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Margaret Lacetti

Margaret Laccetti, Ph.D., RN, AOCN, ACHPN Assistant Professor


Oncology; Palliative Care, Pain Management, Education with Standardized Patients/Low Fidelity Simulation, New Graduate Nurse Residency Program Development, Leadership Development for Nurse Managers and Directors.

Research Interest

  • Investigation and use of expressive writing and language use with selected groups of cancer patients and families
  • Use of expressive writing, and how choices of language (or words) reflect experiences with disease
  • Quality of life in cancer patients
  • The experience of having a partner with prostate cancer
  • Adult family adaptation to serious, chronic or terminal illness
  • Standardized patients/low fidelity simulation in nursing education

Educational Background

2003 Ph.D. - University of Massachusetts Worcester/Amherst (Nursing)
1995 M.S. Nursing - Salem State College (Nursing education/acute care-oncology)
1982 B.S. Nursing - Columbia University
1977 B.A. - Psychology, SUNY at Albany


Margaret Laccetti earned her Ph.D. at the University of Massachusetts collaborative program at Worcester and Amherst. Her dissertation focused on the use of expressive writing by stage IV breast cancer patients, exploring the effect of language use on quality of life. Laccetti earned her MS at Salem State College, with clinical specialization in acute care and nursing education. Her thesis explored the attitudes and intervention strategies of nurses caring for patients suffering from medication or chemotherapy induced nausea. Her BSN was from Columbia University. She is a Hartford scholar (2007), investigating the experiences of partners of patients with prostate cancer, and was a Ghiloni Oncology faculty fellow (2005).  Laccetti is a clinical nurse specialist, with advanced practice certifications in both Oncology and Hospice and Palliative Care Nursing. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International, ONS, and HPNA, and currently serves as on the editorial board of the Oncology Nursing Forum.