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Leli Pedro, DNSc, RN, OCN, CNE

Associate Professor

Leli Pedro

Leli Pedro joined the College of Nursing in 2005 as an experienced teacher scholar and seasoned academic faculty. In her current associate professor role, she provides leadership in the scholarship of teaching and learning. A productive career as a certified oncology nurse, NINR funded researcher in quality of life research for rural cancer survivorship and NLN certified nurse educator are the backdrop for her expertise. Leli holds a DNSc (Doctorate in Nursing Science) from the University of San Diego and a master’s in nursing in Adult Health with a functional area of nursing education from Loma Linda University.

As full-time faculty at three distinguished health science universities, Leli acquired extensive teaching experience in diverse learning environments (on-line, seminar, clinical and classroom settings) and subject matter (chronic illness, adult and older adult health, oncology, professional issues, nursing theory and curriculum design). She has mentored junior faculty into productive academic careers, led nurse faculty groups, managed research projects and served on local and national scientific review panels for journals and funding agencies. Among her many professional memberships, Leli maintains active membership with the National League of Nursing, Oncology Nursing Society, International Society of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and the Philippine Nurses Association of America.​

Degree Awarding Institution Field of Study Graduation Date
CNE National League of Nursing Certified Nurse Educator 2008- present
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 1990-2005
MS Loma Linda University
Loma Linda, California
Medical-Surgical, Education 1984
BS Andrews University
Berrien Springs, Michigan
Nursing 1979
Title Organization Year
Excellence in Research Award Sigma Theta Tau International, Gamma Alpha Chapter 2013
ROSE Award (Recognition of Outstanding Service and Excellence) Oregon Health and Science University, Ashland/Klamath Falls Campus 2004
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, W. L. & Schmiege, S. (2013). Rural Living as Context: A Study of Disparities in Long term Cancer Survivors. Oncology Nursing Forum, 41(3), E211-E219.
  2. Larsen, Kai R., Voronovich, Zoya A., Cook, Paul F., Pedro, Leli W. (2013). Addicted to Constructs: Science in Reverse?, Addiction, 108(9),1532-1533. DOI: 10.1111/add.12227.
  3. Cook, P., Larsen, K., Sakraida, T. &  Pedro, L. W. (2012). A Novel Quantitative Approach to Concept Analysis: The Inter-Nomological Network. Nursing Research, 61(5), 369-378. DOI: 10.1097/NNR.0b013e318250c199
  4. Thompson, C., Galbraith, M. E., & Pedro, L. W. (2010). Building collaborative scholarship in an academic nursing community.  International Journal of Education Nursing Scholarship, 7(1) article 37.  DOI: 10.2202/1548-923X.1922\
  5. 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. 
  6.  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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Pedro, L. W. (2001).  Quality of Life for Long‑Term Survivors of Cancer: Influencing Variables. Cancer Nursing, 24, (1), 1-11. 
  • 2014-2015. University of Colorado, Denver, Presidents Teaching and Learning Collaborative. $1500.00 "Decoding the Discipline: Use of a Model to Expedite the Learning or Disciplinary Ways of Thinking by BS Students" Principal Investigator. Funded.

  • 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.