February 2010, Volume 14, Number 1


Meet the Associate Editors




The following oncology nurses compose the Editorial Board of the Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing (CJON) in 2010. They all are involved in clinical care and support the mission of CJON, which is to provide practical information necessary to care for patients and their families across the cancer continuum and to develop publication skills in oncology nurses. Each associate editor coordinates one column, and all are receptive to working with readers who are interested in authoring columns. The associate editors welcome your comments, ideas, and suggestions for column topics. Contact information for each associate editor can be found at the end of each description.


Richard Boyajian, RN, MS, ANP, has been an oncology nurse for 18 years and recently was promoted to clinical program manager of the Lance Armstrong Foundation Adult Survivorship Clinic at the Dana-Farber Cancer Center in Boston, MA, where he has worked for four years. He is part of a team that provides care and direction to cancer survivors after primary treatment. He offers consultative services for post-treatment side effects and performs research studying the long-term consequences of cancer-related treatments.


Rich is the associate editor for the Safety column and can be reached at Richard_Boyajian@dfci.harvard.edu.



Barb Henry, APRN-BC, MSN, has been a nurse for 28 years and a psychiatric nurse practitioner for 17 years. She is pursuing her DNP at the University of Cincinnati with a psycho-oncology clinical focus. In her private practice, she provides psychiatric services and medications for cancer survivors, family members, and staff. She also works at the Central Clinic with adults who have psychiatric, chemical dependency, forensic, or dual diagnoses. Prior to her current position, Barb provided psychiatric services to clients in a blood and marrow transplantation program and for a large outpatient oncology group. She is an active member of the Cincinnati Tri-State Chapter of the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) and the Complementary and Integrative Therapies Special Interest Group (SIG).


Barb is the associate editor for the Heart of Oncology Nursing (HON) column and can be reached at mhap65@ucmail.uc.edu. Barb is mentoring a new associate editor to succeed her after Congress 2010. “The HON stories have truly touched my heart and inspired many. Deb Mayer, CJON editor, is a fabulous mentor and leader. Her idea inspired the column, which continues to grow with the help of the CJON and Oncology Nursing Forum editorial boards, ONS staff, and authors. I would like to thank everyone involved for an experience I will treasure always.” 



Marcelle Kaplan, RN, MS, AOCN®, CBCN, has more than 28 years of experience in a variety of oncology nursing roles and has been the breast oncology clinical nurse specialist at New York–Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Cornell Medical Center, in New York, NY, for the past 13 years. Among her ONS volunteer activities, Marcelle currently is the team leader for a Putting Evidence Into Practice project evaluating evidence-based strategies for managing hot flashes secondary to cancer therapies. She has served as president of the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation, chair of the ONS Nominating Committee, and chair of the OCN® Test Development Committee and has been closely involved in the creation of the Certified Breast Care Nurse (CBCN) credential.


Marcelle is the editor of Understanding and Managing Oncologic Emergencies: A Resource for Nurses (ONS, 2006). She is a member of the ONS Breast Care and Clinical Nurse Specialist SIGs, the ONS New York City Chapter, and the institutional review board of Cornell Medical College.

Marcelle is the associate editor for the Supportive Care column and can be reached at mkaplan@nyp.org.



Debra E. Lyon, RN, PhD, FNP, is an associate professor of nursing at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. She is a center scientist in the Massey Cancer Center, and her research has been funded by the National Cancer Institute. She is currently conducting a randomized clinical trial testing a complementary modality for symptom management in women with breast cancer, which is funded by the National Cancer Institute. She has served as a grant reviewer for ONS and the Department of Defense Breast Cancer Program. She was a member of the ONS Research Advisory Panel’s evidence-based practice subgroup.


Debra is the associate editor for the Diagnostic Reasoning column and can be reached at delyon@vcu.edu.



Lisa Kennedy Sheldon, PhD, APRN-BC, AOCNP®, received her PhD from the College of Nursing at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, with a concentration in cancer control and research. She is an assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts–Boston and an advanced oncology certified nurse practitioner at St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua, NH. Lisa has authored several books and articles, and her program of research focuses on patient-provider communication, particularly in oncology settings. In addition, she delivers educational programs to healthcare providers and the community and has presented locally and nationally on nursing issues, oncology care, and communication research.


Lisa is the associate editor for the Professional Issues column and can be reached at l.kennedysheld@comcast.net.



Susan K. Steele-Moses, DNS, APRN, CNS, AOCN®, is an adult health clinical nurse specialist specializing in the area of medical oncology. She has been an oncology nurse for 28 years and obtained her associate degree in nursing in 1982, baccalaureate in nursing in 1988, master’s degree in nursing in 1990, and a doctorate in nursing science in 2004 from Louisiana State University (LSU) Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. Her dissertation focus was in the area of breast cancer early detection, and she completed her post-doctorate with Victoria Champion, DNS, RN, FAAN, at Indiana University through the Walther Cancer Center. She currently is the program director of nursing research at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge, LA; adjunct faculty for Southern University in Baton Rouge; and faculty for the University of Phoenix Online. Previously, she served as an assistant professor of nursing at LSU Health Sciences Center and Our Lady of the Lake College. Susan brings with her a wealth of research knowledge; she has published extensively and received intramural and extramural funding to support her program of research. She now is using her research expertise to lead clinical research teams in applying research findings to their clinical practice.


Susan is the associate editor of the Evidence-Based Practice column and can be reached at sus5564@ololrmc.com  or susanksteele@aol.com.



Debra L. Winkeljohn, RN, MSN, AOCN®, CNS, is the clinical nurse specialist and research nurse at Hematology Oncology Associates, where she has been employed for the past seven years. Along with being a clinical nurse specialist, she is the manager of the research program. She previously was employed as a chemotherapy nurse for a gynecology-oncology office. She has 23 years of oncology experience, with 16 years as a staff nurse on an oncology unit at St. Joseph Medical Center in Albuquerque, NM. Debra has been a member of ONS since 1988 and also is a member of the Albuquerque Chapter of Oncology Nurses. She has one daughter, two horses, and two dogs. She loves to read, go horseback riding, and watch her daughter play basketball.


Debra is the associate editor for the Oncology Nursing 101 column and can be reached at dwinkeljohn@comcast.net.