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Virginia T. LeBaron

Associate Professor
Unit: School of Nursing
Department: School of Nursing
Office location and address
McLeod 5040
202 Jeanette Lancaster Way
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Harvard Cancer Center, 2015
PhD, University of Utah College of Nursing, 2013
MS, University of Maryland School of Nursing, 2002
BSN, University of Virginia School of Nursing, 1996

The majority of Virginia's nursing career has been focused in adult oncology palliative care. She has practiced clinically as a medical oncology staff nurse and palliative care nurse practitioner, and since 2004 has been involved with global palliative care and cancer control efforts (primarily in India and Nepal).

Her research aims to optimize safe and effective cancer pain management.  Virginia is interested in exploring this issue in both domestic and international contexts, and particularly for vulnerable and underserved populations who are coping with advanced stage cancer. Her research draws upon principles and theories of community based participatory research, implementation science, ethnography/medical anthropology, and utilizes a Social Ecological Model as a primary conceptual framework.

NR-Characterizing the Complexity of Advanced Cancer Pain in the Home Context by Leveraging Smart Health Technology
Source: U.S. NIH Institute of Nursing Research
February 01, 2021 – November 30, 2025
NR VL Using mHealth to support patients and caregivers in managing cancer pain
Source: American Cancer Society
July 01, 2019 – June 30, 2021
Exploring mHealth to Improve the Delivery of Palliative Care and Cancer Pain Management in Nepal: An Interdisciplinary Community Based Approach
Source: U.S. NIH Fogarty International Center
August 15, 2018 – April 30, 2021
NUIP 2240: Growth and Development Across the Lifespan
Credits: 3
This course is designed to provide a holistic approach to the study of growth and development and to explore the typical progression of growth and development from pre-conception to older adulthood. Students will be introduced to developmental theories and the developmental tasks and challenges unique to each stage of development.
NUCO 4450: Population and Public Health Nursing
Credits: 3
This course enhances the student's application of concepts used in population-focused nursing practice to promote and protect health in communities and populations and respond to public health threats. Students analyze relationships between determinants of health as they relate to the health of populations local to global, especially vulnerable populations. Students complete an experiential learning project focused on one community/population.
NURS 4993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–3
Independent study in Nursing
GNUR 8120: Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods
Credits: 3
Intro to the principles & methods of qualitative research. The philosophical underpinnings that underlie qualitative approaches from naturalistic, interpretive & critical paradigms will be presented, as well as strategies for sampling, data collection, data analysis, & ensuring rigor and ethics in the process of qualitative research. Students will explore qualitative research questions of interest & appropriate study designs to answer them.
GNUR 8420: Proposal Writing Seminar II
Credits: 2
Continues to develop and refine the research proposal begun in GNUR 8410. Includes incorporating feedback from peers and a professional editorial consultant. The final product is a submitted grant proposal. Prerequisite: GNUR 8410.
GNUR 9010: Mentored Study
Credits: 1–4
PhD students register for 1-4 credits of mentored study with a faculty member. The mentored study develops a topic through in-depth literature review. The final project is a manuscript ready to be submitted for publication in a professional journal. If agreeable with the dissertation committee, this publication could be included as one of the dissertation manuscripts for students selecting the manuscript option.
GNUR 9110: Research Practicum I
Credits: 1–4
This course provides the student with opportunity to develop and refine research skills by participating in an ongoing research study. Students should plan on devoting 8 hours a week for each 9110 credit enrolled each semester. Students must register for GNUR 9110 for a total of 4 credits. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor and advisor.
GNUR 9998: Doctoral Research
Credits: 1–12
Students register for GNUR 9998 concurrently with course work until the dissertation proposal is successfully defended. Credits from non-topical research are not counted in the total program hours of credit. Prerequisite: Permission of faculty advisor.

Fulbright Fellow (India), 2011-2012

Fellow of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (FAANP), 2011

American Cancer Society (ACS) Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, 2009-2013