Karen Wickersham, PhD, RN

Assistant Professor, PTSS
Address: 731A
Phone Number: 410-706-5119


  • Postdoctoral Training, University of Maryland, Baltimore, 2012-present
  • PhD, University of Pittsburgh, 2012
  • MSN, Nursing Education, University of Pittsburgh, 2011
  • BSN, University of Virginia, 1991


  • Wickersham, KE (PI). Genetic, Clinical, and Biological Correlates of EGFR Inhibitor-related Rash (NINR F32NR01475, 12/1/13 11/30/16).
  • Wickersham, KE (PI). Transcriptional Expression Profiles of Patients with Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Taking Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor Tyrosine Kinase Inhibitors (American Nurses Foundation, 9/1/14 – 8/31/15).
  • Wickersham, KE (PI). Transcription Expression Profiles of Patients with Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Taking Oral Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor Inhibitors (UMB School of Nursing, Center of Biology and Behavior Across the Lifespan Fall 2013 DRIF Award, 11/15/13 - 11/31/16).
  • Wickersham, KE (PI). Targeted Cancer Treatment in Adults with Cancer ≤ 85 Years of Age (UMB School of Nursing, Center of Biology and Behavior Across the Lifespan Spring 2015 Research Facilitation Award).

Recent Publications

  • Wickersham, K. E., Happ, M. B., Bender, C. M., Engberg, S. J., Tarhini, A., & Erlen, J. A. (2014). Surviving with lung cancer:  medication-taking and oral targeted therapy. Geriatric Nursing, 35(2), S49-S56. doi: 10.1016/j.gerinurse.2014.02.020. PMC3988629.
  • Wickersham, K., Sereika, S. M., & Bender, C. M. (2013). Pretreatment predictors of short-term nonadherence to oral hormonal therapy for women with breast cancer. Nursing Research, 62(4), 243-251. doi:  10.1097/NNR.0b013e318298fd70. PMC3723138.
  • Geynisman, D. M. & Wickersham, K. E. (2013).Adherence to targeted oral anticancer medications. Discovery Medicine, 15(83), 231-241. 
  • Wickersham, K., Happ, M. B., & Bender, C. M. (2012). “Keeping the boogie man away”:  Medication self-management among women receiving anastrozole therapy. Nursing Research and Practice, 2012, 462121. doi:  10.1155/2012/462121. PMC3543807.
  • Wickersham, K., Colbert, A., Caruthers, D., Tamres, L., Martino, A., & Erlen, J. A. (2011). Assessing fidelity to an intervention in a randomized controlled trial to improve medication adherence. Nursing Research, 60(4), 264-269.  doi: 10.1097/NNR.0b013e318221b6e6. PMC3138209.
  • DiPaola, R.S., Rinehart, J., Nemunaitis, J., Ebbinghause, S., Rubin, E., Capanna, T., Ciardella, M., Doyle-Lindrud, S., Goodwin, S., Fontaine, M., Adams, N., Williams, A., Schwartz, M., Winchell, G., Wickersham, K., Deutsch, P., & Yao, S. -L. (2002). Characterization of a novel prostate-specific antigen-activated peptide-doxorubicin conjugate in patients with prostate cancer. Journal of Clinical Oncology, 20, 1874-1879.  doi: 10.1200/JCO.2002.07.001

Academic & Professional Activities

  • 2013-Present: International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer
  • 2013-Present: International Association for the Study of Pain
  • 2012-Present: Southern Nursing Research Society
  • 2011-Present: American Society of Clinical Oncology
  • 2009-Present: Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society
  • 2008-2012: Eastern Nursing Research Society
  • 1987-Present: Oncology Nursing Society (ONS)