Lois J. Loescher, PhD, RN, FAAN

Lois J. Loescher, PhD, RN, FAAN
Associate Professor College of Nursing and Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health
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Research and Clinical:

Research and Clinical Interest: 
Use of technology as an intervention to assess behavioral concepts (e.g., risk perception, personal agency, behavioral intention, beliefs) and behavior change (e.g., risk reduction, early diagnosis),
Health promotion: study of lifestyle behaviors to decrease cancer risk,
Concepts of risk perception, risk communication, risk-control behaviors pertaining to cancer and other disease states (e.g., diabetes, CVD) and cultures (e.g., Pacific Islander, Japanese, Mexican American),
Behavioral issues related to genetic predisposition to cancer,
Cancer prevention and detection,
Cancer risk (melanoma and nonmelanoma, breast/ovarian cancer).
Clinical Expertise: 
  • Cancer prevention and control
  • Oncology Nursing
  • Public Health


Research & Scholarship: 

My passion is the study of cancer risk reduction, prevention and control behaviors, with a focus on skin cancer. Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the US; early detection of cutaneous lesions is paramount for increasing survival and reducing morbidity. My research concepts of interest are risk perception, risk communication and risk reduction; cancer worry; self-efficacy and personal control; and technology acceptance. I have received funding for my research from the NIH, private foundations, and through collaborations with Queensland (AU) University of Technology. My research involves UA multidisciplinary teams comprised of co-investigators from the Colleges of Nursing, Public Health, Medicine, and Engineering, as well as Bio5 and Dermatology. I also am an active member of a research team in Australia. Strengths of my research include: (1) A focus on skin cancer lesion identification by healthcare providers not typically studied, such as primary care physicians, nurse practitioners, and massage therapists, as well as by high-risk patients; (2) Use of novel technology as interventions, e.g., mobile teledermoscopy (smartphone+app+dermoscopy attachment), internet-delivered video, to improve skin lesion diagnosis and increase provider and patient self-efficacy; (3) Targeting of skin cancer prevention behaviors in understudied and vulnerable skin cancer high-risk populations such as solid organ transplant recipients (SOTR); (4) Evaluating training of health sciences students, and testing novel skin cancer information delivery methods in middle and high school students. My research uses quantitative methods (survey and instrument development), qualitative methods (focus groups, qualitative description) and mixed methods. As part of my joint appointment in the College of Public Health, I have developed and evaluated skin cancer prevention hybrid training for health sciences students. As a longstanding member of the UA Cancer Center, I have several years of experience developing and evaluating public and professional outreach education programs. I have been a productive member of the Skin Cancer Institute since its inception, contributing to grant submission proposals, outreach, and dissemination.

All Funding: 
Funding Source
Texting for teens for skin cancer prevention.
The National Library of Medicine Office of Communications and Public Liaison.
In review
A sun-safety intervention for adolescent and young adult cancer survivors.
National Cancer Institute
Consumer teledermoscopy acceptance study
Queensland University of Technology, Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Enhanced skin self-examination: a novel approach to skin cancer monitoring and follow up
Queensland University of Technology, Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Mobile teledermoscopy in primary care
Pan Pacific Skin Cancer Consortium
A skin cancer prevention video intervention for organ transplant recipients.
NIH-NCI 1R03CA144552-01
Loescher, L.J. Internet health information delivery for melanoma high-risk patients.
Lawrence B. Emmons Research Award
Melanoma high-risk patients risk perceptions, worry, risk communications.
Oncology Nursing Foundation
Risk perception & risk control behaviors following BRCA analysis (Feasibility study as part of the College of Nursing Center Grant: Center for Injury Mechanisms and Related Responses)
1 P20 NR07794
Risk perceptions, risk communications and risk-control behaviors in melanoma prone families
NIH-NCI 1K07CA106996.

Manahan, M.N., Soyer, H.P., Loescher, L.J., Horsham, C., Vagenas, D., Whiteman, D.C., Olsen, C, Janda M. (2014, in press). A randomized pilot trial of mobile teledermosocpy with or without detailed skin self-examination instructions. British Journal of Dermatology

Davis, R., Loescher, L.J., Rogers, J., Snyder, A., Harris, R. (2014). Project Students are Sun Safe (SASS): A university student-delivered skin cancer prevention program for children in grades 6-12. Journal of Cancer Education, DOI 10.1007/s13187-014-0742-7(Student-mentored article)

Chadwick, X., Loescher, L.J., Janda, M., Soyer, H.P. (2014). Mobile medical applications for melanoma risk assessment: False assurance or valuable tool? Proceedings of the 47th Hawaii International Conference on System Science, IEEE Computer Society Press, 2675-2684. DOI 10.1109/HICSS.2014.337. (Student-mentored article)

Janda, M., Loescher, L.J., Banan, P., Horsham, C., Soyer, H.P. (2014). Lesion selection by melanoma high-risk consumers during skin self-examination using mobile teledermoscopy. JAMA Dermatology, 150(6):656-8DOI information:10.1001/jamadermatol.2013.7743 1829636 [pii].


Chao, J., Loescher, L.J., Soyer, H.P., & Curiel-Lewandrowski, C. (2013). Barriers to mobile teledermoscopy in primary care. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, 69,  821-824 DOI information: 10.1016/j.jaad.2012.10.039 (Student-mentored article)

Loescher, L.J., Janda, M., Soyer, P., Shea, K., Curiel-Lewandrowski, C. (2013). Advances in skin cancer detection and diagnosis. Seminars in Oncology Nursing, 29(3), 170-181.

Loescher, L.J., Hansen, C., Quale, L., Hepworth, J., Sligh, J. (2013). Delivering skin cancer prevention and detection information to solid organ transplant recipients. Transplantation Proceedings, 45, 3187-3189. doi: 10.1016/j.transproceed.2012.09.118

Webber, K. & Loescher, L.J. (2013). A systematic review of parent role modeling of healthy eating and physical activity to prevent childhood overweight among African Americans. Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing, 18, 173-188. (Student-mentored article)

Janda, M. Loescher, L.J. & Soyer, H.P. (2013). Enhanced skin self-examination - a novel approach to skin cancer monitoring and follow-up. JAMA Dermatology, 149, 231-236.



Siaki, L., Loescher, L.J. & Trego, L.L. (2012). Synthesis strategy: Building a culturally sensitive midrange model of risk perception. Journal of Advanced Nursing. first published online: 20 JUL 2012; DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2648.2012.06096.x (Student-mentored article)

Siaki, L., Loescher, L.J., & Ritter, L. (2012). A cultural perspective of Samoans' perceived risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing. DOI: 10.1097/JCN.0b013e31822b9be3. (Student-mentored article)



Loescher, L.J., Harris, J.M., Curiel-Lewandrowski, C. (2011). A systematic review of advanced practice nurses’ skin cancer assessment barriers, skin lesion recognition skills, and skin cancer training activities. Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, 23, 667–673

Garcia, S.Q., Greco, K., & Loescher, L.J. (2011). Teaching strategies to incorporate genomics education in academic nursing curricula. Journal of Nursing Education. DOI: 10.3928/01484834-20110715-04 (Student-mentored article)

Siaki, L. A. & Loescher, L.J. (2011) Pacific Islanders’perceived risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Journal of Transcultural Nursing, 22(2)191-200. DOI 10.1177/1043659610395763 (Student-mentored article)

Curiel-Lewandrowski, C. Speetzen, L.S., Cranmer, L., Warneke, J.A., & Loescher, L.J. (2011). Multiple primary cutaneous melanomas in Li-Fraumeni Syndrome. Archives of Dermatology, 147, 248-50


Loescher, L.J., Hibler, E., Hiscox, H., Hla, H. & Harris, R. (2010). Challenges of using the Internet for behavioral research. Computers, Informatics, Nursing, DOI 10.1097/NCN.0b013e3181fc4153. (Print copy released in 2011:  Topical collection to Vol. 29(8): TC123-TC126)

Loescher, L.J., Hibler, E., Hiscox, H., Quale, L., & Harris, R. (2010). An internet-delivered video intervention for skin self-examination by melanoma patients. Archives of Dermatology, 146: 922-923.

Marble, N., Loescher, L.J., Lim, K.H., Hiscox, H. (2010). Use of technology for educating melanoma patients. Journal of Cancer Education, 25(3): 445. DOI: 10.1007/s13187-010-0072-3 (Student-mentored article)


Loescher, L.J., Crist, J., & Siaki, L. (2009). Perceived intra-family melanoma risk communication. Cancer Nursing, 32(3), 1-8

Loescher, L.J., Crist, J., Cranmer, L.C., Curiel-Lewandrowski, C. & Warneke, J. (2009).  Melanoma high-risk families’ perceived healthcare provider risk communication. Journal of Cancer Education, 24(4): 301-307. (PMID: 19838889).

Loescher, L.J., Lim, K.H., Leitner, O., Ray, J., D’Souza, J. & Armstrong, C. (2009). Cancer surveillance behaviors in women presenting for clinical BRCA testing. Oncology Nursing Forum36 (2), E1-E11.

Honors and Awards: 
Selected as a Fellow, American Academy of Nursing
Oncology Nursing Society Excellence in Cancer Prevention and Early Detection Award
Suzanne Van Ort Graduate Teaching Peer Award
American Academy of Dermatology, Gold Triangle Award for the video, Skin Cancer: Learn to Spot it Early©, developed as an intervention for the 2008 Laurence B. Emmons Research Award
2007: Best of Genomics to Practice series, Journal of Nursing Scholarship, Sigma Theta Tau International
2004-2009: National Cancer Institute, Cancer Prevention, Control, Behavioral and Population Sciences Career Development Award (1 K07 CA106996)
2003: Oncology Nursing Society Excellence in Research Award
2001-2008: Credential in Familial Cancer Risk Assessment & Management, Institute of Clinical Evaluation, Philadelphia
2001-2003: Postdoctoral Fellowship in Cancer Prevention & Control, University of Arizona, Arizona Cancer Center, National Cancer Institute (NIH 1 R25 78447)
2001-2002: Oncology Nursing Society Foundation/Ortho Biotech, Inc. Research Fellowship
2001: Outstanding dissertation award. University of Arizona College of Nursing
2001: Outstanding graduate student award. University of Arizona College of Nursing Alumni Council
1999-2001: Predoctoral Fellowship in Cancer Prevention & Control, University of Arizona, Arizona Cancer Center, National Cancer Institute (NIH 1 R25 78447)
1996-2000: American Cancer Society Cancer Nursing Doctoral Scholarship
1996-1999: Individual National Research Service Award, Predoctoral Fellowship, National Institute of Nursing Research (1 F31 NR07235)
1996: Oncology Nursing Foundation Thomas Jordan Doctoral Scholarship
1980: Sigma Theta Tau Scholarship Award, Beta Mu Chapter
Institution/LocationDegreeAttendedField of Study
Arizona Cancer Center
Cancer prevention and control
The University of Arizona
The University of Arizona
University of Wisconsin