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University of Colorado College of Nursing

College of Nursing

Leli Pedro, DNSc, RN-C, OCN

Assistant Professor

Leli Pedro

Leli Pedro’s research focuses on cancer survivorship and health-related quality of life (HRQL) for rural residents and elders. Dr. Pedro has conducted research with long-term cancer survivors and prostate cancer couples that focuses on psychosocial predictors, quality-of-life outcomes, and nursing interventions. Concepts of communication, health disparities, contextual health, and self-management characterize the research.  

At three different health science universities, Pedro has acquired extensive teaching experience, having taught across curricula, chronic illness, adult and older adult health, oncology, professional issues and curriculum design. She has mentored junior faculty in teaching methods and evaluation.  As an active member of Sigma Theta Tau International and the Oncology Nursing Society, she has served as Sigma Theta Tau Peer Reviewer for the On-line Case Study Program and the Oncology Nursing Society Small Grants and Awards Review Team.  She is an NLN certified nurse educator as well as a certified oncology and medical-surgical nurse.  Pedro is a board member of the Philippine Nurses Association of America Colorado Chapter and reviewer for the Journal of the Philippine Nurses Association of America.

Degree Awarding Institution Field of Study Graduation Date
DNSc University of San Diego
San Diego, California
Nursing - Adult Health & Illness 1998
Oncology Certified Nurse Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation Oncology Nurse 1990-Present
Certified Medical-Surgical Nurse American Nurses' Credentialing Center Medical-Surgical Nurse 1990-Present
MS Loma Linda University
Loma Linda, California
Medical-Surgical, Education 1984
BS Andrews University
Berrien Springs, Michigan
Nursing 1979
Title Organization Year
Clarice Woodward Award for Nursing Excellence in Writing Sigma Theta Tau International, Gamma Alpha Chapter 2001
Listed in #2806162 "Who' Who Among America' Teachers?" 2000
Inland Empire American Red Cross Nursing Service Award Inland Empire American Red Cross Nursing Service 2000
Palmer Research Award University of San Diego - $1000 1997
Top Educator Award United States Air Force Recruiting Service 1994
Zaparra Excellence in Teaching Award Loma Linda University - $1000 1992
  1. Pedro, L. W. (2010). Theory Derivation: Adaptation of a Contextual Model of Health Related Quality of Life for Rural to Rural Cancer Survivors.  Online Journal of Rural Health Nursing and Health Care, 10(1), 80-95. 
  2.  Galbraith, M. E., Pedro, L. W., Jaffe, A. R., & Allen, T. L. (2008). Health-Related Outcomes for Couples Experiencing Prostate Cancer: Differences and Similarities Oncology Nursing Forum, 35, (5), 794-801.
  3. 2.Sanders, S., Pedro, L.W., O'Carroll Bantum, & Galbraith, M.E. (2006). Couples surviving prostate cancer: Long-term intimacy needs and concerns following treatment. Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, 10(4), 503-508.
  4. Galbraith, M. E., Arechiga, A., Ramirez, J., & Pedro, L. W. (2005). Prostate cancer survivors' and partners' self-reports of health-related quality of life, treatment symptoms, and marital satisfaction 2.5-5.5 years after treatment. Oncology Nursing Forum, 32(2): Online Exclusive: E30-41.
  5. Pedro, L. W. (2001).  Quality of Life for Long‑Term Survivors of Cancer: Influencing Variables. Cancer Nursing, 24, (1), 1-11. 
  • April 2010 – March 2013. National Institute of Nursing Rsearch 1R15NR010627-01A2 $150,000 Rural Long-Term Cancer Survivors and Contextual Health-related Quality of Life.”  Principle Investigator. Funded.
  • Jan. 2008 – Dec. 2008 Doris Kemp Smith Faculty Research Award $3780 “Health Related Quality of Life for Rural Cancer Survivors: the Colorado Experience”. Principle Investigator. Funded.
  • Oct. 2006-Nov. 2007 - American Nurses Foundation – 2006 Western Institute for Nursing /ANF Awards Scholar. $3,499. "Health Related Quality of Life for Rural Cancer Survivors: The Colorado Experience.
    Principle Investigator. Funded.
  • 2000-2003 - Oncology Nursing Society Research Grant.  $10,000 "Surviving Prostate Cancer and Treatment: Impact on Couples" Co-Investigator. Funded.
  • 2000-2003 - Loma Linda University College of Nursing Research Seed Money $3,000 "Self- Esteem, learned resourcefulness, social support and health-related quality of life in long-term cancer survivors: A continuation" Principal Investigator. Funded.