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The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

Andra Davis, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral scholar
Specialty: Patient-centered cancer care to improve quality and cost

Andra Davis is a Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing Postdoctoral Fellow. She provides research support to Associate Dean for Research and Professor Jill G. Joseph in the area of patient-centered cancer care to improve quality and cost. Davis collaborates with the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center to develop design and implement research.

Davis expects to complete her Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Utah in May 2014. Her dissertation explored cancer-related pain among Hispanic-Latinos in New Mexico. In 1991, she earned a master’s degree in Nursing at the University of Washington, in Seattle, where she developed a research interest on quality of life and symptoms among women receiving chemotherapy treatment. In 1985, Davis earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Arizona, Tucson.

Prior to joining the School of Nursing, Davis instructed classes for nursing students for 10 years at the University of New Mexico, College of Nursing, Albuquerque, N.M. She also worked as an oncology clinical nurse specialist both in New Mexico and Washington.  While in Washington, she worked with hospice and palliative care.  In addition, Davis worked in various oncology settings at the University of Arizona and in Southern California during her career. 

Davis is currently on the executive committee for the New Mexico Cancer Council and serves on the education committee for the University of New Mexico, College of Nursing. She is a published author in the Journal of Nursing Education.  Her primary research interests include cancer-related pain, compassion fatigue, mindfulness and end-of-life care.