Susan Larsen Beck PhD, APRN, FAAN, AOCN

Curriculum Vitae Biosketch

Susan Larsen Beck PhD, APRN, FAAN, AOCN portrait
  • Professor, College Of Nursing
  • Member, Cancer Control and Population Sciences Program, Huntsman Cancer Institute
  • Robert S. and Beth M. Carter Endowed Chair, College Of Nursing


Research Summary

My research focuses on improving patient outcomes including the symptom experience and quality of life in individuals with cancer. I am testing technology-enhanced interventions to improve patient outcomes-particularly in cancer survivors. I also lead a research team measuring and improving the quality of nursing and interdisciplinary care related to pain management. I am collaborating on a community based participatory research project with Hispanic breast cancer survivors.

Research Statement

Susan L. Beck PhD APRN FAAN is a professor at the University of Utah College of Nursing where she teaches in the doctoral program. Dr. Beck has over 30 years of experience as an advanced practice oncology nurse and holds national certification as an AOCN. Dr. Beck's research interests include the management of pain and other symptoms in cancer patients and interventions to improve care.

Research Keywords

  • Quality of Health Care, Interest Level: 5
  • Measurement and Instrument Development, Interest Level: 4
  • Hispanics, Interest Level: 4
  • Computer Technology (medical), Interest Level: 4
  • Cancer Symptom Management, Interest Level: 5
  • Cancer Pain, Interest Level: 5
  • Symptom management, Interest Level: 3
  • Rural Health, Interest Level: 3
  • Organizational development, Interest Level: 3
  • Oncology Nursing, Interest Level: 3
  • Leadership, Interest Level: 3
  • Elderly, Interest Level: 3
  • Cancer Survivors, Interest Level: 3

Research Groups

  • Jackie Eaton , Graduate Student. 01/2011 - 06/30/2014.
  • Jia Wen Guo , Graduate Student. 01/2010 - 07/01/2013.

Grants, Contracts & Research Gifts

  • Translation and Development of eVersions of Chinese Pain Care Quality Surveys. PI: Guo, JiaWen. ONS Foundation/Genentech, Inc. Research Career Development Award, 09/2013 - 09/2014. Total project budget to date: $20,000.00
  • Targeted, Tailored, and Timely Symptom Management for Older Men with Prostate Cancer. PI: Susan L. Beck. Co-PI(s): Michael Caserta, Lee Ellington, Jackie Smith, Gail Towsley, Norissa Honea . NIH NATIONAL CANCER INSTITUTE, 06/01/2007 - 05/31/2010. Total project budget to date: $322,710.00