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College of Nursing

MSC09 5350
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Phone: 1-800-690-0934

Barbara Damron

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Associate Professor

Curriculum Vitae


(505) 925-0470

Dr. Damron joined the University of New Mexico College of Nursing as an Associate Professor in 2009.  She is the Director of Oncology Nursing Research and Director of Government and Community Advocacy at the UNM Cancer Research & Treatment Center. Additionally, she is President of Damron Oncology Consulting, based in Santa Fe. Her current research is focused on ecological barriers to cancer screening. She has had 30+ years’ experience as an oncology nurse, working in a variety of settings including hospitals and health care centers, legislative programs, and academic settings. She started the first bone marrow transplant unit in southern Texas and developed and implemented the first state-wide oncology nursing education program in the country. She also taught chemotherapy administration for over 15 years throughout the country. She has worked as an oncology clinical nurse specialist, oncology nurse educator, and in numerous administrative roles. Currently, she is also actively involved in the Oncology Nursing Society and the ONS Foundation (past president), the New Mexico Cancer Council (as a founding steering committee member, as she was with the Texas Cancer Council), and serves on numerous local, state, and national boards.

She earned her BSN from Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska, and her MSN from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. She completed her PhD in Social/Development/Personality Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. Her dissertation focused on effective communication between health care providers and cancer patients.

Keywords: Communication, cancer, cancer screening, bone marrow transplant