Susan Bauer-Wu, PhD


Susan Bauer-Wu’s research, scholarship, and teaching focus on the effects of chronic stress and the use of contemplative approaches to bolster stress resilience and sense of well-being. The author of Leaves Falling Gently: Living Fully With Serious & Life-Limiting Illness through Mindfulness, Compassion, & Connectedness, and over 50 peer-reviewed publications, she has garnered approximately $7 million in federal and major foundation funding that has led to thoughtful interventions for those living with cancer and other chronic illnesses, as well as for family and professional caregivers.

With a clinical foundation in oncology, psychiatric, and hospice nursing, Dr. Bauer-Wu earned her PhD in nursing (funded by NIH fellowship in psychoneuroimmunology) from Rush University in Chicago and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in psycho-oncology at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire.

Before joining U.Va., Dr. Bauer-Wu was an associate professor of nursing at Emory University and Georgia Cancer Center Coalition Distinguished Scholar. From 2001 to 2007, she was an instructor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and director of the Cantor Center for Nursing Research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. She has taught professional education programs for the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare, and Society and the Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Currently president of the Society for Integrative Oncology, a senior fellow of the Mind & Life Institute, and a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, Dr. Bauer-Wu has serves on a number of review panels for NIH and the American Cancer Society, among others.

Dr. Bauer-Wu also facilitates retreats, workshops, and meditation training programs for health care professionals and people living with illness and their loved ones. She is especially inspired by international work through service, teaching, and research in Asia.

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