James N. Dionne-Odom

PhD, RN, ACHPN

Assistant Professor

University of Alabama at Birmingham

J. Nicholas Dionne-Odom is an Assistant Professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Nursing and Co-Director of Caregiver and Bereavement Support Services in the UAB Center for Palliative and Supportive Care.

Dr. Dionne-Odom’s research focuses on developing and testing early palliative care telehealth coaching interventions to support underserved family caregivers of persons with advanced cancer and heart failure. He has been principal investigator, co-investigator, or consultant on over 25 federal- and foundation-funded grants and has published over 75 peer-reviewed publications. His 2015 paper in the Journal of Clinical Oncology reporting the positive clinical trial results of nurse-led early palliative care for advanced cancer family caregivers was recognized by the American Society of Clinical Oncology as one of “the top advances in clinical cancer care” in 2015. He also led translation of this model of nurse-led early palliative care to advanced heart failure, the clinical trials results of which were recently published in JAMA.

Dr. Dionne-Odom’s research led to his founding of the UAB Caregiver and Bereavement Support Service, among the first clinic-based services in the U.S. to proactively and directly support family caregivers. His service line is active in UAB's Comprehensive Cancer Center and Memory Disorders Clinic, which together serve families of over 11,000 patients annually from UAB's 5-state catchment area in the Southeastern U.S..

He earned his BSN from Florida State University, an MA in Philosophy and Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and an MS and PhD in Nursing from Boston College.

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