Judith M. Fouladbakhsh, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, PHCNS-BC, CHTP, Associate Professor of Nursing at Oakland University, joined the SIO Board of Trustees in October of 2014. She is an advanced practice nurse and educator, with extensive experience in integrative oncology, pain management, public health and cancer nursing. She holds advanced practice certifications in Community Health and Holistic Nursing, and is a certified Healing Touch Practitioner, Reflexologist and Reiki Master.
A trip to the emergency room at a young age sparked Dr. Fouladbakhsh's interest in nursing. "As a nurse of many years, I have practiced and educated students from a holistic stance, recognizing the critical importance of care that focuses on all aspects of one's well-being," she noted. Her work in the community promoting wellness prompted her to learn about – and integrate - the best of conventional and non-conventional approaches to enhance care through management of symptoms experienced by patients. Dr. Fouladbakhsh's clinical practice includes integration of yoga, energy therapies and reflexology in the care of cancer patients and the homeless community in urban Detroit.
Her research focuses on the use of integrative approaches by cancer survivors for symptom management and health promotion, for which she developed the CAM Healthcare Model©. Funded studies have included comparative analyses of integrative medicine therapy use among cancer survivors in the U.S population, gender effects on use for symptom management; reflexology for pain relief; the effects of yoga on breathing, mood, sleep and quality of life of lung cancer patients; and use of nondrug therapies among community elders.
In addition to SIO, she is active in numerous national and international boards and organizations, including the International Society for Complementary Medicine Research and the Oncology Nursing Society. Dr. Fouladbakhsh's research has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals, and she is the author of book chapters on integrative therapies and integrative nursing, and pain management. She also has developed computerized continuing professional education modules and created online webinars related to integrative care.