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

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, Chair of Discipline Panel B, Appointed, 2013-2015
  • Colorado State Board of Nursing, Professional Nursing Representative, Board Member, Appointed, July 2010-July 2015
  • 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

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Clinical Certifications and Expertise

  • National Board of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners
  • Pediatric Hematology-Oncology
  • Basic Life Support for Halth Professionals (BLS)
  • Advance practice Nurse (APRN)
  • Registered Nurse

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 & Recognition

  • Doris J. Biester Award for Outstanding Leadership, STTI, 2014
  • Outstanding Doctoral Student, University of Northern Colorado, 2008
  • Outstanding Dissertation Award, University of Northern Colorado, 2008