Research Summary

I am an internationally recognized expert in pain and symptom management research. A portion of my program of research focuses on the identification of phenotypic and genotypic characteristics that place patients at highest risk for the development of the most deleterious symptoms that occur as a result of cancer and its treatment. More recently, my work is focused on an evaluation of differences in the co-occurrence of multiple symptoms in younger versus older oncology patients.

Research Funding

  • July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2022 - Biobehavioral Research Training in Symptom Science, Co-Principal Investigator. Sponsor: NIH/NINR, Sponsor Award ID: T32NR016920
  • September 1, 2017 - August 31, 2021 - Impact of Hearing Loss and Tinnitus in Cancer Survivors, Principal Investigator. Sponsor: NIH/NCI, Sponsor Award ID: R01CA212064
  • July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2021 - Biomarker and Phenotypic Risk Factors for Breast Cancer Lymphedema, Principal Investigator. Sponsor: NIH/NCI, Sponsor Award ID: R01CA187160
  • August 6, 2013 - July 31, 2018 - Advancing the Science of Symptom Management in Oncology Patients, Principal Investigator. Sponsor: NIH/NCI, Sponsor Award ID: K05CA168960


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

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. Miaskowski C, Paul SM, Snowberg K, Abbott M, Borno HT, Chang SM, Chen LM, Cohen B, Cooper BA, Hammer MJ, Kenfield SA, Kober KM, Laffan A, Levine JD, Pozzar R, Rhoads K, Tsai KK, Van Blarigan EL, Van Loon K Loneliness and symptom burden in oncology patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.  View on PubMed
  2. Lampinen R, Lee JQ, Leano J, Miaskowski C, Mastick J, Brinker L, Topp K, Smoot B Treatment of breast cancer-related lymphedema using negative pressure massage: a pilot randomized controlled trial.  View on PubMed
  3. Harris CS, Miaskowski CA, Dhruva AA, Cataldo J, Kober KM Multi-Staged Data-Integrated Multi-Omics Analysis for Symptom Science Research.  View on PubMed
  4. Mastick J, Smoot BJ, Paul SM, Kober KM, Cooper BA, Madden LK, Conley YP, Dixit N, Hammer MJ, Fu MR, Piper M, Cate SP, Shepherd J, Miaskowski C Assessment of Arm Volume Using a Tape Measure Versus a 3D Optical Scanner in Survivors with Breast Cancer-Related Lymphedema.  View on PubMed
  5. Garrett SB, Nicosia F, Thompson N, Miaskowski C, Ritchie CS Barriers and facilitators to older adults' use of nonpharmacologic approaches for chronic pain: a person-focused model.  View on PubMed
  6. Colomer-Lahiguera S, Ribi K, Dunnack HJ, Cooley ME, Hammer MJ, Miaskowski C, Eicher M Experiences of people affected by cancer during the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic: an exploratory qualitative analysis of public online forums.  View on PubMed
  7. Mastick J, Smoot BJ, Paul SM, Kober KM, Hamolsky D, Madden LK, Conley YP, Dixit N, Hammer MJ, Fu MR, Miaskowski C A Comparison of Supine Versus Stand-on Bioimpedance Devices to Assess Breast Cancer-Related Lymphedema.  View on PubMed
  8. Lin Y, Bailey DE, Docherty SL, Porter LS, Cooper BA, Paul SM, Kober KM, Hammer MJ, Wright F, Dunn LB, Conley YP, Levine JD, Miaskowski C Distinct profiles of multiple co-occurring symptoms in patients with gastrointestinal cancers receiving chemotherapy.  View on PubMed
  9. Ng MSN, Wong CL, Choi KC, Hui YH, Ho EHS, Miaskowski C, So WKW A Mixed Methods Study of Symptom Experience in Patients With End-Stage Renal Disease.  View on PubMed
  10. Hammer MJ, Eckardt P, Cartwright F, Miaskowski C Prescribed Walking for Glycemic Control and Symptom Management in Patients Without Diabetes Undergoing Chemotherapy.  View on PubMed
  11. Dhruva A, Wu C, Miaskowski C, Hartogensis W, Rugo HS, Adler SR, Kaptchuk TJ, Kelkar R, Agarawal S, Vadodaria A, Garris E, Hecht FM A 4-Month Whole-Systems Ayurvedic Medicine Nutrition and Lifestyle Intervention Is Feasible and Acceptable for Breast Cancer Survivors: Results of a Single-Arm Pilot Clinical Trial.  View on PubMed
  12. Lindberg MF, Miaskowski C, Rustøen T, Cooper BA, Aamodt A, Lerdal A Preoperative risk factors associated with chronic pain profiles following total knee arthroplasty.  View on PubMed
  13. Joseph PV, Nolden A, Kober KM, Paul SM, Cooper BA, Conley YP, Hammer MJ, Wright F, Levine JD, Miaskowski C Fatigue, Stress, and Functional Status Are Associated with Taste Changes in Oncology Patients Receiving Chemotherapy.  View on PubMed
  14. Koleck TA, Tatonetti NP, Bakken S, Mitha S, Henderson MM, George M, Miaskowski C, Smaldone A, Topaz M Identifying Symptom Information in Clinical Notes Using Natural Language Processing.  View on PubMed
  15. Wilcoxon A, Kober KM, Viele C, Topp K, Smoot B, Abrams G, Chesney M, Paul SM, Conley YP, Levine JD, Miaskowski C Association Between Physical Activity Levels and Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy Severity in Cancer Survivors.  View on PubMed
  16. Kwong YD, Mehta KM, Miaskowski C, Zhuo H, Yee K, Jauregui A, Ke S, Deiss T, Abbott J, Kangelaris KN, Sinha P, Hendrickson C, Gomez A, Leligdowicz A, Matthay MA, Calfee CS, Liu KD Using best subset regression to identify clinical characteristics and biomarkers associated with sepsis-associated acute kidney injury.  View on PubMed
  17. Wong ML, Gao J, Thanarajasingam G, Sloan JA, Dueck AC, Novotny PJ, Jatoi A, Hurria A, Walter LC, Miaskowski C, Cohen HJ, Wood WA, Feliciano JL, Stinchcombe TE, Wang X Expanding Beyond Maximum Grade: Chemotherapy Toxicity over Time by Age and Performance Status in Advanced Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer in CALGB 9730 (Alliance A151729).  View on PubMed
  18. Ritchie CS, Garrett SB, Thompson N, Miaskowski C Unintended Consequences of Opioid Regulations in Older Adults with Multiple Chronic Conditions.  View on PubMed
  19. Staurengo-Ferrari L, Green PG, Araldi D, Ferrari LF, Miaskowski C, Levine JD Sexual dimorphism in the contribution of neuroendocrine stress axes to oxaliplatin-induced painful peripheral neuropathy.  View on PubMed
  20. Diaz R, Kober KM, Viele C, Cooper BA, Paul SM, Hammer M, Wright F, Conley YP, Levine JD, Miaskowski C Distinct diarrhea profiles during outpatient chemotherapy.  View on PubMed

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