Margaret Laccetti

Margaret Laccetti, School of Nursing

Margaret Laccetti, School of Nursing

Assistant Professor
HSSB 295


Oncology; palliative care;  pain management; new graduate nurse residency program development; leadership development for nurse managers and directors.

Research Interest

Research interests include 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; and adult family adaptation to serious, chronic or terminal illness.

Educational Background

Ph.D. - UMass. Worcester/Amherst (Nursing)    2003
MSN - Salem State College (Nursing education/acute care-oncology)    1995
BSN - Columbia University    1982
BA - Psychology, SUNY at Albany    1977


Dr. Margaret Laccetti  is an assistant professor of nursing at University of Massachusetts Lowell.  She earned her PhD 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. Dr. 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).  Dr. 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.