Carrie Jo Braden is a Professor in the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio School of Nursing. She holds a master?s in applied psychology from Winona State University in Winona, Minnesota and a master?s degree in community health nursing, primary care family nurse practitioner degree, and a PhD in nursing from the University of Arizona in Tucson. Dr. Braden has published many articles on aspects of chronic illness, published textbooks in community health and in theory based intervention, and has been awarded several research grants from the National Institute of Nursing Research, National Cancer Institute, and the National Institute of General Medical Science. Dr. Braden?s program of research has included clinical trial tests of self-help promoting intervention effectiveness for women receiving breast cancer treatment. Her most recent research focuses on educational interventions to promote commitment to a research career among students from under represented groups. For over 30 years Dr. Braden has taught doctoral level students concentration on courses on theory based evaluation and theory based intervention.