Faculty

The Beat M. and Jill L. Kahli Endowed Professor in Oncology Nursing and an oncology nurse with more than two decades of experience, Victoria Loerzel focuses her research on improving symptom management and quality of life for older adults with cancer. She was the first nurse researcher to identify misperceptions of older adults related to common evidence-based strategies as being ineffective for self-managing symptoms at home. After receiving funding from the National Institutes of Health, she developed and tested an innovative avatar-based simulation to improve quality of life for older cancer patients by visualizing the consequences of self-care decisions after chemotherapy. The study serves as a model of serious gaming for older adults and using technology in patient education. Loerzel also coordinates the college’s Undergraduate Honors Thesis program, serves as a nurse scientist at Orlando Health, and leverages her expertise in gerontology nursing as a member of UCF’s Disability, Aging and Technology Faculty Research Cluster.

Education
  • PhD, University of Central Florida
  • MSN, Case Western Reserve University
  • BSN, Florida Atlantic University
Selected Editorial Activities
  • Reviewer, Cancer Nursing
Selected Awards & Honors
  • Noble Knight Nurse Award, Research Category, UCF College of Nursing, 2021
  • Luminary Award, UCF College of Graduate Studies, 2019
  • Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN), 2019
  • Nurse Researcher of the Year, Florida Nurses Association, 2017
Selected Professional Activities
  • Director of Grants 2022-24, Southern Nursing Research Society
  • Ad Hoc Reviewer, Special Emphasis Panel/Scientific Review Group, National Cancer Institute
  • Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science
  • Oncology Nursing Society

Expertise & Research

Expertise
  • Aging
  • Cancer / Oncology
  • Chronic Diseases
  • eHealth
  • End of Life
  • Evidence-Based Practice
  • Gaming / Mobile Apps
  • Gerontology
  • Population Health: Older Adults
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Quantitative Research Methods
  • Symptom Management
Research Areas
  • Aging & Vulnerable Populations
  • Simulation, Technology & Modeling
Research Clusters
  • Disability, Aging and Technology