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Shannon Nugent, Ph.D.

  • Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Division of Clinical Psychology, School of Medicine


Shannon Nugent, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor at Oregon Health & Science University in the Department of Psychiatry and a core investigator at the VA Portland Healthcare System, Center to Improve Veteran Involvement in Care (CIVIC). Dr. Nugent’s research interests are in the areas of palliative medicine, psychosocial oncology, chronic pain, and improving access to health care for older adults.  She was recently awarded a five-year Mentored Research Scholar Grant from the American Cancer Society, “Survivors of Head and Neck Cancer: Optimizing Pain Management.” She completed her PhD in Clinical Health Psychology from the University of Colorado Denver in 2015 and completed a two-year health services research fellowship with CIVIC in 2018.

Education and training

    • Ph.D., 2015, University of Colorado
  • Internship

    • Psychology Internship at Sharp HealthCare in San Diego ,CA, 2014-2015
  • Fellowship

    • VA Portland Health Care System, Health Services Research Fellowship, 2016-2018

Areas of interest

  • Palliative medicine
  • Psychosocial Oncology
  • Chronic Pain
  • Improving access to health care for older adults


Selected publications

  • Donald R. Sullivan, Karen B. Eden, Nathan F. Dieckmann, Sara E. Golden, Kelly C. Vranas, Shannon M. Nugent, Christopher G. Slatore. Understanding patients’ values and preferences regarding early stage lung cancer treatment decision making. Lung Cancer, Volume 131, May 2019, Pages 47-57.
  • Nugent, S.M., Slatore, C.G, Ganzini, L., Golden, S.E., Zive, D., Vranas, K.C. Sullivan, D.R. POLST Registration and Associated Outcomes among Veterans with Advanced Stage Lung Cancer. In Press. American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. January 2019.
  • Kondo K, Morasco BJ, Nugent S, Ayers C, O’Neil ME, Freeman M, Paynter R, and Kansagara D. Pharmacotherapy for the treatment of cannabis use disorder: a systematic review. VA ESP Project #05-225; 2018.
  • Nugent, S.M., Golden, S.E., Thomas, C., Deffebach, M.E., Sukumar, M.S., Schipper, P.H., Tieu, B.H., Moghanaki, D., Wisnivesky, J., Slatore, C.G. (2018). Patient-clinician communication among patients with stage I lung cancer. Supportive Care in Cancer, 26(5), 1625-1633.
  • Lozier, C.C., Nugent, S.M., Dobscha, S.K., Smith, N., Deyo, R.A., Yarborough B.J., Morasco, B.J. (2018). Correlates of Use and Perceived Effectiveness of Non-pharmacologic Strategies for Chronic Pain among Patients Prescribed Long-Term Opioid Therapy. Journal of General Internal Medicine, Pain Management Supplement, 33, 46-53.
  • Nugent, S.M., Yarborough, B.J., Smith, N., Dobscha, S.K., Deyo, R.D., Green, C.A., Morasco, B.J. (2018). Patterns and Correlates of medical cannabis use among patients prescribed long-term opioid therapy. General Hospital Psychiatry, 50, 104-107.
  • Slatore, C.G., Falvo, M.J., Nugent, S.M., Carlson, K.  (2018). Afghanistan & Iraq War Veterans: Mental Health Comorbidity is Associated with Respiratory Conditions. Military Medicine, 183(5-6), e249-e257.
  • Nugent, S.M., Morasco, B.J., O’Neil, M., Freeman, M., Low, A., Kondo, K., Elven, C., Zakher, B., Motu’apuaka M., Paynter, R., Kansagara, D. (2017). The Effects of Cannabis Among Adults with Chronic Pain and an Overview of General Harms: A Systematic Review. Annals of Internal Medicine, 167(5), 319-331.
  • O’Neil, M., Nugent, S.M., Morasco, B.J., Freeman, M., Low, A., Kondo, K., Elven, C., Zakher, B., Motu’apuaka, M., Paynter, R., Kansagara, D. (2017). Benefits and Harms of Cannabis for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: A Systematic Review. Annals of Internal Medicine, 167(5), 322-340.
  • Nugent, S.M., Dobscha, S.K., Morasco, B.J., Demidenko, M.I., Meath, T.H.A., Frank, J.W., & Lovejoy, T.I. (2017). Substance use disorder treatment referral and engagement following clinician-initiated discontinuation of long-term opioid therapy resulting from an aberrant urine drug test. Journal of General Internal Medicine, 32(10), 1076-1082.


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