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Christine Miaskowski, RN, PhD, FAAN


Professor, Department of Physiological Nursing, UCSF
Sharon A. Lamb Endowed Chair, Physiological Nursing, UCSF


Phone: (415) 476-9407 (voice)
Box 0610, UCSF
San Francisco, CA 94143-0610

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Molloy College, Rockville Center, NY, BSN, 1974, Nursing
Adelphi University, Garden City, NY, MS, 1979, Nursing
St. Johns University, Jamaica, NY, MS, 1984, Biology
St. Johns University, Jamaica, NY, PhD, 1987, Physiology
University of California, San Francisco, Postdoc, 1988-90, Pain Management

Professional Experience

  • 1979-81
    Staff Development Instructor, Hospital of Albert Einstein College of Medicine Bronx, NY
  • 1981-85
    Clinical Nurse Specialist in Oncology; Oncology and Critical Care and Nurse Coordinator of the Pain Evaluation Group Hospital of Albert Einstein College of Medicine Bronx, NY
  • 1984-88
    Coordinator of the Certificate Program in Oncology Nursing, School of Nursing, Department of Continuing Education, Adelphi University, Garden City, NY
  • 1985-88
    Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Oncology Master's Program, School of Nursing, Oncology Master's Program, Adelphi University, Garden City, NY
  • 1986-88
    Coordinator of Clinical Practice and Quality Assurance, Hospital of Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY
  • 1988-90
    Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Nurse Scholar, Department of Physiological Nursing, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
  • 1990-96
    Associate Professor, Department of Physiological Nursing, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
  • 1996-present
    Professor, Department of Physiological Nursing, University of California, San Francisco San Francisco, CA

Honors & Awards

  • 2000
    Distinguished Nurse Researcher, Oncology Nursing Society
  • 2000
    Helen Nahm Research Lecturer, School of Nursing, University of California, San Francisco
  • 2000
    Wilbert Fordyce Clinical Investigator Award, American Pain Society
  • 2002
    Distinguished Merit Award, International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care
  • 2005
    Distinguished Service Award, American Pain Society
  • 2006
    Distinguished Researcher Award, Western Institute of Nursing Research

Selected Publications

  1. Rustøen T, Valeberg BT, Kolstad E, Wist E, Paul S, Miaskowski C. A Randomized Clinical Trial of the Efficacy of a Self-care Intervention to Improve Cancer Pain Management. Cancer Nurs. 2014 Jan-Feb; 37(1):34-43.
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  2. Valeberg BT, Kolstad E, Småstuen MC, Miaskowski C, Rustøen T. The PRO-SELF pain control program improves family caregivers' knowledge of cancer pain management. Cancer Nurs. 2013 Nov-Dec; 36(6):429-35.
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  3. Lindviksmoen G, Hofsø K, Paul SM, Miaskowski C, Rustøen T. Predictors of initial levels and trajectories of depressive symptoms in women with breast cancer undergoing radiation therapy. Cancer Nurs. 2013 Nov-Dec; 36(6):E34-43.
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  4. Merriman JD, Von Ah D, Miaskowski C, Aouizerat BE. Proposed mechanisms for cancer- and treatment-related cognitive changes. Semin Oncol Nurs. 2013 Nov; 29(4):260-9.
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  5. Dhruva A, Aouizerat BE, Cooper B, Paul SM, Dodd M, West C, Wara W, Lee K, Dunn LB, Langford DJ, Merriman JD, Baggott C, Cataldo J, Ritchie C, Kober K, Leutwyler H, Miaskowski C. Differences in morning and evening fatigue in oncology patients and their family caregivers. Eur J Oncol Nurs. 2013 Dec; 17(6):841-8.
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  6. Oksholm T, Miaskowski C, Kongerud JS, Cooper B, Paul SM, Laerum L, Rustoen T. Does age influence the symptom experience of lung cancer patients prior to surgery? Lung Cancer. 2013 Oct; 82(1):156-61.
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  7. Utne I, Miaskowski C, Paul SM, Rustøen T. Association between hope and burden reported by family caregivers of patients with advanced cancer. Support Care Cancer. 2013 Sep; 21(9):2527-35.
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  8. Miaskowski C, Dodd M, Paul SM, West C, Hamolsky D, Abrams G, Cooper BA, Elboim C, Neuhaus J, Schmidt BL, Smoot B, Aouizerat BE. Lymphatic and angiogenic candidate genes predict the development of secondary lymphedema following breast cancer surgery. PLoS One. 2013; 8(4):e60164.
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  9. Vijayaraghavan M, Penko J, Bangsberg DR, Miaskowski C, Kushel MB. Opioid analgesic misuse in a community-based cohort of HIV-infected indigent adults. JAMA Intern Med. 2013 Feb 11; 173(3):235-7.
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  10. Cataldo JK, Paul S, Cooper B, Skerman H, Alexander K, Aouizerat B, Blackman V, Merriman J, Dunn L, Ritchie C, Yates P, Miaskowski C. Differences in the symptom experience of older versus younger oncology outpatients: a cross-sectional study. BMC Cancer. 2013; 13:6.
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  11. Baggott C, Gibson F, Coll B, Kletter R, Zeltzer P, Miaskowski C. Initial evaluation of an electronic symptom diary for adolescents with cancer. JMIR Res Protoc. 2012; 1(2):e23.
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  12. Miaskowski C, Cooper B, Paul SM, West C, Langford D, Levine JD, Abrams G, Hamolsky D, Dunn L, Dodd M, Neuhaus J, Baggott C, Dhruva A, Schmidt B, Cataldo J, Merriman J, Aouizerat BE. Identification of patient subgroups and risk factors for persistent breast pain following breast cancer surgery. J Pain. 2012 Dec; 13(12):1172-87.
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  13. Dunn LB, Aouizerat BE, Langford DJ, Cooper BA, Dhruva A, Cataldo JK, Baggott CR, Merriman JD, Dodd M, West C, Paul SM, Miaskowski C. Cytokine gene variation is associated with depressive symptom trajectories in oncology patients and family caregivers. Eur J Oncol Nurs. 2013 Jun; 17(3):346-53.
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  14. Kim HJ, Barsevick AM, Fang CY, Miaskowski C. Common biological pathways underlying the psychoneurological symptom cluster in cancer patients. Cancer Nurs. 2012 Nov-Dec; 35(6):E1-E20.
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  15. Puntillo KA, Neuhaus J, Arai S, Paul SM, Gropper MA, Cohen NH, Miaskowski C. Challenge of assessing symptoms in seriously ill intensive care unit patients: can proxy reporters help? Crit Care Med. 2012 Oct; 40(10):2760-7.
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  16. Van Onselen C, Cooper BA, Lee K, Dunn L, Aouizerat BE, West C, Dodd M, Paul S, Miaskowski C. Identification of distinct subgroups of breast cancer patients based on self-reported changes in sleep disturbance. Support Care Cancer. 2012 Oct; 20(10):2611-9.
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  17. Hofsø K, Rustøen T, Cooper BA, Bjordal K, Miaskowski C. Changes over time in occurrence, severity, and distress of common symptoms during and after radiation therapy for breast cancer. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2013 Jun; 45(6):980-1006.
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  18. Koller A, Miaskowski C, De Geest S, Opitz O, Spichiger E. Results of a randomized controlled pilot study of a self-management intervention for cancer pain. Eur J Oncol Nurs. 2013 Jun; 17(3):284-91.
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  19. Van Onselen C, Paul SM, Lee K, Dunn L, Aouizerat BE, West C, Dodd M, Cooper B, Miaskowski C. Trajectories of sleep disturbance and daytime sleepiness in women before and after surgery for breast cancer. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2013 Feb; 45(2):244-60.
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  20. Kyranou M, Paul SM, Dunn LB, Puntillo K, Aouizerat BE, Abrams G, Hamolsky D, West C, Neuhaus J, Cooper B, Miaskowski C. Differences in depression, anxiety, and quality of life between women with and without breast pain prior to breast cancer surgery. Eur J Oncol Nurs. 2013 Apr; 17(2):190-5.
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