Arlene D Houldin, PhD, RN
Dr. Houldin’s practice and research chiefly focused on psycho-oncology, the psychosocial needs of patients with cancer. As a clinician educator, she spearheaded the development of the psycho-oncology counseling service at Abramson Cancer Center.
In addition, Dr. Houldin served as the Nursing Director of the Palliative Care Service at Philadelphia Veterans’ Affairs Medical Center. For many years, Dr. Houldin was the Program Director of the Adult Nurse Practitioner: Oncology, Advanced Practice Nursing Program.
Dr. Houldin’s clinical scholarship encompassed several related areas including; study of the clinical implications of psychoneuroimmunology, qualitative studies focused on the psychological needs of patients with cancer and their families, cancer pain in African-American populations, and advanced care planning and concept analysis of death in terminally ill patients. Additionally, Dr. Houldin served as a member of the Enhancing Connections research team testing the efficacy of a cancer parenting program.
Dr. Houldin is a graduate of University of Pennsylvania (BSN, MSN) and Temple University (PhD).
Dr. Houldin was the director of our Adult Nurse Practitioner: Advanced Practice Oncology Nursing Program and taught psychosocial content areas within the program.
Dr. Houldin’s research focused on how patients and their families respond to cancer, needs of minority populations, crisis intervention with fire survivors, and end of life care.
Dr. Houldin is a Psycho-oncology Consultant to the University of Pennsylvania Cancer Center directly counseling patients with cancer and their families.
Zhou, G., Stolzus, J., Houldin, A., Parks, S., Swan, B (2010). Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practice Behaviors of Clinical Oncology Advance Practice Nurses Regarding Advance Care Planning for Cancer Patients. Oncology Nursing Forum, 57 (6), November.
- Granda-Cameron, C., & Houldin, A.D. (in press). Concept analysis of good death in terminally ill patients. American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Care, .
Granda-Cameron, C., Hanlon, A., Lynch, M.P., Houldin, A.D. (2011). Experience of newly diagnosed patients with sarcoma receiving chemotherapy. Oncology Nursing Forum, 38 (2), March.
Meghani, S. & Houldin, A. (2007).The Meanings and Attitudes about Cancer Pain among African Americans. Oncology Nursing Forum, 34 (6), 1179-1186.
Houldin, A, Lewis, F. (2006). Salvaging their normal lives: A qualitative study of patients with recently diagnosed advanced colorectal cancer. Oncology Nursing Forum, 33 (4), 719-725.
Houldin A. Curtiss CP. Haylock PJ. (2006). The state of the science on nursing approaches to managing late and long-term sequelae of cancer and cancer treatment. Cancer Nursing. 29(2 Suppl):6-11, Mar-Apr.
Houldin, A. D., Naylor, M. D., & Haller, D. (2004). Physician-nurse collaboration on research in the 21st century. Journal of Clinical Oncology, 22(5), 1-3.
Houldin, A.D., Hollis, G., Monturo,C. (2002). Innovative Graduate Oncology Nursing Program. Nursing Spectrum, Philadelphia and Tri-State Edition, August 26.
Keane, A., Houldin, A.D., Allison, P., Jepson, C., Nuamah, I., Brennan, A.M., Lowery, B. & McCorkle, R. (2002). Factors associated with distress over time in urban residential fire survivors. Journal of Nursing Scholarship. 34:1, 9-15.
Houldin, A.D., Reville, B., Boland, B., Jacobs, L.A., Hayes, S. (2002). Graduate education in oncology nursing for minorities. Journal of Cancer Education, 17, (4), 201-204.