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Sheila Judge Santacroce, PhD, is a UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center member and 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.

Beerstecher-Blackwell Distinguished Professor, Nursing
UNC-Chapel Hill
Cancer Prevention and Control

Area of Interest

Sheila Judge Santacroce, PhD, CPNP, FAAN has more than 30 years of experience in clinical care and research of children diagnosed with cancer and their families. Her conceptual interests include illness uncertainty, medical traumatic stress, and financial toxicity. Her cancer care delivery research interests include engaging primary care providers in survivorship care, improving inclusiveness in pediatric clinical trials, and addressing the family’s unmet material needs to optimize the child’s clinical outcomes and family quality of life. Her methodological interests include use of intervention mapping to design theory-based interventions, treatment fidelity, bio-behavioral methods and mixed methods.

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Awards and Honors

  • Fellow, American Academy of Nursing, 2023
  • Editorial Board Writing Award, Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing, 2014
  • Fellow, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, 2013
  • Founders’ Board, The Children’s Inn at NIH, 2009
  • NIH W. G. Magnuson Clinical Center Nursing Department Award for special efforts in recruitment and retention, Cancer Nursing, 1986
  • Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society, 1982
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