Dr. Loescher is an associate professor with the UA College of Nursing. Her nursing journey began as a staff nurse in critical care, transitioned to oncology (her permanent home) patient care and research, then landed at the University of Arizona, where she conducts research, teaches and mentors students at all levels. Her most significant contribution to nursing is her sustained, interdisciplinary behavioral research and program development in cancer prevention, specifically skin cancer prevention and cancer genetic risk. Within these areas, she has contributed to nursing knowledge of risk processes (risk perception, risk assessment, risk communication) and influence on cancer risk control.
Dr. Loescher has developed six community-focused skin cancer prevention programs, winning several awards in connection with them, including the American Academy of Dermatology Gold Triangle Award for the video “Skin Cancer: Learn to Spot It Early”©, developed as an intervention for the 2008 Laurence B. Emmons Research Award. She is currently part of an international team (Australia, Austria) studying technology-based and innovative interventions for skin cancer detection and risk communication. Her scholarly activities are published in 14 book chapters and in 50 refereed journal articles. One article received the Journal of Nursing Scholarship award for Best of Genomics to Practice article. According to Web of Science, some of Dr. Loescher’s articles have been cited more than 200 times.
During the past 10 years, Dr. Loescher has delivered more than 100 regional, national and international presentations on her focus areas to health-care providers and the public. She has delivered multiple lectures on these topics to more than 400 students in the health sciences at the University of Arizona. Dr. Loescher is a member of multiple professional organizations. For her 30 years of work and research in cancer prevention, she was honored with the 2012 Oncology Nursing Society Excellence in Cancer Prevention and Early Detection Award. In 2012, she also was honored by induction as a Fellow, American Academy of Nursing.