I am a Behavioral Scientist.
Diane K. Ehlers, Ph.D.
University of Nebraska Medical Center
Dr. Ehlers' research focuses on the neurocognitive and psychosocial benefits of physical activity in cancer survivorship and older adulthood, with the overall objective to improve individuals' well-being and quality of life as they age. Her current research project examines the effectiveness of a community-based exercise program for improving neurocognitive health in women living with breast cancer. Cancer-associated cognitive decline (CACD) is an increasingly recognized cancer-related outcome, and many survivors describe the cognitive changes they experience as the most devasting consequence of their cancer. Unfortunately, currently there is no gold-standard treatment for CACD. However, evidence in older adults and emerging evidence in cancer survivors provide promising support for exercise as a means to ameliorate CACD. Dr. Ehlers' current project will contribute to the knowledge base on the effectiveness of exercise training for improving cognitive function in cancer survivors. Importantly, this project utilizes a community-based design and also measures implementation, with the goal of accelerating the translation of evidence into practice.
Dr. Ehlers first became interested in this field during her postdoctoral training. Her predoctoral research focused on physical activity behaviors in middle-aged and older women; therefore, the transition to cancer survivorship, specifically breast cancer survivorship, was natural. During her postdoctoral training, she worked on clinical exercise trials focusing on neurocognitive function in older adults. As a result, she was able to marry her predoctoral research in women's health with her postdoctoral research in neurocognition-now defining her current research in exercise oncology.
|Project Title||Grant Number||Program Director||Publication(s)|
|Enhancing cognitive function in breast cancer survivors through community-based aerobic exercise training
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