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. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. Ritchie CS, Garrett SB, Thompson N, Miaskowski C Unintended Consequences of Opioid Regulations in Older Adults with Multiple Chronic Conditions.  View on PubMed
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. Chan R, Cooper B, Paul S, Conley Y, Kober K, Koczwara B, Chan A, Tan CJ, Gordon L, Thomy L, Levine J, Miaskowski C Distinct financial distress profiles in patients with breast cancer prior to and for 12 months following surgery.  View on PubMed
  14. Moy S, Kober KM, Viele C, Paul SM, Hammer M, Melisko M, Wright F, Conley YP, Levine JD, Miaskowski C Level of Exercise Influences the Severity of Fatigue, Energy Levels, and Sleep Disturbance in Oncology Outpatients Receiving Chemotherapy.  View on PubMed
  15. Miaskowski C, Paul SM, Snowberg K, Abbott M, Borno H, Chang S, Chen LM, Cohen B, Hammer MJ, Kenfield SA, Kober KM, Levine JD, Pozzar R, Rhoads KF, Van Blarigan EL, Van Loon K Stress and Symptom Burden in Oncology Patients During the COVID-19 Pandemic.  View on PubMed
  16. Miaskowski C, Blyth F, Nicosia F, Haan M, Keefe F, Smith A, Ritchie C A Biopsychosocial Model of Chronic Pain for Older Adults.  View on PubMed
  17. Oppegaard KR, Dunn LB, Kober KM, Mackin L, Hammer MJ, Conley YP, Levine J, Miaskowski C Gender Differences in the Use of Engagement and Disengagement Coping Strategies in Patients With Cancer Receiving Chemotherapy.  View on PubMed
  18. Atallah M, Cooper B, Muñoz RF, Paul SM, Anguera J, Levine JD, Hammer M, Wright F, Chen LM, Melisko M, Conley YP, Miaskowski C, Dunn LB Psychological Symptoms and Stress Are Associated With Decrements in Attentional Function in Cancer Patients Undergoing Chemotherapy.  View on PubMed
  19. Elkin E, Viele C, Schumacher K, Boberg M, Cunningham M, Liu L, Miaskowski C A COVID-19 screening tool for oncology telephone triage.  View on PubMed
  20. Singh K, Cao H, Miaskowski C, Conley YP, Hammer M, Wright F, Levine JD, Kober KM Perturbations in Endocytotic and Apoptotic Pathways Are Associated With Chemotherapy-Induced Nausea.  View on PubMed

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