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Transforming Healthcare Transforming Lives:
Creating the Nursing Leaders of Tomorrow and the Research that Improves Health

Melissa Shelton, PhD, RN

  • Assistant Professor, Nursing, University of South Florida


  • PhD, Nursing, University Of South Florida, 2011
  • MS, Nursing Education, University of South Florida, 2008
  • BS, University Of South Florida, 2005
  • BS, University Of South Florida, 1996

Interdisciplinary and Emerging Signature Programs

  • Women & Children's Health


  • Southern Nursing Research Society (member, 2009 - Present)
  • Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses (member, 2006 - Present)
  • Sigma Theta Tau International (member, 2005 - Present)

Selected Publications

  • Lengacher, C.A., Reich, R., Paterson, C., Jim, H., Ramesar, S., Alinat, C.B., Budhrani, P., Farias, J., Shelton, M., Moscoso, M., Park, J., & Kip, K. The effects of Mindfulness-based stress reduction MBSR(BC) on sleep quality among breast cancer survivors Psycho-oncology.
  • Shelton, M. M., Schminkey, D. L., & Groer, M. W. Relationships among Prenatal Depression, Plasma Cortisol, and Inflammatory Cytokines Biological Research for Nursing..
  • Nelson, L. E., Thach, C. T., Shelton, M., & Boyer, C. Dyadic perspectives on coparenting and sex among Black adolescent mothers and the biological fathers of their children Journal of Family Nursing.
  • Lengacher CA, Shelton MM, Reich RR, Barta MK, Johnson-Mallard V, Moscoso MS, Paterson C, Ramesar S, Budhrani P, Carranza I, Lucas J, Jacobsen PB, Goodman MJ, Kip KE. Mindfulness based stress reduction (MBSR(BC)) in breast cancer: evaluating fear of recurrence (FOR) as a mediator of psychological and physical symptoms in a randomized control trial (RCT). Journal of behavioral medicine. 37(2) : 185-95, 2014. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23184061
  • Reich RR, Lengacher CA, Kip KE, Shivers SC, Schell MJ, Shelton MM, Widen RH, Newton C, Barta MK, Paterson CL, Farias JR, Cox CE, Klein TW. Baseline Immune Biomarkers as Predictors of MBSR(BC) Treatment Success in Off-Treatment Breast Cancer Patients. Biological research for nursing. , 2014. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24477514
  • Lengacher CA, Kip KE, Post-White J, Fitzgerald S, Newton C, Barta M, Jacobsen PB, Shelton MM, Moscoso M, Johnson-Mallard V, Harris E, Loftus L, Cox C, Le N, Goodman M, Djeu J, Widen RH, Bercu BB, Klein TW. Lymphocyte recovery after breast cancer treatment and mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) therapy. Biological research for nursing. 15(1) : 37-47, 2013. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22084404
  • Lengacher CA, Kip KE, Barta M, Post-White J, Jacobsen PB, Groer M, Lehman B, Moscoso MS, Kadel R, Le N, Loftus L, Stevens CA, Malafa MP, Shelton MM. A pilot study evaluating the effect of mindfulness-based stress reduction on psychological status, physical status, salivary cortisol, and interleukin-6 among advanced-stage cancer patients and their caregivers. Journal of holistic nursing : official journal of the American Holistic Nurses' Association. 30(3) : 170-85, 2012. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22442202
  • Araya, W., Johnson-Mallard, V., Evans, M. E., McNerney, D. & Shelton, M. M. Overview of maternal mortality in Eritrea, sub-Saharan Africa The African Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health. 6(4) : 171-175, 2012.
  • Lengacher CA, Reich RR, Post-White J, Moscoso M, Shelton MM, Barta M, Le N, Budhrani P. Mindfulness based stress reduction in post-treatment breast cancer patients: an examination of symptoms and symptom clusters. Journal of behavioral medicine. 35(1) : 86-94, 2012. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21506018
  • Lengacher CA, Johnson-Mallard V, Barta M, Fitzgerald S, Moscoso MS, Post-White J, Jacobsen PB, Molinari Shelton M, Le N, Budhrani P, Goodman M, Kip KE. Feasibility of a mindfulness-based stress reduction program for early-stage breast cancer survivors. Journal of holistic nursing : official journal of the American Holistic Nurses' Association. 29(2) : 107-17, 2011. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21041554
  • Groër MW, Shelton MM. Exercise is associated with elevated proinflammatory cytokines in human milk. Journal of obstetric, gynecologic, and neonatal nursing : JOGNN / NAACOG. 38(1) : 35-41, 2009. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19208046
  • Lengacher CA, Johnson-Mallard V, Post-White J, Moscoso MS, Jacobsen PB, Klein TW, Widen RH, Fitzgerald SG, Shelton MM, Barta M, Goodman M, Cox CE, Kip KE. Randomized controlled trial of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) for survivors of breast cancer. Psycho-oncology. 18(12) : 1261-72, 2009. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19235193


  • Assessment of Cancer Patients’ Satisfaction and E (Order Total: 7928, 5/1/2014 12:00:00 AM - 4/30/2015 12:00:00 AM)
  • Comparison of hair cortisol levels in mothers who (Order Total: 7500, 4/1/2013 12:00:00 AM - 6/30/2014 12:00:00 AM)
  • Medication administration workflow study (Order Total: 45000, 1/1/2012 12:00:00 AM - 5/31/2012 12:00:00 AM)