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Marilyn J. Hockenberry, PhD, RN, PNP-BC, FAAN

Bessie Baker Professor of Nursing
Associate Dean for Research Affairs
(919) 684-9330
4112 Pearson Building

Dr. Marilyn Hockenberry, PhD, RN, PNP-BC, FAAN, is the Bessie Baker Professor of Nursing at Duke University School of Nursing. Dr. Hockenberry, a distinguished leader in pediatric oncology and evidence-based practices and outcomes, is actively involved in the School’s cancer-related research initiatives and teaches in the DNP program. She also serves as one of the 11 chairs of the Duke Institutional Review Board.

Before coming to Duke, she was Professor of Pediatrics in the Hematology/Oncology Division at Baylor College of Medicine. She also served as the nurse scientist for the hospital and director of the pediatric nurse practitioner program in the Texas Children’s Cancer Center at Texas Children’s Hospital (TCH) from 1994 to 2012. At TCH, she served as director of the Center for Research and Evidence-based Practice from 2002 to 2009 and director of the Evidence-based Outcomes Center from 2004 to 2009. Earlier in her career, she practiced as a hematology/oncology nurse practitioner at Duke University Medical Center and was a clinical associate in the Duke School of Nursing.

Dr. Hockenberry received her BSN from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, the Master of Science degree from Texas Woman’s University in Houston and her Pediatric Nurse Practitioner certification through Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia. She earned a PhD in nursing with distinction from the Medical College of Georgia. Her research focuses on treatment-related side effects experienced by children who have cancer and is the recipient of numerous research grant awards. Her latest NIH funded research grant evaluates phenotypic and genotypic characteristics and their associations with symptom clusters experienced during treatment for childhood leukemia. She has authored more than 80 publications, and has served for the past 10 years as senior editor for the Wong Pediatric Nursing Textbooks published by Elsevier. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. She was appointed as a member of the Children’s Oncology Group (COG) Scientific Council in February 2011. She is the Vice-Chair for the COG Nursing Discipline and serves as the Research Chair for the COG Nursing Research Committee. She received the 2011 Distinguished Nurse Researcher Award and the 2011 Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing Writing Award at the 35th national conference of the Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses. In July of 2016 during the 27th International Nursing Congress in Cape Town, South Africa she received the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame Award from Sigma Theta Tau International.

Academic Program Affiliations

  • PhD in Nursing Program
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice Program


  • PhD - Medical College of Georgia
  • MS - Texas Woman’s University
  • BSN - Capital University

Research Interests

• Symptom assessment in children with cancer
• Physiologic markers and symptom severity
• Academic and cognitive changes in children with leukemia
• Oxidative stress and CNS tissue injury in children with leukemia

Awards and Honors

  • 2016 || Inductee, Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame, Sigma Theta Tau International
  • 2014 || Bessie Baker Professor of Nursing, Duke University School of Nursing
  • 2014 || Distinguished Contributions to Nursing Science, Duke University School of Nursing
  • 2011 || Distinguished Researcher Award, National Association of Pediatric Hematology Oncology Nurses (APHON)
  • 2011 || Nursing Discipline-Service Award, Children's Oncology Group
  • 2011 || Writing Award, National Association of Pediatric Hematology Oncology Nurses (APHON)
  • 2006 || Best Nurse Leader Award, Advance for Nurses
  • 2003 || Chapter Friend Award, Houston Area NAPNAP Chapter
  • 1999 || Olivia Hodson Fellowship, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, London, Englan d
  • 1998 || APON Bard Access Research Paper, 2nd place, National Association of Pediatric Oncology Nurses
  • 1996 || Oncology Nursing Fellowship (ONF) / Ortho Biotech Clinical Research Scholar, 1996-1998
  • 1995 || Nursing Celebration Honoree, Texas Nurses' Association, District 5
  • 1994 || Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) / Upjohn Quality of Life Award, Oncology Nursing Society
  • 1992 || Fellow, American Academy of Nursing
  • 1991 || NCI-ONS Student Research Award, "Vulnerability to Stress Experienced During Treatment for Childhood Cancer", NCI-ONS
  • 1990 || Inducted, Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society, Alpha Epsilon Chapter
  • 1990 || Jean Fergusson Excellence in Pediatric Oncology Education Award, Association of Pediatric Oncology Nurses
  • 1990 || Pre Doctoral Research Fellowship, 1990-1992, NIH, National Center for Nursing Research
  • 1989 || Pre Doctoral Research Award, 1989-1992, American Cancer Society
  • 1985 || Oncology Nursing Society/Schering Excellence in Cancer Nursing Research Award, Oncology Nursing Society
  • 1984 || NCI-ONS Student Research Award, "Behavioral Treatment for Children Undergoing Intrusive Procedures", Oncology Nursing Congress, Toronto, CA

Areas of Expertise

  • Oncology
  • Pediatric Nursing

Areas of Interest

Pediatric oncology
Evidence-based practice

Representative Publications

  • 2016 -- Hockenberry, M. J. and Rodgers, C. Nausea, vomiting, anorexia, and fatigue. In Quick Reference for Pediatric Oncology Clinicians: The Psychiatric and Psychological Dimensions of Pediatric Cancer Symptom Management edited by Wiener, L. S. and Pao, M.. 2016; : IPOS Press. 2016
  • 2015 -- Rodgers, C. and Withycombe, J. and Hockenberry, M. Physical impact of disease and treatment. In Pediatric Psychosocial Oncology: A Textbook of Multidisciplinary Care edited by Abrams, A. N. and Muriel, A. C. and Wiener, L.. December, 2015; : Springer Publishing. December, 2015
  • 2015 -- PubMed # : 26583642 Huang, F. and Chia, Y. Y. and Eng, C. L. and Lim, Y. K. and Yam, K. L. and Tan, S. C. and Hockenberry, M. Evaluation of a Preoperative Clinic for Women With Gynecologic Cancer. Clin J Oncol Nurs. 19(6); 769-72
  • 2015 -- PubMed # : 26589357 Okada, M. and Hockenberry, M. J. and Koh, C. J. and Meeske, K. A. and Rangan, K. E. and Rodgers, C. and Rosenthal, Y. and Ruccione, K. S. and Freyer, D. R. Reconsidering Physical Activity Restrictions for Mononephric Survivors of Childhood Cancer: A Report From the Children's Oncology Group. J Pediatr Oncol Nurs. November 20, 2015 Epub ahead of print
  • 2015 -- PubMed # : 25637187 Taylor, O. A. and Hockenberry, M. J. and McCarthy, K. and Gundy, P. and Montgomery, D. and Ross, A. and Scheurer, M. E. and Moore, I. M. Evaluation of Biomarkers of Oxidative Stress and Apoptosis in Patients With Severe Methotrexate Neurotoxicity: A Case Series. J Pediatr Oncol Nurs. September, 2015 32(5); 320-5 PMC4520788
  • 2015 -- PubMed # : 26302283 Hockenberry, M. J. and Krull, K. R. and Insel, K. C. and Harris, L. L. and Gundy, P. M. and Adkins, K. B. and Pasvogel, A. E. and Taylor, O. A. and Koerner, K. M. and Montgomery, D. W. and Ross, A. K. and Hill, A. and Moore, I. M. Oxidative Stress, Motor Abilities, and Behavioral Adjustment in Children Treated for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Oncol Nurs Forum. 42(5); 542-9
  • 2015 -- PubMed # : 25592668 Rodgers, C. and Wills-Bagnato, P. and Sloane, R. and Hockenberry, M. Health-Related Quality of Life among Children and Adolescents during Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant Recovery. J Pediatr Oncol Nurs. September, 2015 32(5); 329-36
  • 2015 -- PubMed # : 26181417 Bell, A. D. and Hockenberry, M. and Landier, W. and Ewing, N. Venous Thromboembolism Risk Assessment and Prophylaxis Use in Pediatric, Adolescent, and Young Adult Hematology Oncology Patients. J Pediatr Hematol Oncol. 37(6); 455-8
  • 2015 -- PubMed # : 25576315 Wood, M. and Hall, L. and Hockenberry, M. and Borinstein, S. Improving Adherence to Evidence-Based Guidelines for Chemotherapy-Induced Nausea and Vomiting. J Pediatr Oncol Nurs. July, 2015 32(4); 195-200
  • 2015 -- PubMed # : 26166361 Moore, I. M. and Lupo, P. J. and Insel, K. and Harris, L. L. and Pasvogel, A. and Koerner, K. M. and Adkins, K. B. and Taylor, O. A. and Hockenberry, M. J. Neurocognitive Predictors of Academic Outcomes Among Childhood Leukemia Survivors. Cancer Nurs. July, 2015, Epub ahead of print


Grant Funding (Selected)

  • Phenotype-Genotype Associations with Symptoms During Childhood Leukemia Treatment

    National Institutes of Health
    09/2012 to 07/2017

    Project Goal: To examine biologic mechanisms that influence symptom toxicities caused by increased oxidative stress or cytokine production or actual failure of the anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory defense systems due to genetic variation.

  • The leukemia physical functioning study: longitudinal assessment of peripheral neuropathy and motor function in children treated for average risk acute lymphoblastic leukemia

    National Cancer Institute, Biomarker, Imaging, and Quality of Life Studies Funding Program (BIQSFP)
    07/2011 to 06/2016
    Role: Co-Investigator

    Project Goal: To characterize the onset, severity, and natural history of vincristine-associated
    neuropathy by physical therapists in children undergoing therapy for leukemia.

  • Nitrosative Stress and Symptoms During Childhood Leukemia Treatment

    Alex's Lemonade Stand
    01/2014 to 01/2016
    Role: PI

    Project Goal: To explore nitrosative stress as a physiologic and genetic marker for symptom severity in 60 children and adolescents with leukemia.

  • Pillars4Life: An online, self-management curriculum for cancer survivors

    12/2014 to 11/2015
    Role: Investigator

    Project Goal: The Pillars4Life curriculum teaches coping skills to cancer patients in a virtual group setting; it was recently implemented and studied at 17 hospitals. The goal of the project is to broaden the horizons of the program and demonstrate that chronic pain management can be improved through Pillars4Life. More specifically, the aims are to demonstrate the impact of Pillars4Life, distributed via live video conferencing technology, on: 1) a reduction in cancer-related pain and associated outcomes; and 2) optimized health care utilization and patient-provider communication.

  • Childhood Leukemia: Oxidative Stress, Cognitive Changes, and Academic Outcomes

    University of Arizona
    04/2013 to 03/2014

    Project Goal: To investigate relationships among oxidative stress, working memory, motor and visual-motor skills, and academic abilities among children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) who are receiving intensive central nervous system (CNS) treatment with methotrexate.
    Subcontract from 1R01NR010889-01A1 (I. Moore, U. Arizona, PI)

  • Graduate Scholarship in Cancer Nursing Practice - Bell

    American Cancer Society, Inc.
    07/2013 to 06/2015
    Role: PI, Mentor for Alison Bell, MSN
  • Children's Oncology Group - BIQSFP-AALL0932 11XS197

    Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
    BIQSFP-AALL0932 11XS197
    03/2012 to 06/2015

    Project Goal: The purpose of this grant is to provide salary support for serving on the COG Scientific Council.

  • Children's Oncology Group

    Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
    SL WO FP00013013_SUB222_0-WO amd 01
    03/2013 to 02/2014

    Project Goal: The purpose of this grant is to provide salary support for serving on the COG Scientific Council.

  • Program to Integrate Translation Science in Pediatric Oncology Nursing

    Alex's Lemonade Stand
    01/2013 to 12/2013

    The purpose of this project is to provide mentorship for the development of pediatric oncology nursing evidence-based guidelines for the Children’s Oncology Group and the National Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses.

  • Children's Oncology Group - BIQSFP-AALL0932 11XS197

    Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
    BIQSFP-AALL0932 11XS197
    03/2012 to 02/2013

    Project Goal: The purpose of this grant is to provide salary support for serving on the COG Scientific Council.


Monday, March 5, 2018

The Duke University School of Nursing’s Center for Nursing Research will host its first Summer Institute on Thursday, July 19 and Friday, July 20, 2018.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Marilyn Hockenberry and Cheryl Rodgers co-authored the book entitled "Wong's Essentials of Pediatric Nursing, 10th edition" that was recently selected to win first place in the Child Health Category from the American Journal of Nursing (AJN).

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Marilyn Hockenberry and Cheryl Rodgers are editors of the pediatric section of Maternal Child Nursing Care, sixth edition.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Marilyn Hockenberry was recently featured in a Duke Clinical & Translational Science Institute article entitled "Building bridges across campus: A CTSI profile of Marilyn Hockenberry. Click here to read full article.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Kudos to Marilyn Hockenberry and her entire team for their NINR-R01 Multi-PI subcontract proposal on a Baylor College of Medicine application entitled “Using Integrative Pharmacometabolomics to Predict Symptoms in Children Treated for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.” This proposal is for a five-year period with a start date of September 1, 2017.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

During the Southern Nursing Research Society (SNRS) conference that took place February 22 to 24, 2017, in Dallas, Texas, Marion E. Broome gave a presentation with five other deans from Southern University entitled “Navigating an Academic Career in a Research Intensive School of Nursing.”  She was also a member of the editor’s panel during the Meet the Editors Networking Session. Marilyn Hockenberry was the keynote speaker for the conference.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Children newly diagnosed with cancer experience many distressing symptoms, including physical and emotional ones. Parents who assume responsibility after the initial hospitalization are often overwhelmed with information and apprehensive about caring for their child at home.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Marilyn Hockenberry, Cheryl Rodgers, Sharron Docherty, Debra Brandon and Brigit Carter contributed to the 10th edition of Wong's Essentials of Pediatric Nursing textbook. Hockenberry served as the senior editor, a role she's had since the sixth edition. Rodgers also served as an editor. Docherty and Brandon contributed to the textbook and Carter was a reviewer for the book.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Cheryl Rodgers and Marilyn Hockenberry have several articles recently published in a special edition of the Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

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