Yale School of Nursing, Yale University's Graduate Nursing Programs

Yale School of Nursing

Mark Lazenby, PhD, APRN, FAPOS

lazenbyAssociate Professor of Nursing

Division of Acute Care/Health Systems

Yale School of Nursing - Rm 20401
Yale University West Campus
P.O. Box 27399
West Haven, CT 06516


203.737.4480 fax

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Learn more about Dr. Lazenby's study, "Palliative Care for Muslims Affected by Cancer."


Mark Lazenby, PhD, APRN, FAPOS is associate professor at Yale School of Nursing (YSN) and Core Faculty on the Council on Middle East Studies; he holds a courtesy appointment at Yale Divinity School  Dr. Lazenby holds an MSN in oncology nursing from YSN and a PhD in the philosophy of religion Boston University.

Safe Passages

His scholarly interests focus on enhancing the psychosocial and physical well-being of patients who are in treatment for cancer. He is a co-investigator on a National Cancer Institute-funded program to train cancer care professionals to implement routine comprehensive psychosocial distress screening to identify patients who need psychosocial cancer care. He studies the psychosocial and spiritual well-being of Muslim patients with cancer, work he began as a Fulbright Scholar at the King Hussein Cancer Center, Amman, Jordan, and continues in the United States. He and colleagues from the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Botswana work to improve the psychological and physical symptoms of patients who are in treatment for advanced cancer. His interests also include end-of-life care. He co-edited a book on the spiritual care of patients at the end of life, Safe Passage: A Global Spiritual Sourcebook for Care at the End of Life; and he worked with colleagues to develop the End-of-Life Professional Caregiver Survey, a scale that assesses health care professionals’ knowledge of end-of-life care.

For his mentorship of students, Dr. Lazenby was awarded in 2013 the Dorothy Sexton Mentor Award, given by the Delta Mu Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, of which he is a member. In 2014 he was elected Fellow of the American Psychosocial Oncology Society.

Research Interests and/or Clinical Practice

Spiritually sensitive interventions to enhance palliative care outcomes among patients with cancer from under-represented cultural and religious groups.

Testing interventions with patients with end-stage disease.

Psychosocial distress screening in cancer care.  

Selected Publications and Presentations

Lazenby, M., Ercolano, E., Grant, M., Holland, J.C., Jacobsen, P.B., & McCorkle, R. (in press). Supporting the Commission on Cancer-mandated psychosocial distress screening with implementation strategies. Journal of Oncology Practice.

Lazenby, M., Sebego, M., Swart N.C., Lopez L., Peterson, K. (in press). Symptom burden and functional dependencies among cancer patients in Botswana suggest a need for palliative care nursing. Cancer Nursing.

Bai, M., & Lazenby, M. (2014). A systematic review of associations between spiritual well-being and quality of life at the scale and factor levels in studies among patients with cancer. Journal of Palliative Medicine. [Epub ahead of print.] doi:10.1089/jpm.2014.0189.

Stonburner, R. L., Korenromp, E., Lazenby, M., Tassie, J-M., Letebele, J. … Low-Beer. D. (2014). Using health surveillance systems data to assess the impact of AIDS and antiretroviral treatment on adult morbidity and mortality in Botswana. PLOS One, 9(7), e100431. 

Lazenby, M. (2014). The international endorsement of US distress screening and psychosocial guidelines in oncology: A model for dissemination. Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, 12(2), 221-227. 

Lazenby, M., Dixon, J., Bai, M., & McCorkle, R. (2014). Comparing the Distress Thermometer (DT) with the Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ)-2 for Screening for Possible Cases of Depression among Patients Newly Diagnosed with Advanced Cancer. Palliative & Supportive Care, 12(1), 63-68. doi: 10.1017/S1478951513000394

Philips, P., & Lazenby, M. (2013). The emotional and spiritual wellbeing of hospice patients in Botswana. Journal of Palliative Medicine, 16(11), 1438-1445 

Jang, J. & Lazenby, M. (2013). Current state of palliative and end-of-life care based on home or inpatient facility and urban or rural settings in Africa. Palliative & Supportive Care, 11(5), 425-442. doi: 10.1017/S1478951512000612.

Lazenby, M. (2012). On the humanities in nursing. Nursing Outlook, 61(1), e9-14. doi:10.1016/j.outlook.2012.06.018.

Lazenby, M. & Khatib, J. (2012). The Relationship between Patient Characteristics, Health-Related Quality of Life, and Spiritual Well-being among Arab Muslim Cancer Patients. Journal of Palliative Medicine, 15(12), 1321-1324. doi: 10.1089/jpm.2012.0208

Lazenby, M. & Olshevski, J. (2012). Place of death among Botswana’s oldest old. Omega:  Journal of Death and Dying, 65(3), 173-187. 

Jafari, N., Zamani, A., Lazenby, M., Farajzadegan, Z., Emami, H., & Loghmani, A. (2012). Translation and Validation of the Persian Version of the Functional Assessment of Chronic Illness Therapy—Spiritual Well-Being Scale (FACIT-Sp) among Muslim Iranians in Treatment for Cancer. Palliative & Supportive Care. [Epub ahead of print]. doi: 10.1017/S1478951512000727.

Lazenby, M., Ercolano, E., & McCorkle, R. (2012). Validity of the End-of-life Professional Caregiver Survey (EPCS) to Assess for Multidisciplinary Educational Needs. Journal of Palliative Medicine, 15, 427-431.

Stagg, E., & Lazenby, M. (2012). Best practices for the treatment of depression at the end of life. American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Care, 29(3), 183-194.doi: 10.1177/1049909111413889. 

Lazenby, M., Khatib, J., Al-Khair, F., & Neamat, M. (2011). Psychometric Properties of the Functional Assessment of Chronic Illness Therapy-Spiritual Well-being (FACIT-Sp) in an Arabic-Speaking Predominantly Muslim Population. Psycho-Oncology. [Epub ahead of print]. doi: 10.1002/pon.2062 10.1002/pon.2062.