Faculty Associates

Cleveland G. Shields

Contact Information
Email: cgshields@purdue.edu
Office: FWLR 101 Map
Phone: (765) 496-8372
Fax: (765) 494-0503
Homepage: Homepage
Professor of Human Development and Family Studies

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PhD Purdue University Marriage and Family Therapy Program 1987

Research Interests

Patient/family-healthcare provider interaction, health communication, health disparities, couple & family coping with the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.


2020 - CTSI Trailblazer Award
2018 - Empowering a Rural Community to Respond to Rx Opioid Abuse: Empowered Communities Initiative (ECI)
2015 - National Institute of Drug Abuse

Selected Publications

Johns, S.A., Beck-Coon, K., Stutz, P.V., Talib, T.L., Chinh, K., Cottingham, A.H., Schmidt, K., Shields, C., Stout, M.E., Stump, T.E., Monahan, P.O., Torke, A.M., & Helft, P.R. (2020). Mindfulness training supports quality of life and advance care planning in adults with metastatic cancer and their caregivers: Results of a pilot study. American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Medicine. 37: 88-99. doi: 10.1177/1049909119862254

Shields, C.G., Shields, C.G., Fuzzell, L.N., Christ, S.L., & Matthias, M.S. (2019). Patient and provider characteristics associated with communication about opioids: An observational study. Patient Education and Counseling, 102(5), 888-894. doi: 10.1016/j.pec.2018.12.005

Shields, C.G., Griggs, J.J., Fiscella, K., Elias, C.M., Christ, S.L., Colbert, J., ...Epstein, R.M. (2019). The Influence of Patient Race and Activation on Pain Management in Advanced Lung Cancer: A Randomized Field Experiment. JGIM: Journal of General Internal Medicine. 34(3) 435-442

Cottingham, A.H., Beck-Coon, K., Bernat, J.K., Helft, P.R., Schmidt, K., Shileds, C.G., ...Johns, S.A. (2018). Addressing personal barriers to advance care planning: Qualitative investigation of a mindfulness-based intervention for adults with cancer and their family caregivers. Palliative & Supportive Care, 1-10. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1478951518000354

Cohee, A.A., Bigatti, S.M., Shields, C.G., Johns, S.A., Stump, T., Monahan, P.O., & Champion, V.L. (2018). Quality of Life in Partners of Young and Old Breast Cancer Survivors. Cancer Nursing, 41(6), 491-497. https://doi.org/10.1097/NCC.0000000000000556

Elias, C.M., Shields, C.G., Griggs, J.J., Fiscella, K., Christ, S.L., Colbert, J., ...Epstein, R.M. (2017). The social and behavioral influences (SBI) study: study design and rationale for studying the effects of race and activation on cancer pain management. BMC Cancer, 17(1). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12885-017-3564-2

Matthias, M.S., Johnson, N., Shields, C.G., Biar, M.J., MacKie, P., Huffman, M., & Alexander, S.C. (2017). "I'm not gonna pull the rug out from under you": Patient-provider communication about opioid tapering. Journal of Pain. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpain.2017.06.008

Venetis, M.K., Meyerson, B.E., Friley, L.B., Gillespie, A., Ohmit, A., & Shields, C.G. (2017). Characterizing Sexual Orientation Disclosure to Health Care Providers: Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Perspectives. Health Communication, 32(5), 578-586. https://doi.org/10.1080/10410236.2016.1144147

Fuzzell, L., Fedesco, H.N., Alexander, S.C., Fortenberry, J.D., & Shields, C.G. (2016). "I just think that doctors need to ask more questions": Sexual minority and majority adolescents' experiences talking about sexuality with healthcare providers. Patient Education and Counseling, 99(9), 1467-1472. https://doi.org/10.1016./j.pec.2016.06.004

Epstein, R.M., Duberstein, Fenton, J.J., Fiscella, K., Hoerger, M., Daniel J. Tancredi, D.J., Xing, G., Gramling, R., Mohile, S., Franks, P., Kaesberg, P., Plumb, S., Cipri, C.S., Street Jr, R.L., Shields, C.G., Back, A.L., Butow, P., Walczak, A., Tattersall, M., Venuti, M., Sullivan, P., Robinson, M., Hoh, B., Lewis, L., Kravitz, R.L. (2016) Effect of a Patient-Centered Communication Internvention on Oncologist-Patient Communication, Quality of Life, and Health Care Utilization in Advanced Cancer: The VOICE Randomized Clinical Trial JAMA Oncology. doi: 10.1001/jamaoncol.2016.4373

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