Our Team


Our accomplished, interdisciplinary research team works individually and collaboratively to advance quality lung cancer survivorship in South Carolina, with the goal of improving outcomes for patients, survivors, and their family members.

Karen K. McDonnell, PhD, RN, OCN

Assistant Professor & Principal Investigator
College of Nursing
University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC

Jenny M. Abel

Photographer, Editor, and Designer
Jenny Abel Editorial Services Charlottesville, VA

Brandi Newsome, MD

Pulmonologist, USC Specialty Clinics
Clinical Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine,
University of South Carolina School of Medicine
Columbia, SC

Shaun Owens, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor
College of Social Work
University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC

Ciaran Fairman, Ph.D., CSCS, CET

Assistant Professor
Exercise Science Department
Arnold School of Public Health
University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC

Jessica D. Grooms, MT-BC

Board Certified Music Therapist and Musician 
Charleston, SC

Elizabeth Wherley Regan, PhD, DPT

Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy
Clinical Assistant Professor
Physical Therapy Program
University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC

Samantha Slinkard-Barnum, MPH

Research Associate
College of Nursing
University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC




  • Jenny Abel, Photographer and Editor
  • Jeanette O. Andrews, PhD, Dean and Professor, College of Nursing
  • Amanda Bennett, PhD student, USC College of Nursing
  • Linda E. Carlson, PhD, Tom Baker Cancer Centre (Calgary, AB, Canada)
  • Daniela B. Friedman, PhD, USC Arnold School of Public Health
  • Jessica D. Grooms, MT-BC, Music Therapist
  • James Hardin, PhD, USC College of Nursing
  • Britt Hogg, Operations Manager, Greenhouse Studio, School of Journalism and Mass Communications
  • Kathleen C. Mercer, RD, LD, Ed.D., Instructor and Clinical Nutritionist
  • Matt McGrievy, PMP, MLIS, Director of Web Development and Communications, Arnold School of Public Health
  • Bernardine Pinto, PhD, Professor and Associate Dean for Research, College of Nursing
  • Maureen Rigney, LISCW, Lung Cancer Alliance
  • Katherine Sterba, PhD, Medical University of South Carolina
  • Jemme B. Stewart, PMHCNS/BC, Upstream Mindfulness Studio
  • Henry Well, SC Cancer Alliance
  • Hilda White, MD, Upstream Mindfulness Studio
  • Susan Wood, PhD Associate Professor, School of Medicine