Susan Mazanec is an Assistant Professor at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University and a Nurse Scientist at the University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center in Cleveland, Ohio.
With a strong foundation in oncology nursing and interdisciplinary clinical research, Dr. Mazanec’s research has focused on designing and testing interventions to improve care and advance the science of oncology nursing. Her current NCI-funded clinical trial (1R37CA240707-01), which received a competitive Early Stage Investigator MERIT Award, is testing an intervention that incorporates structured simulations for training of family caregivers of patients with a high symptom burden during radiation therapy. This research promises to change the current practice paradigm by integrating caregiver assessment, support, and training into the clinical setting. Dr. Mazanec’s work has also focused on strategies to attenuate health disparities among racial minorities. She is currently the site PI for a subaward with the University of Pittsburgh (1R01MD012245-01; Rosenzweig, PI) to examine differences in the symptom experience between Black and White women during chemotherapy for breast cancer. As a Nurse Scientist in an NCI-designated Cancer Center, Dr. Mazanec fosters scholarship and leadership in clinical practice by engaging and mentoring nurses and students in conducting research projects that address contemporary practice issues.
Dr. Mazanec received her BSN from St. Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana and her MSN and PhD from the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University. She completed her Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center.