Margaret F. Clayton PhD, APRN

Curriculum Vitae

  • Associate Professor, College Of Nursing
  • Assistant Dean for the PhD Program, College Of Nursing
  • Adjunct Professor, Communication



  • BSN, Nursing, University of Connecticut
  • MSN; Family Nurse Practitioner, Nursing, Pace University. Project: Missed immunization opportunities: A comparison of nurse practitioners and physicians.
  • PhD, School of Nursing, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Project: Testing a Model of communication, uncertainty and emotional well-being in older breast cancer survivors.
  • Post Doctoral, School of Nursing, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Project: Communication in Breast Cancer Survivors

Honors & Awards

  • Outstanding Educator in Health Sciences Graduate Programs . Academy of Health Science Educators, University of Utah, 05/2016
  • Leadership in Ethics Education Award. Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative, 12/2015
  • Featured as one of three PCORI Nursing leaders . PCORI video of NINR 30th anniversary , 05/2015
  • Fellow. Academy of Health Science Educators, 04/2014
  • Nursing Research: AMOS Versus LISREL: One data Set, Two Analyses (July/Aug 2008. One of the 20 most frequently viewed articles on NursingResearch/ Nursing Research, 2010
  • Dean's Alumni Award for Outstanding Professional Contributions . Lienhard School of Nursing, Pace University; NY, 2008
  • Poster Award, Clayton, MF; Kelly, D; Jasti, S; A Time Analysis of Communication with Breast Cancer Survivors, preliminary findings. Western Institute of Nursing , 2007
  • Carol A. Lindeman Award for a New Researcher . Western Institute of Nursing, 04/2006
  • One of six most downloaded papers in 2006: Clayton, MF; Mishel, M. H., & Belyea, M.; (2006). Testing a model of symptoms, communication, uncertainty, and emotional well-being, in older breast cancer survivors. Research in Nursing & Health, 29(1)18-39. Research in Nursing & Health , 2006
  • Citation Award: Porter, L; Clayton, MF; Mishel, MH; et al.; Predicting psychological distress and psychological growth in African American and Caucasian long term breast cancer survivors. Society of Behavioral Medicine, 2004
  • Top Young Scholar. Kentucky Conference on Health Communication, Lexington KY., 2004


  • PCORI Advisory Panel on Assessment of Prevention, Diagnosis, and Treatment Options (PCORI ADPTO ), Co-Chair 2013-2016; Chair 2016-2017, 03/2013 - 06/2017
  • Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI), Investigator, 01/01/2007 - present
  • Utah Nurses Association , Member, 2007 - present
  • Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM), Member, ECTD Council , 01/2007 - 05/2015
  • University Center on Aging , Member, 2006 - present
  • Western Institute of Nursing (WIN), Member, 2005 - present
  • National Communication Association (NCA), Member, 2002 - present
  • Oncology Nurses Society (ONS), Member 2001; Scientific Research Advocacy Subgroup of the 2016-2017 ONS Research Advisory Panel, 01/2001 - present
  • Sigma Theta Tau International: Chapter Gamma Rho (STTI), Member, 08/1996 - present


  • English, fluent.

Career Highlights

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.