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Dr. Sheila Cannon, Assistant Professor:

  • Traeger, L., Cannon, S., Keating, N., Pirl, W., Lathan, C., Martin, M., He, Y., and Park, E. (2014). Race by sex differences in depression symptoms and psychosocial service use among non-hispanic black and white patients with lung cancer. Journal of Clinical Oncology, 32 (2), 107-113.


This study examined race by sex differences in depression symptoms and psychosoical service use (pastors, social workers, mental health workers, support groups) among patients with lung cancer.

  • Traeger, L., Cannon, S., Pirl, W., Keating, N., & Park, E. (2013).  Depression and under-treatment of depression: Potential risks and outcomes in black patients with lung cancer. Journal of Psychosocial Oncology, 31 (2), 123-135.


In the United States, Black men are at higher risk than White men for lung cancer mortality whereas rates are comparable between Black and White women. This article draws from empirical work in lung cancer, mental health, and health disparities to hightlight that race and depression may overlap in predicting lower treatment access and utilization and poorer quality of life among patients. Racial barriers to depression identification and treatment in the general population may compound these risks. Prospective data are needed to examine whether depression plays a role in racial disparities in lung cancer outcomes.


Dr. Afua Arhin

                                        Dr. Sheila Cannon

Dr. Afua Arhin, Department Chair                Dr. Sheila Cannon, Assistant Professor

The Association of Black Nursing Faculty, Inc. held their 26th Annual Meeting & Scientific Conference June 12-16, 2013 in Los Angelos, CA. The theme for this conference was Leadership in Nursing: Managing the Future of Professional Engagement. Dr. Afua Arhin, Department Chair and Dr. Sheila Cannon, Assistant Professor presented on Establishing an Interprofessional Behavioral Institute.

    Carrie Hamlin                

Mrs. Sharon Gallagher and Ms. Carrie Hamlin, Lecturers    Ms. Karla Sessoms, RN, SBSN

The North Carolina Service-Learning Coalition's 2nd Annual Service-Learning Summit was held on October 19, 2013 in Raleigh, NC. The Department of Nursing fosters civic engagement and service-learning through NURS 430, Community Health Nursing. Sharon and Carrie presented reflections from the RN-BSN students in the poster session. Highlighted was the project completed by Karla Sessoms, RN, SBSN while taking Community Health Nursing. Her project, entitled "Black Barbershop" involved providing information and motivation to clients at a neighborhood barbershop populated predominately by Black men regarding Hypertension disease management.    

Personal Achievements:

  • On October 20, 2013 Jacinta Williams completed her 2nd Myrtle Beach Mini Marathon, which is a half marathon of 13.1 miles. She also completed the Veteran's Day Run (approximately 7 miles) on November 10, 2013 here in Fayetteville, the Pinehurst Turkey Trot Half Marathon (3.1 miles) on November 23, 2013 in Pinehurst, the Reindeer Run Fun (approximately 7.5 miles) on December 7, 2013 in Aberbeen, and Ryan's Reindeer 5K on December 21, 2013 also here in Fayetteville.                  

Jacinta Williams at Myrtle Beach

  • In their trek to wellness Kendall Smith, Lab Manager, and Dr. Judith Mann, Assistant Dept. Chair ran in the Pinehurst Turkey Trot Half Marathon. As Judi was not previously a runner she prepared for this event using the "Couch to 5K" app on her iPhone. Kendall finished 7th in his age group and, well, Judi finished. Remarkable note: Kendall is the youngest of our staff and Judi is the oldest of our faculty. 

Kendall Smith and Judi Mann

  • Another great achievement of Dr. Mann's is that she has earned the designation of Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) after meeting strict eligibility criteria and successfully completing a rigorous certification exam. This exam was created and administered by the National League of Nursing. "Certification in any field is a mark of professionalism. For academic nurse educators, it establishes nursing education as a specialty area of practice    and creates a means for faculty to demonstrate their expertise in this role. It communicates to students, peers, and the academic and health care communities that the highest standards of excellence are being met. By becoming credentialed as a Certified Nurse Educator (CNE), you serve as a leader and a role model" (

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