Jane M Fall-Dickson


Department of Primary Appointment:
Graduate School of Nursing
GSN Administration
Associate Dean of Research
Location: Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD
Research Interests:
Acute and Chronic Pain Mechanisms, Symptom Science, Health-Related Quality of Life in Oncology Patients, Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation, and Oral Complications of Cancer Treatment
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Dr. Fall-Dickson joined the Daniel K. Inouye School of Nursing (GSN), Uniformed Services
University of the Health Sciences as the Associate Dean for Research (ADR) in June, 2023.
She is providing strategic planning and leadership for research initiatives at the GSN.
Previously, she was an associate professor at the Georgetown University School of Nursing
where she had served as the Assistant Chair, Research. She was also an Affiliate Member,
Cancer Prevention and Control Program, Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center,
Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC). Her post-doctoral training was completed
through the Clinical Research Fellowship Program in the Clinical Research Core and the Pain
and Neurosensory Mechanisms Branch, National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research,
National Institutes of Health (NIH). Dr. Fall-Dickson served as an intramural Investigator focused
on elucidating mechanisms of and testing novel treatment for oral chronic graft-versus-host
disease and oral mucositis and related oral symptoms, and as a Special Assistant to the
Scientific Director, National Institute of Nursing Research, NIH. Her initial oncology clinical
nursing practice focused on administering research protocol-driven cancer chemotherapy at the
Clinical Center, NIH. She practiced as the Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) at St.
Luke’s Hospital, Bethlehem, PA, where she led efforts to develop the oncology chemotherapy
unit, trained all nursing staff in safe chemotherapy administration, and wrote and integrated into
clinical practice all evidence-based policies and procedures for chemotherapy administration.
She replicated this work as a CNS at the MedStar Washington Hospital Center (MWHC),
Washington, DC and was instrumental in planning and opening the WHC medical oncology unit.
Her numerous publications, presentations, and funded research are in the broad areas of
cancer survivorship, symptom science, hematopoietic stem cell transplant, and testing novel
topical treatments for oral mucositis and related symptoms and associated inflammatory
biomarkers. Her service leadership has included development of clinical practice guidelines for
mucositis as a member of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer, proposal
review for the Community Oncology Research Program, Division of Cancer Prevention, National
Cancer Institute, NIH, and numerous GUMC committees including the Protocol Review and
Monitoring Committee, Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, and the Scientific Evaluation
and Prioritization Committee, Georgetown-Howard University Clinical Translational Science

Award. Her research mentorship for GUSON students was recognized by the 2023 Allan
Angerio Award for Excellence in Mentorship. In her current ADR role, she serves as a member
of the Research Advisory Committee for the USUHS Vice President for Research, and a
member of the Advisory Board, Center for Rehabilitation Sciences Research.
Dr. Fall-Dickson received a BA in English and French from St. Mary-of-the-Woods College in
Indiana, a BSN from the University of Maryland School of Nursing, an MSN from Yale School of
Nursing, and a PhD from the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing.

Representative Bibliography

1. Potosky AL, Ahn J, Xia Y, Lin L, Chen RC, Graves KD, Pan W, Fall-Dickson JM, Keegan THM, Paddock LE, Xiao-Cheng W, Shretha A, Reeve BR. Demographic and Clinical Factors Associated with Health-Related Quality of Life Profiles among Prostate Cancer Survivors. Journal of Clinical Oncology. In press

2. Conley C, Derry-Vick H, Ahn J, Xia Y, Lin Li, Graves KD, Pan W, Fall-Dickson JM, Reeve BR, Potosky AL. Relationship Between Area-Level Socioeconomic Status and Health-Related Quality of Life among Cancer Survivors. Journal of the National Cancer Institute Cancer Spectrum. Brief Communications. 8(1). 2023. Impact Factor: 4.4 https://doi.org/10.1093/jncics/pkad109.

3. Reeve BB, Graves KD, Lin L, Potosky AL, Ahn J, Henke DM, Pan W, Fall-Dickson JM. Health-Related Quality of Life by Race, Ethnicity, and Country of Origin among Cancer Survivors. Journal of the National Cancer Institute. 115, 258-267. 2023. Impact Factor: 13.506. PMID: 36519827. DOI: 10.1093/jnci/djac230. Online ahead of print, 2022.

4. Potosky AL, Graves KD, Lin L, Pan W, Fall-Dickson JM, Ahn J, Ferguson KM, Keegan THM, Paddock LE, Wu W-C, Cress R, Reeve BB. The prevalence and risk of symptom and function clusters in colorectal cancer survivors. Journal of Cancer Survivorship. 16,1449-1460.2022. Impact Factor: 4.44. PMID: 34787775 DOI:10.1007/s11764-021-01123-6. Epub 2021 Nov 17.

5. Hong C, Gueiros LA, Fulton J, Kin Fong Cheng K, Kandwal A, Galiti D, Fall-Dickson JM, Johansen J, Ameringer S, Kataoka T, Weikel D, Eilers J, Ranna V, Vaddi A, Lalla RV, Bossi P, Elad S. Systematic Review of Basic Oral Care for the Management of Oral Mucositis in Cancer Patients and Clinical Practice Guidelines. Supportive Care in Cancer, 27, 3949-3967. 2019. Impact Factor: 2.85. PMID: 31286232 DOI: 10.1007/s00520-019-04848-4

6. Fall-Dickson JM, Schubert MM, Pavletic SZ. Oral Complications of Chronic Graft-Versus- Host Disease. Journal of the National Cancer Institute (JNCI) Monograph, 53, 2019. Impact Factor: 12.15. PMID: 31425593 DOI: 10.1093/jncimonographs/Igz00

7. White K, Anderson K, McLaughlin M, Yearwood E, Fall-Dickson JM. Essential Knowledge, Skills, and Attitudes of Mentors and Mentees for Successful DNP Projects. Nursing Education Today, 71, 107-110. 2018. Impact Factor: 2.533. PMID: 30268072 DOI: 10.1061/j.nedt.2018.09.015

8. St John L, Gordon SM, Childs R, Marquesen M, Pavletic SZ, Wu TX, Cozzarelli T, Schroeder E, Saria MG, Fall-Dickson JM. Topical thalidomide gel in oral chronic graft-versus-host disease and role of in situ cytokine expression. Bone Marrow Transplantation, 48, 610-611. Bone Marrow Transplantation advance online publication. Impact Factor: 3.746. PMID: 23000649 DOI: 10.1038/bmt.2012.178