Her progressive research program focuses on fatigue, physical activity, exercise interventions, and quality of life. She has led efforts to systematically characterize persistent fatigue in hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HCT) survivors; advancing symptom science.

I currently have three active lines of research. The first is to determine the efficacy of an exercise intervention, Strength Training to Enhance Early Recovery (STEER), on fatigue, functional ability, muscle strength, and physical activity in people receiving high dose chemotherapy (HDC) followed by hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HCT).

The second line of research is to determine the effects of a free-living physical activity intervention on fatigue, functional ability, muscle strength, and physical activity.

In addition, I am interested in the long-term effects of persistent fatigue on quality of life in stem cell transplantation survivors. Specifically, this line of research will: (1) compare fatigue, physical activity, sleep, emotional distress, cognitive function, and biological measures in allogeneic HCT survivors with persistent fatigue to two control groups (allogeneic HCT survivors and matched healthy controls) with occasional tiredness and (2) examine the dynamic relationship between fatigue and physical activity in real-time, real-world settings.

Oncology, Nursing, Nursing, Nursing, Nursing
PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2001
BSN, St. Xavier University
MS, Rush University