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

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Dr. Lee-Lin is currently an Assistant Professor in the OHSU School of Nursing). She was named as the Outstanding Undergraduate Faculty in 2005. Dr. 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. Her broad clinical experience is complemented by her deep research interests, in particular in nursing issues with Asian Americans. Her master’s thesis from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) studied the information needs of newly diagnosed Chinese American patients with cancer. She recently completed her doctoral work at the University of Utah, earning a Ph.D. in cancer nursing research. Her dissertation studied the knowledge, beliefs (perceived risks, susceptibility, benefits and common and cultural barriers), and practices related to mammography and Pap smear screening among Chinese American women. She developed a comprehensive and culturally relevant instrument based on the Health Belief Model and worked closely with many Chinese American communities in the Portland metropolitan area. She has applied several statistical tools to her analysis of the collected data and has presented her findings locally and regionally. The dissertation received the Outstanding Dissertation Award from the University of Utah College of Nursing. Dr. Lee-Lin also has extensive experience in instrument translation and staff training.She has published in Oncology Nursing Forum, Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing and Western Journal of Nursing Research . Dr. Lee-Lin is a co-investigator in a study of the experience of hair loss with cancer chemotherapy with Dr. Lillian Nail at OHSU. The preliminary data indicate that there are significant differences in response to hair loss among different ethnic groups. She is also a co-investigator of a National Institutes of Health-funded R21 study on colorectal screening in Asian Americans with Dr. David Lieberman. Recently, Dr. Lee-Lin received American Cancer Society funding as a principal investigator in a breast education intervention study with the Chinese American community.Dr. Lee-Lin has been Faculty-in-Residence for oncology and has worked to support scholarship and development of nurses at OHSU. She mentors new graduates, encourages ongoing development of more experienced oncology nurses and works through the Oncology Nursing Society and other groups to advance oncology nursing locally and nationally. She serves on the Ethnic Minority Faculty Council at OHSU. She is also an active volunteer in the Portland Asian community, and has participated in Asian community health fairs. She is a peer reviewer for the Komen Foundation, the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, the Western Journal of Nursing Research, Women & Health and the Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health.

Selected Publications

"Academic-community partnership development lessons learned: Evidence-based interventions to increase screening mammography in rural communities," Journal of Nursing Care Quality - 2014

"Differences in knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, and perceived risks regarding colorectal cancer screening among Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese sub-groups," Journal of Community Health (Vol: 39, Issue: 2, Page 248-265) - 2014

"Improving colorectal cancer screening in Asian Americans: Results of a randomized intervention study," Cancer (Vol: 120, Issue: 11, Page 1702-1712) - 2014

"Contributing factors to colorectal cancer and hepatitis B screening among Vietnamese Americans," Oncology Nursing Forum (Vol: 40, Issue: 3, Page 238-251) - 2013

"Feasibility of a targeted breast health education intervention for Chinese American immigrant women," Oncology Nursing Forum (Vol: 40, Issue: 4, Page 361-372) - 2013



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503 494-3725

Memberships & Associations

Sigma Theta Tau
Oncology Nursing Society
National League for Nursing
Asian Pacific Islander Health Network group in Portland, Oregon