Belinda Mandrell, PhD, RN, PNP

Division of Nursing Research

Director: Belinda Mandrell, PhD, RN, PNP

Division of Nursing Research

Divisional Focus

The Division of Nursing Research actively contributes to improving patient care and patient care outcomes for all patients and families given care at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and its affiliates, and indirectly for children world-wide who have a catastrophic illness. We do this by creating, applying, evaluating and sharing the highest quality clinical care research.

The focus of our research is on effective methods for maximizing the patients’ emotional and physical comfort, identifying mechanisms of underlying biologic and behavioral processes that contribute to suffering, facilitating patient and family coping with illness and treatment, and promoting the practice of positive health habits.

Recently completed and on-going research projects have identified factors that influence treatment choices, including end-of-life decisions made by patients and parents; created strategies to measure fatigue and sleep changes in patients; improved methods for infusing platelets; developed a unique definition of quality of life from the perspective of a child or adolescent; and symptoms that concern parents the most during their child's final week and day of life. Current research is providing a better understanding of symptoms related to cancer and cancer therapy and the trajectory of these symptoms through the disease process into survivorship, facilitating the development of patient profiles for those at risk of symptoms, subsequent diseases, and late effects.

The Division of Nursing Research directs the Patient Care Services Evidence-Based Practice Fellowship and the Robbie Simpson Graduate Fellowship, which are educational and experiential programs designed to help clinicians at St. Jude contribute more fully to science and patient care at our hospital.

Nursing Research Honors

Nursing Research Publications


Ongoing Nursing Research Studies

Quality of Life During Phase I Trial for Brain Stem Glioma


Division of Nursing Research
MS 738, Room R3051
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
262 Danny Thomas Place
Memphis, TN 38105-3678

Phone: (901) 595-3679
Fax: (901) 595-2286

Preferred contact method: email


Nursing Research Staff

  • Yvonne Avent, MSN, ACNS-BC, CCRN, CWON


    • Nursing Research Specialist III
    • Director of Professional Development
    • Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
    • Nursing Research Specialist III
  • Susan Ogg, CRA-RN


    • Nursing Research Specialist III
  • Michele Pritchard, PhD, PNP


    • Advanced Practice Nurse Researcher
  • Linda Watts-Parker, BS


    • Administrative Specialist
  • Nancy K. West, MSN, RN, CCRP


    • Clinical Research Associate-RN II