Janice Withycombe, PhD, RN, MN, CCRP
Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing
Janice Withycombe joined Emory University’s Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing in July 2015. Prior to moving to Atlanta, she earned a doctoral degree in nursing at the University of Arizona in Tucson, a master’s degree in nursing from the University of South Carolina, and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Clemson University. Janice’s career has been dedicated to working with children with cancer. Her research focuses on symptom identification and management in children undergoing cancer therapy. Regarding symptom identification, she supports listening to the child’s voice during treatment and has worked with a team of international researchers to develop an instrument that captures patient reported adverse events during therapy, in children and adolescents. Dr. Withycombe also works to examine the impact of child and caregiver literacy in relationship to self-reported patient and proxy outcomes. She has experience in instrument developmen t, cognitive interviews, quantitative and qualitative research.
In addition to being an active researcher, she enjoys writing and has co-authored more than 20 research publications to date. She is on the editorial advisory board for the Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing and serves as is an active member of the Children’s Oncology Group (COG). Within COG she has lead nursing research teams to develop and complete evidence based practice projects. She is also a member of the COG Patient Reported Outcome (PRO) committee which advocates for the use of PROs in clinical trials.
"Children with cancer will teach you how to live," says Withycombe, assistant professor in the School of Nursing. "Children are incredibly resilient. One way that we can help them through treatment is to recognize and treat symptoms that can impact their quality of life."