Well-being in Cancer Survivorship: Exploring the Psychoneuroimmunological Mechanisms of Mindfulness-based Therapies

Dec 6 2016 - 9:30am
College of Nursing, Room 470
Jennifer Hulett, PhD, APRN, FNP-BC, PPCNP-BC

Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of Utah College of Nursing, Salt Lake City

Dr. Hulett is a second-year postdoctoral fellow and National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) trainee at the University of Utah College of Nursing. Her fellowship is supported by the NIH/NINR T32 grant “Interdisciplinary Training in Cancer, Aging, and End-of-Life Care.” Dr. Hulett earned her PhD at the University of Missouri Sinclair School of Nursing in 2015. Her program of research explores the psychoneuroimmunological mechanisms of mindfulness-based therapies used to promote health and well-being in cancer survivorship. Dr. Hulett’s dissertation research, “Impact of Religious and Spiritual Beliefs on Neuroendocrine Function in Breast Cancer Survivors” was recognized by the University of Missouri in 2016 with the Dissertation Award for Biological and Life Sciences. Currently her postdoctoral work examines diurnal salivary cortisol and alpha-amylase sampling protocols in order to advance nursing science in rigorous and reproducible methods of biomarker research. This project supports protocol development of her next study, which examines neuroimmune biomarker responses to mind-body interventions in those affected by cancer.

Dr. Hulett has practiced as a nurse practitioner in Missouri for 17 years and is board-certified in family and pediatrics. Her clinical practice settings have included rural health primary care, cardiology, occupational health, dermatology and urgent care. Dr. Hulett has served as a clinical preceptor for nurse practitioner students in all of her practice settings and holds a courtesy clinical adjunct faculty appointment at the University of Missouri Sinclair School of Nursing. Her teaching experience includes nursing coursework at the baccalaureate and graduate levels.

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