• Professor, College Of Nursing

Research Summary

My sustained contributions as an interdisciplinary nursing scholar uniquely integrate nursing and communication science to inform understanding of the vital role of communication from cancer survivorship through end-of-life.


  • 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

Career Highlights

Margaret F. Clayton PhD, FNP-BC, FAAN is a Professor and  former Assistant Dean for the PhD program at the College of Nursing, University of Utah with an adjunct appointment in the Department of Communication. 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 has served 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 the immediate Past President of the Academic Senate at the University of Utah (President 2017-18; Past President 2018-19).