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Nasreen Lalani

Assistant Professor, School of Nursing

Junior Teaching Fellow, President Delta Omicron Chapter, Sigma Honor Society

Areas of Expertise

  • Palliative and End of life Care
  • Spirituality
  • Post Disaster Resilience
  • Mental Health
  • Family Caregiving

HHS Signature Research Area(s)

  • Healthy Lifestyles and Vital Longevity

School of Nursing Research Area(s)

  • Care of the Older Adult
  • Mental Health


Dr Lalani is an early career nurse investigator with research interests in aging, palliative and end of life care with a special focus on spirituality, resilience, and caregiving. Her research program aims to address palliative care disparities and support caregivers’ spiritual health and wellbeing in rural and underserved populations. Her work also informs wellness/resilience building interventions for families and children in the post disaster and recovery. She also works with global research partners from UK, Canada, and Pakistan to develop tools and resources to educate and improve the holistic health and wellbeing of dying patients and families. She is a fellow for Palliative Care Research Cooperative, member Hospice and Palliative Nursing Association. She serves as a Chair, Palliative and End of life Care Research Interest and Implementation group for Midwest Nursing Research Society. She is the President of Delta Omicron Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Society. Her work has been recognized both at national and international levels.


  • PhD, 2019, University of Alberta

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Current Courses

  • NUR 505 - Socio cultural Influences on Health
  • NUR 222 - Population Health

Selected Publications

  • 1. Lalani, N., & Cai, Y. (2022). Palliative care for rural growth and wellbeing: identifying perceived barriers and facilitators in access to palliative care in rural Indiana, USA. BMC Palliative Care, 21(1), 1-13.
  • 2. Lalani N, Cai Y, Wang Y. (March, 2022). "Hard to Say Goodbye Over iPad": Experiences of Palliative Care Providers and Lessons Learned During the COVID-19 Pandemic in Rural Communities of Indiana, United States. Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing : JHPN : the Official Journal of the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association. DOI: 10.1097/njh.0000000000000856. PMID: 35285462.
  • 3. Cai, Y*., & Lalani, N. (2022). Examining barriers and facilitators to palliative care access in rural areas: A scoping review. American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine®, 39(1), 123-130.
  • 4. Lalani, N., Duggleby, W, & Olson, J. (2021). I need presence and a listening ear: Perspectives of spirituality and spiritual care among healthcare providers in a hospice setting in Pakistan. Journal of Religion and Health. 60(4), 2862–2877.
  • 5. Lalani, N., Drolet, J., Mc Donald Harker, C., Brown, M.R.G., Brett- MacLean, P., Agyapong, V.I.O., Greenshaw, A.J., & Silverstone, P. (2021). Nurturing spiritual resilience to promote post-disaster community recovery: The 2016 Alberta wildfire in Canada. Special Issue of Frontiers in Public Health, 9,

Selected Honors/Awards

  • Early Career Researcher Award, Steps to Leap, Purdue University - March, 2022
  • Early Career Researcher Award, Midwest Nursing Research Society (MNRS) - March, 2022
  • Teaching for Tomorrow Junior Fellow, Purdue University - April 2022
  • Faculty Engagement Award for Families Tackling Tough Times Together program, Steering Committee member, College of Health and Human Sciences, Purdue University - 2021

Selected Grants

  • Principal Investigator, Wellness Intervention for Nurses Growth and Wellbeing: A pilot randomized controlled trial. American Psychiatric Nurses Association, Period: 08/01/2021-10/31/2022
  • 2. PI: Palliative Care for Rural Growth and Wellbeing: Identifying Perceived Barriers and Facilitators in Access to Palliative Care in Rural Indiana, Agricultural Science and Extension for Economic Development (AgSEED) Grant, Purdue University, March 2020-August 2022 -$50,000
  • 3. Co-investigator/Mentor-Palliative Care Needs from Provider Perspectives, Indiana State Nurses Association, Feb 2022-Jan 2023, $2,500
  • 4. Post Doctoral Fellow: Alberta Resilient Communities (ARC): Examining child and youth resilience in southern Alberta following the 2013 floods- PI: Dr Drolet, University of Calgary, Alberta Innovates Health Solutions, Red Cross, CIHR, 2016-2020 - $500,000.
  • 5. PI: Experiences of spirituality among family caregivers caring for their dying family members in a hospice setting (PhD Dissertation) . Aging and Quality of Life Research, University of Alberta, Canada, 2015-2018, $5,000

Professional Affiliations

  • President Delta Omicron Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Society
  • Chair, Palliative and End of Life Care, Research Interest and Implementation Group
  • Member, Diversity, Equity and Belongingness, Purdue University
  • Fellow, Palliative Care and Research Cooperative
  • Member, Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association