Dr. Loescher is a behavioral/nurse scientist with a broad background in cancer prevention and control research and program development. She has focused her research and program development on skin cancer prevention, risk communication, technology and behavioral factors influencing risk-reducing behaviors. Of 50 publications in refereed journals, well over half focus on melanoma, other forms of skin cancer, or use of technology for skin cancer prevention and detection. For sustained work in cancer prevention, she received the Oncology Nursing Society Cancer Prevention and Detection award. As a researcher in the College of Nursing and Skin Cancer Institute (SCI) at the University of Arizona Cancer Center (UACC), she has advanced the research and evidence base for lifestyle behaviors in promoting wellness in Tucson. One exemplar of health promotion is her early study of sun safety in Tucson preschoolers and elementary school children. The intervention for this research—a sun safety puppet show—has been delivered to thousands of young children in the Tucson community continuously since 1996. Another exemplar is her current work with Project SASS (Students are Sun Safe). For Project SASS, UA student volunteers receive didactic preparation and in-person training to deliver sun safety information to local high school students. A third exemplar is her recent study of video delivery of skin cancer prevention and detection information that is tailored to solid organ transplantation recipients (most living in Tucson). She has used a variety of technology platforms as interventions in my research, including mobile teledermoscopy (telemedicine), Internet-delivered original video, and live delivery of original video in a clinic setting.
As an associate professor in The UA College of Nursing, Dr. Loescher has over 10 years of experience educating and evaluating graduate students using asynchronous online technology. She has taught several courses relevant to health promotion, including theories of health promotion and risk reduction, translational research methods, and community health nursing. As part of her joint appointment with the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, she was co-leader of a team to develop a sun safety service learning course that is the foundation for Project SASS. As a founding member of the SCI, Dr. Loescher has several years of experience developing and evaluating skin cancer-focused public and professional outreach education programs.