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


Interim Associate Dean for Research

Bertha L. Pankratz Professorship in Nursing


University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC)
College of Nursing - Omaha Division
985330 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-5330

Phone: 402-559-5464



  • 1987, BA, University of Minnesota
  • 1991, BSN, University of Minnesota
  • 1999, MSN, University of Minnesota
  • 2006, PhD, University of Minnesota


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)