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Belinda N. Mandrell, PhD, RN, PNP
Belinda N. Mandrell, PhD, RN, PNP

Belinda N. Mandrell, PhD, RN, PNP

Associate Member, St. Jude Faculty

  • Director, Nursing Research Division




BS – University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee
RN – St. Mary’s Medical Center, School of Nursing, Knoxville, Tennessee
BSN – University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Maryland
MSN – University of Maryland, Baltimore, Maryland
Fellow – National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Nursing Research, Summer Genetics Institute
PhD – University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, Tennessee

Honors & Awards

  • 2020  American Academy of Nursing Fellow
  • 2017  The Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nursing, Distinguished Researcher Award
  • 2011  The American Academy of Sleep Medicine Young Investigator Forum
  • 2010  The Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nursing, Novice Researcher
  • 2006  The Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nursing, Writing Award
  • 2004  The Association of Pediatric Oncology Nurses, Jean Fergusson Excellence in Pediatric Oncology Nursing Education Award
  • 1998  The American Cancer Society, Lane W. Adams Award for Excellence in Caring
  • 1984  Tennessee Student Nurses Association State Leadership Award
  • 1984  Tennessee Nurses Association Senior Leadership Award

Research Interests

  • Genotype-phenotype association
  • Family history
  • Fatigue
  • Sleep
  • Quality of life patients and family
  • Late effects

Selected Publications

Momani TG, Mandrell BN, Gattuso JS, West NK, Hinds PS.  Children’s perspective on health-related quality of life during active treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukemia:  An advanced content analysis approach.  Cancer Nurs 38(1):49-58, 2015. PMID:25075644

Crabtree VM, Rach AM, Schellinger KB, Russell KM, Hammarback T, Mandrell BN.  Changes in sleep and fatigue in newly treated pediatric oncology patients.  Support Care Cancer 23(2):393-401, 2015. PMID:25112560

Levine DR, Johnson LM, Mandrell BN, Yang J, West NK, Hinds PS, Baker JN. Does Phase I trial enrollment preclude quality end-of-life care? Phase 1 trial enrollment and end-of-life care characteristics in children with cancer.  Cancer 121(19):1508-1512, 2015. PMID:25557437

Baker JN, Levine D, Hinds P, Weaver MS, Cunningham MJ, Anghelescu D, Johnson LM, Mandrell BN, Gibson DV, Jones B, Wolfe J, Feudtner C, Freibert S, Carter B, Kane JR. Research priorities in pediatric palliative care.  J Pediatr 167(2):467-470, 2015. PMID:26028284

Berger AM, Mooney K, Alvarez-Perez A, Breitbart WS, Mandrell BN, et al.  Cancer-related fatigue, Version 2.2015.  J Natl Compr Canc Netw 13(8):1012-39, 2015. PMID:26285247

Momani T, Hathaway D, Mandrell BN. Factors affecting health-related quality of life in children undergoing curative treatment for cancer: A review of the literature.  J Pediatr Onc Nurs 33(3):228-240, 2016. PMID: 26611756

Grissom S, Boles J, Bailey K, Cantrell K, Kennedy A, Sykes A, Mandrell BN.  Play-based procedural preparation and support intervention for cranial radiation.  Supp Care Cancer 24(6):2421-2427, 2016.  PMID:26634562

Jacola L, Conklin H, Scoggins M, Ashford J, Merchant T, Mandrell BN, Ogg R, Curtis E, Wise M, Indelicato D, Crabtree V.  Investigating the role of hypothalamic tumor involvement in sleep and cognitive outcomes among children treated for craniopharynigioma.  J Pediatr Psychol 41(6):610-622, 2016.  PMID:27189690

Mandrell BN, Baker J, Levine D, Gattuso J, West N, Sykes A, Gajjar A, Broniscer A.  Children with minimal chance for cure: parent proxy of the child’s health-related quality of life and the effect on parental physical and mental health during treatment.  J Neuro-Oncol 129(2):373-381, 2016. PMID:27344555

Haugen M, Landier W, Mandrell BN, Sullivan J, Schwartz C, Skeens M, Hockenberry M.  Educating families of children newly diagnosed with cancer:  Insights of a Delphi panel of expert clinicians from the Children’s Oncology Group.  J Pediatr Oncol Nurs 33(6):422-431, 2016.  PMID:27268501

Navid F, Herzog C, Sandoval J, Daryani V, Stewart C, Gattuso J, Mandrell BN, Phipps S, Chemaitilly W, Davidoff A, Shulkin B, Jenkins J, Mao S, Wu J, Schiff D, Rao B, Pappo A.  Feasibility of pegylated interferon in children and young adults with resected stage III melanoma.  Pediatr Blood Cancer 63(7):1207-1213, 2016.  PMID:27038395

Sparrow J, Zhu L, Gajjar A, Mandrell BN, Ness K.  Constraint-induced movement therapy for children with brain tumors.  Pediatr Phys Ther 29(1):55-61, 2017. PMID: 27984470.

 Levine D, Mandrell BN, Sykes A, Pritchard M, Gibson D, Gattuso J, Symons H, Wendler D, Baker JN.  Patients’ and parents’ needs, attitudes, and perceptions about early palliative care integration in pediatric oncology.  JAMA Oncol 3(9):1214-1220, 2017.  PMID:28278329; doi: 10.1001/jamaoncol.2017.0368.

Johnson LM, Valdez JM, Quinn E, Sykes A, McGee RB, Nuccio R, Hines-Dowell S, Baker JN, Kesserwan C, Nichols KE, Mandrell BN.  Integrating next generation sequencing into pediatric oncology practice: An assessment of physician confidence and understanding of clinical genomics. Cancer 123(12):2352-2359, 2017.  PMID:2819596, doi: 10.1002/cncr.30581.

Alderfer MA, Lindell RB, Viadro CI, Zelley K, Valdez J, Mandrell BN, Ford CA, Nichols K.  Should genetic testing be offered for children?  The perspectives of adolescents and emerging adults in families with Li-Faumeni Syndrome.  J Genet Couns (26(5):1106-1115, 2017.  PMID:28303452, doi: 10.1007/s10897-017-0091-x.

Boles JC, Winsor DL, Mandrell BN, Gattuso J, West N, Leigh L, Grissom S.   Student/Patient: The school perceptions of children with cancer. Educational Studies 43(5), 2017.

Browne E, Moore C, Sykes A, Lu Z, Jeha S, Mandrell BN.  Clinical characteristics of intravenous PEG-Asparaginase hypersensitivity reactions in patients undergoing treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukemia.  J Pediatr Oncology Nurses 35(2):103-109, 2018.  PMID: 29161979.

Mandrell BN, Avent Y, Walker B, Loew M, Tynes BL, Crabtree VM.  In-Home salivary melatonin collection:  Methodology for children and adolescents. Dev Psychobiol 60(1):118-122, 2018.  PMID: 29152732.

Ringwald-Smith KR, Hobar A, Flowers C, Badgett K, Williams-Hooker R, Roach R, Sykes A, Lu Z, Mackert P, Mandrell BN. Comparison of resting energy expenditure assessment in pediatric oncology patients. Nutr Clin Pract, 2018.

Kahn RB, Merchant TE, Sadighi ZS, Crabtree VM, Mercedes SB, Sykes A, Lu Z, Zabrowski J, Simmons A, Clark ME, Merrill SW, Mandrell BN.  Prevalence, risk factors, and response to treatment for hypersomnia/narcolepsy in survivors of childhood brain tumors. J Neuro-Oncology 136(2):379-384, 2018.  PMID: 29116485.

Mandrell BN, Moore C, Crabtree VM. Assessing common sleep disturbances in survivors of childhood cancer. J Nurse Pract 14(4): 245-250, 2018.  doi:org/10.1016/j.nurpra.2017.11.009.

Donohue C, Bosi J, Sykes A, Zhaohua L, Mandrell BN. Clinical characteristics of oral mucositis in children and adolescents undergoing hematopoietic cell transplant. Oncol Nurs Forum 45(4): 457-462, 2018.doi:10:1188/18.ONF.

Broniscer A, Jia, S, Mandrell BN, Hamideh D, Huang J, Onar-Thomas A, Gajjar A, Raimondi S, Tatevossian RG, Steward CF. Phase 1 Trial, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacodynamics of dasatinib combined with crizotinib in children with recurrent or progressive high-grade and diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma. Pediatr Blood Cancer 65(7): e27135, 2018.  PMID: 29512900; doi:10.1002/pbc.27035.

Graef DM, Crabtree VM, Srivastava DK, Chenghong L, Pritchard M, Hinds P, Mandrell BN.  Sleep and mood during hospitalization for high chemotherapy and hematopoietic rescue in pediatric medulloblastoma.  Psycho-Oncol 27(7):1847-1853, 2018. PMID: 29663636; doi:10.1002/pon.4737.

Sullivan CE, King AR, Holdiness J, Durrell J, Roberts J, Ogg SW, Moreland M, Browne EK, Cartwright C, Crabtree VM, Baker JN, Brown M, Sykes A, Mandrell BN. Reducing compassion fatigue in inpatient pediatric oncology nurses. Oncol Nurs Forum 46(3):338-347, 2019.  doi: 10.1188/19.ONF.338-347.

 Mandrell BN, Withycombe JS. Symptom biomarkers for children receiving treatment for cancer: State of the science.  J Pediatr Oncology Nurses 36(4):280-286, 2019 PMID:31307320; doi: 10.1177/1043454219859233.

Last update: September 2019