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Mary Ann Cantrell, PhD, RN - Villanova University. Villanova, PA, US

Mary Ann Cantrell, PhD, RN

Professor; PhD Program Director | M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing | Villanova University


Mary Ann Cantrell, PhD, RN, CNE, FAAN researches pediatric oncology nursing



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Areas of Expertise (6)

Simulation in Nursing Education

Pediatric Cancer

Pediatric Oncology Nursing

Childhood Cancer Survivorship

Debriefing in Clinical Simulations

Cancer Survivorship


Dr. Mary Ann Cantrell is Director of the M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing PhD program. Her research is two pronged: she has focused on health-related quality of life in survivors of childhood cancer and quality and safety practice behaviors in simulation based teaching and learning experiences. Her interest in quality of life for survivors of childhood cancer led her to develop a “Hope Intervention” for childhood cancer survivors which she was able to test through an NIH grant. Dr. Cantrell's work is now incorporated into nursing curricula and national survivorship guidelines. She has translated her research about the caring nursing presence to the next generations of nursing students through the use of simulation.

Education (3)

University of Maryland: PhD

Villanova University: MSN

Duquesne University: BSN

Select Accomplishments (1)

Inducted as a Fellow in to the American Academy of Nursing (professional)


Affiliations (2)

  • Vice President for Research, International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL)
  • Member of the Editorial Board for Clinical Simulation in Nursing

Research Grants (3)

An mHealth App to Enhance the Self-Management of Cancer Survivorship-Related Needs Among Young Adult Females

Oncology Nursing Foundation 


A Clinical Simulation Program to Increase Graduate Nurses’ Clinical Competency and Clinical Judgment in the Practice Setting

National League for Nursing (NLN) Ruth Donnelly Corcoran Research Award 


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A hope intervention to influence quality of life among female survivors of childhood cancer

National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) 


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Select Academic Articles (6)

Developing the Evidence Base in Pediatric Oncology Nursing Practice for Promoting Health-Related Quality in Pediatric Oncology

The Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing

Cantrell, MA., Conte, T.M., Hudson, M.M., Ruble, L., Herth, K., & Canino, A.


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The Evidence in Simulation-Based Learning Experiences: An Umbrella Review

Clinical Simulation in Nursing

Cantrell, M.A. Franklin, A.E. & Leighton, K.


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Engagement in high-risk behaviors among survivors of childhood cancer and matched cohorts surveyed in the Adolescent Health Study

Journal of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology

Cantrell, M.A., Posner, M.A.


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The college experience for childhood cancer Survivors

The Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing

Cantrell, M.A., Conte, T.M., & Suter, J.


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An innovative approach using clinical simulation to teach quality and safety principles

Nursing Education Perspectives

Cantrell, M.A., Mariani, B., & Meakim, C.


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Assessment of the impact of teaching demands on research productivity among doctoral nurse faculty

Nursing Outlook

Smeltzer, S.C., Cantrell, M.A., Sharts-Hopko, N., Heverly, M.A., Jenkinson, A., & Nthenge, S.


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