Rising Stars: Megan Trad

For radiation therapy leader, compassion is the key in all her roles


By Billi London-Gray

Few people would think of hospice work as being synonymous with classroom studies. But for Professor Megan Trad and her radiation therapy students at Texas State University, caring for dying patients provides the best lessons.

Trad came to Texas State to further her own education as an undergraduate. She then worked as a radiation therapist at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, where she researched the benefits of mentoring on radiation therapy students for her graduate thesis.

Now a professor of radiation therapy and a doctoral student in the College of Education, Trad is changing the way radiation therapy students are trained. She’s started a new service learning program that connects her research on educational methods and her students to the heart of healing through hospice volunteering.

Read more of Megan Trad’s story at txstate.edu/rising-stars.

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