University of California San Francisco
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
Karen Schumacher, RN, PhD, MSN

Karen Schumacher, RN, PhD, MSN

Professor of Physiological Nursing, UCSF

Cancer Center Program Memberships

Cancer Control

Education

  • Vanderbilt University, School of Nursing, BSN, 05/1971, Nursing
  • University of Colorado, School of Nursing, MS, 08/1973, Community Health Nursing
  • University of California, San Francisco, PHD, 08/1994, Nursing Science
  • University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, Other training, 06/1977, Post-Master's Certificate in Primary Care
  • Oregon Health Sciences University, School of Nursing, Portland, OR, Postdoctoral Fellow, 08/1996

Professional Experience

  • 1971 - 1972
    Staff Nurse, Colorado General Hospital, Denver, CO
  • 1973 - 1976
    Instructor, Community Health Nursing, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, Nashville, TN
  • 1976 - 1982
    Assistant Professor, Community Health Nursing, Vanderbilt University, School of Nursing, Nashville, TN
  • 1978 - 1984
    Clinical Nurse Specialist, Home Care Coordinator, Vanderbilt University Hospital, Joint Appointment with School of Nursing 1978-1982, Nashville, TN
  • 1984 - 1988
    Home Health Nurse, Community Health Services, Inc., Nashville, TN
  • 1986 - 1988
    Lecturer in Community Health Nursing, Vanderbilt University, School of Nursing, Nashville, TN
  • 1989 - 1992
    Research Assistant, University of California, San Francisco, School of Nursing, San Francisco, CA
  • 1989 - 1994
    Teaching Assistant, University of California, San Francisco, School of Nursing, San Francisco, CA
  • 1996 - 1999
    Assistant Adjunct Professor, University of California, San Francisco, School of Nursing, San Francisco, CA
  • 1999 - 2004
    Assistant Professor, University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing, Philadelphia, PA
  • 2003 - 2004
    Visiting Nurse Scholar, Visiting Nurse Service of New York, New York , NY
  • 2004 - 2015
    Associate Professor, University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Nursing, Omaha, NE
  • 2007 - 2012
    Director, College of Nursing Post-Doctoral Program, University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Nursing, Omaha, NE
  • 2011 – 2012
    Interim Director, DNP Program, University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Nursing, Omaha, NE
  • 2015 - 2017
    Professor, University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Nursing, Omaha, NE
  • 2017-present
    Professor, University of California San Francisco, School of Nursing, San Francisco, CA

Honors & Awards

  • 1971
    Graduated Magna Cum Laude, Vanderbilt University, School of Nursing
  • 1988
    Regents Fellowship, University of California, San Francisco
  • 2003
    School of Nursing Teaching Award, University of Pennsylvania
  • 2009
    ONS Excellence in Writing Award for Quantitative Nursing Research, Oncology Nursing Society
  • 2010
    Donna Westmoreland Excellence in Faculty Mentoring Award, University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Nursing
  • 2012
    Pennie Z. Davis Faculty Research Award, University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Nursing
  • 2013
    Spirit of Shared Governance Award, University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Nursing
  • 2014
    Rosalee C. Yeaworth Excellence in Teaching Award, University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Nursing
  • 2014
    Distinguished Scientist Award, University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • 2014-16
    Appointed to the Committee on Family Caregiving for Older Adults, National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine

Selected Publications

  1. Schumacher KL, Plano Clark VL, Rabow MW, Paul SM, Miaskowski C. The Experience of Complex Pain Dynamics in Oncology Outpatients: A Longitudinal Qualitative Analysis. Cancer Nurs. 2019 Sep 27.
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  2. Valenta S, Spichiger E, Paul SM, Rabow MW, Plano Clark VL, Schumacher KL, Miaskowski C. A Longitudinal Study of Predictors of Constipation Severity in Oncology Outpatients with Unrelieved Pain. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2019 Sep 05.
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  3. Fletcher BS, Schumacher K, Cohen MZ, Kupzyk K, Lydiatt W. Understanding Functional Communication in Head and Neck Cancer Survivors Using a Mixed Methods Design. Cancer Nurs. 2019 Mar/Apr; 42(2):119-128.
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  4. Castellanos EH, Dietrich MS, Bond SM, Wells N, Schumacher K, Ganti AK, Murphy BA. Impact of patient symptoms and caregiving tasks on psychological distress in caregivers for head and neck cancer (HNC). Psychooncology. 2019 Mar; 28(3):511-517.
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  5. Rosenwohl-Mack A, Schumacher K, Fang ML, Fukuoka Y. Experiences of aging in place in the United States: protocol for a systematic review and meta-ethnography of qualitative studies. Syst Rev. 2018 10 06; 7(1):155.
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  6. Rowland SA, Schumacher KL, Leinen DD, Phillips BG, Schulz PS, Yates BC. Couples' Experiences With Healthy Lifestyle Behaviors After Cardiac Rehabilitation. J Cardiopulm Rehabil Prev. 2018 05; 38(3):170-174.
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  7. Bond SM, Schumacher K, Sherrod A, Dietrich MS, Wells N, Lindau RH, Murphy BA. Development of the Head and Neck Cancer Caregiving Task Inventory. Eur J Oncol Nurs. 2016 Oct; 24:29-38.
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  8. Knobf MT, Cooley ME, Duffy S, Doorenbos A, Eaton L, Given B, Mayer DK, McCorkle R, Miaskowski C, Mitchell S, Sherwood P, Bender C, Cataldo J, Hershey D, Katapodi M, Menon U, Schumacher K, Sun V, Von Ah D, LoBiondo-Wood G, Mallory G. The 2014-2018 Oncology Nursing Society Research Agenda. Oncol Nurs Forum. 2015 Sep; 42(5):450-65.
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  9. Yates BC, Norman J, Meza J, Krogstrand KS, Harrington S, Shurmur S, Johnson M, Schumacher K. Effects of partners together in health intervention on physical activity and healthy eating behaviors: a pilot study. J Cardiovasc Nurs. 2015 Mar-Apr; 30(2):109-20.
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  10. Rolland Y, Resnick B, Katz PR, Little MO, Ouslander JG, Bonner A, Geary CR, Schumacher KL, Thompson S, Martin FC, Wilbers J, Zúñiga F, Ausserhofer D, Schwendimann R, Schüssler S, Dassen T, Lohrmann C, Levy C, Whitfield E, de Souto Barreto P, Etherton-Beer C, Dilles T, Azermai M, Bourgeois J, Orrell M, Grossberg GT, Kergoat H, Thomas DR, Visschedijk J, Taylor SJ, Handajani YS, Widjaja NT, Turana Y, Rantz MJ, Skubic M, Morley JE. Nursing home research: the first International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG) research conference. J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2014 May; 15(5):313-25.
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  11. Schumacher KL, Plano Clark VL, West CM, Dodd MJ, Rabow MW, Miaskowski C. Pain medication management processes used by oncology outpatients and family caregivers part II: home and lifestyle contexts. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2014 Nov; 48(5):784-96.
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  12. Schumacher KL, Plano Clark VL, West CM, Dodd MJ, Rabow MW, Miaskowski C. Pain medication management processes used by oncology outpatients and family caregivers part I: health systems contexts. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2014 Nov; 48(5):770-83.
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  13. Park EO, Yates BC, Schumacher KL, Meza J, Kosloski K, Pullen C. Caregiving demand and difficulty in older adult spousal caregivers after coronary artery bypass surgery. Geriatr Nurs. 2013 Sep-Oct; 34(5):383-7.
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  14. Park EO, Schumacher KL. The state of the science of family caregiver-care receiver mutuality: a systematic review. Nurs Inq. 2014 Jun; 21(2):140-52.
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  15. Yates BC, Schumacher KL, Norman JE, Krogstrand KS, Meza J, Shurmur S. Intervention fidelity in a translational study: lessons learned. Res Theory Nurs Pract. 2013; 27(2):131-48.
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  16. Gilbertson-White S, Aouizerat BE, Jahan T, Paul SM, West C, Schumacher K, Dodd MJ, Rabow M, Abu Raddaha AH, Miaskowski C. Determination of cutpoints for low and high number of symptoms in patients with advanced cancer. J Palliat Med. 2012 Sep; 15(9):1027-36.
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  17. Geary CR, Schumacher KL. Care transitions: integrating transition theory and complexity science concepts. ANS Adv Nurs Sci. 2012 Jul-Sep; 35(3):236-48.
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  18. Swore Fletcher B, Cohen MZ, Schumacher K, Lydiatt W. A blessing and a curse: head and neck cancer survivors' experiences. Cancer Nurs. 2012 Mar-Apr; 35(2):126-32.
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  19. Frerichs L, Schumacher K, Watanabe-Galloway S, Duran F. Development of the Northern Plains Native Family Cancer Caregiver Education Program. J Palliat Care. 2012; 28(1):52-9.
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  20. Fletcher BS, Miaskowski C, Given B, Schumacher K. The cancer family caregiving experience: an updated and expanded conceptual model. Eur J Oncol Nurs. 2012 Sep; 16(4):387-98.
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