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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, College Of Nursing
  • College Of Nursing
  • 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)