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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.


  • , University of California, Los Angeles California 0 1988
  • Ph.D., University of Utah, Salt Lake City Utah 0 2006

Memberships and associations

  • Sigma Theta Tau


  • "Feasibility of a multicomponent breast health education intervention for Vietnamese American immigrant women." Oncology Nursing Forum  In: , Vol. 44, No. 5, 01.09.2017, p. 615-625.
  • "A Longitudinal Examination of Stages of Change Model Applied to Mammography Screening." Western Journal of Nursing Research  In: , Vol. 38, No. 4, 01.04.2016, p. 441-458.
  • "Breast Health Intervention Effects on Knowledge and Beliefs Over Time Among Chinese American Immigrants—a Randomized Controlled Study." Journal of Cancer Education  In: , Vol. 30, No. 3, 13.09.2015, p. 482-489.
  • "Mammography screening of Chinese immigrant women : Ever screened versus never screened." Oncology Nursing Forum  In: , Vol. 42, No. 5, 01.09.2015, p. 470-478.
  • "Adaptation and Testing of Instruments to Measure Cervical Cancer Screening Factors Among Vietnamese Immigrant Women." Journal of Transcultural Nursing  In: , Vol. 26, No. 3, 15.05.2015, p. 244-253.
  • "A breast health educational program for Chinese-American women : 3- to 12-month postintervention effect." American Journal of Health Promotion  In: , Vol. 29, No. 3, 01.01.2015, p. 173-181.
  • "Academic-community partnership development lessons learned : evidence-based interventions to increase screening mammography in rural communities." Journal of nursing care quality In: , Vol. 29, No. 4, 01.10.2014, p. 379-385.
  • "Improving colorectal cancer screening in Asian Americans : Results of a randomized intervention study." Cancer In: , Vol. 120, No. 11, 01.06.2014, p. 1702-1712.
  • "Differences in knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, and perceived risks regarding colorectal cancer screening among Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese sub-groups." Journal of Community Health In: , Vol. 39, No. 2, 2014, p. 248-265.
  • "Feasibility of a targeted breast health education intervention for Chinese American immigrant women." Oncology Nursing Forum  In: , Vol. 40, No. 4, 07.2013, p. 361-372.
  • "From clinician to faculty : 10 tips." Journal of Nursing Education  In: , Vol. 52, No. 6, 06.2013, p. 307-309.
  • "Contributing factors to colorectal cancer and hepatitis B screening among Vietnamese Americans." Oncology Nursing Forum  In: , Vol. 40, No. 3, 05.2013, p. 238-251.
  • "A Community-Based Participatory Research Approach to Understanding Pap Testing Adherence Among Vietnamese American Immigrants." JOGNN - Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing  In: , Vol. 41, No. 6, 11.2012.
  • "Findings from Focus Groups Indicating what Chinese American Immigrant Women Think about Breast Cancer and Breast Cancer Screening." JOGNN - Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing In: , Vol. 41, No. 5, 09.2012, p. 627-637.
  • "Measuring breast cancer and mammography screening beliefs among Chinese American immigrants." Western Journal of Nursing Research  In: , Vol. 30, No. 7, 11.2008, p. 852-868.
  • "Cervical cancer beliefs and pap test screening practices among Chinese American immigrants." Oncology Nursing Forum  In: , Vol. 34, No. 6, 11.2007, p. 1203-1209.
  • "Breast cancer beliefs and mammography screening practices among Chinese American Immigrants." JOGNN - Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing  In: , Vol. 36, No. 3, 05.2007, p. 212-221.
  • "Breast and cervical cancer screening practices and interventions among Chinese, Japanese, and Vietnamese Americans." Oncology Nursing Forum  In: , Vol. 32, No. 5, 2005, p. 995-1003.
  • "The influence of culture in a Chinese woman with a craniopharingioma receiving radiation therapy." Cancer Practice In: , Vol. 3, No. 1, 1995, p. 8-11.

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