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Belinda N. Mandrell


Director, Nursing Research

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Belinda Neal Mandrell is an Associate Member and Director, Division of Nursing Research at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis TN.

Dr. Mandrell’s research explores the biological and behavioral mechanisms that contribute to symptoms of cancer, and symptoms during the trajectory of cancer treatment and survivorship. She has led NIH and other organizational funded research studies resulting in an understanding of the mechanisms driving sleep disturbances in patients with pediatric brain tumors and Hodgkin Lymphoma. These research findings have led to institutional sleep screening of pediatric patients with cancer and childhood cancer survivors, as well as the development of sleep interventions. As a nurse scientist in genomic healthcare, Dr. Mandrell is enhancing the understanding of parental decision-making specific to cancer predisposition screening, dissemination of results and factors associated with testing refusal. Current research is exploring genomic decision-making and participation in testing among families affected by sickle cell anemia, ultimately impacting health disparity. At the national level, Dr. Mandrell serves on numerous committees and task force that review symptom management guidelines, including the Children's Oncology Group (COG) Nursing Research Committee and most recently the COG State of Science Symposium. She also serves on the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) Fatigue Task Force.

Dr. Mandrell completed a BS in Public Health at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, her BSN and MS at the University of Maryland, Baltimore and a PhD at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. In 2005, she attended the National Institute of Nursing Research, Summer Genetic Institute.

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