Margaret F. Clayton APRN PhD is an Associate Professor and Assistant Dean for the PhD program at the College of Nursing, University of Utah. Dr. Clayton’s research blends the disciplines of nursing and health communication, addressing communication processes, quality of life, and physical and emotional outcomes of patient-provider interactions among breast cancer survivors and their providers, and among hospice nurses and caregivers of cancer patients at end of life. She is currently the Chair of the PCORI Advisory Panel on Assessment of Prevention, Diagnosis, and Treatment Options, and serves as member of the Oncology Nursing Society's Research Advisory Panel. Funding agencies include the National Cancer Institute, the American Cancer Society, and The American Nurses Foundation. Complementing her research background Dr. Clayton has over 25 years of clinical nursing experience. She is also President Elect of the Academic Senate at the University of Utah.