April Hazard Vallerand, PhD, RN, FAAN
College of Nursing
Wayne State University
Dr. April Hazard Vallerand received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Mount St. Mary’s College and her master of science degree in nursing from California State University. She received her PhD in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania and completed a three-year postdoctoral fellowship in psychosocial oncology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. She is currently an associate professor in the College of Nursing at Wayne State University, Detroit.
Dr. Vallerand is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and is the principal investigator on the study Improving Functional Status in African Americans with Cancer Pain, funded by the National Cancer Institute. She lectures nationally on the management of pain, and has published numerous articles on pain and pain control. She has also authored five books on pharmacology for nurses and other health care professionals, including Davis’s Drug Guide for Nurses. Dr. Vallerand’s research interests are focused on the improvement and maintenance of functional status in patients with chronic pain and the identification and reduction of pain-related disparities.
Dr. April Vallerand has received honoraria related to speakers’ bureau activities from Pfizer, Inc. and as a consultant from Cephalon, Inc.