Dr. Decker’s research interests are in organizational management and patient care practices, including clinical, psychological and social, to improve outcomes and treatment for patients with cancer. In spring 2016, her DNP project, “An Automated and Tailored Intervention to Mitigate Distress in Cancer Patients,” was selected as one of the five best clinical interventions at the American Psychosocial Oncology Society.
Decker has nearly 25 years of experience in cancer care and treatment. In 1984, Decker founded Cancer Counseling and over 15 years, advised more than 1,000 cancer patients using cognitive, behavioral and educational approaches. She is also the author of the inspirational book, “Coping with Cancer: A Patient Pocket Book of Thoughts, Advice and Inspiration for the Ill,” and a reviewer for Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing.
Her clinical career spans four decades, three of which were in nursing executive, and leadership and management roles. Appointments include administrative director at the Cancer Institute at Florida Hospital Celebration and Kissimmee, and administrative director of Clinical Performance Improvement at Florida Hospital Orlando. Previously, Decker spent seven years at Beaumont Hospitals in Michigan where she was the administrative director for the Research Institute and Beaumont Cancer Institute. Under her leadership, the oncology program received more than $8 million in grants through the National Cancer Institute Community Clinical Oncology Program and achieved recognition among the top 50 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Her previous academic appointments include assistant professor and research associate at the College of Nursing at Michigan State University.
Decker has a DNP from Wayne State University College of Nursing, MBA from the University of Notre Dame, MS in psychology from Winona State University and BS in nursing and psychology from the College of St. Teresa. She is a licensed clinical nurse specialist and a former Six Sigma Lean Green Belt.
- DNP, Wayne State University
- MBA in Business, University of Notre Dame
- MS in Psychology, Winona State University
- BSN, College of St. Teresa