Dr. Ferrell has been working in the field of nursing for 39 years and has focused her clinical expertise and research in pain management, quality of life, and palliative care. She is the Director of Nursing Research & Education and a Professor at the City of Hope Medical Center in Duarte, California, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.
Dr. Ferrell has over 400 publications in peer-reviewed journals and texts and is the Principal Investigator of a Research Project funded by the National Cancer Institute on “Palliative Care for Patients with Solid Tumors on Phase 1 Clinical Trials” and Principal Investigator of the “End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC)” project. She is a member of the Board of Scientific Advisors of the National Cancer Institute and was Co-Chairperson of the National Consensus Project for Quality Palliative Care.
She completed a Master’s degree in Theology, Ethics and Culture from Claremont Graduate University in 2007 and authored eleven books including the Oxford Textbook of Palliative Nursing published by Oxford University Press. She co-authored the text The Nature of Suffering and the Goals of Nursing published in 2008 by Oxford University Press, and Making Health Care Whole: Integrating Spirituality into Patient Care published by Templeton Press in 2010. In 2013, Dr. Ferrell was named one of the 30 Visionaries in the field by the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.