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Rebecca Lehto

  • Associate professor


Post-doctoral Fellowship, University of Michigan
PhD, University of Michigan
MS, University of Michigan
BSN, Oregon Health Sciences University 

Interest Areas:

Mental health and adaptation to cancer
Lung cancer
Palliative and end-of-life care
Integrative health modalities/mindfulnes meditation 
Cancer caregivers


Wyatt, G., Lehto, R.H., & Sender, J. (2019). The prevalence and types of complementary and integrative health therapies used by caregivers of patients with cancer. Seminars in Oncology Nursing, 35,342-347. DOI: 10.1016/j.soncn.2019.06.005

Lehto, R.H., Heeter, C., Allbritton, M., & Wiseman, M. (2018). Hospice and palliative care provider experiences with cybermeditation. Oncology Nursing Forum, 45(3), 380-388. DOI 10.1188/18.ONF.380-388.

Lehto, R.H., Miller, S.E.L., Flanigan, M., & Wyatt, G. (2018). Mental health in patients with advanced cancer at the end of life: Evaluation of evidence and future directions. Expert Review of Quality of Life in Cancer Care. 

a. DOI: 10.1080/23809000.2018.1483192.

Lehto, R.H. (2017). Psychosocial challenges for patients with advanced lung cancer: Interventions to improve wellbeing. Lung Cancer: Targets and Therapy, 8, 79-90. DOI: 10.2147/LCTT.S120215.

Lehto, R.H., Olsen, D., & Chan, R.R. (2016). When a patient discusses assisted dying: nursing considerations. Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing 18,3, 184-193. DOI: 10.1097/NJH.0000000000000246.


2018-2020 Michigan Health Endowment Fund. Burnout prevention in hospice and palliative care workers. Principal investigators (PI): Foreman, G. Role: site Co-PI with Heeter, C. professor, Communication Arts & Sciences. $ $495,300.00.

2015-2019 National Cancer Institute (NCI). 1RO1CA193706-01A1. Using SMART design to improve symptom management strategies among cancer patients. Principal investigators (PI): Wyatt, G., Sikorskii. Role: Co-Investigator (Co-I),10% effort. $2,179,924.00.

2015-2016 Sparrow/MSU Center for Innovation. A cybermeditation toolkit for hospice and palliative caregivers. PI: Carrie Heeter, professor, Communication Arts & Sciences. Role: Co-I. $44,866.00.