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Trish Green Quality of Life Award Recipients

Trish Greene Quality of Life Award

The American Cancer Society will be accepting nominations for the 2015 Trish Greene Quality of Life Award between April 15 and August 15, 2014.

2012 Award

RECIPIENT: David Cella, PhD

Chair, Department of Medical Social Sciences

ORGANIZATION: Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois

PRESENTED: MAY 3, 2012 ACS Board of Directors Meeting, Dallas, Texas  Nearly thirty years ago, when Dr. David Cella first turned his attention to the importance of measuring quality of life for patients with cancer, addressing the psychological effects and personal impact of a cancer diagnosis was all too rare. Applying the latest scientific breakthroughs to provide aggressive treatment was the chief objective for clinicians, but in the process, patients’ emotional needs were often overlooked. Today, we now realize that high-quality cancer care must include attention to patients’ psycho-social health and their quality of life during and after treatment. Today, we live in a much more compassionate world due to the pioneering efforts of people like David Cella. 

Quality of life is the focal point of Dr. Cella’s current research, which encompasses four areas of study: basic measurement, descriptive studies of quality of life and cancer survivorship, analysis and interpretation of quality of life data in clinical trials, and psychosocial intervention research. His colleagues describe him as a “champion for patients,” and his research has given men and women with cancer a platform to be heard by their clinicians during the treatment process. The author of more than 300 peer-reviewed journal articles, he also co-authored the article “Talking Touchscreen: A New Approach to Outcomes Assessment in Low Literacy,” which won the 2005 Trish Greene Quality of Life Award.


 2011 Award

Florence Wald Professor of Nursing

ORGANIZATION: Yale School of Nursing, New Haven Connecticut

PRESENTED: May 12, 2011 ACS Board of Directors Meeting, Atlanta, GA

Dr. McCorkle’s longstanding focus on quality care began more than 30 years ago as she studied end of life issues at St. Christopher’s Hospice in London. Since then, she has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health and other groups for her studies on managing life with cancer. She is a dedicated researcher and a prolific writer whose articles have delivered solid background on a host of topics affiliated with cancer and cancer care.

In addition to her research efforts, Dr. McCorkle has worked to share her knowledge of oncology nursing as an educator most recently at the prestigious Yale School of Nursing, where she has been named as the first Florence Wald Professor of Nursing. She also served as founding director for the Yale School of Nursing’s Center for Excellence in Chronic Illness Care, chair of the school of nursing’s doctoral program, and a professor in the department of epidemiology and public health at the Yale School of Medicine. She is co-editor of Cancer Nursing, now in its second edition, a nursing textbook that won the American Journal of Nursing’s Book-of-the-Year Award. As a scholar and educator, she has done much to influence a new generation of nurses in the world of cancer care.


 2010 Award

RECIPIENT: Betty R. Ferrell, RN, PhD, FAAN
Professor and Research Scientist

ORGANIZATION: City of Hope National Medical Center, Duarte, CA

PRESENTED: May 6, 2010 ACS Board of Directors Meeting, Atlanta, GA

The American Cancer Society recognizes Dr. Betty Ferrell as the recipient of the 2010 Trish Greene Quality of Life Research Award in recognition of her body of work in the field of quality of life research. Dr. Ferrell’s leadership, her contribution to the science of cancer quality of life research  and her 30 years of innovative research in pain management, quality of life, palliative and end-of-life care has bettered the lives of those living with cancer and their families.

Dr. Ferrell is principal investigator of the End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium, which over the past five years, has trained more than 2600 nurses in palliative and end of life care. The author of several books including The Nature of Suffering and the Goals of Nursing (2008), Dr. Ferrell has over 270 publications in peer reviewed journals and texts.

Dr. Ferrell’s research career includes three American Cancer Society grants totaling of $1,480,000; her current funding includes grants from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation ($3.1million, End of Life Care Nursing Consortium), National Cancer Institute (1.4 million, Cancer Survivorship; $1.6 million, Palliative Care for Quality of Life and Symptom Management in Lung Cancer) and National Institutes of Health (1.6 million, Transdisciplinary Palliative Care Education). She is also a recipient of the Society’s 1999 Distinguished Service Award for her work in oncology nursing and pain management.

2009 Award

AUTHOR: Paul B. Jacobsen, PhD

ORGANIZATION: Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, FL

PRESENTED: May 8, 2009 ACS Board of Directors Meeting, Atlanta, GA

For the past 25 years, Dr. Jacobsen’s work has focused on identifying and promoting behaviors that can lead to reductions in cancer risk, earlier detection of cancer, and improved quality of life following cancer diagnosis. A major focus of Dr. Jacobsen’s research also involves the etiology and management of the behavioral side effects of cancer treatment. He is a pioneer in the study of quality of life and cancer survivorship, having been among the first investigators to document persistent fatigue following completion of chemotherapy treatment. Some of his research products have been translated into several languages and are benefiting patients around the world.

Dr. Jacobsen is also the author of more than 150 publications and the recipient of numerous grants in support of his research, including funding from the American Cancer Society early on in his career.

His outstanding contributions to the field of psycho-oncology through research, teaching, and mentoring as well as his unflagging commitment to helping uncover critical information that can improve quality of life for cancer patients make him most deserving of this award.

2008 No Award Conferred

2007 Award

Criteria changed from honoring a single best QOL article to body of work

AUTHOR: Charles S. Cleeland, PhD

ORGANIZATION: MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston TX

PRESENTED: October 24, 2007 ACS National Assembly Meeting, Atlanta GA

Dr. Charles Cleeland, of MD Anderson, has been focusing his career on managing one of the most difficult cancer effects – pain. It has only been in recent years that pain has been an accepted, and measurable, part of the cancer experience.  Pain has long been a major part of dealing with cancer, however it has been something that’s been difficult to treat because patients have not had an adequate mechanism to describe their pain to their caregivers and physicians.

Dr. Cleeland and his team of researchers have developed the life-changing measurement mechanisms we now know as Symptom Inventories and Pain Inventories. Cancer patients are now asked enough questions, and the right questions, to adequately and seriously treat their pain. The acceptance of pain as a true symptom has paved the way for honestly treating other things that distress a cancer patient, such as fatigue or emotional distress.

And Dr. Cleeland’s efforts hardly stop there. He has been awarded more than $1 million in research grants from the Society to continue his study of pain management and its treatment.

2006 AWARD

AUTHORS: Gary T. Deimling, Karen F. Bowman, Samantha Sterns, Louis J. Wagner, Boaz Kahana

TITLE: Cancer-Related Health Worries and Psychological Distress Among Older Adult, Long-Term Cancer Survivors

PUBLISHED IN: Psycho-Oncology 15: 306-320, 2006

PRESENTED: November 15, 2006 ACS National Annual Assembly Meeting, New York, New York.

2005 AWARD

AUTHORS: Elizabeth A. Hahn, MA, David Cella, PHD, Deborah Dobrez, PHD, Gail Shiomoto, Elizabeth Marcus, Samuel G. Taylor, Mala Vohra, Chih-Hung Chang, Benjamin D.Wright, John M. Linacre, Barry D. Weiss, Veronica Valenzuela, Hsaio-Lin Chiang, Kimberly Webster

TITLE: The Talking Touchscreen: A New Approach to Outcomes Assessment in Low Literacy

PUBLISHED IN: Psycho-Oncology 13: 86-95, 2004 


2004 No Award Conferred


2003 Award

AUTHORS: Paul A. Sloan MD, Pat LaFountain RN, Mitzi Johnson PhD, Margaret Plymale RN, Christopher Montgomery MD, Janet Snapp MSN, David Sloan MD

TITLE: Implementing Cancer Pain Education for Medical Students

PUBLISHED IN: Cancer Practice 9(5), Sept/Oct 2001, 225-229

PRESENTED: November 13, 2003 ACS National Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA 


2002 AWARD

AUTHORS: Julia Bucher RN PhD, Mathew Loscalzo MSW, James Zabora ScD, Peter S. Houts PhD, Craig Hooker BS, Karlynn BrintzenhofeSzoc DSW

TITLE: Problem-Solving Cancer Care Education for Patients and Caregivers

PUBLISHED IN: Cancer Practice 9(2), Mar/April 2001, 66-70

PRESENTED: June 1, 2002 ACS National Annual Meeting, Washington, DC

2000 AWARD

AUTHORS: Katherine Walsh-Burke MSW, LCSW and Carol Marcusen MSW, LCSW

TITLE: Self Advocacy Training for Cancer Survivors: The Cancer Toolbox

PUBLISHED IN: Cancer Practice 7(6), Nov-Dec 1999, 297-301

PRESENTED: Nov 11, 2000 ACS National Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL