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Texas Medical Center


1102 Bates Ave. Ste. 1570
Houston, TX 77030

Marilyn Hockenberry, PhD, RN, PNP-BC, FAAN

Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Section of Hematology-Oncology, Baylor College of Medicine


School Education Degree Year
Medical College of Georgia PhD Doctor of Philosophy 1992
Texas Women's University Masters Master of Science, Nursing 1979
Capital University Bachelors Bachelor of Science, Nursing 1975


Dr. Marilyn Hockenberry is a distinguished leader in pediatric oncology and evidence-based practices and outcomes. She previously served as one of the 11 chairs of the Duke Institutional Review Board where she was a Professor of Pediatrics, was actively involved in the School’s cancer-related research initiatives and taught in the DNP program.

She also served as the nurse scientist for the hospital and director of the pediatric nurse practitioner program in the Texas Children’s Cancer Center at Texas Children’s Hospital (TCH) from 1994 to 2012. At Texas Children's Hospital, she served as director of the Center for Research and Evidence-based Practice from 2002 to 2009 and was director of the Evidence-based Outcomes Center from 2004 to 2009. Earlier in her career, she practiced as a hematology/oncology nurse practitioner at Duke University Medical Center and was a clinical associate in the Duke School of Nursing.

Dr. Hockenberry received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, a Master of Science degree from Texas Woman’s University in Houston and her Pediatric Nurse Practitioner certification through Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia. She earned a PhD in nursing with distinction from the Medical College of Georgia. 

Her research focuses on treatment-related side effects experienced by children who have cancer and is the recipient of numerous research grant awards. Her latest NIH funded research grant evaluates phenotypic and genotypic characteristics and their associations with symptom clusters experienced during treatment for childhood leukemia.

She has authored more than 80 publications, and has served for the past 10 years as senior editor for the Wong Pediatric Nursing Textbooks published by Elsevier. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. She was appointed as a member of the Children’s Oncology Group (COG) Scientific Council in February 2011. She is the Vice-Chair for the COG Nursing Discipline and serves as the Research Chair for the COG Nursing Research Committee. She received the 2011 Distinguished Nurse Researcher Award and the 2011 Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing Writing Award at the 35th national conference of the Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses. In July of 2016 during the 27th International Nursing Congress in Cape Town, South Africa she received the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame Award from Sigma Theta Tau International.

Board Certifications
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, American Nurses Association


Organization Name Role
American Academy of Nursing (AAN) Fellow
Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses (APHON) Member
Children's Oncology Group (COG) Chair, Nursing Discipline Research Committee
Children's Oncology Group (COG) Vice Chair, Nursing Discipline
Children’s Oncology Group (COG) Member, Scientific Council
Oncology Nursing Society Member
Sigma Theta Tau International Member
Southern Nursing Research Society Member

Selected Publications

Awards & Honors

2022     American Nursing Association Innovation Award
2016     Sigma Theta Tau Researcher Hall of Fame
2014     Distinguished Contributions to Nursing Science Award, Duke University School of Nursing
2014     Outstanding DNP Faculty Award, Duke University School of Nursing
2013     Merit Award, Children’s Oncology Group (COG) Nursing Discipline
2013     Bessie Baker Distinguished Professor
2011     Service Award, Children’s Oncology Group (COG) Nursing Discipline
2011     Distinguished Nurse Researcher Award, Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses
2011     Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing Writing Award, Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses (APHON)
2006     Best Nurse Leader Award, Advance for Nurses
2003     Super Star Partner Award, Texas Children’s Hospital
1999     Olivia Hodson Fellowship, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, London, England
1999     Chapter Friend Award, Houston Area NAPNAP Chapter
1998     Writer’s Award, Association of Pediatric Oncology Nurses (APON)
1998     Casey Hooke Distinguished Service Award, Association of Pediatric Oncology Nurses (APON)
1997     APON Bard Access Research Paper, 2nd place, National Association of Pediatric Oncology Nurses
1996     Oncology Nursing Fellowship (ONF)/Ortho Biotech Clinical Research Scholar
1995     Nursing Celebration Honoree, District 5, Texas Nurses' Association
1994     Upjohn Quality of Life Award, Oncology Nursing Society (ONS)
1992     Fellow American Academy of Nursing
1991     NCI-ONS Student Research Award, "Vulnerability to Stress Experienced During Treatment for Childhood Cancer"
1990     Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society, Alpha Epsilon Chapter
1990     Jean Ferguson Excellence in Pediatric Oncology Education Award
1990     National Center for Nursing Research Pre Doctoral Research Fellowship, National Institutes for Heath (NIH)
1989     Pre Doctoral Research Award, American Cancer Society
1985     Oncology Nursing Society/Schering Excellence in Cancer Nursing Research Award
1984     NCI-ONS Student Research Award, "Behavioral Treatment for Children Undergoing Intrusive Procedures", Oncology Nursing Congress



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