Loyola University Chicago

Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing

Faculty and Staff

Patricia Friend, PhD, APN-CNS, AOCN

Title/s: Associate Professor
Program Director, Oncology Specialty Master's Programs

Office #: Building 125, Room 4535, HSD

Phone: 708.216.9553

E-mail: pfriend@luc.edu

CV Link: Patricia Friend CV


PhD Loyola University Chicago, Niehoff School of Nursing 1999
BSN Loyola University Chicago, Niehoff School of Nursing 1986

Research Interests

Her dissertation research, examining the interactions between stress and immune responses in women undergoing diagnostic breast biopsy, was funded by the National Cancer Institute, the Oncology Nursing Foundation, and the Chicago Chapter of the Oncology Nursing Society as well as supported by an individual (F31) pre doctoral fellowship from the National Cancer Institute.  Her current research is examining the Family Impact of Predictive Genetic Testing for Hereditary Cancer Syndromes.

Dr. Friend’s main area of research interest is in the area of genetics/genomics. She is the primary investigator on an IRB-approved study: Family Impact of Predictive Genetic Testing for Hereditary Cancer Syndromes.  This is a descriptive study that addresses the family’s experience of predictive genetic testing for increased cancer risk. The implications of genomic discoveries for individuals and families will continue to expand rapidly.  Health care providers and scientists/practitioners in all relevant fields will need to become proficient and expert not only in the scientific knowledge base in order to translate and apply genomic discoveries to improve health, but also in the skill of communicating and discussing genetic/genomic results as well as the impact of such result on families and familial relationships.

She has experience with educational training grants, having served as the lead faculty and project manager for the oncology training grant funded by HRSA.


Dr. Friend is the director of the oncology specialty tracts in the MSN program. She teaches classes on cancer genomics, cancer pathophysiology and disease management, and cancer supportive care and symptom management. She also coordinates the advanced practice nursing clinical course for the oncology master’s students.  She has also taught the teaching practicum for PhD students as well as undergraduate research.


Dr. Friend is actively involved with the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) Putting Evidence into Practice (PEP) Resources and serve as a manuscript reviewer for the Oncology Nursing Forum She serves as abstract reviewer for the National Conference on Cancer Nursing Research and the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) Annual conferences. She is currently director- at-large for CCONS. Within the Niehoff School of Nursing, Dr. Friend has served as department chair, as well as chair of the master’s and DNP curriculum committee and the search committee. She is actively involved in faculty mentoring efforts.