Areas of Expertise (7)
Psychosocial Aspects of Illness
Breast Cancer Screening, Diagnosis and Survivorship Among African American Women
Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing
Breast Cancer Screening
Dr. Bradley has a career-long commitment to research related to breast cancer and African American women. She is a leading expert in psychiatric mental health nursing, psychosocial oncology, and cultural competence in health and illness. Dr. Bradley’s nursing career has been dedicated to reducing health disparities and inequities in underserved populations by blending the outcomes from her practice, scholarship, and educational work at community, state, and national levels. She has been able to assist several organizations in developing culturally relevant educational programs for breast cancer survivors, program evaluation methods, and training manuals. Her scholarly and advocacy contributions have resulted in a paradigm shift of working within a positive coping model with African American women.
University of Pennsylvania: PhD
University of Pennsylvania: MSN
Temple University: BSN
Select Accomplishments (3)
Health Advocacy Award Philadelphia Tuskegee Alumni Award (professional)
Honorary Member Chi Eta Phi Sorority Incorporated (professional)
American Academy of Nursing Fellow (professional)
- Psychiatric Consultation Liaison Nurse, The Graduate Hospital, Philadelphia, PA
- Volunteer, American Cancer Society
- Member, Oncology Nursing Society
- Consultant, Living Beyond Breast Cancer
Select Media Appearances (3)
Looking for answers on gap in breast cancer survivors
Philadelphia Inquirer online
The disparity is as troubling as it is profound. Eight percent of Caucasian women die within five years of being diagnosed with breast cancer. Among African American women, the toll is 21 percent … The study was conducted by Andrea Barsevick, a professor in medical oncology at Jefferson; Amy Leader, an assistant professor of medical oncology at Jefferson; and Patricia K. Bradley, an associate professor in the College of Nursing at Villanova University.
New study aims to help African Americans better beat breast cancer
or decades, African American women had lower rates of breast cancer than Caucasian women. But the rates are now rising and survival continues to be lower. A local team is going beyond the numbers, to find ways to help women of color beat the odds of breast cancer. For these women, fighting breast cancer is personal. Novella Lyons is a 24-year survivor. Patricia Bradley's grandmother suffered the disease in secret. "She didn't tell anyone, we have no idea how long she had symptoms, when she went to the doctor," said Bradley.
New study explores concerns of African American breast cancer survivors
Science Daily online
Researchers have examined the biggest challenges for African American women after receiving breast cancer treatment. One of the main concerns was the problem of medical mistrust. Women expressed concern that the information they received was inferior to Caucasians leaving them less prepared to deal with survivor challenges after treatment completion.
Research Grants (2)
Preparing African American Women for Breast Biopsy
National Cancer Institute's (NCI) Office of Special Populations Research (OSPR) $50,000
Funded program through Thomas Jefferson University Department of Behavioral Epidemiology
Problems and Resources of African American Breast Cancer Survivors
American Cancer Society Research Scholar Grant $103,726
Select Academic Articles (5)
Post-treatment problems of African American breast cancer survivorsSupportive Care in Cancer
Andrea M. Barsevick, Amy Leader, Patricia K. Bradley, Tiffany Avery, Lorraine T. Dean, Melissa DiCarlo, Sarah E. Hegarty
Achieving Mental Health ParityPolicy and Politics in Nursing and Health Care
Outlaw, F. H., Bradley, P. K., Williams, M.
Nurse Leaders' Perception of the Value of a Nurse Residency ProgramJournal for Nurses in Professional Development
Linus, R., Reeder, S. J., Bradley, P. K., Polis, N.
Risky internet behaviors: A case study of online and offline stalking The Journal of School NursingThe Journal of School Nursing
Dowdell, E. B. & Bradley, P. K.
State of the Science on Nursing Approaches to Managing Late and Long-Term Sequelae of Cancer and Cancer TreatmentAmerican Journal of Nursing
Bradley, P. K.