Maryjo Prince-Paul, PhD, APRN, ACHPN, FPCN

Maryjo Prince-Paul



Phone: 216.368.2520


Associate Professor

Research Interests
  • Palliative Care
  • Patient-centered Communication
  • Quality of Life
  • End-of-life Care
  • Intraprofessional Education
  • Oncology
Research Projects
  • National Faculty & Advisory Committee, Improving Patient-Centered Communication and Cancer Care, (Wittenberg-Lyles & Ferrell, Co-PIs). Train oncology nurses in patient-centered communication skills. This national, two-day course will be offered twice annually for four years, offering a cohort of 100 competitively selected oncology nurses per course an opportunity to apply these skills at their own institutions and implement quality improvement changes targeting communication. National Cancer Institute, R25CA174627, 09/01/14-08/31/19. Role: Faculty. Learn more >
  • Site PI.  Refinement and Expansion of the Palliative Care Research Cooperative (PCRC) Group (Abernethy, PI). Amplify the role of the PCRC as a national resource for efficient conduct of high quality, collaborative, multisite, palliative care and end-of-life (PCEOL) research. National Institute of Nursing Research, U24NR014637, 9/28/2013-6/30/2018. Learn more >
  • Co-Investigator, Randomized Trial of an HIV Navigation Program for Early Palliative Care (Slomka, PI). Test the effectiveness of early palliative care on the outcomes of quality of life, symptom assessment, coping ability, and advance care planning. National Institute of Nursing Research, NR014059, 9/30/12-7/01/15. 
  • Clinical Research Expert, Symptom Management and Palliative Care Research in Adults with Advanced Illness, (Daly, PI). This training program will prepare pre- and postdoctoral students with training in the content areas, sophisticated methodologies, and analytic techniques needed to prepare them to make significant contributions to this critical topic.  National Institute of Nursing Research, T32NR014213, 7/1/12014-6/30/2018.      
Educational Background
  • BSN, Nursing, Wright State University
  • MSN, Nursing Oncology, Case Western Reserve University, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Cleveland, OH
  • PhD, Nursing, Case Western Reserve University, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Cleveland, OH 
  • Board Certification-Palliative Care Advanced Practice
  • Ohio State Licensure for Practice as Registered Nurse
  • Ohio Board of Nursing Clinical Nurse Specialist
Recent Publications
  • Prince-Paul, Maryjo PhD, APRN, ACHPN FPCN; Peereboom, Karen MSN, CNP; Daly, Barbara J. PhD, RN, FAAN (2016). Confronting Mortality: Narratives of Military Veterans Enrolled in Home Hospice Care. Journal of Hospice & Palliative Nursing: June 2016 - Volume 18 - Issue 3 - p 219–226. doi: 10.1097/NJH.0000000000000250
  • Slomka, J., Prince-Paul, MJ., Webel, A., & Daly, BJ. (2016). Palliative care, hospice, and advance care planning: Views of people living with HIV and other chronic co-morbid conditions.
  • Kutner, J. S., Blatchford, P. J., Taylor, D. H., Ritchie, C. S., Bull, J. H., Fairclough, D. L., Hanson, L. C.,  LeBlanc, T. W.,  Samsa, G., Wolf, S., Aziz, N., Currow, D., Ferrell, B.,  Wagner-Johnson, N., Zafar, Y., Cleary, J., Dev, S., Goode, P., Kamal, A., Kassner, C., Kvale, E., McCallum, J., Ogunseitan, A., Pantilat, S., Portenoy, R., Prince-Paul, MJ., Sloan, J., Swetz, K., Von Gunten, C., & Abernethy, A. (2015). Safety and benefit of discontinuing statin therapy in the setting of advanced, life-limiting illness: a randomized clinical trial. JAMA Internal Medicine, 175(5), 691-700.
  • Prince-Paul, MJ., Exline, J. J., & Zyzanski, S. (2013). The RelCom-S: A Screening instrument to assess personal relationships and communication in serious illness. Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing, 15(5), 298-306. Doi: 10.1097/NJH.Ob01e31828Obd.
  • Exline, J., Prince-Paul, MJ., Root, B., & Peereboom, K. (2013). The Spiritual struggle of anger toward God: A Study with family members of hospice patients. Journal of Palliative Medicine, 16(4), 369-375. doi:10.1089/jpm.2012.0246.
  • Exline, JJ., Prince-Paul, MJ., Root, BL., Peereboom, K., & Worthington, E. (2012). Forgiveness, depressive symptoms, and communication at the end of life: A Study with family members of hospice patients. Journal of Palliative Medicine, 15(10), 1113-1119
  • Prince-Paul, M & Exline, J. (2010). Personal relationships and communication messages at the end of life. Nursing Clinics of North America. 45,449-463.+
  • Pulchalski, C., Ferrell, B., Virani, R., Otis-Green, S., Baird, P., Bull, J., Chochinov, H., Handzo, G., Nelson-Becker, H., Prince-Paul, M., Pugliese, K., & Sulmasy, D. (2009).    Improving the quality of spiritual care as a dimension of palliative care: The Report of the Consensus Conference. Journal of Palliative Medicine, 12(10), 885-904.+^
Book Chapters
Textbook of Palliative Care
Textbook of Palliative Care Communication

Edited by Elaine Wittenberg, Betty Ferrell, Joy Goldsmith, Thomas Smith, Myra Glajchen, George Handzo, and Sandra L. Ragan

Chapter: Family Member Experience of Caregiving

Prince-Paul, MJ., & Vrutunski, K. (Oct. 2015). Oxford University Press

Textbook of Palliative Care
Textbook of Palliative Care (4th ed.)

Edited by B. Ferrell , J. Paice & N. Coyle

Chapter: Ethical Considerations in Palliative Care

Prince-Paul, M. & Daly, BJ. (2015). Oxford University Press

Select Courses
USSO 290N Sages University Seminar, Fall 2015
Course Title: Perspectives on Dying and Death: Normalizing the Inevitable
Credit Hours: 3.0 semester hours
Faculty: Maryjo Prince-Paul, PhD, APRN, ACHPN, FPCN
Course Description: The inevitability of death encompasses us all. We are all born with the disease of mortality. We all die. And yet, to many of us the details of dying and death are a mystery. It is an abstraction we would rather not think about. This course aims to create thoughtful and reflective dialogue about dying and death, confronting death as something more than an abstract possibility. We will review the physical, psychological, social, spiritual, cultural, ethical, and economic perspectives of dying in America. Reflective thinking will be carefully guided by an array of faculty and guest speakers including those who are directly involved in the health care industry as well as those who provide services to families of the deceased. This course will be grounded in thinking about the symbolic world, as we explore the languages used to describe, interpret, or construct the natural and social/cultural worlds. The study of these languages will help broaden the understanding of human reasoning and communication. We are likely to visit a funeral home, a cemetery, and/or a hospice house to explore opportunities to reflect on our own views of dying and death and to consider others’ cultural beliefs and traditions. Finally, we will discuss the concept of quality of life and examine current evidence related to dying and death in America, such as the 2015 Institute of Medicine Report, Dying in America: Improving Quality and Honoring Individual Preferences Near the End of Life.
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