Lakeshia Cousin awarded UF Health Cancer Center Rising Star of the Year


College of Nursing Assistant Professor Lakeshia Cousin, PhD, APRN, AGPCNP-BC was recently recognized as a UF Health Cancer Center Rising Star of the Year.

Cousin received the award during the Cancer Center’s annual event on Jan. 12, celebrating the past year’s successes. She was recognized for her accomplishments in the Cancer Control and Population Sciences Program. She also partners with the Cancer Center’s Community-Partnered Cancer Disparities Research Collaborative. The Cancer Center offers patients integrated care through diagnosis, treatment and recovery. The center treats patients with all types of adult and children’s cancer.

Cousin has focused her research on improvements in cancer survivorship, especially in underserved populations. She joined the Cancer Center in 2021 and serves as an editorial board member for Seminars in Oncology Nursing, an international oncology nursing research journal.  She is also focused on reducing cardiometabolic risk factors among breast cancer survivors. She is dedicated to fostering more diversity in the nursing profession.

Cousin joined the College of Nursing in 2021 where she concentrates on the BSN and DNP programs. She also mentors undergraduate and graduate nursing students.

“Receiving the UFHCC Rising Star Award epitomizes the stellar mentorship and resources I have received from my mentors here at the UF College of Nursing and the UF Health Cancer Center,” Cousin said. “I’m inspired to continue working toward making a significant impact in eliminating cardio-oncology disparities.”