Lorna Finnegan, PhD, RN, FAAN

  • Associate Professor
  • Executive Associate Dean

Lorna Finnegan, PhD, RN, FAAN is Associate Professor and Executive Associate Dean of the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), College of Nursing, Department of Health Systems Science. Dr. Finnegan’s long-term research goal is to create and test interventions to prevent and reduce symptom burden in long-term cancer survivors.  Worldwide, there are 28-million people living with cancer as a chronic disease.  Unfortunately, the after-effects of cancer treatments may have life-long negative consequences.  Compared with the general population, cancer survivors report higher rates of symptoms such as pain, fatigue, sleep disturbance, psychological distress, and difficulty concentrating.  Moreover, these symptoms often cluster together and act synergistically, leading to significant distress.  Dr. Finnegan’s program of research has led to the development of a ‘symptom cluster experience profile’ (SCEP) model. A SCEP is a unique configuration of two or more symptoms and a set of risk and protective factors that contribute to or alleviate symptoms.  An underlying assumption of the SCEP model is that a complex heterogeneous population can be empirically unbundled into homogeneous subgroups through statistical methods such as latent variable mixture modeling. Interventions are then targeted to the salient modifiable risk and protective factors that characterize each subgroup-specific SCEP. The initial concept of the SCEP model originated during Dr. Finnegan’s primary care clinical practice as she endeavored to help chronically ill patients manage multiple symptoms during brief clinical encounters.  She envisioned a group-visit model of chronic illness management based on subgroups of patients who shared common profiles of symptoms (rather than diseases).

Current Area of Teaching
  • NUEL 546 Biometrics and Applied Statistics
  • NUEL 547 Multivariate Analysis for Health Sciences
  • NURS 525 Intermediate Statistics
Selected Honors & Awards
Selected Publications
  • Ryan, C., Choi, H., Fritschi, C., Hershberger, P., Vincent, C., Hacker, E.D., Zerwic, J., Norr, K. Park, H. J., Tastan, S., Keenan, G., Finnegan, L., Zhao, Z., & Wilkie, D. J. (In press). Challenges and solutions for using informatics in research. Western Journal of Nursing Research.
  • Hershberger, P.E., Finnegan, L., Pierce, P.F., & Scoccia, B. (2012). The decision-making process of young adult women with cancer who considered fertility cryopreservation. JOGNN: Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing, 42, 50-59. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1552-6909.2012.01426.x. 
  • Mackesy-Amiti, M.E., Finnegan, L., Ouellet, L.J., Golub, E.T., Hagan, H., Hudson, S.M., Latka, M.H., & Garfein, R.S. (2012). Peer-education intervention to reduce injection risk behaviors benefits high-risk young injection drug users: A latent transition analysis of the CIDUS 3/DUIT study. AIDS and Behavior, November 2012, epub ahead of print, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10461-012-0373-0
  • Tenfelde, S., Finnegan, L., Miller, A. M., & Hill, P. (2012). Risk of breastfeeding cessation among low-income women, infants, and children: A discrete time survival analysis. Nursing Research, 61, 86-95. http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/NNR.0b013e3182456b0a. 
  • Ngamkham, S., Vincent, C., Finnegan, L., Holden, J. E., Wang, Z.J., & Wilkie, D. J. (2012). The McGill Pain Questionnaire as a multidimensional measure in people with cancer: An integrative review. Pain Management Nursing, 13, 27-51. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pmn.2010.12.003
  • Cox, C.L., Zhu. L., Finnegan, L., Steen, B.D., Hudson, M.M., Robison, L.L. & Oeffinger, K.C. (2011). Survivor profiles predict health behavior intent: The Childhood Cancer Survivor Study, Psycho-Oncology,21, 469-478 http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/pon.1935
  • Tenfelde, S., Finnegan, L., & Hill, P. (2011).  Predictors of breastfeeding exclusivity in a WIC sample. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing. 42, 179-189. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1552-6909.2011.01224.x
  • Finnegan, L., Shaver, J., Zenk, S., Wilkie, D.W., & Ferrans, C.E. (2010).  The Symptom Cluster Experience Profile Framework. Oncology Nursing Forum, 37, E337-E386. http://dx.doi.org/10.1188/10.ONF.E377-E386
  • Finnegan, L., Campbell, R.T., Ferrans, C.E., Wilbur, J., Wilkie, D.J., & Shaver, J. L. (2009). Symptom cluster experience profiles in adult survivors of childhood cancers. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 38, 258-269. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2008.09.010
  • Marion, L., Finnegan, L., Campbell, R.T., & Szalacha, L. (2009). The Well Woman Program: A community-based randomized controlled trial to prevent sexually transmitted infections in low-income African American women. Research in Nursing and Health, 32, 274-285. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002%2Fnur.20326
  • Finnegan, L., Wilkie, D.J., Wilbur, J.E., Campbell, R., Zong, S., & Katula, S. (2007). Correlates of physical activity in young adult survivors of childhood cancers. Oncology Nursing Forum, 35(4), E 60-69. http://dx.doi.org/10.1188%2F07.ONF.E60-E69
  • Powers, J., Bergren, M.D., Finnegan, L., (2007). Comparison of school food allergy emergency plans to the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network’s standard plan. Journal of School Nursing, 23(5), 21-27. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177%2F10598405070230050301
  • Finnegan, L., Marion, L, & Cox, C. (2005). Profiles of self-rated health in midlife adults with chronic illnesses. Nursing Research, 54, 166-177. http://dx.doi.org/10.1097%2F00006199-200505000-00004
Current Research

Patterns of changing risk behavior in the CIDUS-3 Drug Users Intervention Trial (DUIT). Mackesy-Amiti, M. E., PI. National Institute on Drug Abuse, 1R01DA031584-01, Role: Co-I