Dena Schulman-Green , PhD

Research Scientist in Nursing

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-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. Dr. Schulman-Green came to Yale School of Nursing in January of 2002 as the recipient of a U.S. Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Fund Postdoctoral Fellowship Award. She joined the YSN faculty in 2003.

Dr. Schulman-Green is active in the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and the Palliative Care Research Cooperative and serves on YSN’s International Advisory Committee. She acts as a qualitative 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 is at the intersection of self-management and palliative care and includes patient and family self-management of cancer, clinician education in palliative care, and goals of care communication. Among her current grants, she is testing a patented psycho-educational self-management intervention in a randomized controlled trial with breast cancer survivors. She is also testing a companion intervention for cancer family caregivers. Both interventions are designed to help individuals manage cancer care and transitions over the care trajectory by improving knowledge of care options and communication among patients, family caregivers, and clinicians. Dr. Schulman-Green’s work has been funded by NIH, the American Cancer Society, the National Palliative Care Research Center, and PCORI. Dr. Schulman-Green was recently awarded funding from YSN’s Center for International Nursing Scholarship as well as 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 self-management of chronic illness; patient/family caregiver/clinician education and communication about palliative care, care transitions.

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.

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

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.

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.

Schulman-Green, D., Linsky, S., Jeon, S., Kapo, J., Blatt, L., & Chagpar, A. Integrating palliative care into self-management of breast cancer: protocol for a pilot randomized controlled trial.  Contemporary Clinical Trials, 2016, 48, 133-138.

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

Schulman-Green, D. & Jeon, S. Printed guide improves knowledge of curative, palliative, and hospice care among women with metastatic breast cancer. Supportive Care in Cancer, 2013: 21(10), 2651-2653

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.