Melissa Craft is the Interim Senior Associate Dean and Associate Professor at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Fran and Earl Ziegler College of Nursing.
Dr. Craft has almost 40 years of experience as a nurse and clinical nurse specialist in cancer nursing during which she has provided care navigation, genetic counseling, and genetic testing to over 15,000 patients and families. She has mentored nurses, students and faculty in professional development and the art and science of caring for cancer patients. In her current administrative role, she continues to teach and maintain a program of research focused on using expressive writing/storytelling to assimilate thoughts and feelings about particularly intense or traumatic events such as cancer and cognitive challenges after chemotherapy.
Dr. Craft is also very active in interprofessional education and practice and professional and community service. She has been honored for her leadership in nursing with the Excellence in Nursing: APRN Education Award from the Oklahoma Nurses Association and the Brenda Lyons Leadership Award from the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists. She served as the Inaugural Chair of the Clinical Nurse Specialist Institute (CNSI).
Dr. Craft’s life-long work has been focused on enhancing care for oncology patients and optimizing professional opportunities for nurses.
Dr. Craft received her BSN and MS from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and her PhD in Nursing from Texas Woman’s University.