Laurie Freeman, R.N., Ph.D.

Position: Associate Professor, Faculty of Nursing
Affiliation: University of Windsor



Areas of Expertise: Advanced Practice Nursing, Medical Surgical Nursing, Oncology, Cancer Survivorship in Breast Cancer.

Brief Description of Research:

Dr. Laurie Freeman studies cancer survivorship, with a focus on fear of cancer recurrence in breast cancer patients. She is researching ways to mitigate the fear response in patients and improve their quality of life in the survivorship phase of cancer. She is also evaluating the use of technology in cancer patient care and treatment, looking specifically at what can ease the patient’s journey and help them cope during this phase. She is interested in the use of applications to aid the coping process. Some of these applications include mindfulness or meditation, as well as a communication channel to update health-care providers regarding patient’s symptoms. Research into cancer recurrence and technology can reveal the effect of interventions during treatment and the impact on outcomes of survivorship.

5 Selected Publications:

Pfaff, K.A., Freeman-Gibb, L., Patrick, L.J., DeBiase, R., Moretti, O. (2017). Reducing the “Cost of Caring” in Cancer Care: Evaluation of a Pilot Interprofessional Compassion Fatigue Resiliency Programme. J Interprof Care 31(4), 512-519.

Freeman-Gibb, L., Janz, N.K., Katapodi, M.C., Zikmund-Fisher, B.J., Northouse, L. (2016). The Relationship Between Illness Representations, Risk Perception and Fear of Cancer Recurrence in Breast Cancer Survivors. Psychooncology 26(9), 1270-1277.

Mellon, S., Kershaw T. S., Northouse, L.L., Freeman-Gibb L.A. (2007). A Family-Based Model to Predict Fear of Recurrence for Cancer Survivors and Their Caregivers. Psychooncology 16(3), 214-223.

Kaufman, C.S., Littrup, P.J., Freeman-Gibb L.A., Smith, J.S., Francescatti, D., Simmons, R., Stocks, L.H., Bailey, L., Harness, J.K., Bachman, B.A., Henry, C.A. (2005). Office-Based Cryoablation of Breast Fibroadenomas with Long-Term Follow-Up. Breast J 11(5), 344-350.

Littrup, P.J., Freeman-Gibb, L. A., Andea, A., White, M., Amerikia, K.C., Bouwman, D., Harb, T., Sakr, W. (2005). Cryotherapy for Breast Fibroadenomas. Radiology 234(1) 63-72.