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Tara A. Albrecht, Ph.D., RN, ACNP-BC

Assistant Professor
Department of Adult Health and Nursing Systems

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1100 East Leigh Street, Room 3001G

Phone: (804) 828-3388
Email: talbrecht@vcu.edu

TEACHING:

I teach primarily in the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program. I have also taught in the undergraduate program and I continue to provide guest lectures in a variety of courses in the areas of hematology/oncology and palliative care. In addition, I maintain an active practice as an acute care nurse practitioner in the oncology and palliative care clinics.

RESEARCH:

My research is focused in the biobehavioral symptom science of adults with cancer, and specifically hematologic malignancies.  My overall program of research aims to ameliorate symptoms, distress and ultimately improve health outcomes for patients with hematologic cancer through personalized symptom management interventions. Broadly my research, which utilizes both quantitative and qualitative methods, includes symptom management, palliative care, cancer survivorship, self-management strategies, and interdisciplinary interventions to improve care and outcomes in patients with cancer.  

SERVICE:

I am an active member of the Oncology Nursing Society, Hospice and Palliative Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International and the Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science. I currently serve as President-Elect of the Oncology Nursing Society- Greater Richmond Chapter and Member of the Light the Night Executive Board for the Richmond Area Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

EDUCATION

  • BS – University of Massachusetts- Boston, MA
    Biology
  • BSN – University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
    Nursing
  • MSN – University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
    Oncology/Palliative Care Advanced Practice
  • PhD – University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
    Oncology and Symptom Management Research
  • Postdoc - University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
    Interdisciplinary Training in Cancer Survivorship Research (T32NR019972)
  • Fellow - National Institutes of Nursing Research Summer Genetics Institute

AWARDS/HONORS

  • Susan White Holsworth Palliative Care Scholar, Massey Cancer Center, 2016
  • Emerging Nurse Researcher, Sigma Theta Tau International 2016
  • Young Rising Nurse Leader Award, Virginia Nurses Foundation 2015
  • Raven Society, Honorary Society, Induction 2009
  • Sigma Theta Tau; Beta Kappa Chapter, Nursing Honor Society, Induction 2008

RESEARCH FUNDING

  • 2015-2016: Co-Investigator, Cardiovascular Risks in Cancer Survivors. Principal Investigator K. An. Funded by Daisy Foundation’s J. Patrick Barnes Grant.
  • 2015-2016: Principal Investigator, Exploring the Relationships between Psychological Symptoms, Stress and Salivary Proteins in Family Members of Adults Newly Diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Funded by Massey Cancer Center Cancer Prevention and Control Research Development Program. 
  • 2015-2017: Site Principal Investigator, Clinician Administered Saligan Fatigue Inventory (Sal-FI): A validation study, Ongoing. Principal Investigator L. Saligan. Funded by The DAISY Foundation’s J. Patrick Barnes Grant.
  • 2015-2016: Principal Investigator, Physical Activity as a Self-Management Approach to Improve Health Outcomes in Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Funded by Massey Cancer Center, Cancer Prevention and Control Pilot Project Program. 
  • 2014-2015: Principal Investigator, Exploring relationships between immunologic profiles, symptoms and distress in acute myeloid leukemia. Funded by VCU School of Nursing Intramural Grant.
  • 2012-2013: Principal Investigator, Systematic Intervention to Ease Distress in Patients with Acute Leukemia: A Pilot Study. Funded by: Interdisciplinary Training of Nurse Scientists in Cancer Survivorship Research (T32NR019972) 
  • 2012-2013: Principal Investigator, Symptom Management and Psychosocial Needs in Patients with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Funded by Sigma Theta Tau International Small Grants. 
  • 2009-2011: Project Director, The Effects of Flaxseed Oil, Caffeine, Fasting and Exercise on Biomarkers, Symptoms and Quality of Life in Women with Advanced Ovarian Cancer [Ann Gill Taylor, Principal Investigator]. Funded by: University of Virginia Cancer Center Commonwealth Fund for Cancer Research and the International Cancer Care Alliance for Research and Education. 

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • Albrecht, T.A. (2016) Symptom Clusters in Various Solid Tumors and Hematologic Malignancies. In C. Dahlin, P. Coyne, B. Ferrell (ed.), Textbook of Advance Practice Palliative Nursing (pp.). Oxford University Press.
  • Albrecht, T.A., Walton, A.M., Bryant, A.L. (2015). The unique supportive care needs of a mother with acute myeloid leukemia during treatment. Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing. 19(1), 16-19. doi: 10.1188/15.CJON.16-19. 
  • Albrecht, T.A. (2014). Physiological and psychological symptoms of adults with acute leukemia: An integrative literature review. Oncology Nursing Forum. 51(3), 286-295.
  • Bryant, A.L., Walton, A.M., Albrecht, T.A. (2013). Management of febrile neutropenia in a patient with acute leukemia.  Journal of Emergency Nursing.  doi: 10.1016/j.jen.2013.07.021
  • Albrecht, T.A. (2013) Striving to improve outcomes for cancer survivors as the war wages on. Annals of Oncology. Epub ahead of print. doi: 10.1093/annonc/mdt261.
  • Keim-Malpass, J., Albrecht, T.A.,Danhauer, S., Steeves, R.H. (2013).Young women’s experiences with complementary therapies during cancer described through illness blogs. Western Journal of Nursing Research. doi: 10.1177/0193945913492897.
  • Albrecht, T.,Taylor, A.G. (2013). No stone left unturned: Challenges encountered during recruitment of women with advanced ovarian cancer for a phase I study. Applied Nursing Research. doi:pii: S0897-1897(13)00040-2.10.1016/j.apnr.2013.05.003
  • Albrecht, T.A., Rosenzweig, M. (2013) Distress in patients with acute leukemia: A concept analysis. Cancer Nursing. doi:10.1097/NCC.0b013e31829193ad
  • Albrecht, T.A. (2013) Keep your body moving through cancer. Coping, March/April, 29.
  • Albrecht, T.A,Anderson, J., Taylor, P., Jones, R., Bourguignon, C., Taylor, A.G. (2012) A complementary care study combining flaxseed oil, caffeine, fasting and exercise in women diagnosed with advanced ovarian cancer: Findings from a case study. Holistic Nursing Practice, 26(6): 308-316. doi: 10.1097/HNP.0b013e31826ed122.
  • Albrecht, T., Rosenzweig, M. (2012) Management of cancer related distress in patients with a hematological malignancy. Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing, 14(7): 462-468.
  • Albrecht, T.,Taylor, A.G. (2012) Physical activity in patients with advanced cancer: A systematic review of the literature. Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, 16(3): 293-300. doi: 10.1188/12.CJON.293-300.

SELECTED PRESENTATIONS

  • July 2016: Exploring the symptomatology in adults with acute leukemia: A program of study. Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Nursing Honor Society Annual Nursing Research Congress. Cape Town, SA.
  • March 2016: An interdisciplinary outpatient palliative care model for cancer patients: Successful and reproducible, American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine/Hospice and Palliative Nursing Annual Assembly, Chicago, IL.
  • January 2016: Creative collaborations I: Finding and building relationships. Ready, Set, Grant Workshop on Competitive Grant Writing, VCU, Richmond, VA
  • December 2015: Immunologic profiles, symptoms, and distress during induction chemotherapy for adults with acute myeloid leukemia. Massey Cancer Center, Cancer Prevention and Control Seminar Series, Richmond, VA.
  • November 2015: Immunologic and cytogenetic profiles, symptoms, and distress during induction chemotherapy for adults with acute myeloid leukemia: A psychoneuroimmunology perspective. International Society of Nurses in Genetics, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • July 2015: The trajectory of symptoms and quality of life in adults with AML during induction chemotherapy treatment. International Conference on Cancer Nursing, Vancouver, BC.
  • March 2015: Empowered Patients and Patient Centered Care. Cancer Action Coalition of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA.
  • September 2014: Comparison of symptom and quality of life trajectories during treatment in patients with acute myeloid leukemia and acute lymphocytic leukemia. Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science, Washington, DC.
  • November 2013: Young adults experiences during hospitalization and treatment for acute leukemia. Oncology Nursing Society Connections Conference, Dallas, TX.
  • November 2013: Young adults experiences during hospitalization and treatment for acute leukemia Oncology Nursing Society Connections Conference, Dallas, TX.
  • November 2012: The symptom experience in patients hospitalized for the treatment of acute leukemia. ONS Connections: Advancing Care through Science Conference. Phoenix, AZ.
  • November 2012: Distress in patients with acute myeloid leukemia: Development of a concept. ONS Connections: Advancing Care through Science Conference. Phoenix, AZ.
  • September 2012: Symptom experience in advanced cancer during the last months of life. Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science, Washington D.C.
  • February 2012: A complementary and supportive care study combining flaxseed oil, caffeine, fasting, and exercise in women with advanced ovarian cancer: A case study. Palliative Medicine and Supportive Oncology 15th International Symposium, Key Largo, Fl.
  • February 2012: The effect of combining flaxseed oil, caffeine, fasting, and exercise on tumor burden in women diagnosed with stage III or IV ovarian cancer: A pilot study. National Conference on Cancer Nursing, Los Angeles, CA.
  • February 2010: Health related quality of life in adolescents and young adults with cancer: A systematic review of the literature. Southern Nursing Research Symposium, Austin, Tx.
  • April 2008: Increasing activity in rural dwelling adults with heart failure. Rural Health Care Research Conference, Charlottesville, VA.
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