Faculty and Staff
Karen Kane McDonnell, PhD, RN, OCN
College of Nursing
College of Nursing
Dr. McDonnell received her PhD in Nursing Science from the University of Virginia in 2013, her MSN with a specialization in oncology medical/surgical nursing from Yale University in 1983, a BSN from Cornell University-New York Hospital School of Nursing and a BS in Biology from St. Francis College in New York City.
As a junior faculty, Dr. McDonnell predominantly teaches in the nursing graduate program. Most recently, Dr. McDonnell has taught NURS 800 and 819. She is enthusiastic about teaching students about philosophic foundations of nursing research and the basics of evidence-based practice and proposal writing.
Dr. McDonnell’s primary research interests include developing and testing family interventions for cancer risk-reducing behavior modification when a diagnosis of cancer exists within a family. Concept areas include decision making, mindfulness-based stress reduction, health-related quality of life, and dyadic analysis.
A second research area of interest includes exploring theoretical models of shared decision making in regards to facilitating decision making between high-risk patients and their professional caregivers in relation to lung cancer screening. Concept areas include shared decision making, development and testing of decision aids, and lung cancer screening.
Dr. McDonnell has disseminated several publications and abstracts in international/national conferences. Most recent ones are listed below:
Webb, L.* McDonnell, K. K., Messias, D. K. H., & Heiney, S. P. (2016). Not a death sentence: Perspectives from African-American women living with lung cancer [Abstract]. Presented at the Biennial Cancer Survivorship Research Conference, Washington, DC, July 16-18, 2016.
McDonnell, K.K., Eberth, J.M., Strayer, S., Friedman, D., Cartmell, K., & Sercy, E. (2016). Testing a brief, clinically-based lung cancer screening decision aid. Abstract. Society of Behavioral Medicine Annual Meeting, March 30–April 2, 2016.
Eberth, J.M., McDonnell, K.K., Cartmell, K., Friedman, D., Sercy, E., & Strayer, S. (2015). Family physicians’ perceptions of low-dose CT screening for lung cancer. Abstract. North American Primary Care Research Group annual meeting, October 24–28, 2015.
Odom, J.S., Eberth, J.M., McDonnell, K.K., Cartmell, K., Friedman, D., Sercy, E., & Strayer, S. (2015). Perceptions of lung cancer screening and Medicare coverage. Abstract. North American Primary Care Research Group annual meeting, October 24–28, 2015.
McDonnell, K. K., Hilfinger Messias, D. K., and Webb, L. A. (2015). Families Facing Lung Cancer: Tensions and Compromises. Abstract/Poster, Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science, October 13-17. 2015.
McDonnell, K. K., Hilfinger Messias, D. K., Heiney, S., Friedman, D., Owens, S., and Campbell, C. (2015). Living with Lung Cancer: Receptivity and Preferences for Risk-reducing Behavior among African American Families. Abstract, Sigma Theta Tau, 26th International Nursing Research Congress, July 2015.
Qui, R., Eberth, J. M., Copeland, A., and Porter, N., and McDonnell, K. K. (2015). Planning and implementation of low-dose CT lung cancer screening programs in the U.S.: A mixed methods study.Abstract/Poster, American Society of Preventive Oncology, March, 2015.
Dr. McDonnell is an active long-time member of the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) and Sigma Theta Tau. Currently, she is an elected Counselor of the local chapter of Sigma Theta Tau’s Alpha Xi. Over the years, she has enjoyed a variety of leadership roles within ONS. She is also a member of the Society of Behavior Medicine, Southern Nursing Research Society, International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care, American Society of Clinical Oncology, and the Association for the Treatment of Tobacco Use and Dependence.
Dr. McDonnell is an oncology certified nurse and has practiced in an array of cancer care settings as an Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist and in several administrative practice and research roles.
Research Studies (Selected)
Nurse Practitioner’s Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices about Lung Cancer Screening in the post-NLST era. College of Nursing Small Grant Funding - $10,000. July 2016–June 2017. Co-Principal Investigator.
Lung Cancer Screening: Primary Care Physicians' (PCPs’) Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices. American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant - $30,000. April 2016–March 2017. Co-Investigator.
Shared Decision Making about Lung Cancer Screening among High-risk Patients and their Professional Caregivers. Principal Investigator.
A Dissemination Project to Advance Lung Cancer Screening in South Carolina. South Carolina Cancer Alliance - $43.537. 2014-2015. Co-Principal Investigator. (Dr. Jan Eberth, Co-PI).
Living with Lung Cancer: Receptivity and Preferences for Risk-reducing Behavior Change among African American Families. American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant - $30,000. 2014. Principal Investigator.
A decision aid to improve smoking abstinence and HRQL for families facing cancer. American Cancer Society - $30,000. 2011-2013. Principal Investigator.
Qiu, R*, Copeland, A., Sercy, E., Porter, N., McDonnell, K. K., & Eberth, J. (2016). Planning and implementation of low-dose CT lung cancer screening programs in the U.S.: A mixed methods study. Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, 20(1), 52–58.
Ersek J*, McDonnell KK, Strayer S, Sercy E, Cartmell K, Daniela F, Eberth JM. Knowledge, attitudes and use of low-dose computed tomography for lung cancer screening among family practice physicians. Cancer. 2016; 12: E108. DOI: 10.5888/pcd12.150112.
McDonnell, K. K., Bullock, L. F., Hollen, P. J., Heath, J., & Kozower, B. D. (2014). Evidence and emerging issues on the impact of smoking on HRQL in individuals with lung cancer and their families. Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, DOI: 10.1188/14.CJON.18-02AP
McDonnell, K. K., Bullock, L. F., Hollen, P. J., Heath, J., Rovnyak, V., & Kozower, B. D. (2014). A Decision Aid to Improve Smoking Abstinence for Families Facing Cancer. Oncology Nursing Forum, 41(6), 649-658.
Qiu, R., Eberth, J., Copeland, A., Porter, N., & McDonnell, K. K. (in press). Planning and implementation of low-dose CT lung cancer screening programs in the U.S.: A mixed methods study.Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing,
McDonnell, K. K., Hollen, P. J., Heath, J., & Andrews, J. O. (2014). Recruitment and retention issues when delivering a smoking cessation intervention to families facing cancer surgery. European Journal of Oncology Nursing, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ejon.2015.08.006