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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.

Education/Academic qualification

Exercise Oncology, Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania

… → 2016

Translational Research, MS, University of Pennsylvania

… → 2014

Integrative Exercise Physiology, PhD, Temple University

… → 2011

Kinesiology, MEd, Temple University

… → 2007

Biology, BS, University of California at Irvine

… → 2005

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Research Output 2009 2019

  • 405 Citations
  • 12 h-Index
  • 34 Article
  • 2 Review article
1 Citation (Scopus)

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

Schmitz, K., Troxel, A. B., Dean, L. T., Demichele, A., Brown, J. C., Sturgeon, K., Zhang, Z., Evangelisti, M., Spinelli, B., Kallan, M. J., Denlinger, C., Cheville, A., Winkels, R. M., Chodosh, L. & Sarwer, D. B., Jan 1 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : JAMA Oncology.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Weight Reduction Programs
Randomized Controlled Trials
Breast Neoplasms
1 Citation (Scopus)

Intra- and Interrater Reliability and Concurrent Validity of a New Tool for Assessment of Breast Cancer–Related Lymphedema of the Upper Extremity

Spinelli, B., Kallan, M. J., Zhang, X., Cheville, A., Troxel, A., Cohn, J., Dean, L., Sturgeon, K., Evangelista, M., Zhang, Z., Ebaugh, D. & Schmitz, K., Feb 1 2019, In : Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 100, 2, p. 315-326 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Reproducibility of Results
Upper Extremity
Confidence Intervals
2 Citations (Scopus)

Bone resorption and bone metastasis risk

Mathis, K. M., Sturgeon, K., Winkels, R., Wiskemann, J., De Souza, M. J. & Schmitz, K., Sep 1 2018, In : Medical Hypotheses. 118, p. 36-41 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Bone Resorption
Neoplasm Metastasis
Bone and Bones
Breast Neoplasms
Adipose Tissue
Life Style

Exercise and chemotherapy-induced amenorrhea

Mathis, K. M., Sturgeon, K., Winkels, R., Wiskemann, J., Williams, N. & Schmitz, K., Jul 1 2018, In : Medical Hypotheses. 116, p. 49-53 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Drug Therapy
Oxidative Stress