My long-term goal is to facilitate the implementation of evidence-based primary palliative care interventions to promote the psychosocial well-being of both patients with cancer and their caregivers while facing advance, incurable disease.
Research Scientist, Indiana University Center for Aging Research at Regenstrief Institute
Assistant Professor, Department of Community and Health Systems, Indiana University School of Nursing
Dr. Levoy is an Assistant Professor at the Indiana University (IU) School of Nursing with a dual appointment as a Research Scientist at the IU Center for Aging Research at Regenstrief Institute. She is also a registered nurse with certifications in oncology nursing and nursing education. Dr. Levoy’s research interest is in improving patient and caregiver preparation for the end-of-life, an interest which arose from over a decade of experience working with patients and families affected by cancer. Her research focuses on understanding the mechanisms through which patient and caregiver preparation for the end-of-life can be optimized across the cancer illness trajectory as a means of improving end-of-life decision making outcomes, patient outcomes at the end-of-life, and caregiver outcomes during bereavement. This inquiry has specifically focused on understanding ways to enhance two critical components of this preparation—advance care planning (ACP) and serious illness communication. Thus, her program of research addresses issues at the intersection of palliative care, cancer care, and caregiving. Dr. Levoy’s research has been previously supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholars Program, the American Cancer Society’s Doctoral Degree Scholarship in Cancer Nursing, and a NIH/NINR institutional training award program (T32NR009356).