Yale University School of Nursing student Mark Lazenby '09 has been awarded a Fulbright post-doctoral research scholarship for the academic year 2009-2010. Lazenby will spend six months in Jordan researching the spiritual wellbeing of cancer patients in the Arab and Muslim worlds.
Lazenby will graduate from YSN in May 2009 with a Master's of Science in Nursing, specializing in oncology. He previously earned a master's in Theology from the Fuller Theological Seminary, and a PhD in Philosophy of Religion from Boston University.
The Fulbright grant will enable Lazenby to conduct research at the King Hussein Cancer Center in Amman, Jordan. Lazenby has studied both the Islamic religion and the psychosocial aspects of cancer. He states that the role of religion and spirituality for people with cancer has been well documented, but Arab-speaking patients are hardly represented. Lazenby will look for a "common language" among religious cancer patients of all parts of the world, employing a questionnaire that has been used in eleven languages, but not yet in Arabic.
Lazenby stated in his proposal, "My interest … piqued when, as a professor, I taught Islamic philosophy to upper-division undergraduates who raised questions about how the faith of Muslims of Arab descent helps them navigate the difficult waters of chronic illness. The literature (then, or now) has no clear answer."
Read more about Mark Lazenby in Yale Nursing Matters, "Bringing a philosophical perspective to palliative care."
Lazenby will join the ranks of 300,000 past participants chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential since the program's inception in 1946. The J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Currently, the Fulbright Program operates in over 155 countries worldwide.