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Susan Beck

Susan Beck

Susan L. Beck, FAAN, PhD, APRN, AOCN

Cancer Center Bio

Selected Achievements

Distinguished Nurse Researcher. Oncology Nursing Society (2012)

Susan Larsen Beck, PhD, APRN, FAAN, AOCN, is a professor at the University of Utah College of Nursing where she teaches in the doctoral program. She is an investigator at Huntsman Cancer Institute and a member of the Cancer Control and Population Sciences Program.

Beck's research interests include the management of symptoms in cancer patients and organizational interventions to improve the quality and outcomes of care. She has served on advisory boards of the Pharmacotherapy Outcomes Research Center and pain management programs at HCI. She was a member of the ONS Oncology Nurse Sensitive Outcomes Team and helped to lead the Putting Evidence into Practice (PEP) project that has won two national awards.

In 2008, Beck served as the Chair of the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) Quality Measures Project team, which proposed a formal process for the development of quality measures sensitive to oncology nursing care. The team also drafted an initial set of candidate performance members for women with breast cancer receiving treatment. She now serves as a consultant on the initial testing of the ONS breast cancer measures that is planned for 2009-2010 in collaboration with the Joint Commission. In addition to multiple leadership roles within the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS), she served on the interdisciplinary, national Board of Directors of the American Alliance of Cancer Pain Initiatives.  She received the ONS Distinguished Service Award in 2003 and the University of Utah Distinguished Doctoral Student Mentor Award in 2007. In 2012, she was named the ONS Distinguished Nurse Researcher.

Beck earned a master’s degree at the University of Pittsburgh and a PhD from the University of Utah. She has over 30 years of experience as an advanced practice oncology nurse and holds national certification as an Advanced Oncology Certified Nurse (AOCN).