- 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
Margaret F. Clayton APRN PhD is an Associate Professor and the former 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 the immediate past 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 of the Academic Senate at the University of Utah 2017-18 (Past President 2018-19).