Bio

Meghan Underhill-Blazey is an assistant professor at the University of Rochester School of Nursing, a member of Cancer Control and Prevention at the Wilmot Cancer Institute, and a nurse practitioner at the Wilmot Cancer Institute.

Dr. Underhill-Blazey has dedicated her career to understanding the experiences of and improving care for individuals and families living with inherited cancer risk. As an active nurse practitioner within the Hereditary Cancer Program, her program of research focuses on building and implementing clinical innovations that transform the focus of cancer genetics from an illness model to a wellness focused model that directly responds to the needs of individuals and families. She has widely disseminated research findings both through publications and presentations and has served as the nurse scientist on multidisciplinary teams which has had national and international impact. She has worked to share her research expertise with others and has provided long-lasting successful research mentorship to multiple pre and post-doctoral nursing trainees. In addition to clinical practice, research, and mentorship, Meghan has served in multiple capacities as an oncology nursing science leader both locally and nationally within the Oncology Nursing Society. Based on her research impact and leadership she was awarded the Oncology Nursing Society Victoria Mock New Investigator Award in 2018.

Dr. Underhill-Blazey completed her BS, MS, and PhD in Nursing at the University at Buffalo. Her post-doctoral training was completed at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the University of Massachusetts Boston.


Current Focus

"My current focus is building interventions to support cancer genetics clinical care and the patients and families impacted by cancer genetics. I am leading a study entitled FRAME: Familial cancer Risk Assessment and Mindfulness Education to support individuals living with inherited pancreatic cancer risk. Additionally, I am leading a study to evaluate the impact of EHR initiated intervention to promote referral and completion of cancer genetic testing in the context of pancreatic cancer. I also am leading work to understand the impact of telemedicine on cancer genetic care at URMC. I serve as co-investigator on a number of different externally funded projects in cancer care. "


Publications
Pozzar, R., Xion, N., Hong, F., Nayak, M., & Underhill-Blazey, M. (2021). Knowledge and Psychosocial Impact of Genetic Counseling and Multigene Panel Testing among Individuals with Ovarian Cancer. Familial Cancer.

Jones, T., Howard, H., Freeman-Costin, K., Creighton, A., Wisdom-Chambers, K., & Underhill-Blazey, M. (2021). Knowledge and perceptions of BRCA1/2 genetic testing and needs of diverse women with a personal or family history of breast cancer in South Florida.. Journal of community genetics. PMID: 33555545 DOI: 10.1007/s12687-021-00507-6

Baroutsou, V., Underhill-Blazey, M. L., Appenzeller-Herzog, C., & Katapodi, M. C. (2021). Interventions Facilitating Family Communication of Genetic Testing Results and Cascade Screening in Hereditary Breast/Ovarian Cancer or Lynch Syndrome: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.. Cancers. PMID: 33672149 DOI: 10.3390/cancers13040925

Brady, J. A., Underhill-Blazey, M., Burke, P. J., Lee, C. S., Howard, E. P., & Duffy, L. V. (2021). Experiences of School Nurses Caring for Newly Arrived Immigrant and Refugee Children. International Journal of Educational Reform, 105678792199151. DOI: 10.1177/1056787921991512

Pozzar, R., Hammer, M.J., Underhill-Blazey, M., Wright, A.A., Tulsky, J.A., Hong, F., Gundersen, D.A., & Berry, D.L . (2020). Threats of bots and other bad actors to data quality following research participant recruitment through social media: cross-sectional questionnaire. Journal of Medical Internet Research. DOI: 10.2196/23021

Chittenden, A., Harladsdottir, S., Ukaegbu, C., Underhill-Blazey, M., Gaunkar, S., Uno, H., Brais, L., Pere, K., Wolpin, B., Syngal, S., & Yurgelun, M. (2020). Implementing Systematic Genetic Counseling and Multigene Germline Testing for Individuals with Pancreatic Cancer. Journal of Oncology Practice.

Cao, C., Sullivan, S., & Underhill-Blazey, M. (2020). Hand Lettering as a Novel Form of Creative Art Expression for Oncology Patients. Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing.

Brady, J. A., Underhill-Blazey, M., Burke, P. J., Lee, C. S., Howard, E. P., & Duffy, L. V. (2020). Experiences of school nurses caring for newly arrived immigrant and refugee children. International Journal of Education Reform.

Amweg, L., McReynolds, J., Lansang, K., Jones, T., Snow, C., Berry, D., Partridge, A., & Underhill-Blazey M (2020). Hodgkin Lymphoma Survivor Wellness: development of a web-based intervention. Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing. PMID: 32441674 DOI: 10.1188/20.CJON.284-289

Jabaley, T., Rizzo, P., Grenon, N. N., Sullivan, C., Bagley, J., Nassif, M., Siegel, R., Underhill-Blazey, M. L. (2020). Chemotherapy Education and Support: A Model for Use in the Ambulatory Care Setting. Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing. PMID: 32678366 DOI: 10.1188/20.CJON.E43-E49

Underhill-Blazey, M., Blonquist, T., Chittenden, A., Pozzar, R., Nayak, M., Lansang, K., Hong, F., Garber, J., & Stopfer, J. (2020). Informing models of cancer genetics care in the era of multigene panel testing with patient-led recommendations. Journal of Genetic Counseling.

Jabaley T., Underhill-Blazey M.L., & Berry D.L. (2019). Development and Testing of a Decision Aid for Unaffected Women with a BRCA1 or BRCA2 Mutation. Journal of Cancer Education, 1-6.

Berry D.L., Hong F., Halpenny B., Sanda M., Master V.A., Filson C.P., Chang P., Chien G.W., Underhill M., Fox E., McReynolds J.& Wolpin S. (2019). Evaluating clinical implementation approaches for prostate cancer decision support.. Urology Practice, 6 (2), 93-99.

Underhill M., Stopfer J., Chittenden A., Nayak M.M., Lansang K., Lederman R., Garber J., & Gundersen D.A. (2019). Development and testing of the KnowGene scale to assess general cancer genetic knowledge related to multigene panel testing. Patient education and counseling.

Underhill-Blazey M., Blonquist T., Lawrence J., Hong F., Yurgelun M.B., & Syngal, S. (2019). Health behaviours and beliefs in individuals with familial pancreatic cancer. Familial cancer, 1-8. PMID: 31522335

Underhill M.L., Pozzar R., Chung D., Sawhney M., & Yurgelun M. (2019). Health Care Provider Perceptions of Caring for Individuals with Inherited Pancreatic Cancer Risk. J Cancer Educ. PMID: 31701425 DOI: 10.1007/s13187-019-01623-1

Jones T., Trivedi M.S., Jiang X., Silverman T., Underhill M., Chung W.K., Kukafka R, & Crew K.D. (2019). Racial and Ethnic Differences in BRCA1/2 and Multigene Panel Testing Among Young Breast Cancer Patients. J Cancer Educ. PMID: 31802423 DOI: 10.1007/s13187-019-01646-8

Jones, T., Trivedi, M.S., Jiang, X., Silverman, T., Underhill, M., Chung, W. K., Kukafka, R. & Crew, K. D. (2019). Racial and Ethnic Differences in BRCA1/2 and Multigene Panel Testing Among Young Breast Cancer Patients. Journal of Cancer Education. PMID: 31802423 PMCID: PMC7293107 DOI: 10.1007/s13187-019-01646-8

Underhill-Blazey, M., Blonquist, T., Lawrence, J., Hong, F., Yurgelun, M. B., & Syngal, S. (2019). Health behaviours and beliefs in individuals with familial pancreatic cancer. Familial Cancer. PMID: 31522335

Underhill-Blazey, M. (2019). What does the research say about genetic testing and underserved populations?. ONS Voice.

Jones T., Duquette D., Underhill M., Mendelsohn-Victor K., Anderson B., Ming C., Milliron K., Copeland G., Janz N., Northouse L., Duffy S., Merajver S., & Katapodi M. (2018). Surveillance for cancer recurrence in long-term young breast cancer survivors randomly selected from a statewide cancer registry. Breast Cancer Research and Treatment. DOI: 10.1007/s10549-018-4674-5

Underhill M., Hong F., Lawrence J., Blonquist T., & Syngal S. (2018). Relationship between individual and family characteristics and psychosocial factors in persons with familial pancreatic cancer. Psycho‐Oncology.

Underhill M., Blonquist T., Habin K., Lundquist D., Shannon K., Robinson K., Woodford M., & Boucher J. (2017). A state-wide initiative to promote genetic testing in an underserved population. Cancer Medicine, 6 (7), 1837-44. PMID: 28556546

Underhill M., Hong F., Jones T., Sprunck-Harrild K., Walsh S., Boyajian R., Berry D., & Partridge A. (2017). Feasibility and Acceptability of a Web Site to Promote Survivorship Care in Survivors of Hodgkin Disease. JCO Clinical Cancer Informatics. DOI: 10.1200/CCI.17.00012

Underhill M., Habin K., & Shannon K. (2017). Perceptions of cancer risk, cause, and needs in participants from low socioeconomic background at risk for hereditary cancer. Behavioral Medicine, 43 (4), 259-67. PMID: 26808295

Underhill M., Berry D., Dalton E., Schienda J., & Syngal S. (2015). Patient experiences living with pancreatic cancer risk. Hereditary Cancer in Clinical Practice, 13 (1), 13. PMID: 26029287

Underhill M., Roper K., Siefert M., Boucher J., & Berry D. (2015). Evidence-Based Practice Beliefs and Implementation Before and After an Initiative to Promote Evidence Based Nursing in an Ambulatory Oncology Setting. Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing, 12 (2), 70-8. PMID: 25704058

Underhill M., Sheldon L., Halpenny B., & Berry D. (2014). Communication About Symptoms and Quality of Life Issues in Patients with Cancer: Provider Perceptions. Journal of Cancer Education, 29 (4), 753-61. PMID: 24748096

Underhill M., Chicko L., & Berry D. (2014). A nurse-led evidence based practice project to monitor and improve the management of chemotherapy induced nausea or vomiting. Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, 19 (1), 38-40. PMID: 25689647

Underhill M., Hong F., & Berry D. (2014). When study site contributes to outcomes in a multi-center randomized trial: A secondary analysis of decisional conflict in men with localized prostate cancer.. Health and Quality of Life Outcomes, 12 (1), 159. PMID: 25344101

Boucher J., Roper K., Underhill M., & Berry D. (2013). Science and Practice Aligned Within Nursing: Structure and Process for Evidence Based Practice. Journal of Nursing Administration, 43 (4), 229-34. PMID: 23528689

Underhill M., & Crotser C. (2013). Seeking balance: Decision support needs of women without cancer and a deleterious BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation. Journal of Genetic Counseling, 23 (3), 350-62. PMID: 24271037

Rhodes M., Meyers C.,& Underhill M. (2012). Dedicated Education Unit: Evaluation of Outcomes. Journal of Professional Nursing, 28 (4), 223-30. PMID: 22818192

Lally R., & Underhill M. (2012). Transition to breast cancer survivorship: A longitudinal qualitative follow-up study of two year survivors. Journal of Psychosocial Oncology, 30 (1), 97-127. PMID: 22269078

Underhill M., Boucher J., Roper K., & Berry D. (2012). Symptom management excellence initiative: promoting evidence-based oncology nursing practice. Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, 16 (3), 247-50. PMID: 22641315

Underhill M, Lally R, Kiviniemi M, Murkeysioni C, Dickerson S (2012). Living my family’s story: identifying the lived experience in healthy women at risk for hereditary breast cancer. Cancer Nursing, 35 (6), 493-504. PMID: 22544165

Underhill M., & Dickerson S. (2012). Engaging in medical vigilance: the personal meaning of breast surveillance. Oncology Nursing Forum, 38 (6), 686-94. PMID: 22037331

Dickerson S., Alqaissi N., Underhill M., & Lally R. (2011). Surviving the wait: defining support while awaiting breast cancer surgery. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 67 (7), 1468-79. PMID: 2382077

Underhill M., & Kiviniemi M. (2011). The association of perceived provider-patient communication and relationship quality with colorectal cancer screening. Health Education and Behavior, 39 (5), 555-63. PMID: 21986241

Dickerson S., Kennedy M., Wu Y., Underhill M., & Othman A. (2010). Factors related to quality-of-life pattern changes in recipients of implantable defibrillators. Heart & Lung: The Journal of Acute and Critical Care, 39 (6), 466-76. PMID: 20561848