Researcher Profile

Researcher Profile

Kathleen Sturgeon, PhD, MTR

Kathleen Sturgeon, PhD, MTR

Assistant Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences
Division of Epidemiology
Scientific Program:Cancer Control

Research Interests

Dr. Kathleen Sturgeon's research has focused on elucidating the mechanisms of exercise-induced protection against chronic diseases. It is well known that exercise is beneficial and that sedentary behavior is associated with many common chronic health problems. However, it is not well understood what molecular changes are induced by physical activity or how they improve the function of different tissues and organs in the body. Projects in the Sturgeon lab are vertically translational from animal models to clinical trials and community based programs and are also transdisciplinary across exercise physiology, cardiology, oncology and immunology.

  • Exercise
  • African Americans
  • Breast Neoplasms
  • Blood Pressure
  • Neoplasms
  • Cancer Survivors
  • Inflammation
  • Oxidative Stress
  • Health
  • Randomized Controlled Trials
  • Blood Vessels
  • Biomarkers

Clinical Trials

Women In Steady Exercise Research - Neoadjuvant Exercise Trial
Exercise in All ChemoTherapy (EnACT)
Imaging and Mobile Assessments of Cognition, Environment, and Sleep Study
CUFF Study: Characterization of Upper Limb Function following Mastectomy and Reconstruction for Breast Cancer

Recent Publications


Sturgeon, KM, Deng, L, Bluethmann, SM, Zhou, S, Trifiletti, DM, Jiang, C, Kelly, SP & Zaorsky, NG 2019, 'A population-based study of cardiovascular disease mortality risk in US cancer patients', European Heart Journal, vol. 40, no. 48, pp. 3889-3897.
Haley, JS, Hibler, EA, Zhou, S, Schmitz, KH & Sturgeon, KM 2020, 'Dose-dependent effect of aerobic exercise on inflammatory biomarkers in a randomized controlled trial of women at high risk of breast cancer', Cancer, vol. 126, no. 2, pp. 329-336.
Schmitz, KH, Troxel, AB, Dean, LT, Demichele, A, Brown, JC, Sturgeon, K, Zhang, Z, Evangelisti, M, Spinelli, B, Kallan, MJ, Denlinger, C, Cheville, A, Winkels, RM, Chodosh, L & Sarwer, DB 2019, 'Effect of Home-Based Exercise and Weight Loss Programs on Breast Cancer-Related Lymphedema Outcomes among Overweight Breast Cancer Survivors: The WISER Survivor Randomized Clinical Trial', JAMA Oncology, vol. 5, no. 11, pp. 1605-1613.


Mathis, KM, Sturgeon, KM, Winkels, RM, Wiskemann, J, De Souza, MJ & Schmitz, KH 2018, 'Bone resorption and bone metastasis risk', Medical Hypotheses, vol. 118, pp. 36-41.
Sturgeon, KM, Foo, W, Heroux, M & Schmitz, K 2018, 'Change in inflammatory biomarkers and adipose tissue in BRCA1/2þ breast cancer survivors following a yearlong lifestyle modification program', Cancer Prevention Research, vol. 11, no. 9, pp. 545-550.
Burse, NR, Sturgeon, K, Bryan, C, Foo, W, Mathis, KM, Moyer, J, Winkels, R, Wiskemann, J & Schmitz, K 2018, 'Exercise In All Chemotherapy (EnACT) Study: Implementation of Exercise Oncology in a Clinical Setting', Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, vol. 50, no. 5S, pp. 844. <>
Mathis, KM, Sturgeon, KM, Winkels, RM, Wiskemann, J, Williams, NI & Schmitz, K 2018, 'Exercise and chemotherapy-induced amenorrhea', Medical Hypotheses, vol. 116, pp. 49-53.
Bluethmann, S, Sciamanna, C, Winkels, R, Sturgeon, K & Schmitz, K 2018, 'Healthy Living After Cancer Treatment: Considerations for Clinical and Community Practice', American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine, vol. 12, no. 3, pp. 215-219.
Spinelli, B, Kallan, MJ, Zhang, X, Cheville, A, Troxel, A, Cohn, J, Dean, L, Sturgeon, K, Evangelista, M, Zhang, Z, Ebaugh, D & Schmitz, KH 2019, 'Intra- and Interrater Reliability and Concurrent Validity of a New Tool for Assessment of Breast Cancer–Related Lymphedema of the Upper Extremity', Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, vol. 100, no. 2, pp. 315-326.


Kretzschmar, J, Babbitt, DM, Diaz, KM, Feairheller, DL, Sturgeon, KM, Perkins-Ball, AM, Williamson, ST, Ling, C, Grimm, H & Brown, MD 2017, 'Differential response to exercise in African Americans with high levels of inflammation', Ethnicity and Disease, vol. 27, no. 3, pp. 233-240.
Sturgeon, K, Fisher, C, McShea, G, Sullivan, SK, Sataloff, D & Schmitz, K 2018, 'Patient preference and timing for exercise in breast cancer care', Supportive Care in Cancer, vol. 26, no. 2, pp. 507-514.
Sturgeon, KM, Schweitzer, A, Leonard, JJ, Tobias, DK, Liu, Y, Cespedes Feliciano, E, Malik, VS, Joshi, A, Rosner, B & De Jonghe, BC 2017, 'Physical activity induced protection against breast cancer risk associated with delayed parity', Physiology and Behavior, vol. 169, pp. 52-58.
Sturgeon, KM, Hackley, R, Fornash, A, Dean, LT, Laudermilk, M, Brown, JC, Sarwer, DB, DeMichele, AM, Troxel, AB & Schmitz, KH 2018, 'Strategic recruitment of an ethnically diverse cohort of overweight survivors of breast cancer with lymphedema', Cancer, vol. 124, no. 1, pp. 95-104.
Winkels, RM, Sturgeon, KM, Kallan, MJ, Dean, LT, Zhang, Z, Evangelisti, M, Brown, JC, Sarwer, DB, Troxel, AB, Denlinger, C, Laudermilk, M, Fornash, A, DeMichele, A, Chodosh, LA & Schmitz, KH 2017, 'The women in steady exercise research (WISER) survivor trial: The innovative transdisciplinary design of a randomized controlled trial of exercise and weight-loss interventions among breast cancer survivors with lymphedema', Contemporary Clinical Trials, vol. 61, pp. 63-72.


Sturgeon, KM, Dean, LT, Heroux, M, Kane, J, Bauer, T, Palmer, E, Long, J, Lynch, S, Jacobs, L, Sarwer, DB, Leonard, MB & Schmitz, K 2017, 'Commercially available lifestyle modification program: randomized controlled trial addressing heart and bone health in BRCA1/2+ breast cancer survivors after risk-reducing salpingo-oophorectomy', Journal of Cancer Survivorship, vol. 11, no. 2, pp. 246-255.
Sturgeon, K, Digiovanni, L, Good, J, Salvatore, D, Fenderson, D, Domchek, S, Stopfer, J, Galantino, ML, Bryan, C, Hwang, WT & Schmitz, K 2016, 'Exercise-induced dose-response alterations in adiponectin and leptin levels are dependent on body fat changes in women at risk for breast cancer', Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention, vol. 25, no. 8, pp. 1195-1200.
Liu, Y, Tobias, DK, Sturgeon, KM, Rosner, B, Malik, V, Cespedes, E, Joshi, AD, Eliassen, AH & Colditz, GA 2016, 'Physical activity from menarche to first pregnancy and risk of breast cancer', International Journal of Cancer, vol. 139, no. 6, pp. 1223-1230.
Schmitz, KH, Gehlert, S, Patterson, RE, Colditz, GA, Chavarro, JE, Hu, FB, Neuhouser, ML, Sturgeon, KM, Thornquist, M, Tobias, D & Nebeling, LC 2016, 'TREC to WHERE? Transdisciplinary research on energetics and cancer', Clinical Cancer Research, vol. 22, no. 7, pp. 1565-1571.
Schadler, KL, Thomas, NJ, Galie, PA, Bhang, DH, Roby, KC, Addai, P, Till, JE, Sturgeon, K, Zaslavsky, A, Chen, CS & Ryeom, S 2016, 'Tumor vessel normalization after aerobic exercise enhances chemotherapeutic efficacy', Oncotarget, vol. 7, no. 40, pp. 65429-65440.
Feairheller, DL, Aichele, KR, Oakman, JE, Neal, MP, Cromwell, CM, Lenzo, JM, Perez, AN, Bye, NL, Santaniello, EL, Hill, JA, Evans, RC, Thiele, KA, Chavis, LN, Getty, AK, Wisdo, TR, McClelland, JAM, Sturgeon, K & Chlad, P 2016, 'Vascular Health in American Football Players: Cardiovascular Risk Increased in Division III Players', International Journal of Vascular Medicine, vol. 2016, 6851256.

Clinical Trials Search

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