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

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. Morse L, Kober KM, Viele C, Cooper BA, Paul SM, Conley YP, Hammer M, Levine JD, Miaskowski C. Subgroups of patients undergoing chemotherapy with distinct cognitive fatigue and evening physical fatigue profiles. Support Care Cancer. 2021 Jul 04.  View on PubMed
  2. Pozzar RA, Hammer MJ, Cooper BA, Kober KM, Chen LM, Paul SM, Conley YP, Levine JD, Miaskowski C. Symptom Clusters in Patients With Gynecologic Cancer Receiving Chemotherapy. Oncol Nurs Forum. 2021 Jul 01; 48(4):441-452.  View on PubMed
  3. 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. 2021 Jun 28.  View on PubMed
  4. Torstveit AH, Løyland B, Grov EK, Guren M, Paul SM, Ritchie C, Vistad I, Miaskowski C, Utne I. Distinctions Between Self-Report and Performance-Based Measures of Physical Function in Older Patients Prior to Chemotherapy. Cancer Nurs. 2021 Jun 28.  View on PubMed
  5. 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. 2021 Jun 28.  View on PubMed
  6. Oppegaard K, Harris CS, Shin J, Paul SM, Cooper BA, Levine JD, Conley YP, Hammer M, Cartwright F, Wright F, Dunn L, Kober KM, Miaskowski C. Anxiety profiles are associated with stress, resilience and symptom severity in outpatients receiving chemotherapy. Support Care Cancer. 2021 Jun 26.  View on PubMed
  7. Lin Y, Bailey DE, Docherty SL, Porter LS, Cooper B, Paul S, Kober K, Hammer MJ, Wright F, Conley Y, Levine J, Miaskowski C. Distinct morning and evening fatigue profiles in gastrointestinal cancer during chemotherapy. BMJ Support Palliat Care. 2021 May 28.  View on PubMed
  8. Forde D, Fang ML, Miaskowski C. A Systematic Review of the Effects of Skin-to-Skin Contact on Biomarkers of Stress in Preterm Infants and Parents. Adv Neonatal Care. 2021 May 27.  View on PubMed
  9. 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. Nurs Res. 2021 May-Jun 01; 70(3):173-183.  View on PubMed
  10. 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. Cancer. 2021 Apr 27.  View on PubMed
  11. 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. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2021 Apr 16.  View on PubMed
  12. Harris CS, Miaskowski CA, Dhruva AA, Cataldo J, Kober KM. Multi-Staged Data-Integrated Multi-Omics Analysis for Symptom Science Research. Biol Res Nurs. 2021 Apr 08; 10998004211003980.  View on PubMed
  13. 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. Lymphat Res Biol. 2021 Mar 23.  View on PubMed
  14. 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. Pain. 2021 Mar 09.  View on PubMed
  15. 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. Pain. 2021 03 01; 162(3):907-918.  View on PubMed
  16. 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. 2021 Mar-Apr 01; 44(2):136-144.  View on PubMed
  17. Kober KM, Roy R, Dhruva A, Conley YP, Chan RJ, Cooper B, Olshen A, Miaskowski C. Prediction of evening fatigue severity in outpatients receiving chemotherapy: less may be more. Fatigue. 2021; 9(1):14-32.  View on PubMed
  18. 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. Support Care Cancer. 2021 Feb 11.  View on PubMed
  19. 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. Lymphat Res Biol. 2021 Feb 09.  View on PubMed
  20. 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. Support Care Cancer. 2021 Aug; 29(8):4461-4471.  View on PubMed

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