Frances F. Lee-Lin, Ph.D., R.N., O.C.N., C.N.S.

Frances Lee-Lin

Associate Professor
Oregon Health & Science University School of Nursing
Portland Campus
3455 SW US Veterans Hospital Road, SN-5N
Portland, Ore. 97239
Phone: 503 494-3725

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Dr. Frances Lee-Lin has been in cancer nursing since 1986, functioning as a clinical nurse, oncology educator, clinical nurse specialist, nurse manager, assistant director, senior research nurse, and academic faculty member. She received the Outstanding Baccalaureate Faculty Award and the Most Inspirational Faculty Award  from OHSU.

The driving force behind her passion for her research is a desire to reduce cancer health disparities and to improve the health of Asian Americans. Despite the widespread availability of cancer screening, disparities in cancer screening rates persist among Asian Americans. Her Master's thesis from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) studied the informational needs of newly diagnosed Chinese American cancer patients. Her doctoral work at the University of Utah focused on the knowledge, beliefs, and practices related to mammography and Pap smear screening among Chinese American women. The work received the dissertation award from the University of Utah in 2006. Beginning in 2009, her American Cancer Society (ACS) grant sought to improve mammography-screening rates for Chinese American women. She is also a co-investigator of a National Cancer Institute study on improving colorectal screening among Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese Americans using a culture-based educational intervention within a community center environment. The Komen project focuses on improving the capability of communities to implement evidence-based interventions to increase mammography-screening rates. She has demonstrated a consistent progression in building an innovative research program to improve health of Asian Americans.


01/03-08/06    University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah - Ph.D. in Cancer Nursing Research
09/86-09/88    University of California, Los Angeles, California - M.N., Oncology specialty
09/82-12/85    San Jose State University, San Jose, California - B.S. in Nursing

Professional Organizations

Sigma Theta Tau
Oncology Nursing Society
National League for Nursing
Asian American Pacific Islander Nurses Association (AAPINA)
Western Institute of Nursing (WIN)

Honors and Awards (within the past five years)

2011 - Translational Health Disparities Summer Institute, Sponsored by National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), NIH
2010 - Most Inspirational Faculty Award, Student Nurse Association of Portland (SNAP), School of Nursing, Oregon Health & Science University


Frances Lee-Lin (Principal Investigator, FTE 60% over 5 years). “Targeted Breast Health Education Program (TBHEP) for Chinese Americans.” American Cancer Society Mentored Research Scholar Award. 1/2006-12/2014.

Publications (within the past five years)

Lee-Lin, F., Domenico, L.J., Ogden, L.A., Fromwiller, V., Magathan, N., Vail, S. & Gorman, P.N. (In Press). Academic/community Partnership Development: Use of Evidence-Based Interventions to Increase Screening Mammography in Rural Communities. Journal of Nursing Care Quality.

Lee-Lin, F., Nguyen, T., Pedhiwala, N., Dieckmann, N., & Menon, U.(2014). A Breast Health Educational Program for Chinese American Women: Three- to Twelve-Months Post-Intervention Effect. American Journal of Health Promotion. Published online January 24, 2014; doi:

Carney, P.A., Lee-Lin, F., Mongoue-Tchokote, S., Mori, M., Leung, H., Lau, C., & Lieberman, D.A. (2014). Improving Colorectal Cancer Screening in Asian Americans: Results of a Randomized Intervention Study. Cancer. Article first published online: 4 MAR 2014; DOI: 10.1002/cncr.28640

Nguyen-Truong, C.K.Y., Leo, M., Lee-Lin, F., Gedaly-Duff, V., Nail, L., Gregg, J., Le, T. V., & Tran, T. (2014). Adaptation and Testing of Instruments to Measure Cervical Cancer Screening Factors Among Vietnamese Immigrant Women. Journal of Transcultural Nursing, 1-10. doi: 10.1177/1043659614524245

Le, D.T., Carney, P.A., Lee-Lin, F., Leung, H., Lau, C., Mori, M., Chen, Z., & Lieberman, D. (2014). Differences in Knowledge, Attitudes, Beliefs, and Perceived Risks Regarding Colorectal Cancer Screening Among Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese Sub-Groups. Journal of Community Health, 39(2),248-265.

Lee-Lin, F., Menon, U., Leo, M.C., and Pedhiwala, N. (2013). Feasibility of a Targeted Breast Health Education Intervention for Chinese American Immigrant Women. Oncology Nursing Forum, 40(4), 361-372.

Lee-Lin, F. (2013). From Clinician to Faculty: 10 tips. Journal of Nursing Education, 52(6), 307-309.

Nguyen-Truong, C. K. Y., Lee-Lin, F., & Gedaly-Duff, V. (2013). Contributing factors to colorectal cancer and hepatitis B screening among Vietnamese Americans. Oncology Nursing Forum, 40(3), 238-251.

Nguyen-Truong, C. K. Y., Lee-Lin, F., Leo, M. C., Gedaly-Duff, V., Nail, L. M., Wang, P., & Tran, T. (2012). A community based participatory research approach to understanding Pap testing adherence among Vietnamese American immigrants. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing, 41, E26-E40. doi: 10.1111/j.1552-6909.2012.01414.x

Lee-Lin, F., Menon, U., Nail, L., Lutz, K. (2012). Findings from focus groups indicating what Chinese American Immigrant women think about breast cancer and breast cancer screening. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing (JOGNN), 41(5), 627-637. DOI: 10.1111/j.1552-6909.2012.01348.x