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
szb332@psu.edu
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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
  • Therapeutics
  • Exercise
  • Systematic Reviews
  • Survivors
  • Colorectal Neoplasms
  • Health
  • Meta-Analysis
  • Self-Management
  • Population

Recent Publications

2019

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. https://doi.org/10.1093/tbm/iby123
Zaorsky, NG, Zhang, Y, Tuanquin, L, Bluethmann, SM, Park, HS & Chinchilli, VM 2019, 'Suicide among cancer patients', Nature communications, vol. 10, no. 1, 207. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-018-08170-1

2018

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. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11912-018-0674-1
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. https://doi.org/10.1177/1559827618755681

2017

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. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10549-017-4353-y
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. https://doi.org/10.1123/jpah.2016-0419
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. https://doi.org/10.1188/17.ONF.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. https://doi.org/10.1177/1090198116647712

2016

Bluethmann, SM, Mariotto, AB & Rowland, JH 2016, 'Anticipating the "silver tsunami": Prevalence trajectories and comorbidity burden among older cancer survivors in the United States', Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention, vol. 25, no. 7, pp. 1029-1036. https://doi.org/10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-16-0133
Alfano, CM, Bluethmann, SM, Tesauro, G, Perna, F, Agurs-Collins, T, Elena, JW, Ross, SA, O'Connell, M, Bowles, HR, Greenberg, D & Nebeling, L 2016, 'NCI Funding Trends and Priorities in Physical Activity and Energy Balance Research among Cancer Survivors', Journal of the National Cancer Institute, vol. 108, no. 1, djv285. https://doi.org/10.1093/jnci/djv285

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