Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing
1520 Clifton Road, NE
Atlanta, GA 30322-4027
Main Phone: 404.727.6348
Dr. Susan Bauer-Wu's expertise is in the use of psycho-behavioral interventions, primarily mindfulness-based approaches to address the challenges of living with serious illness, for both patients and family members. The central foci of her research have been on understanding the science of the mind-body connection and on enhancing quality of life for individuals affected by cancer and other serious illnesses, utilizing mixed methods of quantitative (including biological and survey) and qualitative research. She has received significant research funding from the National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Nursing Research and large foundations, and is currently the co-Principal Investigator of a program project grant (P01) on family caregiver stress. Bauer-Wu's teaching interests include the use of contemplative practices for health professionals/students to foster resiliency and enhance patient-provider interactions and care. She has received numerous professional honors and awards, including Georgia Cancer Coalition Distinguished Scholar and Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. Among her extensive professional service activities, Bauer-Wu currently serves as President-Elect of the Society for Integrative Oncology. In addition to dozens of scholarly peer-reviewed publications, she has written a popular book for the lay public, "Leaves Falling Gently: Living Fully with Serious and Life-Limiting Illness through Mindfulness, Compassion, and Connectedness" (New Harbinger, 2011).