Professional Bio


  • Ph.D., University of Northern Colorado, Cum Laude, 2008
  • Pediatric Nurses Practitioner Post-Masters Certificate, University of Colorado schol of Nursing, 1987
  • M.A., University of Kansas, Cum Laude, 1983
  • B.S.N., University of California, Cum Laude, 1972


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Clinical Certifications and Expertise

Clinical Certifications
  • National Board of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (PNP)
  • Basic Life Support for Halth Professionals (BLS)
  • Advance Practice Nurse (APRN)
  • Registered Nurse (RN)


  • Pediatric Hematology-Oncology

Professional Memberships

  • Nurse-Physician Advisory Task Force for Colorado Health Care (NPATCH), Board of Nursing Representative, July 2013-Present
  • Alliance for Clinical Education (ACE)
  • Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, Editorial Board, Reviewer, Appointed, 2005-present
  • Colorado State Board of Nursing (SBON), Vice President, Chair of Discipline Panel, Nurse-Physician Advisory Task Force for Colorado Health Care (Governor's Task Force), APRN Subcommittee
  • Journal of the Association of Pediatric Oncology Nurses, Editorial Board, Senior Reviewer, Appointed, 2005-present
  • Oncology Nursing Society
  • Colorado Nurses Association (CNA)
  • Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (STTI)
  • Alpha Sigma Nu

Research & Scholarship

Research Interests

Pediatric Hematology-Oncology

Recent Publications

Whitlow PG, Caparas M, Cullen P, Trask C, Schulte F, Embry L, Nagarajan R, Johnston DL,  Sung L.  (2014). Strategies to improve success of pediatric cancer cooperative group quality of life studies:  A report from the Children’s Oncology Group.  Quality of Life Research, 23(10): 2600-2605.

Scaramuzzo LA, Gordils-Perez J, Cullen PM.  (2014).  Getting patients active: Using national data to drive practice. Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, 18(5):41-43.

Johnston, D. L., Nagarajan, R., Caparas, M., Schulte, F., Cullen, P., Aplenc, R., & Sung, L. (2013). Reasons for non-completion of health related quality of life evaluations in pediatric acute myeloid leukemia: a report from the Children’s Oncology Group. Plos One, 8(9), e74549–e74549. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0074549

Sands SA, Zhou T, O'Neil S, Allen J, Cullen P, Kaleita TA, Noll R, Sklar C and Finlay JL (In Press). Long-term follow-up of quality-of-life and neuropsychological functioning of children treated for malignant intracranial gliomas: Children's Oncology Group L991. Journal of Clinical Oncology.

Madden JR, Mowry P, Gao D, Cullen P and Foreman NK (2010). Creative arts therapy improves quality of life for pediatric brain tumor patients receiving outpatient chemotherapy. Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing 27: 133-145.

Recent Presentations

Johnston DL (presenter), Gerbing R, Alonzo T, Aplenc R, Nagarajan R, Schulte F, Cullen P, and Sung L (co-athors). (2014).  Patient reported outcome coordinator did not improve quality of life assessment response rates:  A report from the Children’s Oncology Group. American Society of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology annual meeting, May 14-17, 2014.

Cullen, P. Internal and External Research Audits: Key Elements and Priorities. Audit Compliance for Institutions Participating in National Clinical Trials Symposium, Children’s National Medical Center, Washington, DC, Platform. May 9, 2013.

Cullen, P.  Use of Reflection to Foster Professional Development in Nurse Practitioner Students, Western Institute of Nursing : 46th Annual Communicating Nursing Research Conference, Anaheim, CA. April 11, 2013.

Cullen, P. Functional Status, Behavior, Executive Function and Quality of Life in Children Undergoing Treatment for Standard-Risk Medulloblastoma: The Children’s Oncology Group Experience, 15th International Symposium on Pediatric Neuro-Oncology, Toronto, Canada, June 27, 2012.

Cullen, P. Keynote Address, 1st Regional Symposium on Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice, Swedish Medical Center and Craig Hospital, Denver, CO, May 11, 2012.

Cullen, P. CNS Tumors: A Story of Passion for Saving and Improving Lives and Neurons Through Clinical Trials. Association of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Nursing 35th Annual Conference, Anaheim, CA, 2011.

Cullen, P. Diagnosis, Evaluation, and Follow-Up of Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults with Cancer for the Primary Care Provider. National Nurse Practitioner Symposium, Copper Mountain, CO, 2011.

Research Update: ACNS0331 (StandardRisk Medulloblastoma) and ACNS0221 (Conformal Radiation for Low Grade Glioma). Children's Oncology Group National Meeting, Los Angeles, CA, 2010.

Awards and Recognition

  • Nurse Physician Advisory Task Force for Colorado Health Care, Honored for years of exemplary service.  Awarded. September 2015.
  • Faculty Research Award (for long-standing contributions to the culture of research), Regis University, 2015
  • Doris J. Biester Award for Outstanding Leadership, STTI, 2014


Community Involvement and Service

Service to the University

  • Institutional Review Board (IRB): (2003-Present)
  • Office of Academic Grants Advisory Committee: (2011-Present)
  • Faculty Salary Benchmarking Study Committee: (2012-Present)
  • Academic Policy and Planning Committee: (2009-2012)
  • Web Redesign Task Force: (2011)

Service to the College

  • Committee on Rank: (2012-Present)
  • Learning Technologies Advisory Council: (2011-Present)
  • Council on Research and Scholarship: (2010-Present)
  • Online Advisory Team (OLAT): (2006-2011)

Service to the School of Nursing

  • Faculty Search Committee: (2007-2012)
  • Faculty Development Committee: (2011-Present)
  • Pre-Licensure Curriculum Redevelopment Working Group (Accelerated Option): (2010-2012)
  • Blended Courses Task Force: (2010-2012)
  • Post-Licensure Curriculum Committee: (2010-2011)
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice Working Group: (2007-2010)
  • Nursing Faculty Organization: (2003-Present)

Service to Profession

  • School Health and Safety Task Force, Colorado Department of Health and Environment: (2012-Present)
  • Advanced Practice Subcommittee, Colorado State Board of Nursing: (2011-Present)
  • Colorado State Board of Nursing: (2010-Present)
  • Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, Editorial Board, Reviewer (2005-present)
  • Free School Physical Examinations for Medically Indigent Children in Denver: (2003-Present)
  • Journal of the Association of Pediatric Oncology Nurses, Editorial Board, Senior Reviewer, Appointed, 2005-present 

Service to Community

  • Thesis Advisor-MS Nursing students, University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Ho Chi Minh City (HCM), 2012-present
  • Visiting Professor of Nursing- MS Nursing students, University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Ho Chi Minh City (HCM), 2009-present 
  • Peace in the Streets Back-to-School Health Fair: (2008-2010)
  • 9Health Fair: (2004-Present)