Jane K. Dixon, PhD

Professor of Nursing

Yale School of Nursing - Room 20502

email: jane.dixon@yale.edu
phone: 203-737-2234


Jane Dixon, Ph.D., has taught research method and conducted research at Yale University School of Nursing since 1975. Her research has focused on behavioral factors in promotion of health, and management of illness, across various populations.  Dr. Dixon’s current scholarship includes two major thrusts. 

Careful measurement is at the core of science.  One thrust of Dr. Dixon’s scholarship is the development and modification of measures, based on psychometric principles.  She has led or collaborated in projects to develop various measures, including the Environmental Health Engagement Profile (EHEP), as well as several measures of self and/or family management.  She is currently working on a book concerning methods for modifying measures – including language translation, developing short versions, and other forms of modification. 

Dr. Dixon’s current substantive focus is environment health, especially engagement of people in promoting healthy environment - i.e., people’s concerns about environmental hazards which may affect health, and responses to hazards by those who are most affected.   A foundation for this work is the formulation of an integrated model which identifies four domains of environmental health knowledge (Dixon & Dixon, 2002 – cited below).  The model is intended to unify biological and behavioral factors in environmental health research, and it has served as basis for study of environmental health hazards by Dr. Dixon and by others.   

Dr. Dixon was honored to receive the Annie Goodrich Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2006. She feels privileged to teach and collaborate with nurses of Yale, in support of YSN’s mission of “better health for all people.”

Research Interests

Dr. Dixon’s research interests include instrument development and modification as well as environmental health – especially what people think and do about effects of environment on health.

Selected Publications/Presentations


Rasmussen, T.B., Berg, S.K., Dixon, J., Moons, P., & Konradsen, H. (2016). Instrument translation and initial psychometric evaluation of the Danish Body Image Quality of Life Inventory.  Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences. DOI: 10.1111/scs.12311. (Published online January 15, 2016.)

Rasmussen, T.B., Konradsen, H. Dixon, J., Moons, P. &  Berg, S.K.  (2016). Validity, reliability  and responsiveness of the Body Image Quality of Life Inventory in patients treated for infective endocarditis.  Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences. DOI: 10.1111/scs.12318 (Pubished online January 13, 2016).

Braun, L.A., Kennedy, H.P., Sadler, L.S., Dixon, J., Womack, J, & Wilson, C.  (2016). U.S. Navy women’s experience of an abnormal cervical cancer screen. Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health, 61, 249-256.

Braun, L.A., Kennedy, H.P., Sadler, L.S., & Dixon, J. (2015). Research on US military women: Recruitment and retention challenges and strategies. Military Medicine, 180, 1247-1255.

Labore, N., Mawn, B., Dixon, J. & Andemariam, B. (2015) Transition to self-management: The lived experience of 21-25 year olds with sickle cell disease.  Journal of Transcultural Nursing.  DOI: 10.1177/1043659615609404. (Published online before print October 7, 2015.)

Bai, M. & Dixon, J. (2014). Exploratory factor analysis of the 12-item Functional Assessment of Chronic Illness Therapy – Spritiual Well-being Scale (FACIT-Sp-12) in people newly diagnosed with advanced cancer. Journal of Nursing Measurement, 22, 404-420.

Tocchi, C., Dixon, J., Naylor, M., Jeon, S., & McCorkle, R. (2014). Development of a frailty measure for older adults: The Frailty Index for Elders (FIFE). Journal of Nursing Measurement, 22, 223-240.

Lazenby, J.M., Dixon, J., Bai, M., & McCorkle, R. (2014). Comparing the Distress Thermometer (DT) with the Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ) -2 for screening for possible cases of depression among patients newly diagnosed with advanced cancer.  Palliative and Supportive Care, 12, 63-68.

Guo, J., Dixon, J., Whittemore, R., & He, G.P. (2013). Instrument translation and initial psychometric evaluation of the Chinese version of the Self-Management of Type 1 Diabetes for Adolescents Scale.  Journal of Advanced Nursing, 69, 960-969. Published online doi:10.1111/j.1365-2648.2012.06129.x

Dixon, J. K. (2012). Exploratory factor analysis. In S. Plichta & E. Kelvin (Eds.), Munro’s statistical methods for health care research (6th ed.) (pp. 321-350). Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer/Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins.

Williams, A. L., Ness, P. V., Dixon, J., & McCorkle, R. (2012). Barriers to mediation by gender and age among cancer family caregivers. Nursing Research, 61, 22-27.

Knafl, K., Deatrick, J. A., Gallo, A., Dixon, J., Grey, M., Knafl, G., & O’Malley, J. (2011). Assessment of the psychometric properties of the Family Management Measure. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 36, 494-505.

Williams, A., Dixon, J., McCorkle, R., & VanNess, P. (2011). Determinants of mediation practice inventory: Development, content validation, and initial psychometric testing. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 17, 16-23.


Park, C. Nam, S., Dixon, J. & Whittemore, R. (In press). The association between body image discrepancy and Body Mass Index in middle-aged Korean immigrants. [Abstract]. 76th Scientific Sessions Abstact Book (supplement to Diabetes, June, 2016). American Diabetes Association. (Control #2016-A-3017–Diabetes).

Belaro, A., Dixon, J., Lederer, J., & McCorkle, R. An evidence-based curriculum on early recognition and prevention of derilium in the hospitalized elderly. Poster presentation at annual conference of NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders), Chicago, April, 2016.  (Presented by Belaro).