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Suzanne Ameringer, Ph.D., RN

Florence E. Elliott Professor
Assistant Associate Dean of Research, Scholarship, and Innovation
Department of Family and Community Health Nursing

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1100 East Leigh Street, Room 3051
Box 980567
Richmond, VA 23298-0567

Phone: (804) 628-7551
Email: swameringer@vcu.edu

TEACHING:

I teach courses on quantitative research and advanced research designs in the PhD program. I serve as a doctoral student advisor,as a dissertation chairperson, and direct undergraduate research experiences.

RESEARCH:

The focus of my research is on biobehavioral mechanisms of symptoms and improving symptom self-management in adolescents and young adults with sickle cell disease and cancer.

SERVICE:

I am a member of the Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses, Sigma Theta Tau International, Oncology Nursing Society, and Children’s Oncology Group.

EDUCATION

  • BSN - Towson University, Towson, Maryland
    Nursing
  • MSN - University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin
    Nursing
  • PhD - University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin
    Nursing

AWARDS/HONORS

  • Florence E. Elliot Professorship 2020
  • Southern Nursing Research Society Mid-Career Research Award 2016
  • Association of Pediatric Hematology Oncology Nurses Annual Writing Award 2015

RESEARCH FUNDING 

  • Erickson, J. (PI) 7/1/21 – 6/30/2026 NCI/NIH
    A Randomized Controlled Trial to Examine the Efficacy of a Physical Activity Intervention to Reduce
    Fatigue in Adolescents and Young Adults with Cancer During and After Treatment
    Role: Co-Investigator
  • Ameringer, S. (PI) 12/1/2020 - /11/30/2025 (Reviewed 5/2020, Percentile 43%, Not funded)
    NINR/NIH R01NR019570 $3,676,554.00 A Randomized Controlled Trial to Examine the Effectiveness of the Computerized Symptom Capture Tool to Improve Symptom Self- Management in Adolescents and Young Adults with Cancer
  • 2019-2019 Principal Investigator Symptom Self-management in Adolescents and Young Adults with Cancer: Refining the Computerized
    Symptom Capture Tool (C-SCAT) This project will have AYAs with cancer in active treatment evaluate the usability of the C- SCAT and to make refinements as necessary. $19,747. Project dates: 1/2019-12/2019.
  • 2016-2017 Principal Investigator, Improving Symptom Self-Management in Adolescents & Young Adults with Cancer. This project will test whether use of the C-SCAT improves the self-management of symptoms and patient-provider communication about symptoms in AYAs with cancer. Funded by St. Baldrick's Foundation. Total costs: $50,000. Project dates: 7/2016-7/2017.
  • 2015-2017 Principal Investigator, Subjective Responses and Metabolic State during Exercise in Sickle Cell Anemia. Funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research/NIH 1R21NR015283. Total costs: $425,000. Project dates: 09/25/2015-7/31/2017

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • Campos DR, Paiva CE, Brandão APMS, Ameringer S, Paiva BSR. (Online ahead of print). Validation of the Adolescent Barriers Questionnaire for use in Brazilian adolescents with cancer. Jornal de pediatria. doi: 10.1016/j.jped.2020.06.008
  • Elad, S., Cheng, K.K.F., Lalla, r. V., Yarom, N…& the Mucositis Guidelines Leadership Group of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer and International Society of Oral Oncology (MASCC/ISOO). (2020). The MASCC/ISOO clinical practice guidelines for the management of mucositis secondary to cancer therapy. Cancer, 126, 4423-4431.
  • Macpherson, C. F., Stegenga, K., Erickson, J., Linder, L., Newman, A., Elswick, Jr., R.K., Charlson, J., Thomas, S. & Ameringer, S. (2020). Adolescents and young adults with cancer using a symptom heuristics app: Provider perceptions and actions. Journal of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology, 9, 579-585. PMID: 32326804. DOI: 10.1089/jayao.2019.0160
  • Stegenga, K., Linder, L., Erickson, J. Ameringer, S., & Macpherson, C.F. (2020). Building a research team in adolescent and young adult oncology nursing. Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing, 37, 330-337. https://doi.org/10.1177/1043454220938359. PMID: 32646270
  • Hodges, A.+, Ameringer, S. (2019). The symptom experience of adolescents with concussion. Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing, 24 (4), e12271 doi: 10.1111/jspn.12271 
  • Linder, L., Stegenga, K., Erickson, J., Ameringer, S., Newman, A. R., Chiu, Yin-Shiu, Macpherson, C. F. (2019). Priority symptoms, causes, and self-management strategies reported by AYAs with cancer. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 58 (5), 774-783. doi:10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2019.07.008. PMC6823142
  • Hong, C. H.L., Gueiros, L. A., Fulton, J., Cheng, K., Kandwal, A., Galiti, D., Fall-Dickson, J. M., Johansen, J., Ameringer, S., Kataoka, T., Weikel, D., Eilars, J., Ranna, V., Vaddi, A., Lalla, R.V., Bossi, P., Elad, S. (2019). Systematic review of basic oral care for the management of oral mucositis in cancer patients. Journal of Supportive Care in Cancer, 27 (10), 3949-3967. doi.org/10.1007/s00520-019-04848-4
  • Ameringer, S. Elswick, Jr., R.K., Sisler, I., Smith, W., Lipato, T., Acevedo, E. (2019). Exercise testing of adolescents and young adults with sickle cell disease: Perceptual responses and the gas exchange threshold. Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing, 36 (5), 310-320. doi: 10.1177/1043454219844243
  • Ameringer, S. Elswick, Jr., R.K., Sisler, I., Smith, W., Lipato, T., Acevedo, E. (In press) Perceptual responses and metabolic state during exercise testing of adolescents and young adults with sickle cell anemia.
  • Erickson, J. M., Ameringer, S., Linder, L., Macpherson, C. F., Elswick, Jr., R. K., Luebke, J. M., Stegenga, K. Using a Heuristic App to Improve Symptom Self-management in Adolescents and Young Adults with Cancer. (In press) Journal of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology.
  • Linder. L., Erickson, J. M., Stegenga, K., Macpherson, C. F., Wawrzynski, S., Wilson, C., & Ameringer, S. (2017) Symptom self-management strategies reported by adolescents and young adults with cancer receiving chemotherapy. Supportive Care in Cancer, 25, 3793-3806. doi: 10.1007/s00520-017-3811-8.
  • Fisher, D., & Ameringer, S. (2017). Survey of opioid tapering practices of pediatric healthcare providers: A national perspective. Journal of Opioid Management, 13 (1), 59-64.
  • Austin, K. W.+, Ameringer, S. W., Starkweather, A. R., Cloud, L. J., Sturgill, J. L., & Elswick, R. K. (2016). Biobehavioral framework of symptom and health outcomes of uncertainty and psychological stress in Parkinson’s disease. Journal of Neuroscience Nursing, 48(6), E2-E9. doi:10.1097/JNN.0000000000000244
  •  Ameringer, S., Elswick, Jr., R. K., Menzies, V., Robins, J., Starkweather, A., Walter, J., Gentry, A., Jallo, N. (2016) Psychometric Evaluation of the Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System Fatigue-Short Form across diverse populations. Nursing Research, 65 (4), 279-289. doi: 10.1097/NNR.0000000000000162
  • Ameringer, S., Linder, L. A., Erickson, J., Macpherson, C. F., & Stegenga, K. (2015). Symptoms and symptom clusters identified by adolescents and young adults with cancer using a symptom heuristics app. Research in Nursing & Health. 38(6):436-48. doi: 10.1002/nur.21697
  • Linder, L. A., Ameringer, S., Baggott, C., Erickson, J., Macpherson, C. F., Rodgers, C., & Stegenga, K. (2015) Measures and methods for symptom and symptom cluster assessment. Seminars in Oncology Nursing, 31(3), 206-215. doi: 10.1016/j.soncn.2015.05.002
  • Barker, S. B., Knisely, J. S., Schubert, C. M., Green, J. D., Ameringer, S. (2015). The Effect of an animal-assisted intervention on anxiety and pain in hospitalized children. Anthrozoös, 28, 1, 101-112. DOI: 10.2752/089279315X14129350722091.

SELECTED PRESENTATIONS

  • Ameringer, S., Elswick, Jr., R.K., Stegenga, K., Macpherson, C. F., Erickson, J., Linder, L. Symptom Profiles by Diagnosis of Adolescents and Young Adults with Cancer in Active Treatment. Submitted to NINR, Symptom Science Advances in Oncology Nursing virtual event on February 4 and 5, 2021.
  • Hooke, C., Stegenga, K., Ameringer, S. Protect Your Professional Life: Beware of Predatory Publishers and Conferences. Education session presented at the Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses 44nd Annual Conference. September, 2020, Virtual Conference.
  • Erickson, J., Linder, L., Ameringer, S., Macpherson, F., Stegenga, K., Elswick, Jr, R.K., Newman A. Provider perceptions and use of a symptom heuristics app for ayas with cancer. Paper to be presented at the International Conference on Cancer Nursing 2020, London, UK. April, 2020.
  • Ameringer, S., Erickson, J.M., Elswick, Jr., R.K., Linder, L., Macpherson, C.F., Stegenga, K. Using A Symptom Heuristics IPad App To Improve Symptom Self-Management In Adolescents And Young Adults With Cancer. Paper at the Multinational Association of Supportive 14 Care in Cancer 2018 Annual Meeting, Vienna, Austria, June, 2018.
  • Kinser, P., McGuire, D., Ameringer, S., Robins, J., Orr, S., Sargent, L., Jallo, N. Mentoring and Being Mentored: Resources for a Successful Research Trajectory for Early and Mid-Stage Research Faculty. Pre-conference workshop session presented at the Southern Nursing Research Society 2018 Annual Conference. Atlanta, GA. March, 2018.
  • Hodges+, A., Ameringer, S. Symptom Experience in Adolescents with Concussion. Poster presentation at the Southern Nursing Research Society 2018 Annual Conference. Poster presented at the 2018 Southern Nursing Research Society Annual Conference. Student Poster Award - 3rd place. Atlanta, GA. March, 2018.
  • Austin+, K. W., Ameringer, S. W., Elswick, Jr., R.K., Sturgill, J. L., Starkweather, A. R., Cloud, L. J. Biological Mechanisms and Symptom Outcomes of Illness Uncertainty and Psychological Stress in Parkinson’s Disease: A Cross-Sectional, Descriptive, Correlational Pilot Study. Poster presentation at the 31st Annual Symposium on the Etiology, Pathogenesis, and Treatment of Parkinson Disease and Other Movement Disorders. Ft. Myers, FL. September, 2017.
  • Ameringer, S., Elswick, R.K., Jr., Sisler, I., Smith, W., Acevedo, E.O. Feasibility and Acceptability of an Exercise Testing Protocol for Adolescents and Young Adults with Sickle Cell Anemia. August, 2017Paper to be presented at the Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses Association 41st Annual Conference, Palm Springs, CA.
  • Erickson, J., Linder, L., Ameringer, S., Stegenga, K., Macpherson, C.F., Woods, N. F. Symposium titled, “Using a Heuristic Approach to Improve Symptoms in Adolescents and Young Adults with Cancer” presented at the 14th Annual Conference of the American Psychosocial Oncology Society. Orlando, FL. February, 2017.
  • Ameringer, S. “Symptoms and Symptom Clusters Identified by AYAs using the C-SCAT” --part of the Erickson et al symposium presented at the 14th Annual Conference of the American Psychosocial Oncology Society. Orlando, FL. February, 2017
  • Ameringer, S., Macpherson, C.F., Linder, L., Stegenga, K., Erickson, J. Promoting AYA Recruitment and Retention in Supportive Care Research. Sept/Oct. 2016. Paper presented at the Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses Association 40th Annual Conference, Indianapolis, IA.
  • Ameringer, S., Acevedo, E., Elswick, R.K., Jr., Sisler, I., Smith, W. Exhaled Breath Biomarker Analysis of Metabolic State during Exercise Testing in Adolescents and Young Adults with Sickle Cell Anemia. February 2016. Paper presented at the Southern Nursing Research Society 30th Annual Conference, Williamsburg, VA.
  • Linder, S., Stegenga, K., & Ameringer, S. Self-Report Methods for Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults. Paper presented at Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses 39th Annual Conference. September 2015. Providence, RI.
  • Evans, C. Ameringer, S., Erickson, J. M., Linder, L., Macpherson, C. F., Stegenga, K. “Graphical Images Of The Symptom Experience Created By Adolescents And Young Adults With Cancer.” Poster presented at Southern Nursing Research Society 2016 Annual Conference, Williamsburg, VA. 
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