April Vallerand, PhD, RN, FAAN

April Vallerand, PhD, RN, FAAN

College of Nursing Alumni Endowed Professor and PhD Program Director

319 Cohn
ahv@wayne.edu , ag1605@wayne.edu
313-577-5777 (fax)

Office hours

By appointment.

Research profile

April Vallerand, PhD, RN, FAAN

Bio Sketch

April Hazard Vallerand PhD, RN, FAAN, College of Nursing Alumni Endowed Professor at Wayne State University has focused her research on understanding the factors that affect functional status and the barriers to improving pain management in patients with pain in a variety of settings. Her current research project, which was funded by the National Cancer Institute, focuses on improving functional status in African Americans with cancer pain.

A recognized nursing leader and scholar, Dr. Vallerand is widely published on the topic of pain management, including: the maintenance and improvement of functional status in patients with chronic pain, pain-related disparities, cancer pain management, symptom clusters in patients with cancer, pharmacological management of pain, the use of opioids in the management of chronic pain, self-treatment of pain in the community, and the perceived control and coping in patients with chronic pain.

Dr. Vallerand earned her BSN from Mount St. Mary’s College, MSN from California State University, and PhD in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania. She also held a postdoctoral fellowship in Psychosocial Oncology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing.


  • BSN - Mount St. Mary’s College, Los Angeles, CA
  • MSN - California State University, Los Angeles, CA
  • PhD Nursing - University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
  • Postgraduate-University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing, Philadelphia, PA #1 F31-NR06756
  • Postdoctoral Fellow in Psychosocial Oncology NIH/NINR #T32-NR2036

Research Interests

  • The maintenance and improvement of functional status in patients with chronic pain
  • The identification and prevention of pain-related disparities
  • Perceived control over pain
  • Cancer pain management
  • Self-treatment of pain in the community
  • Pharmacological management of pain
  • The use of opioids in the management of chronic pain

Clinical Area(s) of Expertise

  • Pain Management
  • Pharmacologic Management of Chronic Pain
  • The Use of Opioids to Manage Chronic Pain

Selected publications

(*data based; †with student)


Vallerand, A.H. & Sanoski, C.A. (2017). Davis's Drug Guide for Nurses (15th ed.) Philadelphia: F.A. Davis.

Vallerand, A.H. & Sanoski, C.A. (2017). Nurse's Med Deck (15th ed.). Philadelphia: F.A. Davis


†Robinson, S.G., Vallerand, A.H., & Hall, K.P. (2014). Nursing care of patients in pain. In L.S. Williams & P.D. Hopper (Eds.), Understanding Medical Surgical Nursing, (5th ed, chapter 10). Philadelphia: FA Davis Co.

*Vallerand, A.H., Hasenau, S.M. & Templin, T. (2011). Improving cancer pain management in the home. In E, Chow & J. Merrick (Eds.). Advanced Cancer. Pain and Quality of Life. Nova Publishing.

Roop, J., Payne, J., & Vallerand, A.H. (2011). Theories and conceptual models to guide research. In C.R. King & P. S. Hinds (Eds.), Quality of life: From nursing and patient perspectives: Theory, research, and practice (3rd ed.). Boston: Jones & Bartlet.

 Journal Articles

Jungquist, C.R., Vallerand, A.H. Sicoutris, C., Kwon, K.N., Polomano, R.C. (in press). Acute pain: A call for action. American Journal of Nursing.

†Kiernan, J., Vallerand, A.H. (in press). "Cancer as a Platform for Genetics Education in the Undergraduate Nursing Curriculum." Journal of Nursing Education.

*†Vallerand, A.H., Crawley, J., Pieper, B.A., Templin, T.N. (2016). "The perceived control over pain construct and functional status." Pain Medicine, 17(4), 692-703..

Vallerand, A.H., Cosler, P., Henningfield, J.E., Galassini, P. (2015). "Pain management strategies and lessons from the military: A narrative review." Pain Research Management, 20(5), 261-268.

†Oliver-McNeil, S. & Vallerand, A. (2015). "Palliative care: Good communication and cultural competency help treatment options discussion."Nursing 2015 Critical Care: 10(2), 38-44.

*†Schim, S.M, Vallerand, A.H., Hasenau, S.M., Robinson, S.G. (2014). "Challenges to Recruitment of Urban African American Patients with Cancer Pain." Palliative Medicine & Care: Open Access. 1(3), 1-5.

*†Vallerand, A.H., Pieper, B., Crawley, J., Nordstrom, C., & DiNardo, E. (2013). "The Effects of Pain and Its Association With Psychosocial Factors for Indigent Adults Enrolled in a Primary Care Clinic." Clinical Journal of Pain. 29(10), 917-923.

Campbell, L.C., Meghani, S.H., Robinson, K., Vallerand, A., Schatman, M., & Sonty, N. (2012). "Challenges and Opportunities in Advancing Pain Management Disparities Research: Implications for Clinical Practice, Advocacy and Policy." Journal of Pain,13(7), 611-619.

*Fouladbakhsh, J.A., Vallerand, A.H., Jenuwine, E.S. (2012). "Self-treatment of pain among adolescents in an urban community." Pain Management Nursing, 13(2), 80-93.

Meghani, S.H., Polomano, R.C., Tait, R.C., Vallerand, A.H., Anderson, K.O., & Gallagher, R.M. (2012). "Advancing a national agenda to eliminate disparities in pain care: Directions for health policy, education, practice, and research." Pain Medicine,13, 5-28.

Vallerand, A.H., Musto, S., & Polomano, R.C. (2011). "Nursing's role in cancer pain management." Current Pain and Headache Reports, 15, 250-262.

*Fouladbakhsh, J.M. & Vallerand, A.H. (2011). "Nondrug Therapies For Pain Management Among Rural Older Adults." Pain Management Nursing, 12(2), 70-81.

Honors and Awards

2015 Advocacy Award from the American Society of Pain Management Nursing

Current Research

Vallerand, A.H., Hasenau, S.M., Templin, T., & Shim, S.M. "Improving functional status in African Americans with cancer pain." Funded by the National Cancer Institute, RO1 CA149432-01A1, 4/1/11-3/31/14. $1,078,000.00.

Courses taught by April Vallerand, PhD, RN, FAAN

Winter Term 2024 (current)

Fall Term 2023

Winter Term 2023

Fall Term 2022

Winter Term 2022

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