Linda Sarna, RN, PhD, FAAN
Dr. Linda Sarna, Professor and Lulu Wolf Hassenplug Endowed Chair at the UCLA School of Nursing received her doctorate from the University of California, San Francisco, and her baccalaureate and master's degress from UCLA. She is recognized for her scholarship promoting nursing involvement in tobacco control and in oncology nursing research focused on quality of life and symptoms of patients with lung cancer. In collaboration with Dr. Stella Bialous, Dr. Sarna has led research efforts to increase nursing interventions to help smokers quit using web-based educational programs and resources in the US, currently working with nurses in Kentucky and Louisiana. She is testing these methods in studies involving nurses in China, the Czech Republic, and Poland. Drs. Sarna and Bialous initiated the Tobacco Free Nurses initiative to help nurses quit smoking and to increase nursing education, research, and leadership in tobacco control.
She has received numerous honors for her work, including recognition from the Oncology Nursing Society as a Distinguished Research Professor and the International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care with a Distinguished Service Award. She has collaborated with national and international nursing organizations on policies related to tobacco control, and with the National Cancer Institute on a research agenda regarding tobacco and cancer. Drs. Sarna and Bialous have monitored smoking among nurses in the U.S. as well as the changes in tobacco use among nurses using data from the Nurses’ Health Study. She and Dr. Bialous co-edited the 2009 Annual Review of Nursing Research focused on nursing scholarship in tobacco control. She recently co-authored a monograph for the World Health Organization on the role that nurses can play in reducing non-communicable diseases. Dr Sarna is the Chair of the UCLA Tobacco-Free Policy Steering committee.
Gritz ER, Sarna L, Dresler C, Healton CG (2007). Reducing Carcinogen Levels in Cigarette Smoke. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention. 16:2171
Gritz E, Sarna L, Dresler C, Healton C (2007). Building a United Front: Aligning the Agendas for Tobacco Control, Lung Cancer Research, and Policy. Cancer epidemiology, Biomarkers, and Prevention. 16: 859-863.
Sarna L, Swann S, Langer C et al. (2006). Is There a Disconnect Between Physician and Patient-reported. International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, and Physics. 66:S541-
Sarna L, Cooley ME, Brown JK, Williams RD, Chernecky C, Padilla G, Danao LL. Quality of Life and Health Status of Dyads of Women with Lung Cancer and Family Members. Oncology Nursing Forum. 2006 Nov 27;33(6):1109-16.
MacDonald DJ, Sarna L, Uman GC, Grant M, Weitzel JN. Cancer Screening and Risk-reducing Behaviors of Women Seeking Genetic Cancer Risk Assessment for Breast and Ovarian Cancers. Oncology Nursing Forum. 2006 Nov 3;33(2):E27-35.
Sarna L, Grannis F, Coscarelli A (2006) Physical and Psychological Impact of Lung Cancer Survivors. Chapter in Oncology: An Evidence-based approach. Eds. Chang, Ganz, Hayes, Kinsella, Pass, Schiller, Stone & Strecher, Springer-Verlag, New York. 1871-1890.
Hirschhorn N, Bialous SA, Shatenstein S. The Philip Morris External Research Program: Results From the First Round of Projects. Tobacco Control. 2006 Jun;15(3):267-9.
Sarna L, Bialous S, Barbeau E, McLellan D. Strategies to Implement Tobacco Control Policy and Advocacy Initiatives. Critical Care Nursing Clinics of North America. 2006 Mar;18(1):113-22, xiii. Review
Sarna L, Bialous SA. Strategic Directions for Nursing Research in Tobacco Dependence. Nursing Research. 2006 Jul-Aug;55(4 Suppl):S1-9
Sarna L, Danao LL, Chan SS, Shin SR, Baldago LA, Endo E, Minegishi H, Wewers ME. Tobacco Control Curricula Content in Baccalaureate Nursing Programs in Four Asian Nations. Nursing Outlook. 2006 Nov-Dec;54(6):334-44