Eunji Cho  

Postdoctoral Fellow


Dr. Eunji Cho is a postdoctoral fellow working under the mentorship of Dr. Terrah Akard. Her program of research has focused on the promotion of human flourishing in adolescents and young adults with life-threatening illnesses, including cancer. Her methodological areas of interest include qualitative, mixed-method, and intervention development research, applying creative approaches such as storytelling, expressive writing, photography, and mind mapping. Her clinical experience as a pediatric oncology nurse, her academic training, and her research experience has instilled in her a profound interest in creating nursing knowledge to improve the quality of life and well-being in young cancer populations. Her dissertation study focused on the conceptual understanding of human flourishing in the context of adolescents and young adults with cancer and the development of a nurse-patient storytelling intervention to promote flourishing in this population. Her research highlights the healing power of storytelling and therapeutic partnerships between nurses and patients. Her longstanding interest in the concept of human flourishing and dyadic storytelling intervention for nurses and young oncology patients has been directly related to her passion for promoting palliative care and survivorship care for adolescent and young adult cancer populations.


  • PhD, Duke University
  • MSN, Korea University
  • BSN, Korea University


  • ENLEC (End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium) Trainer (Pediatric Palliative Care Course)
  • Certified Expressive Writing Facilitator
  • Certificate in College Teaching

Current Research/Scholarly Interests

  • Human flourishing and positive health
  • Children, adolescents, and young adults with cancer
  • Palliative and end-of-life care
  • Cancer survivorship
  • Narrative nursing


Human Flourishing in Adolescents with Cancer: Experiences of Pediatric Oncology Health Care Professionals. Society of Pediatric Nurses Corrine Barnes Research Grant, 2017-2018 (Role: PI)

Human Flourishing in Adolescents with Cancer. Oncology Nursing Foundation Research Doctoral Scholarship, 2018-2019

A Nurse-Adolescent/Young Adult with Cancer Dyadic Storytelling Intervention Development. Duke University School of Nursing Student Pilot Fund, 2019 (Role: PI)

Human Flourishing in Adolescents and Young Adults with Cancer: Stories Shared Through Cancer Foundations.Vanderbilt Institute for Clinical and Translational Research, 2020-2021 (Role: PI)