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

  • September 30, 2021 - May 31, 2025 - Characteristics and impact of chronic pain and pain management in older adults , Co-Principal Investigator . Sponsor: NIH, Sponsor Award ID: R01AG064947
  • July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2022 - Biobehavioral Research Training in Symptom Science , Co-Principal Investigator . Sponsor: NIH, Sponsor Award ID: T32NR016920
  • September 1, 2017 - August 31, 2021 - Impact of Hearing Loss and Tinnitus in Cancer Survivors , Principal Investigator . Sponsor: NIH, Sponsor Award ID: R01CA212064
  • July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2021 - Biomarker and Phenotypic Risk Factors for Breast Cancer Lymphedema , Principal Investigator . Sponsor: NIH, Sponsor Award ID: R01CA187160

Education

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. Cheung S, Henderson-Sabes J, Mastick J, Abrams G, Snowberg K, Alfaro E, Quinn M, Paul S, Cooper B, Wallhagen M, Conley Y, Levine J, Miaskowski C. Cancer survivors and neurotoxic chemotherapy: hearing loss and tinnitus. BMJ Support Palliat Care. 2022 Jul 27.  View on PubMed
  2. Allemann-Su YY, Vetter M, Koechlin H, Paul SM, Cooper BA, Oppegaard K, Melisko M, Levine JD, Conley Y, Miaskowski C, Katapodi MC. Pre-Surgery Demographic, Clinical, and Symptom Characteristics Associated with Different Self-Reported Cognitive Processes in Patients with Breast Cancer. Cancers (Basel). 2022 Jul 05; 14(13).  View on PubMed
  3. Utne I, Stokke K, Ritchie C, Løyland B, Grov EK, Rasmussen HL, Lindemann K, Paul SM, Torstveit AH, Miaskowski C. Changes in Subjective Measures of Cognitive Function in Older Adults From the Initiation Through 12 Months After the Receipt of Chemotherapy. Cancer Nurs. 2022 Jun 28.  View on PubMed
  4. Calvo-Schimmel A, Paul SM, Cooper BA, Shin J, Harris C, Oppegaard K, Hammer MJ, Cartwright F, Conley YP, Kober KM, Levine JD, Miaskowski C. Oncology Outpatients With Worse Anxiety and Sleep Disturbance Profiles Are at Increased Risk for a Higher Symptom Burden and Poorer Quality of Life. Cancer Nurs. 2022 Jun 08.  View on PubMed
  5. Harris CS, Kober KM, Cooper B, Conley YP, Dhruva AA, Hammer MJ, Paul S, Levine JD, Miaskowski CA. Symptom clusters in outpatients with cancer using different dimensions of the symptom experience. Support Care Cancer. 2022 Aug; 30(8):6889-6899.  View on PubMed
  6. Miaskowski C, Levine JD, Paul SM, Cooper B, Abrams G, Topp K, Cheung S, Henderson-Sabes J, Conley YP, Snowberg K, Alfaro E, Quinn M, Kober KM. Similarities in the Neuropathy Phenotype of Cancer Survivors Who Received Different Classes of Chemotherapy Drugs. J Pain. 2022 Sep; 23(9):1604-1615.  View on PubMed
  7. Calvo-Schimmel A, Paul SM, Cooper BA, Harris C, Shin J, Oppegaard K, Hammer MJ, Dunn LB, Conley YP, Kober KM, Levine JD, Miaskowski C. Oncology outpatients with worse depression and sleep disturbance profiles are at increased risk for a higher symptom burden and poorer quality of life outcomes. Sleep Med. 2022 07; 95:91-104.  View on PubMed
  8. Singh KP, Kober KM, Ernst B, Sachdev J, Brewer M, Zhu Q, Gu H, Melisko M, Paul SM, Cooper BA, Hammer M, Conley YP, Levine JD, Miaskowski C. Multiple Gastrointestinal Symptoms Are Associated With Chemotherapy-Induced Nausea in Patients With Breast Cancer. Cancer Nurs. 2022 May-Jun 01; 45(3):181-189.  View on PubMed
  9. Harris CS, Dodd M, Kober KM, Dhruva AA, Hammer MJ, Conley YP, Miaskowski CA. Advances in Conceptual and Methodological Issues in Symptom Cluster Research: A 20-Year Perspective. ANS Adv Nurs Sci. 2022 Oct-Dec 01; 45(4):309-322.  View on PubMed
  10. Sass D, Fitzgerald W, Wolff BS, Torres I, Pagan-Mercado G, Armstrong TS, Miaskowski C, Margolis L, Saligan L, Kober KM. Differences in Circulating Extracellular Vesicle and Soluble Cytokines in Older Versus Younger Breast Cancer Patients With Distinct Symptom Profiles. Front Genet. 2022; 13:869044.  View on PubMed
  11. Allemann-Su YY, Vetter M, Koechlin H, Conley Y, Paul SM, Cooper BA, Kober KM, Levine JD, Miaskowski C, Katapodi MC. Distinct Cognitive Function Profiles Are Associated With a Higher Presurgery Symptom Burden in Patients With Breast Cancer. Cancer Nurs. 2022 Apr 12.  View on PubMed
  12. Shin J, Oppegaard K, Calvo-Schimmel A, Harris C, Cooper BA, Paul SM, Conley YP, Hammer MJ, Cartwright F, Kober KM, Levine JD, Miaskowski C. Distinct Worst Pain Profiles in Oncology Outpatients Undergoing Chemotherapy. Cancer Nurs. 2022 Apr 12.  View on PubMed
  13. Langford DJ, Eaton L, Kober KM, Paul SM, Cooper BA, Hammer MJ, Conley YP, Wright F, Dunn LB, Levine JD, Miaskowski C. A high stress profile is associated with severe pain in oncology patients receiving chemotherapy. Eur J Oncol Nurs. 2022 Jun; 58:102135.  View on PubMed
  14. Hammer MJ, Cooper B, Paul SM, Kober KM, Cartwright F, Conley YP, Wright F, Levine JD, Miaskowski C. Identification of Distinct Symptom Profiles in Cancer Patients Using a Pre-Specified Symptom Cluster. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2022 07; 64(1):17-27.  View on PubMed
  15. Stacker T, Kober KM, Dunn L, Viele C, Paul SM, Hammer M, Conley YP, Levine JD, Miaskowski C. Associations Between Demographic, Clinical, and Symptom Characteristics and Stress in Oncology Patients Receiving Chemotherapy. Cancer Nurs. 2022 Mar 02.  View on PubMed
  16. Singh K, Pituch K, Zhu Q, Gu H, Ernst B, Tofthagen C, Brewer M, Kober KM, Cooper BA, Paul SM, Conley YP, Hammer M, Levine JD, Miaskowski C. Distinct Nausea Profiles Are Associated With Gastrointestinal Symptoms in Oncology Patients Receiving Chemotherapy. Cancer Nurs. 2022 Mar 02.  View on PubMed
  17. Lin Y, Bailey DE, Docherty SL, Porter LS, Cooper BA, Paul SM, Hammer MJ, Conley YP, Levine JD, Miaskowski C. Distinct Sleep Disturbance Profiles in Patients With Gastrointestinal Cancers Receiving Chemotherapy. Cancer Nurs. 2022 Mar-Apr 01; 45(2):E417-E427.  View on PubMed
  18. Leeper HE, Tonorezos E, Mayer D, Bakitas M, Chang S, Cooley ME, Hervey-Jumper S, Miaskowski C, Sherwood P, Tsien C, Wallgren K, Willmarth N, Arons D, Acquaye A, King AL, Penas-Prado M, Vera E, Gilbert MR, Armstrong TS, NCI-CONNECT Survivorship Care in Neuro-Oncology Workshop . Proceedings of the Survivorship Care in Neuro-Oncology Workshop sponsored by the Comprehensive Oncology Network Evaluating Rare CNS Tumors (NCI-CONNECT). Neurooncol Adv. 2022 Jan-Dec; 4(1):vdac029.  View on PubMed
  19. Wilson NL, Hoffman TJ, Heath SL, Saag MS, Miaskowski C. HIV Symptom Clusters are Similar Using the Dimensions of Symptom Occurrence and Distress. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2022 06; 63(6):943-952.  View on PubMed
  20. Chan H, Van Loon K, Kenfield SA, Chan JM, Mitchell E, Zhang L, Paciorek A, Joseph G, Laffan A, Atreya C, Fukuoka Y, Miaskowski C, Meyerhardt JA, Venook AP, Van Blarigan EL. Quality of life of colorectal cancer survivors participating in a pilot randomized controlled trial of physical activity trackers and daily text messages. Support Care Cancer. 2022 May; 30(5):4557-4564.  View on PubMed

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