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Ardith Z. Doorenbos, PhD, RN, FAAN

Nursing Collegiate Professor

Department of Biobehavioral Health Science


1024 NURS


845 S. Damen Ave. MC 802, Chicago, IL 60612

Office Phone Voice:

(312) 996-2817


Ardith Z. Doorenbos is a Professor in the Department of Biobehavioral Health Science, College of Nursing at the University of Illinois, Chicago. She is Director of Palliative Care at the University of Illinois Cancer Center and Director of the Palliative Care Training Center. Dr. Doorenbos’ research is centered on palliative care, pain and symptom management. Her grant portfolio is funded by the National Institute of Health: National Institute of Nursing Research and National Cancer Institute, and other professional sources. She has sustained record of over 150 peer-reviewed, data-based publications in nursing and multidisciplinary journals.

Selected Grants

Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs, Determinants of the optimal dose and sequence of functional restoration and integrative therapies in service members, PI

Cambia Health Foundation, Building on Success: Advancing the Cambia Quality Metrics Program and the Cambia Palliative Care Training Center, Co-PI

National Institute of Nursing Research, Applying Technology to Problems in Pain and Symptom Management, PI

Selected Publications

Flynn, D., Eaton, L. H., Langford, D. J. Ieronimakis, N., McQuinn, H., Burney, R. O., Holmes, S. L., & Doorenbos, A. Z. (2018). A SMART design to determine the optimal treatment of chronic pain among military personnel. Contemporary Clinical Trials, 73, 68-74.

Richards, C., Starks, H., O’Connor, M. R., Bourget, E., Lindhorst, T., Hays, R., & Doorenbos, A. Z. (2018). When and why do neonatal and pediatric critical care physicians consult palliative care. American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, 35(6), 840-846.

Langford, D. J., Theodore, B. R., Balsiger, D., Tran, C., Doorenbos, A. Z., Tauben, D. J., & Sullivan, M. D. (2018). Number and type of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptom domains are associated with patient-reported outcomes in patients with chronic pain. Journal of Pain, 19(5), 506-514.

Starks, H., Coats, H., Paganelli, T., Mauksch, L. B., van Schaik, E., Lindhorst, T., Hurd, C., Doorenbos, A. (2018). Pilot study of an interprofessional palliative care curriculum: Course content and participant-reported learning gains. American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, 35, 390-397.

Richards, C. A., Starks, H., O’Connor, M. R., Bourget, E., Hays, R. M., & Doorenbos, A. Z. (2018). Physicians perceptions of shared decision-making in neonatal and pediatric critical care. American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, 35, 669-676.

Eaton, L. H., Langford, D., Meins, A. R., Rue, T., Tauben, D. J., & Doorenbos, A. Z. (2018). Use of self-management interventions for chronic pain management: A comparison between rural and non-rural residents. Pain Management Nursing, 19(1), 8-13.

Coats, H., Bourget, E., Starks, H., Lindhorst, T., Saiki-Craighill, S., Curtis, J. R., Hays, R. & Doorenbos, A. Z. (2018). “There’s gotta be some balance”: Nurse reflections on the benefits and challenges of implementing family-centered care in pediatric intensive care units. American Journal of Critical Care, 27, 52-58.

Chae, D., Kang, K., Benkert, R., & Doorenbos, A. Z. (2018). Evaluation of the psychometric properties of the Korean version of the Cultural Competence Assessment. Japan Journal of Nursing Science, 15, 56-66. 

Notable Honors

2018, International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame, Sigma Theta Tau

2015, Excellence in Research, Sigma Theta Tau

2010, Fellowship in the American Academy of Nursing, American Academy of Nursing


2006 Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, Postdoctoral Certificate
2002 Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, PhD
2000 Madonna University, Livonia, Michigan, MSN
1991 Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, BSN