An NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center

Betty Ferrell, Ph.D., M.S.N.

Director and Professor, Division of Nursing Research and Education, Department of Population Sciences
Research Focus
  • Pallative Care
  • Quality of Life
  • Pain Management
  • End-of-Life Care
  • Interprofessional Education

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Betty Ferrell, Ph.D., M.S.N., C.H.P.N. has been in nursing for 40 years. Her clinical expertise and research are focused on pain management, quality of life and palliative care.
Ferrell is the director of the Division of Nursing Research and Education and a professor at City of Hope in Duarte, California. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and her publications have appeared in more than 400 peer-reviewed journals and texts. 
She is principal investigator of a research project funded by the National Cancer Institute on “Palliative Care for Patients with Solid Tumors on Phase 1 Clinical Trials,” and is principal investigator for the “End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC)” project. She directs several other funded projects related to palliative care in cancer centers and quality of life issues. She was co-chairperson of the National Consensus Project for Quality Palliative Care.  
Ferrell completed a master’s degree in theology, ethics and culture from Claremont Graduate University in 2007. She has authored 11 books, including the Oxford Textbook of Palliative Nursing, published by Oxford University Press (4th edition published in 2015). She is co-author of The Nature of Suffering and the Goals of Nursing (Oxford University Press, 2008) and Making Health Care Whole: Integrating Spirituality into Patient Care (Templeton Press, 2010). 
In 2013, Ferrell was named as one of “30 Visionaries” in the field by the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.


City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center, 1500 East Duarte Road

Duarte, CA 91010

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Betty Ferrell, director of the Division of Nursing Research and Education at City of Hope, elected to esteemed National Academy of Medicine

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End-of-Life nursing education program expands to 100 countries