Elizabeth Ercolano, DNSc, RN

Associate Research Scientist in Nursing

Yale School of Nursing - Room 21401

email: elizabeth.ercolano@yale.edu
phone: 203-737-2193
fax: 203-737-2414


Elizabeth Ercolano is a nurse whose program of research focuses on cancer survivorship issues with a specific emphasis on their self-management.  She earned a BS in Nursing from Columbia University, a Master’s in Nursing with Oncology Specialization from Yale University, and a Doctorate in Nursing Science from Yale University. She was the recipient of a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Self and Family Management Research, T32 Training Grant, National Institute of Health at the Yale University School of Nursing from 2007-2009.  She joined the faculty in 2010.

Dr. Ercolano has assumed diverse positions on clinical research studies with cancer patients; including nurse interventionist, project coordinator, project director, co-investigator, and principal investigator.  She has been the recipient of two self-management intramural grants and served as Site-Principal Investigator on two multi-site trials testing an ehealth intervention with cancer patients.

Among her other honors, Dr. Ercolano received the Urologic Nursing Novice Literacy Excellence Award, 2008-2009. She is active in the Oncology Nursing Society, Eastern Nursing Research Society, the American Nurses Association, and the American Psychosocial Oncology Society.

Research Interests/Clinical Practice

Research Interests

Dr. Ercolano’s work has included research on cancer survivors’ quality of life, treatment effects, self-management of chronic illness demands during their transition from primary cancer treatment to survivorship, and instrument development.

Selected Publications/Presentations

Selected Publications

Ercolano E., Grant M., McCorkle R., Tallman N., Cobb MD., Wendel C., Krouse R. Applying the chronic care model to support ostomy self-management:  Implications for oncology nursing practice. Clin J Oncol Nurs. 2016. Jun 1;20(3):269-74. PMID:27206293.

Krouse, R.S., Grant, M., McCorkle, R., Wendel, C.S., Cobb, M.D., Tallman, N.J., Ercolano, E., Sun, V, Hibbard, J. H. & Hornbrook, M.C.  A chronic care ostomy self-management program for cancer survivors. Psychooncology, 2016. May; 25(5): 574-581.

Zhou, Y., Irwin, M.L., Ferrucci, L.M., McCorkle, M., Ercolano, E., Fangyong, L., Stein, K. & Cartmel, B. (2016). Health-related quality of life in ovarian cancer survivors: Results from the American Cancer Society’s Study of Cancer Survivors-I.  Gynecologic Oncology.  Published online, April, 2016.   

Hammer MJ., Ercolano EA, Wright F. Dickson VV., Chyun D., Melkus GD. Self-management for adult patients with cancer: an integrative review. Cancer Nurs. 2015 Mar-Apr; 38 (2): E10-26. PMID 25692736..

Ercolano E., Bai M., Lazenby M., Ma T., McCorkle, R. Emotional distress in cancer patients newly diagnosed with late stage cancers. J of Pal Care and Med. 2014; S3:1-6.

Kendrick M, Ercolano E., McCorkle R. Interventions to prevent postoperative complications in patients with ovarian cancer. Clin J Oncol Nurs. 2011 Apr; 15(2): 195-202. PMID:21444287.

McCorkle R., Ercolano EA., Lazenby M., Schulman-Green D., Schilling LS., Lorig K., Wagner EH. Self-management: Enabling and empowering patients living with cancer as a chronic illness. CA Cancer J Clin. 2011 Jan-Feb; 61(1): 50-62.  PMCID:PMC3058905.