Jennifer Wenzel, Ph.D., RN, CCM, FAAN
John Hopkins University
The significance of Dr. Wenzel’s scholarship and practice has been recognized through prestigious early career faculty awards from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the American Cancer Society. Working with interdisciplinary teams from the JHU Schools of Medicine and Public Health, she leads multi-institutional interventions to improve collaborative cancer decision-making and treatment support for patients and care partners through innovative and supportive navigation interventions. Dr. Wenzel’s interventions are designed to improve cancer experiences for patients and care partners and to address existing disparities in cancer outcomes across the continuum. Her contributions, including the innovative extension of nurse-community health worker navigation interventions to include family or other patient-designated care partners, have been recognized by the American Academy of Nursing. Dr. Wenzel’s theoretical and empirical work contributes to the state-of-the-science on cancer navigation support for patients, families, and communities. These efforts include cancer screening and treatment, practice and policy, and development of a model of clinical trial decision-making which has been presented to the FDA and is currently undergoing testing. Dr. Wenzel has been funded by the NCI and the NINR to test navigation support for decision-making related to clinical trials and palliative prostate cancer decision-making for patients and care partners affected by cancer.