Laurel Northouse

Laurel Northouse, PhD, RN, FAAN

Professor Emerita
Room 2160 400NIB

University of Michigan School of Nursing
400 North Ingalls Building
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5482

Telephone: (734) 763-0002
Fax: (734) 936-5525

Scholarly Expertise / Activity

Interests:

  • Multiple effects of cancer on patients and their family caregivers
  • Intervention studies to improve outcomes in cancer patients and family members
  • Translation and dissemination of evidence-based programs of care in oncology
  • Longitudinal assessment of quality of life in cancer patients and their family caregivers
  • Predictors of emotional and physical well-being in cancer survivors and their family caregivers

Dr. Northouse is a nurse scientist in the field of cancer research. She has conducted a number of studies that describe the impact of cancer on the family, and developed a model to identify patients and family members at higher risk of developing emotional distress following a diagnosis of cancer.

Over the past 20 years, she has developed and tested a family-based program of care, called the FOCUS Program, for cancer patients and their family caregivers. This program provides participants with information and support and addresses ways to help patients and caregivers support one another, maintain hope, use active coping strategies, obtain information, and manage symptom distress. The program is delivered with a combination of face-to-face home visits and telephone calls. Dr. Northouse and her colleagues have also developed a web-based program to help cancer patients and their family caregivers communicate more effectively with one another while managing the demands of cancer. Currently, Dr. Northouse and colleagues are conducting an implementation study to determine the effect of the program on patient and caregiver outcomes when the program is implemented in Cancer Support Community affiliates by agency social workers. 

Dr. Northouse's research has been funded by the National Institute for Nursing Research, National Cancer Institute, American Cancer Society, Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving, and Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research. 

Current Research Grants and Programs:

  • Implementation of an Evidence-based Program of Care for People with Cancer and Their Caregivers in the Wellness Community (Co-investigator) Grant from Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Care Research

Teaching

Prior to achieving emerita faculty status, Dr. Northouse’s primary teaching responsibilities were in courses that relate to implementing evidence-based research findings in practice settings. She was also a frequent guest lecturer for undergraduate courses on topics related to helping families of patients with a serious illness. She gave guest lectures in the School of Nursing and in the School of Public Health on topics that pertained to conducting theory-based intervention studies. Dr. Northouse has directed a number of doctoral dissertations and masters research projects on topics related to cancer survivorship, caregiving, family communication, and psychosocial adjustment to chronic illness.

Affiliations / Service

  • Member, National Advisory Board, Cancer Support Community, Cancer Experience Registry: Caregivers (2014-present)
  • Member, Advisory Committee, POLARIS (Predicting Optimal Cancer Rehabilitation and Supportive Care), International Data and Sharing Project, Amsterdam (2014-present)
  • Member, Planning Committee, Caring for Caregivers and Patients: Revisiting the Research and Clinical Priorities for Informal Caregiving. National Cancer Institute and National Institute for Nursing Research (2015)
  • Member, Board of Directors, American Psycho-Oncology Society (2010-2013)
  • Co-Chair, Prostate Advisory Committee, Michigan Department of Community Health, 2006-2013
  • Co-Director, Socio-behavioral Program, University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center, 2004-2012
  • Member, Research Priorities Committee, Oncology Nursing Society, 2009-2011
  • Member, National Caregiving Quality Committee, Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving, 2009-2012

Notable Awards / Honors

  • Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, 1993
  • Oncology Nursing Society Mara Morgensen Flaherty Award for significant contributions to psychosocial care of people with cancer and their family caregivers, 2012
  • Oncology Nursing Society Distinguished Researcher Award for excellence in oncology nursing science, 2013
  • Spirit of Collaboration Award, Michigan Cancer Consortium, State of Michigan for excellent academic-community partnership to improve care for oncology patients and their family caregivers, 2013
  • Harold Burdette Award for Excellent in Research, Walther Cancer Program, Indiana for significant contributions to behavioral research with cancer patients and their families, 2013
  • Excellence in Research Award, Sigma Theta Tao, Rho Chapter, 2014

Education

  • PhD, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 1985
  • MSN, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, 1979
  • BSN, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 1970

Publication Highlights

  • Kent, E., Rowland, J.H., Northouse, L.L., Litzelman, K., Choi, W-Y. Shelburne, N. et al (2016). Caring for caregivers and patients: Research and clinical priorities for informal caregiving. Cancer. DOI: 10.1002/cncr.29939.
  • Dockham, B., Schafenacker, A., Yoon, H., Ronis, D., Kershaw, T., Titler, M. & Northouse, L.L., (2016). Implementation of a psycho-educational program for cancer patients and family caregivers at a Cancer Support Community Affiliate: A pilot effectiveness study. Cancer Nursing, 39, 169-180.
  • Kershaw, T., Ellis, K., Yoon, H., Schafenacker, A., Katapodi, M. & Northouse, L.L. (2015). The interdependence of advanced cancer patients and their family caregivers' mental health, physical health, and self-efficacy over time. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 49, 901-911.
  • Martinez, K., Friese, C., Kershaw, T., Given, C.W. Fendrich, A.M. & Northouse, L.L. (2015). Effect of a nurse-led psycho-educational intervention on healthcare resource utilization among adults with cancer. Oncology Nursing Forum, 42. DOI: 10.1188/15. ONF. E310-E318
  • Northouse, L.L., Schafenacker, A., Barr, K., Yoon, H., Brittain, K., Song, L., Ronis, D. &An, L. (2014). A tailored web-based psycho-educational intervention for cancer patients and their family caregivers. Cancer Nursing, 37, 321-330.
  • Northouse, L.L., Mood, D., Schafenacker, A., Kalemkerian, G., Zalupski, M., LoRusso, P., et al. (2013). Randomized clinical trial of a brief and extensive dyadic intervention for advanced cancer patients and their family caregivers. Psycho-Oncology, 22, 555-563
  • Northouse, L.L., Williams, A., Given, B. & McCorkle, R. (2012) Psychosocial care for family caregivers of cancer patients. Journal of Clinical Oncology, 30(11), 1227-1234.
  • Northouse, L. L., Katapodi, M., Song, L., Zhang, L., Mood, D.W. (2010). Interventions with family caregivers of cancer patients: Meta-analysis of randomized clinical trials. Ca: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, 60(5): 317-39.
  • Sanda, M.G., Dunn, R.L., Michalski, J., Sandler, H.M., Northouse, L.L., Hembroff, L., Lin, X., Greenfield, T.K., Litwin, M.S., Saigal, C.S., Mahadevan, A., Klein, E., Kibel, A., Pisters, L.L., Kuban, D., Kaplan, I., Wood, D., Ciezki, J., Shah, N., Wei, J.T. (2008) Quality of life and satisfaction with outcome among prostate-cancer survivors. N Engl J Med 358, 1250-61.
  • Kershaw, T., Mood, D., W., Newth, G., Ronis, D.L., Sanda, M.G., Vaishampayan, U., & Northouse, L.L. (2008). Longitudinal analysis of a model to predict quality of life in prostate cancer patients and their spouses. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 36, 117-128.
  • Northouse, L.L., Mood, D.W., Schafenacker, A., Montie, J.E., Sandler, H.M., Forman, J.D., Hussain, M., Pienta, K.J., Smith, D.C., Kershaw, T. (2007) Randomized clinical trial of a family intervention for prostate cancer patients and their spouses. Cancer, 110, 2809-2818.
  • Northouse, L.L., Mood, D.W., Montie, J.E., Sandler, H.M., Forman, J.D., Hussain, M., Pienta, K.J., Smith, D.C., Sanda, M.G., Kershaw, T. (2007) Living with prostate cancer: Patients' and spouses' psychosocial status and quality of life. J Clin Onc, 25, 4171-4177.
  • Mellon, S., Northouse, L.L., & Weiss, L. (2006). A population-based study of the quality of life of cancer survivors and their family caregivers. Cancer Nursing, 29, 120-131.
  • Northouse, L., Kershaw, T., Mood, D., & Schafenacker, A. (2005). Effects of a family intervention on the quality of life of women with recurrent breast cancer and their family caregivers. Psycho-Oncology, 14, 478-491.
  • Kershaw, T., Northouse, L.L., Kritpracha, C., Schafenacker, A., & Mood, D. (2004). Coping strategies and quality of life in women with advanced breast cancer and their family caregivers. Psychology and Health, 19, 139-156.