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Linda Larkey

Linda Larkey

Professor, Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation


Edson College of Nusing and Health Innovation
Arizona State University, Downtown Phoenix campus
500 N. 3rd St.- NHI
Phoenix, AZ 85004


  • Senior Global Futures Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory
  • Professor, Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation
  • Arizona Research Affiliate and Comprehensive Member, Mayo Cancer Center, Mayo Clinic
  • Adjunct Research Associate, Oncology Department, Maricopa Integrated Health Systems


Linda Larkey’s graduate degrees (MA, and PhD) are in Organizational and Intercultural Communication from Arizona State University, with a BA in Business/Human Resource Management. Over the past 18 years, she has been funded as Principal Investigator in over a dozen research grants (totaling over $10 million) from numerous local and national agencies, including four large, multi-year research grants from the US Health and Human Services (including the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and National Institutes of Health). She was a member of the Arizona Cancer Center and faculty at the College of Medicine at University of Arizona for 15 years, and currently is a full professor at the College of Nursing and Health Innovation at Arizona State University, Research Affiliate of the Mayo Clinic and member of the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center.

Larkey has highly honed skills in leading workshops designed to help work teams communicate for effective achievement of vision and goals and address challenges of diversity. She teaches individual skills for shifting to grounded, physiologically healthful states designed to boost cognitive function (memory and concentration), creativity, and positive relationship building for achieving results in the workplace. She is a Sr. Trainer in Qigong and Tai Chi, and certified to teach Tai Chi Easy Community Practice Leaders through the Institute of Integral Qigong and Tai Chi. Additionally, she is a certified HeartMath System, Resilience Advantage trainer, applying these health and performance building skills to organizational culture change and Resilient Leader training.

Larkey has been engaged at the state and national level in challenging and changing health policy through coalition building. Her primary research interests are testing theory-based methods of communicating health messages to underserved/low-income populations, especially Latinos, using narrative “storytelling” methods to promote cancer screening and primary prevention behaviors;  community-based participatory research practices; and examining mind-body methods of alleviating persistent symptoms, such as fatigue and cognitive dysfunction, in cancer survivors.

Also, Larkey is applying her long-time personal interest and training in integrative medicine to research Meditative Movement as a category of mind-body exercise. In particular, she has launched studies to examine quality of life, cardiovascular health, weight loss and psychoneuroimmunological effects of Qigong and Tai Chi among older adults and cancer survivors.


  • PhD, Organizational Communication, Arizona State University, 1993
  • MA, Organizational Communication, Arizona State University, 1990
  • BA, Business Administration/Human Resources Management, Ottawa University, 1987
  • CRTT, St. Joseph's Respiratory Therapy Academy, 1974


Journal Articles


Ginossar, T., L. K. Larkey, N. Howe and N. Goel. 2015. Coping with women's cancer and perceived providers' support: Does type of cancer make a difference?. Online Journal of Communication and Media Technologies 5(1):41-56. (link )

Larkey, L. K., D. McClain, D. J. Roe, R. D. Hector, A. Lopez, B. Silanpaa and J. Gonzalez. 2015. Randomized controlled trial of storytelling compared to a personal risk tool intervention on colorectal cancer screening in low-income patients. American Journal of Health Promotion 30(2):e59-e70. DOI: 10.4278/ajhp.131111-QUAN-572.

Larkey, L. K., D. J. Roe, K. L. Weihs, R. Jahnke, A. Lopez, C. E. Rogers, B. Oh and J. Guillen-Rodriguez. 2015. Randomized controlled trial of Qigong/Tai Chi Easy on cancer-related fatigue in breast cancer survivors. Annals of Behavioral Medicine 49(2):165-176. DOI: 10.1007/s12160-014-9645-4. (link )

Smith, L. L., S. J. Wherry, L. K. Larkey, B. E. Ainsworth and P. D. Swan. 2015. Energy expenditure and cardiovascular responses to Tai Chi Easy. Complementary Therapies in Medicine 23(6):802-805. DOI: 10.1016/j.ctim.2015.09.004. (link )


Al-Zadjali, M., C. Keller, L. K. Larkey and B. Evans. 2014. GCC women: Causes and processes of midlife weight gain. Health Care for Women International 35(11-12):1267-1286. DOI: 10.1080/07399332.2014.900557. (link )

Larkey, L. K., C. Keller, D. McClain, B. E. Ainsworth, P. Ohri-Vachaspati, L. L. Smith and M. Jeong. 2014. A biobehavioral model of weight loss associated with meditative movement practice among breast cancer survivors. Health Psychology Open 1(1):2055102914565495. DOI: 10.1177/2055102914565495. (link )

Smith, L. L., L. K. Larkey, M. C. Celaya and R. P. Blackstone. 2014. Feasibility of implementing a meditative movement intervention with bariatric patients. Appled Nursing Research 27(4):231-236. DOI: 10.1016/j.apnr.2014.02.009. (link )

Smith, L. L., L. K. Larkey, D. J. Roe, J. A. Bucho-Gonzalez, K. Saboda and B. E. Ainsworth. 2014. Self-reported physical acivity patterns among low-income Latina women in Arizona. Women's Health Issues 24(3):e353-e361. DOI: 10.1016/j.whi.2014.02.009. (link )


Marshall, C. A., T. A. Badger, M. A. Curran, S. Silverberg Koerner, L. K. Larkey, K. L. Weihs, L. Verdugo and F. R. Garcia. 2013. Un Abrazo Para la Familia: Providing low-income Hispanics with education and skills in coping with breast cancer and caregiving. Psycho-Oncology 22(2):470-474. DOI: 10.1002/pon.2108. (link )


Larkey, L. K., P. M. Herman, D. J. Roe, F. R. Garcia, A. Lopez, J. Gonzalez, P. N. Perera and K. Saboda. 2012. A cancer screening intervention for underserved Latina women by lay educators. Journal of Women's Health 21(5):557-566. DOI: 10.1089/jwh.2011.3087. (link )

Larkey, L., L. Szalacha, C. Rogers, R. Jahnke and B. E. Ainsworth. 2012. Measurement pilot study of the Meditative Movement Inventory (MMI). Journal of Nursing Measurement 20(3):230-243. DOI: 10.1891/1061-3749.20.3.230. (link )

Oh, B., P. N. Butow, B. A. Mullan, S. J. Clarke, P. J. Beale, N. Pavlakis, M. Lee, D. S. Rosenthal, L. K. Larkey and J. Vardy. 2012. Effect of medical Qigong on cognitive function, quality of life, and a biomarker of inflammation in cancer patients: A randomized controlled trial. Support Care Cancer 20:1235-1242. DOI: 10.1007/s00520-011-1209-6. (link )

Rogers, C. E., C. Keller, L. K. Larkey and B. E. Ainsworth. 2012. A randomized controlled trial to determine the efficacy of Sign Chi Do exercise on adaptation to aging. Research in Gerontological Nursing 5(2):101-113. DOI: 10.3928/19404921-20110706-01. (link )


Marshall, C. A., L. K. Larkey, M. A. Curran, K. L. Weihs, T. A. Badger, J. Armin and F. Garcia. 2011. Consideration of culture and social class for families facing cancer: The need for a new model for health promotion and psychosocial intervention. Families, Systems, & Health 29(2):81-94. DOI: 10.1037/a0023975. (link )

Marshall, C. A., K. L. Weihs, L. K. Larkey, T. A. Badger, S. Silverberg Koerner, M. A. Curran and F. R. Garcia. 2011. "Like a Mexican Wedding": Psychosocial intevention needs of predominately Hispanic low-income female co-survivors of cancer. Journal of Family Nursing 17(3):380-402. DOI: 10.1177/1074840711416119. (link )

Nseir, S. and L. K. Larkey. 2011. Inteventions for spousal bereavement in the older adult: An evidence review. Death Studies 37(6):495-512. DOI: 10.1080/07481187.2011.649941. (link )


Jahnke, R. A., L. K. Larkey and C. Rogers. 2010. Dissemination and benefits of a replicable Tai Chi and Qigong program for older adults. Geriatic Nursing 31(4):272-280. DOI: 10.1016/j.gerinurse.2010.04.012. (link )

Keller, C., L. K. Larkey, J. K. Distefano, E. Boehm-Smith, K. Records, A. Robillard, S. Veres, M. Al-Zadjali and A. O'Brian. 2010. Perimenopausal obesity. Journal of Women's Health 19(5):987-996. DOI: 10.1089/jwh.2009.1547. (link )

Book Chapters


Larkey, L. K., H. Greenlee and L. E. Mehl-Madrona. 2014. Complementary and alternative approaches to cancer prevention. Pp. 221-257 In: Alberts, D. S. and L. M. Hess eds., Fundamentals of Cancer Prevention. Springer. ISBN: 978-3-642-38983-2.


Larkey, L. K. and A. L. Hill. 2012. Using narratives to promote health: A culture-centric approach. Pp. 95-112 In: Cho, H. ed., Health Communication Message Design: Theory and Practice. Sage Publications. ISBN: 978-1412986557.


Larkey, L. K., H. Greenlee and L. E. Mehl-Madrona. 2005. Complementary and alternative approaches to cancer prevention. Pp. 105-129 In: Alberts, D. S. and L. M. Hess eds., Fundamentals of Cancer Prevention. Springer. Berlin Heidelberg. DOI: 10.1007/b137426. ISBN: 978-3-540-24212-3.