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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.

Teaching and educational interests

Dr. Shirley Bluethmann is the co-instructor for PHS 574, a graduate-level course on Methods in Clinical Research and Public Health Interventions.

She is interested in using theory and advanced methods in behavioral research to connect behavioral determinants to effective behavior-change techniques.

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Projects 2019 2023

Research Output 2012 2019

  • 772 Citations
  • 10 h-Index
  • 11 Article
  • 5 Review article
3 Citations (Scopus)

Screening for psychosocial distress among patients with cancer: Implications for clinical practice, healthcare policy, and dissemination to enhance cancer survivorship

Ehlers, S. L., Davis, K., Bluethmann, S. M., Quintiliani, L. M., Kendall, J., Ratwani, R. M., Diefenbach, M. A. & Graves, K. D., Jan 1 2019, In : Translational behavioral medicine. 9, 2, p. 282-291 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Survival Rate
Delivery of Health Care
Human Engineering
11 Citations (Scopus)

Suicide among cancer patients

Zaorsky, N., Zhang, Y., Tuanquin, L., Bluethmann, S., Park, H. S. & Chinchilli, V., Dec 1 2019, In : Nature communications. 10, 1, 207.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

2 Citations (Scopus)
Self Care
1 Citation (Scopus)
Life Style
5 Citations (Scopus)

Cognitive function and discontinuation of adjuvant hormonal therapy in older breast cancer survivors: CALGB 369901 (Alliance)

Bluethmann, S., Alfano, C. M., Clapp, J. D., Luta, G., Small, B. J., Hurria, A., Cohen, H. J., Sugarman, S., B. Muss, H., Isaacs, C. & Mandelblatt, J. S., Oct 1 2017, In : Breast Cancer Research and Treatment. 165, 3, p. 677-686 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Breast Neoplasms
Proportional Hazards Models
Estrogen Receptors