Researcher Profile

Researcher Profile

Shirley Bluethmann, PhD, MPH

Shirley Bluethmann, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences
Division of Health Services and Behavioral Research
Scientific Program:Cancer Control
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Research Interests

As a behavioral scientist with advanced training in cancer prevention and control, Dr. Shirley Bluethmann has focused her career on optimizing cancer outcomes and aging through lifestyle interventions, including physical activity and self-management practices.

Her long-term goal as a faculty member at Penn State College of Medicine is to build a program of research to better serve the needs of older cancer survivors (especially those 65 and older), including identifying opportunities for interventions to improve mobility and general health and to manage cancer-related symptoms or co-morbidities.

Dr. Bluethmann is also interested in identifying aging-friendly technologies to promote independence and facilitate self-management of care.

  • Cancer Survivors
  • Neoplasms
  • Breast Neoplasms
  • Exercise
  • Therapeutics
  • Survivors
  • Systematic Reviews
  • Mortality
  • Population
  • Health
  • Prostatic Neoplasms
  • Colorectal Neoplasms

Clinical Trials

Using Exercise to Improve Arthralgia and AI Adherence in Older Breast Cancer Survivors

Recent Publications


Bluethmann, SM, Truica, C, Klepin, HD, Olsen, N, Sciamanna, C, Chinchilli, VM & Schmitz, KH 2021, 'Study design and methods for the using exercise to relieve joint pain and improve AI adherence in older breast cancer survivors (REJOIN) trial', Journal of Geriatric Oncology, vol. 12, no. 7, pp. 1146-1153.
Oostra, DL, Burse, NR, Wolf, LJ, Schleicher, E, Mama, SK, Bluethmann, S, Schmitz, K & Winkels, RM 2021, 'Understanding Nutritional Problems of Metastatic Breast Cancer Patients: Opportunities for Supportive Care Through eHealth', Cancer Nursing, vol. 44, no. 2, pp. 154-162.


Zaorsky, NG, Zhang, Y, Tuanquin, L, Bluethmann, SM, Park, HS & Chinchilli, VM 2020, 'Author Correction: Suicide among cancer patients (Nature Communications, (2019), 10, 1, (207), 10.1038/s41467-018-08170-1)', Nature communications, vol. 11, no. 1, 718.
Bluethmann, SM, Flores, E, Campbell, G & Klepin, HD 2020, 'Mobility Device Use and Mobility Disability in U.S. Medicare Beneficiaries With and Without Cancer History', Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, vol. 68, no. 12, pp. 2872-2880.
Bluethmann, SM, Foo, W, Winkels, RM, Mama, SK & Schmitz, KH 2020, 'Physical activity in older cancer survivors: What role do multimorbidity and perceived disability play?', Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, vol. 28, no. 2, pp. 311-319.
Bluethmann, SM, Wang, M, Wasserman, E, Chen, C, Zaorsky, NG, Hohl, RJ & McDonald, AC 2020, 'Prostate cancer in Pennsylvania: The role of older age at diagnosis, aggressiveness, and environmental risk factors on treatment and mortality using data from the Pennsylvania Cancer Registry', Cancer medicine, vol. 9, no. 10, pp. 3623-3633.
Mama, SK, Bhuiyan, N, Foo, W, Segel, JE, Bluethmann, SM, Winkels, RM, Wiskemann, J, Calo, WA, Lengerich, EJ & Schmitz, KH 2020, 'Rural-urban differences in meeting physical activity recommendations and health status in cancer survivors in central Pennsylvania', Supportive Care in Cancer, vol. 28, no. 10, pp. 5013-5022.


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.
Ehlers, SL, Davis, K, Bluethmann, SM, Quintiliani, LM, Kendall, J, Ratwani, RM, Diefenbach, MA & Graves, KD 2019, 'Screening for psychosocial distress among patients with cancer: Implications for clinical practice, healthcare policy, and dissemination to enhance cancer survivorship', Translational behavioral medicine, vol. 9, no. 2, pp. 282-291.
Zaorsky, NG, Zhang, Y, Tuanquin, L, Bluethmann, SM, Park, HS & Chinchilli, VM 2019, 'Suicide among cancer patients', Nature communications, vol. 10, no. 1, 207.


Bluethmann, SM, Coa, KI, Alfano, CM & Hesse, BW 2018, 'Electronic Health Information Exchange Opportunities for Self-management of Care: Responses from Older Adults With and Without Cancer History in the United States', Current oncology reports, vol. 20, no. 4, 30.
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.


Bluethmann, SM, Alfano, CM, Clapp, JD, Luta, G, Small, BJ, Hurria, A, Cohen, HJ, Sugarman, S, B. Muss, H, Isaacs, C & Mandelblatt, JS 2017, 'Cognitive function and discontinuation of adjuvant hormonal therapy in older breast cancer survivors: CALGB 369901 (Alliance)', Breast Cancer Research and Treatment, vol. 165, no. 3, pp. 677-686.
Keadle, SK, Bluethmann, S, Matthews, CE, Graubard, BI & Perna, FM 2017, 'Combining activity-related behaviors and attributes improves prediction of health status in NHANES', Journal of Physical Activity and Health, vol. 14, no. 8, pp. 626-635.
Bluethmann, SM, Murphy, CC, Tiro, JA, Mollica, MA, Vernon, SW & Bartholomew, LK 2017, 'Deconstructing decisions to initiate, maintain, or discontinue adjuvant endocrine therapy in breast cancer survivors: A mixed-methods study', Oncology nursing forum, vol. 44, no. 3, pp. E101-E110.
Bluethmann, S, Bartholomew, LK, Murphy, CC & Vernon, SW 2017, 'Use of Theory in Behavior Change Interventions: An Analysis of Programs to Increase Physical Activity in Posttreatment Breast Cancer Survivors', Health Education and Behavior, vol. 44, no. 2, pp. 245-253.

Clinical Trials Search

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