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DNSc., Yale University (2006)

Recent Courses

Dissertation Guidance I
Dissertation Guidance II
Dissertation Guidance: III
Evidence-Based Practice In Nursing
Frameworks For Advanced Nursing Practice
Nursing Research: Conduct And Utilization
Quantitative Research Designs And Methods
Research Seminar II: Proposal Development
S/T: Elements Of The Research Process

Teaching Specializations/Interests

Quantitative Designs and Methods
Knowledge Development in Nursing
Nursing Research: Conduct and Utilization
Research in Nursing
Introduction to Holistic Clinical Practice
Dissertation Guidance I

Research Interests

Cancer prevention and early detection
Health promotion
Physical activity
Symptom management (oncology)
Research methodology

Grants/Sponsored Research

Lymphedema and quality of life, sleep, and perceived sexuality. This online survey is collaborated with Dr. Mei Fu at New York University School of Nursing. The Purpose of this study is to investigate symptom experience and symptom management strategies and the impact of lymphedema on quality of life, sleep, and perceived sexuality among breast cancer patients.

The Multidisciplinary research Initiation Grant sponsored by Stony Brook University (Sept. 2008 - Sept. 2009). The $25,000 grant will help to develop and pilot test an innovative, culturally appropriate intervention tailored to match Chinese American women¡¯s decisional style, knowledge about and access to mammography screening.

The Community Research Grant funded by Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) and ONS Foundation (2004-2006). The $10,000, two year grant was to explore how Chinese American women made the decision of seeking care after discovering a breast symptom.

The Delta Mu Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International grant. This grant provided supplemental funding ($1,200) for my dissertation which was also funded by ONS Foundation (see above)


Qing Zhang & Yiyuan Sun (2001). Nursing procedures and skills in Medical Nursing. Tianjin, China: Tianjin Medical University.

Book Chapters

Yiyuan Sun (2002). Literature Review. In Xiao, S., & Hu, Y. (Eds.). Nursing Research. Beijing, China: People’s Health Publisher.

Refereed Articles

1. Nejat G; Sun Y; Nies M. (2009), Assistive Robots in Health Care Settings. Home Health Care Management & Practice, 21, 177-87..

Yiyuan Sun & M Tish Knobf . (2008), Concept Analysis of Symptom Disclosure in the Context of Cancer. Advances in Nursing Science, 31(4), 331¨C340.

Mary A Nies, Yiyuan Sun (2008), Responders and Non-Responders to a Walking Intervention for Sedentary Women. Nursing Research. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 40(3), 226¨C234.

M Tish Knobf , Gloria Juarez , Shiu-Yu Katie Lee , Virginia Sun , Yiyuan Sun , Emily Haozous. (2007), Challenges and Strategies in Recruitment of Ethnically Diverse Populations for Cancer Nursing Research. Oncology Nursing Forum, 34, 1187-1194.

M Tish Knobf, Yiyuan Sun. (2005), A Longitudinal Study of Symptoms and Self-care Activities in Women Treated With Primary Radiotherapy for Breast Cancer. Cancer Nursing, 28, 210-218.

Invited Presentation/Lecture

Yiyuan Sun (2010, November). DNSc, RN. Asian Initiatives of American Cancer Society.

Conference Presentations/Papers

Mary Nies, Yiyuan Sun, Goldie Nejat (2008). A Multidisciplinary Team Program of Research with Interactive Nurse Robots to Enhance Elderly Health. In 18th International Nursing Research Congress Focusing on Evidence-Based Practice. Vienna, Austria.

Yiyuan Sun (2003). Symptom Disclosure by Women with Breast Symptoms. In Oncology Nursing Society 28th Annual Congress Research Short Course. Denver, CO.

Honors and Accomplishments

2006 2006 ONS Congress Travel Scholarship
2003 Research Short Course Award, Oncology Nursing Society.
2002-2003 Yale School of Nursing Pre-Doctoral Fellowship founded by Department of Defense¡¯ Breast Cancer Research Program.
2001 Yale University Doctoral Scholarship

Professional Activities

Vice President, Chinese American Nurse Association.

Community and Corporate Leadership

Volunteer at the Asian Initiatives of the American Cancer Society.

Licenses & Certifications

Registered Nurse in California and New York States.