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


Professional Experience

  • 1979-81
    Staff Development Instructor, Hospital of Albert Einstein College of Medicine Bronx, NY
  • 1981-85
    Clinical Nurse Specialist in Oncology; Oncology and Critical Care and Nurse Coordinator of the Pain Evaluation Group Hospital of Albert Einstein College of Medicine Bronx, NY
  • 1984-88
    Coordinator of the Certificate Program in Oncology Nursing, School of Nursing, Department of Continuing Education, Adelphi University, Garden City, NY
  • 1985-88
    Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Oncology Master's Program, School of Nursing, Oncology Master's Program, Adelphi University, Garden City, NY
  • 1986-88
    Coordinator of Clinical Practice and Quality Assurance, Hospital of Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY
  • 1988-90
    Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Nurse Scholar, Department of Physiological Nursing, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
  • 1990-96
    Associate Professor, Department of Physiological Nursing, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
  • 1996-present
    Professor, Department of Physiological Nursing, University of California, San Francisco San Francisco, CA

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. Van Blarigan EL, Kenfield SA, Chan JM, Van Loon K, Paciorek A, Zhang L, Chan H, Savoie MB, Bocobo AG, Liu VN, Wong LX, Laffan A, Atreya CE, Miaskowski C, Fukuoka Y, Meyerhardt JA, Venook AP. Feasibility and acceptability of a web-based dietary intervention with text messages for colorectal cancer: a randomized pilot trial. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2020 Jan 15.
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  2. 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 Prior to Through 12 Months After Breast Cancer Surgery: Changes in Attentional Function Following Breast Cancer Surgery. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2020 Jan 14.
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  3. Singh KP, Dhruva A, Flowers E, Paul SM, Hammer MJ, Wright F, Cartwright F, Conley YP, Melisko M, Levine JD, Miaskowski C, Kober KM. Alterations in Patterns of Gene Expression and Perturbed Pathways in the Gut-Brain Axis Are Associated With Chemotherapy-Induced Nausea. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2020 Jan 07.
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  4. Miaskowski C, Blyth F, Nicosia F, Haan M, Keefe F, Smith A, Ritchie C. A Biopsychosocial Model of Chronic Pain for Older Adults. Pain Med. 2019 Dec 17.
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  5. Langford DJ, Cooper B, Paul S, Humphreys J, Hammer MJ, Levine J, Conley YP, Wright F, Dunn LB, Miaskowski C. DISTINCT STRESS PROFILES AMONG ONCOLOGY PATIENTS UNDERGOING CHEMOTHERAPY. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2019 Nov 08.
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  6. Schear S, Patel K, Deng LX, Miaskowski C, Maravilla I, Garrigues SK, Thompson N, Auerbach AD, Ritchie CS. Multimorbidity and Opioid Prescribing in Hospitalized Older Adults. J Palliat Med. 2019 Nov 05.
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  7. Singh K, Paul SM, Kober KM, Conley YP, Wright F, Levine JD, Joseph PV, Miaskowski C. Neuropsychological Symptoms and Intrusive Thoughts Are Associated With Worse Trajectories of Chemotherapy-Induced Nausea. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2019 Nov 02.
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  8. Von Ah D, Brown CG, Brown SJ, Bryant AL, Davies M, Dodd M, Ferrell B, Hammer M, Knobf MT, Knoop TJ, LoBiondo-Wood G, Mayer DK, Miaskowski C, Mitchell SA, Song L, Watkins Bruner D, Wesmiller S, Cooley ME. Research Agenda of the Oncology Nursing Society: 2019-2022. Oncol Nurs Forum. 2019 11 01; 46(6):654-669.
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  9. Tejada M, Viele C, Kober KM, Cooper BA, Paul SM, Dunn LB, Hammer MJ, Wright F, Conley YP, Levine JD, Miaskowski C. Identification of subgroups of chemotherapy patients with distinct sleep disturbance profiles and associated co-occurring symptoms. Sleep. 2019 Oct 09; 42(10).
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  10. 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. 2019 Sep 27.
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  11. Mazor M, Paul SM, Chesney MA, Chen LM, Smoot B, Topp K, Conley YP, Levine JD, Miaskowski C. Perceived stress is associated with a higher symptom burden in cancer survivors. Cancer. 2019 Dec 15; 125(24):4509-4515.
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  12. Valenta S, Spichiger E, Paul SM, Rabow MW, Plano Clark VL, Schumacher KL, Miaskowski C. A Longitudinal Study of Predictors of Constipation Severity in Oncology Outpatients With Unrelieved Pain. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2019 Sep 05.
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  13. Schreiber KL, Belfer I, Miaskowski C, Schumacher M, Stacey BR, Van De Ven T. AAAPT Diagnostic Criteria for Acute Pain Following Breast Surgery. J Pain. 2019 Sep 05.
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  14. Wright F, Dunn LB, Paul SM, Conley YP, Levine JD, Hammer MJ, Cooper BA, Miaskowski C, Kober KM. Morning Fatigue Severity Profiles in Oncology Outpatients Receiving Chemotherapy. Cancer Nurs. 2019 Sep/Oct; 42(5):355-364.
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  15. Singh K, Kober KM, Paul SM, Hammer M, Wright F, Conley YP, Levine JD, Miaskowski C. Gastrointestinal symptoms are associated with trajectories of chemotherapy-induced nausea. Support Care Cancer. 2019 Aug 19.
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  16. Ng MSN, So WKW, Wong CL, Hui YH, Ho EHS, Choi KC, Cooper B, Miaskowski C. Stability and Impact of Symptom Clusters in Patients With End-Stage Renal Disease Undergoing Dialysis. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2020 Jan; 59(1):67-76.
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  17. Han CJ, Reding K, Cooper BA, Paul SM, Conley YP, Hammer M, Kober KM, Levine JD, Miaskowski C. Stability of Symptom Clusters in Patients With Gastrointestinal Cancers Receiving Chemotherapy. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2019 Dec; 58(6):989-1001.e10.
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  18. Miaskowski C, Topp K, Conley YP, Paul SM, Melisko M, Schumacher M, Chesney M, Abrams G, Levine JD, Kober KM. Perturbations in neuroinflammatory pathways are associated with paclitaxel-induced peripheral neuropathy in breast cancer survivors. J Neuroimmunol. 2019 Oct 15; 335:577019.
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  19. Epstein JB, Miaskowski C. Oral Pain in the Cancer Patient. J Natl Cancer Inst Monogr. 2019 Aug 01; 2019(53).
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  20. Nolden A, Joseph PV, Kober KM, Cooper BA, Paul SM, Hammer MJ, Dunn LB, Conley YP, Levine JD, Miaskowski C. Co-occurring Gastrointestinal Symptoms Are Associated With Taste Changes in Oncology Patients Receiving Chemotherapy. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2019 Nov; 58(5):756-765.
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