Focus and Strategy
To improve palliative care received by patients with life-limiting or life-threatening illness and their families through the acquisition of new knowledge derived from innovative research, collaborative research partnerships, supportive research infrastructure and advancing career development with findings disseminated broadly to concerned stakeholders and communities.


Research Operations

Increase the number of palliative care grants at UW

Increase the number of peer-reviewed publications in Palliative Care at UW

Develop and submit an NIH training grant in palliative care

Develop and submit an NIH Center grant in palliative care



- Mock Study Sections

- Works in Progress

- "Think Tank" Conferences

- Mentor Development and Mentee Support

- Career Development

- Resources Development

- Statistical Support

- Informatics Support




Research Operations Co-Chair


Ardith Doorenbos, PhD, RN, FAAN

Professor, BNHS, School of Nursing

Adjunct Professor, Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine, School of Medicine

Adjunct Professor, Global Health,
School of Public Health


Box 357266

University of Washington




Research Operations Co-Chair


Ruth Engelberg, PhD

Research Associate Professor

Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

Associate Director, End-of-Life Care ResearchProgram


Patricia Bracelin Steel Building

Box 359765

401 Broadway

Seattle, WA 98104

Phone:  (206)744-9523

Dr. Engelberg is a Research Associate Professor, School of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care, and co-director of the University of Washington End-of-Life Care Research Program.


She has been a principal investigator or investigator on four R01 grants as well as numerous other foundation grants in support of the University of Washington/Harborview End-of-life Care Research Program.


Currently, she is the principal investigator on a grant from the National Palliative Care Research Center using mixed methods to describe the experiences of LGBT partners of critically ill patients who are unable to make their own care decisions.


She has provided research direction and support to all of the projects undertaken by the End-of-life Care Research Program, including both quantitative and qualitative approaches to research questions.


Her research has included randomized trials of interventions designed to improve the quality of end-of-life care for critically ill patients as well as interventions to improve clinician-patient and clinician-family communication about palliative care.


She has had extensive experience with questionnaire development, including the Quality of Communication questionnaire assessing clinician-patient and clinician-family end-of-life care communication, a Quality of End-of-Life Care questionnaire assessing physician skills at delivering end-of-life care as assessed by patients, families and nurses in outpatient settings, and the Quality of Dying and Death questionnaire measuring families’ perceptions of patients’ end-of-life experiences.


Dr. Engelberg has published over 80 peer-reviewed original research articles and serves as a research mentor for trainees from a variety of disciplines including medicine, nursing, social work and public health.

Ardith Z. Doorenbos is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biobehavioral Nursing & Health Systems, School of Nursing and an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Global Health, School of Public Health and the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine in the School of Medicine at the University of Washington.


Dr. Doorenbos is centered on end-of-life issues including advance care planning among racially and ethnically diverse individuals, families, and communities. Her program of research, funded by NIH and professional sources, is focused on understanding the dynamics of culturally competent end-of-life care from both provider and patient population perspectives.
She has sustained record of data-based publications in nursing and multidisciplinary journals.


Dr. Doorenbos has an outstanding global and trans-cultural perspective. She consults with nurses globally on end-of-life nursing issues.
Additionally, she helped develop the International Classification for Nursing Practice Catalogue on Palliative Care for Dignified Dying, which was published by the International Council of Nurses.


As an active member in the Oncology Nursing Society, she has assisted with setting the oncology nursing research agenda and the national agenda on oncology evidence-based practice guidelines. She was the team leader of the Oncology Nursing Priorities Survey which sets the funding agenda for the Oncology Nursing Foundation.


Dr. Doorenbos received her BSN from Wayne State University, MSN from Madonna University, and PhD from Wayne State University, College of Nursing. Her post-doctorate education includes the National Institute of Health Summer Institute on Randomized Clinical Trials Involving Behavioral Interventions, and three years of training at Michigan State University, College of Nursing.

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