Judith M. Fouladbakhsh, PhD, RN, PHCNS-BC, AHN-BC, CHTP


Associate Professor, Tenured 
2008 Human Health Building 
(248) 364-8731 

Dr. Judi Fouladbakhsh, a tenured Associate Professor at Oakland University, and former faculty of long standing at Wayne State University, College of Nursing, holds advanced practice certifications in Community Health and Holistic Nursing, Healing Touch, Reflexology and Reiki. An advanced practice nurse and educator for many years, Dr. J has extensive experience in complementary and alternative (traditional) medicine (CAM), integrative oncology, pain management, public health and cancer nursing. She was the founder and director of the interdisciplinary graduate Certificate Program in Complementary Therapies for Healthcare at Wayne State University, which informed nurses and other healthcare providers on the evidence-base for integrative care, and the research process related to complementary therapies. Dr. J is also very active on numerous national and international boards and organizations, including the International Society for Complementary Medicine Research, the Oncology Nursing Society and the Society for Integrative Oncology. She is also faculty at the Beaumont Health System School of Yoga Therapy and serves as Consultant Faculty on the NIH funded program titled a Short Course to Prepare Leaders in Integrative Oncology at the University of Michigan. Dr. J aims to develop the science of yoga and other complementary therapies, further defining the role of nurses in integrative care to enhance health, wellness and quality of life of cancer survivors and others with chronic illness. Dr. J is also a current student of Dr. Yang Yang, Taiji & Qigong Master at the Center for Taiji Studies in NY, NY.

 Her clinical community work includes the care of the homeless at the Welcome Inn, a day program supported by South Oakland Citizens for the Homeless (SOCH) where she created and directs the Holistic Integrative Healthcare Program for the Homeless. This decade long program involves students, faculty, and healthcare providers to address complex health needs of this vulnerable population and has been published in Integrative Nursing (Kreitzer & Koithan, 2016).

Dr. J’s research focuses on the use of complementary therapies and integrative approaches by cancer survivors for symptom management and health promotion, for which she developed the CAM Healthcare Model©. She has received funding from multiple organizations including the National Institutes of Health/National Cancer Institute to study effects of yoga as compared to exercise on breathing, mood, sleep and quality of life of lung cancer patients. Further research information can be found under Oakland University, School of Nursing Research Portfolio.

  • PhD, Nursing Research, Michigan State University
  • MSN, Community Health Nursing, State University of New York at Buffalo
  • BSN, State University of New York at Buffalo
Research Area Interests
  • Complementary & Integrative Health Approaches/Therapies for Health Promotion & Symptom Management
  • Yoga for Breathing, Mood, Sleep & QOL: Lung Cancer Patients
  • Pain Management: Complementary Approaches
  • Yoga Therapy & Evidence-based Qigong for Pain Management: Breast Cancer Survivors