LAURI A LINDER
  • Associate Professor, College Of Nursing
  • Member; Cancer Control and Population Sciences , Huntsman Cancer Institute
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist, Primary Children's Medical Center

Research Summary

My research interests emphasize symptom management and supportive care for children, adolescents, and young adults with cancer and emphasize novel uses of technology to capture the symptom experience from the individual perspectives of children, adolescents, and young adults with cancer.

Education

  • BSN, Nursing, University of Utah College of Nursing
  • MS, Parent-Child Clinical Nurse Specialist, University of Utah College of Nursing
  • PhD, Nursing, University of Utah College of Nursing

Biography

I hold a joint appointment as an Associate Professor at the University of Utah College of Nursing where I teach in the Baccalaureate and Doctorate of Nursing Practice programs and as a Pediatric Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist at Primary Children's Medical Center. I have 30 years of experience as a pediatric oncology nurse and hold national certification as a pediatric oncology nurse. My research interests emphasize symptom management and supportive care for children, adolescents, and young adults with cancer. My research interests also emphasize novel uses of technology to capture the symptom experience from the individual perspectives of children, adolescents, and young adults with cancer. I am a member of the Consortium to Study Symptoms in Adolescents and Young Adults with Cancer (CS2AYAC), a consortium of group of nurse researchers in the United States with a shared interest in studying symptoms in adolescents and young adults with cancer. Through a Supportive Care Grant from St. Baldrick’s Foundation, we developed an iPad application, the Computerized Symptom Capture Tool (C-SCAT), and we have filed an invention disclosure for this app. The C-SCAT uses a heuristics model to examine the symptom experience from the AYA’s personal perspective. We demonstrated the initial feasibility and acceptability of the C-SCAT from the perspective of 72 AYAs with cancer. In a recently completed follow up study, We demonstrated the preliminary efficacy of C-SCAT as a resource to support symptom self management among AYAs receiving chemotherapy.  My K23 Award “Engaging School-Age Children with Cancer in Designing a Symptom Assessment App,” (1K23NR014874-01 National Institute of Nursing Research), included both elementary school-age children and pediatric oncology clinicians as co-designers of a symptom assessment application. Programming was supported by the University of Utah's Therapeutic Games and Apps Lab (The GApp Lab). We have recently completed evaluation of the feasibility and acceptability of this app from the perspectives of children and their parents.