Margaret F. Clayton, PhD, APRN

Research Interests

  • Patient-Provider Communication
  • Breast Cancer Survivors


  • English

Academic Information

  • Departments: Nursing - Professor
  • Divisions: Acute and Chronic Care
  • Cancer Center Programs: Cancer Control & Population Sciences

Board Certification

  • ANCC - Family Nurse Practitioner

Academic Office Information

  • 801-585-5372
  • College of Nursing
    10 South 2000 East
    Salt Lake City, UT 84112

Academic Bio

Margaret Clayton, PhD, APRN, is an investigator at Huntsman Cancer Institute and member of the Cancer Control and Population Sciences Program. She is also an assistant professor in the College of Nursing at the University of Utah, where she teaches a large undergraduate pathophysiology course and a doctoral seminar in data collection methods. Her clinical background is as a family nurse practitioner.

In her research, Clayton combines self report and physiologic data that relates to cancer survivorship. She focuses on breast and prostate cancer survivors, with a particular interest in their emotional and physical well-being. A main focus of her research is how verbal and nonverbal patient/provider communication processes influence emotional and physical health during survivorship.

Clayton earned her bachelor's degree in nursing from the University of Connecticut, her master's degree in nursing from Pace University in New York, and a PhD in nursing from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her predoctoral education was funded by a National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Research Service Award and a National Cancer Institute fellowship in cancer control and epidemiology at the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. Her postdoctoral research was funded by the American Nurses Foundation and an NIH National Research Service Award. Clayton joined the University of Utah faculty in 2005. Currently she is principal investigator on two intramural grants.

Education History

Type School Degree
Postdoctoral Fellowship University of North Carolina
Postdoctoral Fellow
Doctoral Training University of North Carolina
Graduate Training Pace University
Undergraduate University of Connecticut

Selected Publications

Journal Article

  1. Clayton MF, Mishel MH, Belyea M (2006). Testing a model of symptoms, communication, uncertainty, and well-being, in older breast cancer survivors. Res Nurs Health, 29(1), 18-39.
  2. Gil KM, Mishel MH, Belyea M, Germino BB, Porter L, Clayton MF (2006). Benefits From an Uncertainty Management Intervention for Older Long-term Breast Cancer: 20 month Outcomes. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 13(4), 286-294.
  3. Porter L, Clayton MF, Belyea M, Gil KM, Germino BB, Mishel M (2006). Predicting psychological distress and psychological growth in African American and Caucasian long term breast cancer survivors. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 31(3), 195-204.
  4. Mishel MH, Germino BB, Gil KM, Belyea M, LaNey IC, Stewart J, Porter L, amp Clayton MF (2005). Benefits from an uncertainty management intervention for African-American and Caucasian older long-term breast cancer survivors. Psycho-Oncology, 14(11), 962-978.

Book Chapter

  1. Mishel MH, Clayton MF (2003). Uncertainty in Illness Theories. In Smith MJ; Liehr P (Ed.), Middle Range Theory in Advanced Practice Nursing 2nd ed. New York: Springer Publishing.