University of Nebraska Medical Center

Robin Lally, PhD, MS, BA, RN, AOCN, FAAN

Director, Center for Patient, Family & Community Engagement in Chronic Care Management Bertha L. Pankratz Professorship in Nursing
Professor, UNMC College of Nursing


Robin Lally, PhD, MS, BA, RN, AOCN, FAAN
Dr. Lally joined the UNMC College of Nursing in the fall of 2016 after 10 years at the University at Buffalo School of Nursing in Buffalo, NY. She received a bachelor of arts in human physiology, a bachelor of science in nursing, and a masters and PhD in nursing with a specialty in oncology all from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Dr. Lally’s background includes ICU nursing in the Mayo hospitals, Rochester, MN, clinical trials nursing, and two decades of oncology nursing, specializing in breast cancer and psycho-oncology concepts and development of an Internet-based clinical intervention to support the psychosocial wellbeing of women with breast cancer and their families. Dr. Lally also holds a minor in biomedical ethics and earned a certificate in applied cognitive behavioral therapy and related supportive oncology.
  • 1987, BA, University of Minnesota
  • 1991, BSN, University of Minnesota
  • 1999, MSN, University of Minnesota
  • 2006, PhD, University of Minnesota
Research Interests
  • Psychological adjustment of people newly diagnosed and surviving cancer
  • Reducing Distress and Depressive-symptoms
  • Internet-based Psychoeducation to Promote Initial Breast Cancer Adjustment
  • Increasing our understanding of the immediate post-breast cancer diagnosis experience of women
Grant Support
  • July 2023-June 2024 Title: IntegRating EHeAlth and Lay navigation to OptImiZe TrEatment Initiation and Adherence (REALIZE) among Black Women with Breast Cancer: A Pilot Implementation Feasibility Study, Award Amount: $49,892, Role: Lally, R (P.I.)
  • August 2021-July 2024 Title: Impact of an mHealth Augmented Coaching Program for Self-Management in Patients with and Survivors of Cancer, Award Amount: $48,128, Role: Lally, R. (P.I.)
  • Lally, R.M. & Brooks, C. (Dec 2016; Epub ahead of print 7-14-15). Psychoeducational interventions for supporters of women with breast cancer: An integrative review. Journal of Cancer Education 4,626 - 632. PMID: 26166444 DOI: 10.1007/s13187-015-0883-3 +
  • Survivorship, Version 2.2017, NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology. Denlinger CS, Sanft T, Baker KS, Baxi S, Broderick G, Demark-Wahnefried W, Friedman DL, Goldman M, Hudson M, Khakpour N, King A, Koura D, Kvale E, Lally RM, Langbaum TS, Melisko M, Montoya JG, Mooney K, Moslehi JJ, O'Connor T, Overholser L, Paskett ED, Peppercorn J, Rodriguez MA, Ruddy KJ, Silverman P, Smith S, Syrjala KL, Tevaarwerk A, Urba SG, Wakabayashi MT, Zee P, Freedman-Cass DA, McMillian NR. (September 2017). Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network;15(9), 1140-1163. doi: .6004/jnccn.2017.0146.
  • Lewis, F.M., Griffith, K.A., Walker, A., Lally, R.M., Loggers, E.T., Zahlis, E.H., Shands, M.E., Alzawd, Z., Mulla, H.AL,Chi, N. (Oct. 2016). The enhancing connections telephone study: A pilot feasibility test of a cancer parenting program. Journal of Supportive Care in Cancer, 25 (2), 615 - 623. PubMed: 27770206 PMC: PMC5199615 DOI: 10.1007/s00520-016-3448-z
  • Lally, R.M. & Brooks, C. (Dec 2016; Epub ahead of print 7-14-15). Psychoeducational interventions for supporters of women with breast cancer: An integrative review. Journal of Cancer Education 4,626 - 632.+ PMID: 26166444 DOI: 10.1007/s13187-015-0883-3
  • Lally, R.M., McNees, P, Meneses, K. (February 2015; published on-line October 30, 2014). Application of a novel transdisciplinary communication technique to develop an internet-based psychoeducational program. Applied Nursing Research. E7 – 11. Doi: 10.1016/j.apnr.2014.10.006 (Methods used in current research development).
  • Connors, L.M., Voian, N., Lally, R.M., Austin-Ketch, T., Edge, S.B. (June 2014). Decision making after BRCA genetic testing. Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, 18(3), E58-E63. (Original data based clinical inquiry project)*+
  • Obeidat, R. & Lally, R.M. (September 2014). Health-related information exchange experiences of Jordanian women at breast cancer diagnosis. Journal of Cancer Education, 29 (3), 548-554. (Original data based research)* DOI: 10.1007/s13187-013-0574-x.
  • Obeidat, R., Homish, G. Lally, R.M. (September 2013). Shared decision making among individuals with cancer in non-Western cultures: A literature review. Oncology Nursing Forum, 40(5), 454-463. (Doctoral Advisee, Systematic Search & Narrative Review of Literature; Corresponding Author)+
  • Lally, R.M., Hydeman, J., Schwert, K, Edge, S.B. (July 2013). Unsupportive social interactions in the weeks immediately following breast cancer diagnosis. Journal of Psychosocial Oncology, 31(4), 468-488. (Original data based Research)* DOI:10.1080/07347332.2013.798758
  • Obeidat, R. Dickerson, S., Homish, G, Alqaissi, N. & Lally, RM. (Nov/Dec 2013). Controlling fear: Jordanian women’s perceptions of the diagnosis and surgical treatment of early stage breast cancer. Cancer Nursing, 36 (6), 484-92 (Original data based dissertation research).
  • Underhill, M.L., Lally, R.M., Kiviniemi, M.T., Murekeyisoni, C., & Dickerson, S.S. (2012). Living my family’s story: Identifying the lived experience within the context of high risk for hereditary breast cancer. Cancer Nursing 35(6), 493-504. (Original Research, Doctoral co-advisee dissertation)*+
  • Othman, A., Kiviniemi, M.T., Wu, Y. Lally, R.M. (March 2012). Influence of demographic factors, knowledge and beliefs on Jordanian women’s intention to undergo mammography screening. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 44(1), 19 – 25. DOI:10.1111/j.1547-5069.2011.01435.x (Doctoral Advisee Original data based Research; Corresponding Author)*+
  • Lally, R.M. & Underhill, M. L. (2012). Transition to breast cancer survivorship: A qualitative longitudinal follow-up study of 2 year survivors. Journal of Psychosocial Oncology 30(1), 97-127. (Original data based Research) *+
  • Lally, R.M., Hydeman, J., Schwert, K., Henderson, H., Edge, S. (Jan/Feb 2012). Exploring the first days of adjustment to cancer: A modification of acclimating to breast cancer theory. Cancer Nursing 35 (1), 3 – 18 (doi: 10.1097/NCC.0b013e318227ca62). (Original Research)*+
  • Obeidat, R., Lally, R.M., Dickerson, S. (2012). Arab American women's lived experience with early-stage breast cancer diagnosis and surgical treatment. Cancer Nursing, 35(4), 302 - 311.doi: 10.1097/NCC.0b013e318231db09 (Doctoral Advisee, Original Research)*+
  • Obeidat, R., Finnell, D., Lally, R.M. (2011). Decision aids for surgical treatment of early stage breast cancer: Narrative review of the literature. Patient Education and Counseling, 85 (3), e311 – e321. (Doctoral Advisee’s Narrative Review)+
  • Dickerson, S., Alqaissi, N., & Underhill, M., Lally, R. M. (2011). Surviving the wait: Defining support while awaiting breast cancer surgery. Journal of Advanced Nursing. 67(7), 1468-1479. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2648.2011.05612.x (Original research Dr. Lally’s data)*+
  • Lally, R.M. (2010). Acclimating to breast cancer: A process of maintaining self-integrity in the pretreatment period. Cancer Nursing, 33(4), 268-279. (Original Research)*
  • Lally, R.M. (2009). In the moment: Women speak about surgical treatment decision making days after breast cancer diagnosis. Oncology Nursing Forum, 36(5), E257-E265. (Original Research)*
  • Lally, R.M., Chalmers, K.L., Johnson, J., Kojima, M., Endo, E., Suzuki, S., Lai, Y, Yang, Y., Degner, L., Anderson, E. & Molassiotis, A., (2008). Smoking behavior and patient education practices of oncology nurses in six countries. European Journal of Oncology Nursing 12 (4), 372 - 379. (Original Research)*
  • Swenson, K.K., Mahipal, A., Nissen, M.J., Tuttle, T.M., Heaton, K., Lally, R. M., Spomer, A., Lee, M.W. (2005). Axillary disease recurrence after sentinel lymph node dissection for breast carcinoma. Cancer, 104, 1834-9. (Original Research)*
  • Swenson, K.K., Sladek, M.L., Lally, R., & Tuttle, T. (2001). Educating patients on sentinel lymph node dissection for breast cancer. Cancer Practice, 9 (2) 92-96. (Review of Literature & Education)
  • Nissen, M.J., Swenson, K.K., Ritz, L.J., Farrell, J.B., Sladek, M.L., & Lally, R. (2001). Quality of life after breast cancer surgery: A comparison of three surgical procedures. Cancer, 91, 1238-46. (Original Research)*
  • Ritz, L.J., Nissen, M.J., Swenson, K.K., Farrell, J.B., Sperduto, P.W., Sladek, M.L., Lally, R.M., & Schroeder, L.M. (2000). Effects of advance practice nursing on quality of life and cost outcomes of women diagnosed with breast cancer. Oncology Nursing Forum, 27(6), 923-932. (Original Research)*
  • Lewis, M. Hepburn, K., Narayan, S., Lally, R., Corcoran-Perry, S., Maddox, M., Dropkin, K., & Haase, S. (2000). Decision making by family caregivers of elders experiencing dementia. American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, 15(6), 361-366. (Original Research)*
  • Lewis, M.L., Corcoran-Perry, S., Narayan, S.M., & Lally, R.M. (1999). Women's approaches to decision making about mammography. Cancer Nursing, 22 (5), 380-388. (Original Research)*
  • Lewis, M., Hepburn, K., Corcoran-Perry, S., Narayan, S., & Lally, R.M. (1999). OOVL decision-making guide for patients and families. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 25(12), 19-25. (Instrument Development)
  • 3/2017 & 3/2016 Nominated to ballot for election to Nomination Committee Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science (CANS).
  • Selected for Society of Behavioral Medicine Leadership Institute (2017).
  • Selected for Applied Cognitive Behavioral & Related Interventions in Cancer Supportive Care certificate program.
  • Oncology Nursing Society Foundation Core Grant Reviewer (2016-present).
  • Selected for NCI Sponsored Massachusetts General Hospital Supportive Oncology Workshop (2015).
  • Elected Oncology Nursing Society Coordinator Advanced Nursing Research Special Interest Group (2013-14, coord.-elect; 2014-16, coordinator).
  • Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (2012).
  • Designated Trainee Western New York Cancer Coalition (WNYC2) Center to Reduce Disparities U54 NCI grant Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo NY (2010-2013).
  • Selected Attendee Pittsburgh Mind Body Center Summer Institute (NIH sponsored) University of Pittsburgh/Carnegie Mellon (2010-2013).
  • Multiple leadership positions on panels, advisory groups, and editorial boards within the Oncology Nursing Society (2005 - 2014).
  • 3/2017 Accepted Fellow – Society of Behavioral Medicine Leadership Institute (competitive) Society of Behavioral Medicine.
  • Cancer Nursing: An International Journal for Cancer Care Annual Research Award (for outstanding research article - first author) Cancer Nursing: An International Journal for Cancer Care
  • Excellence in Research Award University at Buffalo School of Nursing (2012).