University of California San Francisco
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
Christine Miaskowski, RN, PhD, FAAN

Christine Miaskowski, RN, PhD, FAAN

Professor, Department of Physiological Nursing, UCSF
Sharon A. Lamb Endowed Chair, Physiological Nursing, UCSF

Cancer Center Program Memberships

Cancer Control

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.

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. 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. Oncol Nurs Forum. 2020 Sep 01; 47(5):586-594.
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  2. 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. Cancer Nurs. 2020 Sep/Oct; 43(5):402-410.
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  3. 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. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2020 Sep 01.
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  4. Elkin E, Viele C, Schumacher K, Boberg M, Cunningham M, Liu L, Miaskowski C. A COVID-19 screening tool for oncology telephone triage. Support Care Cancer. 2020 Aug 28.
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  5. Hammer MJ, Eckardt P, Cartwright F, Miaskowski C. Prescribed Walking for Glycemic Control and Symptom Management in Patients without Diabetes Undergoing Chemotherapy. Nurs Res. 2020 Aug 24.
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  6. 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. Biol Res Nurs. 2020 Aug 20; 1099800420951271.
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  7. Miaskowski C, Paul SM, Snowberg K, Abbott M, Borno H, Chang S, Chen LM, Cohen B, Cooper BA, Hammer MJ, Kenfield SA, Laffan A, Levine JD, Pozzar R, Tsai KK, Van Blarigan EL, Van Loon K. Oncology patients' perceptions of and experiences with COVID-19. Support Care Cancer. 2020 Aug 18.
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  8. Utne I, Cooper BA, Ritchie C, Wong M, Dunn LB, Loyland B, Grov EK, Hammer MJ, Paul SM, Levine JD, Conley YP, Kober KM, Miaskowski C. Co-occurrence of decrements in physical and cognitive function is common in older oncology patients receiving chemotherapy. Eur J Oncol Nurs. 2020 Aug 03; 48:101823.
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  9. Jakovljevic K, Kober KM, Block A, Cooper BA, Paul SM, Hammer MJ, Cartwright F, Conley YP, Wright F, Dunn LB, Levine JD, Miaskowski C. Higher Levels of Stress Are Associated with a Significant Symptom Burden in Oncology Outpatients Receiving Chemotherapy. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2020 Jul 25.
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  10. Chou YJ, Kober KM, Kuo CH, Yeh KH, Kuo TC, Tseng YJ, Miaskowski C, Liang JT, Shun SC. A Pilot Study of Metabolomic Pathways Associated With Fatigue in Survivors of Colorectal Cancer. Biol Res Nurs. 2020 Jul 22; 1099800420942586.
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  11. Ng MSN, Wong CL, Ho EHS, Hui YH, Miaskowski C, So WKW. Burden of living with multiple concurrent symptoms in patients with end-stage renal disease. J Clin Nurs. 2020 Jul; 29(13-14):2589-2601.
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  12. Ritchie CS, Garrett SB, Thompson N, Miaskowski C. Unintended Consequences of Opioid Regulations in Older Adults with Multiple Chronic Conditions. Gerontologist. 2020 Mar 29.
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  13. Langford DJ, Morgan S, Cooper B, Paul S, Kober K, Wright F, Hammer MJ, Conley YP, Levine JD, Miaskowski C, Dunn LB. Association of personality profiles with coping and adjustment to cancer among patients undergoing chemotherapy. Psychooncology. 2020 06; 29(6):1060-1067.
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  14. Thompson HJ, Santacroce SJ, Pickler RH, Allen JK, Armer JM, Bakken S, Bowles KH, Conley YP, Dunbar SA, Ellington L, Grey M, Heitkemper MM, Herr KA, Lake E, McCarthy AM, Melnyk B, Miaskowski CA, Moore SM, Naylor MD, Stone PW, Titler MG, Weiss SJ. Use of individual development plans for nurse scientist training. Nurs Outlook. 2020 May - Jun; 68(3):284-292.
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  15. Ogle T, Alexander K, Miaskowski C, Yates P. Systematic review of the effectiveness of self-initiated interventions to decrease pain and sensory disturbances associated with peripheral neuropathy. J Cancer Surviv. 2020 Aug; 14(4):444-463.
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  16. Chan CWH, Miaskowski C, McCarthy A, Waye MMY, Yeo W, So WKW, Choi KC, Tsui SKW, Chan JYW. Tamoxifen-related endocrine symptoms in Chinese patients with breast cancer: Study protocol clinical trial (SPIRIT Compliant). Medicine (Baltimore). 2020 Feb; 99(8):e19083.
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  17. Ng MSN, Miaskowski C, Cooper B, Hui YH, Ho EHS, Mo SKL, Wong SSH, Wong CL, So WKW. Distinct Symptom Experience Among Subgroups of Patients With ESRD Receiving Maintenance Dialysis. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2020 Jul; 60(1):70-79.e1.
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  18. Wright F, Kober KM, Cooper BA, Paul SM, Conley YP, Hammer M, Levine JD, Miaskowski C. Higher levels of stress and different coping strategies are associated with greater morning and evening fatigue severity in oncology patients receiving chemotherapy. Support Care Cancer. 2020 Oct; 28(10):4697-4706.
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  19. Chan RJ, Cooper B, Koczwara B, Chan A, Tan CJ, Paul SM, Dunn LB, Conley YP, Kober KM, Levine JD, Miaskowski C. A longitudinal analysis of phenotypic and symptom characteristics associated with inter-individual variability in employment interference in patients with breast cancer. Support Care Cancer. 2020 Oct; 28(10):4677-4686.
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  20. Kohler C, Chang M, Allemann-Su YY, Vetter M, Jung M, Jung M, Conley Y, Paul S, Kober KM, Cooper BA, Smoot B, Levine JD, Miaskowski C, Katapodi MC. Changes in Attentional Function in Patients From Before Through 12 Months After Breast Cancer Surgery. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2020 Jun; 59(6):1172-1185.
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