Elizabeth Ercolano, DNSc, RN
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
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.
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.