Faculty/Staff Profile

Robin Lally, PhD, MS, BA, RN, AOCN, FAAN
Interim Associate Dean for Research
Bertha L. Pankratz Professorship in Nursing
Member, Fred and Pamela Buffett Cancer Center

Contact Information
University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC)
College of Nursing - Omaha Division
985330 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-5330
tel:(402) 559-5464 
E-Mail: robin.lally@unmc.edu

Dr. Lally joined the UNMC College of Nursing in the fall of 2016 after 10 years at the University at Buffalo School of Nursing in Buffalo, NY. She received a bachelor of arts in human physiology, a bachelor of science in nursing, and a masters and PhD in nursing with a specialty in oncology all from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Dr. Lally’s background includes ICU nursing in the Mayo hospitals, Rochester, MN, clinical trials nursing, and two decades of oncology nursing, specializing in breast cancer and psycho-oncology concepts and development of an Internet-based clinical intervention to support the psychosocial wellbeing of women with breast cancer and their families. Dr. Lally also holds a minor in biomedical ethics and earned a certificate in applied cognitive behavioral therapy and related supportive oncology.


  • Teaches Doctoral Seminar and grant proposal development courses
  • Serves as dissertation committee member
  • Gives lectures in psycho-oncology and psychological adjustment of people with cancer for nursing organizations and the community

Dr. Lally's research focuses on the psychological adjustment of people newly diagnosed and surviving cancer as well as their families/friends. She led a team in the development of CaringGuidance" After Breast Cancer Diagnosis (https://my.caringguidance.org) , an Internet-based, self-guided psychoeducational program for women newly diagnosed with breast cancer to address distress and depressive-symptoms through the provision of information, coping strategies, and support accessed by women on their computers/mobile devices.

  • Clinical Pathway for the Timely and Appropriate Treatment and Support of Young Women Diagnosed with Breast Cancer
    Pfizer/National Comprehensive Cancer Network joint RFP Clinical Pathways in Breast Cancer Total direct cost: $236,000
    PI: Elizabeth Reed, MD (UNMC/Nebraska Medicine) Effort 5%
    Co-PI: Lally; Effort: 5%
    Purpose: Improve the efficacy and efficiency in which care (physical, psychosocial, and decision making) is provided to rural women < 50 years of age diagnosed with breast cancer.
  • Serve as PI for study funded by the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center (2017 - present) titled: Reducing Distress and Depressive-symptoms in Rural Women Using an Internet-delivered, Self-guided Intervention: CaringGuidance"-After Breast Cancer Diagnosis.
  • Serve as PI for a study funded by the UNMC Vice Chancellor for Research Office (2016 - present) titled: Increasing Rural Women's Access to Early Psychological Care at Breast Cancer Diagnosis Using the CaringGuidance" Internet-based Program.
  • Served as PI for a study funded by the American Cancer Society (2011-2016) titled: Internet-based Psychoeducation to Promote Initial Breast Cancer Adjustment.
  • Served as PI for a series of 3 grants funded by the New York Cancer Research Fund thru the Mioducki Fund of the Community Foundation of Greater Buffalo Supplement to: American Cancer Society (2012 - 2016) titled: Internet-based Psychoeducation to Promote Initial Breast Cancer Adjustment and Program Enhancements Toward Translation of Research to Practice PHASES I and II.
  • Served as PI on a grant funded by the Foundation of New York State Nurses Rita C. Kopf Memorial Research Fund (2013 - 2014), titled: CaringGuidance" for Family and Friends of Women Newly Diagnosed with Breast Cancer.
  • Served as PI on a study funded by the Patricia H. Garman Behavioral Health Nursing Fund, University at Buffalo SUNY, School of Nursing (2007-2009), titled: Increasing our understanding of the immediate post-breast cancer diagnosis experience of women.

Study Sections

  • 4/2017 to present NIH National Institute for Nursing Research Nursing Science Reviewer
  • 1/2017 Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center Pilot Grants Reviewer


  • Frequent invited speaker at local, regional and national oncology nursing conferences and community events to educate oncology health care providers and the public.

Professional Service/Recognition

  • 3/2017 Accepted Fellow – Society of Behavioral Medicine Leadership Institute (competitive) Society of Behavioral Medicine
  • 3/2017 & 3/2016 Nominated to ballot for election to Nomination Committee Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science (CANS)
  • Selected for Society of Behavioral Medicine Leadership Institute (2017)
  • Selected for Applied Cognitive Behavioral & Related Interventions in Cancer Supportive Care certificate program (NCI/NIH #1R25 CA190186-01A1) (2016-2017)
  • Graduate Faculty Status University of Nebraska Medical Center (2016)
  • Oncology Nursing Society Foundation Core Grant Reviewer (2016-present)
  • Selected for NCI Sponsored Massachusetts General Hospital Supportive Oncology Workshop (2015)
  • Elected Oncology Nursing Society Coordinator Advanced Nursing Research Special Interest Group (2013-14, coord.-elect; 2014-16, coordinator)
  • Cancer Nursing: An International Journal for Cancer Care Annual Research Award (for outstanding research article  first author) Cancer Nursing: An International Journal for Cancer Care
  • Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (2012)
  • Excellence in Research Award University at Buffalo School of Nursing (2012)
  • Designated Trainee Western New York Cancer Coalition (WNYC2) Center to Reduce Disparities U54 NCI grant Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo NY (2010-2013)
  • Selected Attendee Pittsburgh Mind Body Center Summer Institute (NIH sponsored) University of Pittsburgh/Carnegie Mellon (2010-2013)
  • Multiple leadership positions on panels, advisory groups, and editorial boards within the Oncology Nursing Society (2005 - 2014)