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Patricia Bradley, PhD - Villanova University. Villanova, PA, US

Patricia Bradley, PhD

Associate Dean for Inclusive Excellence; Associate Professor of Nursing | M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing | Villanova University


Patricia K. Bradley, PhD, RN, FAAN is a leading expert in psychiatric mental health nursing and disparities in cancer outcomes.





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Areas of Expertise (7)

Psychosocial Aspects of Illness

Breast Cancer Screening, Diagnosis and Survivorship Among African American Women

Health Disparity

Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing

Breast Cancer Screening

Cancer Survivorship

Diversity/Cultural Competence


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.

Education (3)

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)


Affiliations (4)

  • 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.

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New study aims to help African Americans better beat breast cancer

6ABC Philadelphia  


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.

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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.

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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 survivors

Supportive Care in Cancer

Andrea M. Barsevick, Amy Leader, Patricia K. Bradley, Tiffany Avery, Lorraine T. Dean, Melissa DiCarlo, Sarah E. Hegarty


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Achieving Mental Health Parity

Policy and Politics in Nursing and Health Care

Outlaw, F. H., Bradley, P. K., Williams, M.


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Nurse Leaders' Perception of the Value of a Nurse Residency Program

Journal for Nurses in Professional Development

Linus, R., Reeder, S. J., Bradley, P. K., Polis, N.


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Risky internet behaviors: A case study of online and offline stalking The Journal of School Nursing

The Journal of School Nursing

Dowdell, E. B. & Bradley, P. K.


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State of the Science on Nursing Approaches to Managing Late and Long-Term Sequelae of Cancer and Cancer Treatment

American Journal of Nursing

Bradley, P. K.