Dena Schulman-Green, PhD

Associate Professor in Nursing
YSN Title IX Coordinator

Yale School of Nursing - Room 20512

phone: 203-785-7623
fax: 203-737-4480


Dena Schulman-Green is a gerontologist whose program of research focuses on timely integration of palliative care into self-and family management of chronic illness. She earned a BA in psychology from Boston University in 1993, an EdM and an MA in counseling psychology from Columbia University in 1995, and an MS and a PhD in gerontology from the University of Massachusetts in 1999 and 2002. She completed her post-doctoral studies with Dr. Ruth McCorkle at Yale School of Nursing. Dr. Schulman-Green is active in the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and the Palliative Care Research Cooperative Group. She acts as a qualitative and mixed methods research consultant both within and outside of Yale, including at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City and Harvard University/Hebrew SeniorLife.

Research Interests/Clinical Practice

Research Interests

Dr. Schulman-Green’s work marries self- and family management and palliative care, focusing on  patient and family self-management of cancer, goals of care communication, and use of e-health technology in palliative care. She is currently testing a patented psycho-educational self- and family management intervention, Managing Cancer Care, with breast cancer survivors and their family caregivers. The intervention is designed to help patients and family caregivers to co-manage cancer care and transitions over the care trajectory by improving knowledge of care options and communication among patients, family caregivers, and health care professionals. Dr. Schulman-Green’s work has been funded by NIH, the American Cancer Society, the National Palliative Care Research Center, the Palliative Care Research Cooperative Group and PCORI. Dr. Schulman-Green has also received funding from YSN’s Center for International Nursing Scholarship and the Hecht-Albert Pilot Innovation Award from the Yale Global Health Leadership Institute to partner with the Israel Ministry of Health in expanding palliative care infrastructure in Israel.

Dr. Schulman-Green’s other interests include clinician education in palliative care, care transitions, instrument development, research interviewing with vulnerable populations, and mentoring.

Selected Publications/Presentations


Schulman-Green, D., Wagner, E., McCorkle, R. Self-Management Support (pp. 464-469) in Holland J, Breitbart W, Jacobsen P, Lederberg M, Loscalzo M, McCorkle R (Eds). Psycho-Oncology, (3rd Ed). New York: Oxford Press.

Schulman-Green, D., Schmitt, E., Fong, T., Vasunilashorn, S.M., Gallagher, J., Marcantonio, E.R., et al. (in press). Use of an expert panel to identify domains and indicators of delirium severity. Quality of Life Research, 2019.

Schmitt, E.M., Gallagher, J., Albuquerque, A., Tabloski, P., Lee, H.J., Gleason, L., Weiner, L.S., Marcantonio, E.R., Jones, R.N., Inouye, S.K., Schulman-Green, D. Perspectives on the delirium experience and its burden: Common themes among older patients, their family caregivers, and nurses. The Gerontologist. 2019, 59(2), 327–337.

Schulman-Green, D. & Feder, S.L. Integrating cancer family caregivers into palliative oncology care using the Self- and Family Management Framework. Seminars in Oncology Nursing. 2018, 34(3), 252-263.

Schulman-Green, D., Brody, A., Gilbertson-White, S., Whittemore, R., McCorkle, R. Supporting self-management in palliative care throughout the cancer care trajectory. Current Opinion in Supportive and Palliative Care. 2018, 12(3), 299-307.

Feder, S.L., Collett, D., Haron, Y., Conley, S., Meron, T., Cherny, N., Schulman-Green, D. How skilled do Israeli nurses perceive themselves to be in providing palliative care? Results of a national survey. International Journal of Palliative Nursing, 2018, 24(2):56-63.

Lin, J., Smith, C.B., Feder, S., Bickell, N.A., Schulman-Green, D. Patients’ and oncologists’ views on family involvement in goals of care conversations. Psycho-Oncology, 2018, 27(3):1035-1041.

Schulman-Green, D., Smith, C.B., Lin, J., Feder, S., Bickell, N.A. Oncologists’ and patients’ perceptions of initial, intermediate, and final goals of care conversations. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 2018, 55(3), 890-896.

Schulman-Green, D., Smith, C.B., Lin, J., Feder, S., Bickell, N.A. Facilitators and barriers to oncologists’ conduct of goals of care conversations. Journal of Palliative Care. 2018, 33(3), 143-148.

Jeuland, J., Schulman-Green, D., Fitchett, G.  The current state of palliative care chaplaincy in the United States.  Journal of Palliative Medicine, 2017, 20(5):502-508.

Schulman-Green, D., Jeon, S., McCorkle, R., & Dixon, J. The Measurement of Transitions in Cancer Scale (MOT-CA).  Journal of Nursing Measurement, 2017, 25(1):103-120.

Schulman-Green, D. & Jeon, S. Managing Cancer Care: A psycho-educational intervention to improve knowledge of care options and cancer self-management.  Psycho-Oncology, 2017, 26(2), 173-181.

Coyle, C., Schulman-Green, D., Feder, S., Plano-Clark, V., Lippitt, M., & Curry, L. Federal funding for mixed methods research in the health sciences in the United States: Recent Trends. Journal of Mixed Methods Research. 2016, 1-20.

Schulman-Green, D., Jaser, S., Park, C. & Whittemore, R.  A metasynthesis of factors affecting self-management of chronic illness.  Journal of Advanced Nursing, 2016, 72(7), 1469-89.

Grey, M., Schulman-Green, D., Knafl, K., & Reynolds, N. A revised Self- and Family Management Framework. Nursing Outlook, 2015, 63(2), 162-170.

Ellman, M.S., Schulman-Green, D., Blatt, L., Asher, S., Viveiros, D., Clark, J. & Bia, M. A blended educational module to teach spiritual, cultural and inter-professional aspects of palliative care to medical, nursing and chaplain students. Journal of Palliative Medicine, 2012: 15(11), 1240-7.

Schulman-Green, D., Ercolano, E., Jeon, S. & Dixon, J. Validation of the Knowledge of Care Options instrument to measure knowledge of curative, palliative and hospice care. Journal of Palliative Medicine, 2012: 15(10), 1091-1099.

Schulman-Green, D., Jaser, S., Martin, F., Alonzo, A. Grey, M., McCorkle, R., Redeker, N., Reynolds, N. & Whittemore, R. Processes of self-management in chronic illness. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 2012: 44(2), 136-144.

Schulman-Green, D., Bradley, E.H., Nicholson, N.R., George, E., Indeck, A. & McCorkle, R. Managing “One step at a time”: Self-management and transitions among women with ovarian cancer. Oncology Nursing Forum, 2012: 39(4), 354-360.

Schulman-Green, D., Bradley, E.H., Knobf, T., Prigerson, H., DiGiovanna, M., & McCorkle, R. Self-management and care transitions in women with advanced breast cancer. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 2011: 42(4), 517-525.

McCorkle, R., Ercolano, E., Schilling, L., Schulman-Green, D., Lorig, K. &Wagner, E.H. Self-Management:  Enabling and empowering patients living with cancer as a chronic illness. CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, 2011: 61(1), 50-62.

Schulman-Green, D., Ercolano, E., LaCoursiere, S. Ma, T., Lazenby, M. & McCorkle, R. Developing and testing a web-based survey to assess educational needs of palliative and end-of-life health care professionals in Connecticut. American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, 2011: 28(4), 219-229.

Schulman-Green, D., McCorkle, R. & Bradley, E.H. Tailoring techniques for qualitative research with seriously ill patients about the end of life: A primer. Omega: Journal of Death and Dying, 2009: 60(1), 89-102.