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Sheila Judge Santacroce

Sheila Judge Santacroce

  • Ph.D.
  • Cancer Prevention and Control

  • Associate Professor and Beerstecher-Blackwell Distinguished Scholar, Nursing
  • UNC-Chapel Hill
  • santacro@email.unc.edu
  • 966-7570
  • Carrington Hall

Area of Interest

Dr. Santacroce is the Beerstecher-Blackwell Distinguished Scholar and a member of the Family Health Division, UNC-School of Nursing. She is a certified pediatric nurse practitioner with more than 30 years experience in clinical care and research of children with cancer and/or HIV disease and their parents. Prior to joining UNC-Chapel Hill, Dr. Santacroce was Associate Professor, School of Nursing and Advanced Practice Nurse, Pediatric Hematology-Oncology, School of Medicine, Yale University where she was a co-founder of and clinician for Health
Education, Research and Outcomes for Survivors (HEROS), Yales program of comprehensive long-term follow-up care for childhood cancer survivors.
Dr. Santacroce is a longtime member of the Association of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Nurses (APHON) and a member of the Nursing Discipline, Childrens Oncology Group (COG) where she serves on the Late Effects Committee/Psychosocial Task Force and Nursing Practice
Committee. Dr. Santacroce has been a Steering Committee member for the LIVESTRONG Survivorship Centers of Excellence Network, and is a member of the Nursing Advisory Board, Alexs Lemonade Stand Foundation. Dr. Santacroce contributed to the development of
Guidelines for Quality Cancer Care for Adolescents and Young Adults (AYA) with Cancer LIVESTRONG Young Adult Alliance Policy Statement: Organizational Principles to Guide and Define Cancer Care for Adolescents and Young Adults.
Dr. Santacroces research interest is illness uncertainty especially for adolescent-young adult survivors of childhood cancer and their parents. She was awarded an individual NRSA from the NINR to describe maternal uncertainty during the diagnostic phase of perinatally-acquired HIV infection, and a NINR-funded postdoctoral fellowship for training
in psycho-oncology. Dr. Santacroce received R21 funding from the NCI to conduct pilotfeasibility work about a RCT of an integrated long-term follow-up clinical care and telephone-delivered coping skills training that aims to teach AYA survivors and their parents functional means of coping with uncertainty in survivorship. Dr. Santacroce received R01 funding from Office of Research Integrity and NINR to develop and test a system for monitoring fidelity in the delivery of psycho-educational interventions.

Awards and Honors

Warren Grant Magnuson Clinical Center Nursing Department Award for Special Efforts in Recruitment and Retention for the Cancer Nursing Service, 1986
Founders Board, The Childrens Inn at NIH, 1992
Off-Campus Dissertation Fellowship Award, The Graduate School, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, $5,000, August 1996-December 1996