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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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Research Output

  • 872 Citations
  • 11 h-Index
  • 16 Article
  • 5 Review article
  • 1 Comment/debate
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  • Open Access
  • A population-based study of cardiovascular disease mortality risk in US cancer patients

    Sturgeon, K. M., Deng, L., Bluethmann, S. M., Zhou, S., Trifiletti, D. M., Jiang, C., Kelly, S. P. & Zaorsky, N. G., Dec 21 2019, In : European Heart Journal. 40, 48, p. 3889-3897 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 6 Scopus citations

    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

  • 6 Scopus citations