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Jennifer A. Wenzel, PhD, MS, RN

Associate Professor
Director, PhD and Postdoctoral Programs
Jennifer Wenzel
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Specialties and Expertise

  • Aging
  • Cancer
  • Care Coordination
  • Disparities
  • Ethics
  • Family
  • Palliative Care


Working with interdisciplinary teams from the Johns Hopkins schools of Medicine and Public Health, Jennifer Wenzel leads multi-institutional interventions to improve collaborative cancer decision making and treatment for patients and support for care partners. Dr. Wenzel helps to lead Region 1 within the national Geographical Management of Cancer Health Disparities program and directs the Johns Hopkins branch of Enhancing Minority Participation in Clinical Trials (EMPaCT), the only nurse in this role across the consortium of five National Cancer Institute-designated cancer centers funded through the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities. She has chaired a task force to reduce cancer clinical trial enrollment disparities and extend provider training and education nationally via EMPaCT’s public web portal, Dr. Wenzel’s major contribution to nursing is the innovative extension of nurse-community health worker navigation interventions to include family or other patient-designated care partners. Most recently, this has included the development of a model of clinical trial enrollment among minority patients that includes the importance of care partners and their potential contributions to decision outcomes of satisfaction or regret. The significance of Dr. Wenzel’s research has been recognized through prestigious early career faculty awards from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the American Cancer Society.

Additional Resources

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  • Publications/Research

    Mbah, O., Ford, J.G., Qui, Mi, Wenzel, J., Bone, L., Bowie, J., Ahmed, A., Slade, J., Roter, D., & Dobs, A.S. (Accepted for publication, 2015). "Evaluating Coaches of Older Adults for Cancer Care and Healthy Behaviors (COACH): Study Design for a Community Based Randomized Controlled Trial that Trains Family Care Givers." BMC Cancer.

    Wenzel, J., Mbah, O., Xu, J., Moscou-Jackson, G., Saleem, H., Sakyi, K., & Ford, J. (2014). "A Model of Cancer Clinical Trial Decision-making informed by African American cancer patients." Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities. Advance online publication.

    Hawk, E., Habermann, E., Ford, J., Wenzel, J., Brahmer, J., Chen, M., Vickers, S. (2014). "Five NCI-designated cancer centers’ data collection on Racial/Ethnic minority participation in therapeutic trials – A current view and opportunities for improvement." Cancer, 120 (S7), 1113-1121.

  • Awards/Honors

    2015 Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing Office of Teaching Excellence: Teaching Innovations Award

    Fellow, American Academy of Nursing (inducted October 2015)

    2014 Elvie F. Swinson Nursing Alumnus of the Year Award—Southern Adventist University

    2012 Oncology Nursing Society: Excellence in Writing Award for Qualitative Nursing Research

    2009-2014 American Cancer Society Mentored Research Scholar

    2008-2011 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholars, Inaugural cohort