Case Western Reserve University, her MS from Texas Woman’s University, and her BSN from the University of Akron. Dr. Schneider has extensive experience in pediatric and adult oncology nursing. She is certified as a clinical nurse specialist in medical-surgical nursing and is an advanced oncology certified nurse.
Prior to joining the faculty at Duke University, Dr. Schneider taught in the oncology program at Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University and was a clinical nurse specialist at University Hospitals of Cleveland. She is professionally active in a number of nursing organizations, including Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and the Oncology Nursing Society. She has also served as director-at-large for the Oncology Nursing Society Board of Directors, and she currently chairs the American Cancer Society Peer Review Committee on Scholarships and Professorships in Oncology Nursing. Dr. Schneider has received both the Excellence in Cancer Nursing Research and Excellence in Cancer Nursing Education awards from the Oncology Nursing Society, and she is distinguished as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. She has received research funding from the Oncology Nursing Society, the American Cancer Society, and the National Institutes of Health.
Her research interests include the management of symptom distress in cancer patients and the use of distraction interventions to enhance coping. She has conducted a series of four studies with findings supporting the use of a virtual reality distraction intervention to mitigate chemotherapy-related symptom distress in adult and pediatric populations. Her current research includes a National Cancer Institute-funded study entitled Effect of a Tailored Intervention Protocol for Oral Chemotherapy Adherence, which involves a randomized clinical trial designed to promote adherence to oral chemotherapy in adults receiving treatment for breast or colorectal cancer.
Dr. Schneider also mentors graduate-level students in the care of patients with cancer. She teaches both didactic and clinical courses that prepare advanced practice nurses in oncology nursing. Clinically, she leads a support group for patients with advanced cancer at Cornucopia House Cancer Support Center in Durham, North Carolina.
Dr. Schneider lives in Chapel Hill, NC with her husband Kevin. They have been married for 31 years and have two young adult children. Their son, Paul, is a mechanical engineer who works at a nuclear power plant in Charlotte, NC. His wife Becky has an MS in nutrition science. Their daughter, Kate, is studying architecture at Northeastern University in Boston. Dr. Schneider volunteers as a member of her church’s health ministries team. She enjoys reading, traveling, spending time at the beach, and snorkeling.