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Heather S. Jim, PhD

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Heather S. Jim, PhD

Assistant Member

"The ultimate goal of her research is to better understand how side effects occur and to contribute to increased quality of life for patients."

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Education And Training
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute, 2007 - Behavioral Oncology Research
  • PhD, Ohio State University, 2005 - Health Psychology
  • MA, Ohio State University, 2002 - Clinical Psychology
  • BA, Connecticut College, 1997 - Architectural Studies


Dr. Jim's research focuses on psychosocial and behavioral aspects of cancer control. Specifically, she is interested in adjustment to diagnosis and treatment, management of symptoms and side effects, and quality of life. Because of her interest in assessment, measurement issues are a recurrent theme in her research. Dr. Jim's previous work has examined both negative outcomes of cancer diagnosis, such as distress, and positive outcomes, such as benefit-finding and meaning in life. In collaboration with colleagues at Moffitt, she is investigating cognitive functioning following treatment for breast and prostate cancer. She is involved in a large clinical trial examining the effects of stress management and exercise on quality of life in patients undergoing chemotherapy. She currently has a study underway to compare side effects of different chemotherapy regimens in patients with ovarian cancer. Dr. Jim also recently received a NIH grant to examine fatigue, depression, and sleep/activity patterns in women undergoing chemotherapy for ovarian cancer. The ultimate goal of her research is to develop behavioral interventions to reduce side effects and contribute to increased well-being and quality of life among patients.

  • Jim HS, Barata A, Small BJ, Jacobsen PB, Pidala J. Quality of life associated with sirolimus for prevention of graft-versus-host disease: results from a randomized trial. Haematologica. 2014 Mar;99(3):548-553. Pubmedid: 24241491. Pmcid: PMC3943320.
  • Jim HS, Quinn GP, Gwede CK, Cases MG, Barata A, Cessna J, Christie J, Gonzalez L, Koskan A, Pidala J. Patient education in allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplant: what patients wish they had known about quality of life. Bone Marrow Transplant. 2014 Feb;49(2):299-303. Pubmedid: 24121210.
  • Lengacher CA, Reich RR, Kip KE, Barta M, Ramesar S, Paterson CL, Moscoso MS, Carranza I, Budhrani PH, Kim SJ, Park HY, Jacobsen PB, Schell MJ, Jim HS, Post-White J, Farias JR, Park JY. Influence of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) on Telomerase Activity in Women With Breast Cancer (BC). Biol Res Nurs. 2014 Jan. Pubmedid: 24486564.
  • Phillips KM, McGinty HL, Cessna J, Asvat Y, Gonzalez B, Cases MG, Small BJ, Jacobsen PB, Pidala J, Jim HS. A systematic review and meta-analysis of changes in cognitive functioning in adults undergoing hematopoietic cell transplantation. Bone Marrow Transplant. 2013 Oct;48(10):1350-1357. Pubmedid: 23645166. Pmcid: PMC3770806.
  • Jim HS, Jacobsen PB, Phillips KM, Wenham RM, Roberts W, Small BJ. Lagged relationships among sleep disturbance, fatigue, and depressed mood during chemotherapy. Health Psychol. 2013 Sep;32(7):768-774. Pubmedid: 23437852. Pmcid: PMC3700563.
  • Nishihori T, Ochoa-Bayona JL, Kim J, Pidala J, Shain K, Baz R, Sullivan D, Jim HS, Anasetti C, Alsina M. Allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation for consolidation of VGPR or CR for newly diagnosed multiple myeloma. Bone Marrow Transplant. 2013 Apr;48(9):1179-1184. Pubmedid: 23542223.
  • Phillips KM, Pinilla-Ibarz J, Sotomayor E, Lee MR, Jim HS, Small BJ, Sokol L, Lancet J, Tinsley S, Sweet K, Komrokji R, Jacobsen PB. Quality of life outcomes in patients with chronic myeloid leukemia treated with tyrosine kinase inhibitors: a controlled comparison. Support Care Cancer. 2013 Apr;21(4):1097-1103. Pubmedid: 23179489.
  • Phillips KM, McGinty HL, Gonzalez BD, Jim HS, Small BJ, Minton S, Andrykowski MA, Jacobsen PB. Factors associated with breast cancer worry 3 years after completion of adjuvant treatment. Psychooncology. 2013 Apr;22(4):936-939. Pubmedid: 22419546. Pmcid: PMC3392435.
  • Phillips KM, Jim HS, Small BJ, Tanvetyanon T, Roberts WS, Jacobsen PB. Effects of Self-directed Stress Management Training and Home-based Exercise on Stress Management Skills in Cancer Patients Receiving Chemotherapy. Stress Health. 2012 Dec;28(5):368-375. Pubmedid: 22972771.
  • Pidala J, Kim J, Jim H, Kharfan-Dabaja MA, Nishihori T, Fernandez HF, Tomblyn M, Perez L, Perkins J, Xu M, Janssen WE, Veerapathran A, Betts BC, Locke FL, Ayala E, Field T, Ochoa L, Alsina M, Anasetti C. A randomized phase II study to evaluate tacrolimus in combination with sirolimus or methotrexate after allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation. Haematologica. 2012 Dec;97(12):1882-1889. Pubmedid: 22689677.
  • Phillips KM, Faul LA, Small BJ, Jacobsen PB, Apte SM, Jim HS. Comparing the retrospective reports of fatigue using the fatigue symptom index with daily diary ratings in women receiving chemotherapy for gynecologic cancer. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2012 Nov;46(2):282-288. Pubmedid: 23159686. Pmcid: PMC3735814.
  • Jim HS, Phillips KM, Chait S, Faul LA, Popa MA, Lee YH, Hussin MG, Jacobsen PB, Small BJ. Meta-analysis of cognitive functioning in breast cancer survivors previously treated with standard-dose chemotherapy. J Clin Oncol. 2012 Oct;30(29):3578-3587. Pubmedid: 22927526. Pmcid: PMC3462044.
  • Jim HS, Park JY, Permuth-Wey J, Rincon MA, Phillips KM, Small BJ, Jacobsen PB. Genetic predictors of fatigue in prostate cancer patients treated with androgen deprivation therapy: preliminary findings. Brain Behav Immun. 2012 Oct;26(7):1030-1036. Pubmedid: 22475653. Pmcid: PMC3399038.
  • Goedendorp MM, Andrykowski MA, Donovan KA, Jim HS, Phillips KM, Small BJ, Laronga C, Jacobsen PB. Prolonged impact of chemotherapy on fatigue in breast cancer survivors: a longitudinal comparison with radiotherapy-treated breast cancer survivors and noncancer controls. Cancer. 2012 Aug;118(15):3833-3841. Pubmedid: 22086766.
  • Wells KJ, Quinn GP, Meade CD, Fletcher M, Tyson DM, Jim H, Jacobsen PB. Development of a cancer clinical trials multi-media intervention: clinical trials: are they right for you?. Patient Educ Couns. 2012 Aug;88(2):232-240. Pubmedid: 22525803.
  • Jim HS, Boyd TD, Booth-Jones M, Pidala J, Potter H. Granulocyte Macrophage Colony Stimulating Factor Treatment is Associated with Improved Cognition in Cancer Patients. Brain Disord Ther. 2012 Aug;1(1). Pubmedid: 22905341.
  • Jim HS, Small B, Hartman S, Franzen J, Millay S, Phillips K, Jacobsen PB, Booth-Jones M, Pidala J. Clinical predictors of cognitive function in adults treated with hematopoietic cell transplantation. Cancer. 2012 Aug;118(13):3407-3416. Pubmedid: 22139882. Pmcid: PMC3297700.
  • Jim HS, Small BJ, Minton S, Andrykowski M, Jacobsen PB. History of major depressive disorder prospectively predicts worse quality of life in women with breast cancer. Ann Behav Med. 2012 Jun;43(3):402-408. Pubmedid: 22167580. Pmcid: PMC3424106.
  • Jacobsen PB, Phillips KM, Jim HS, Small BJ, Faul LA, Meade CD, Thompson L, Williams CC, Loftus LS, Fishman M, Wilson RW. Effects of self-directed stress management training and home-based exercise on quality of life in cancer patients receiving chemotherapy: a randomized controlled trial. Psychooncology. 2012 Jun;22(6):1229-1235. Pubmedid: 22715124.
  • Phillips KM, Jim HS, Small BJ, Laronga C, Andrykowski MA, Jacobsen PB. Cognitive functioning after cancer treatment: a 3-year longitudinal comparison of breast cancer survivors treated with chemotherapy or radiation and noncancer controls. Cancer. 2012 Apr;118(7):1925-1932. Pubmedid: 22161750. Pmcid: PMC3305821.
  • Phillips KM, Jim HS, Donovan KA, Pinder-Schenck MC, Jacobsen PB. Characteristics and correlates of sleep disturbances in cancer patients. Support Care Cancer. 2012 Feb;20(2):357-365. Pubmedid: 21311913.
  • Sheinfeld Gorin S, Krebs P, Badr H, Janke EA, Jim HS, Spring B, Mohr DC, Berendsen MA, Jacobsen PB. Meta-analysis of psychosocial interventions to reduce pain in patients with cancer. J Clin Oncol. 2012 Feb;30(5):539-547. Pubmedid: 22253460.
  • Jim HS, Syrjala KL, Rizzo D. Supportive care of hematopoietic cell transplant patients. Biol Blood Marrow Tran. 2012 Jan;18(1 Suppl):S12-S16. Pubmedid: 22226095. Pmcid: PMC3445407.
  • Jim HS, Small B, Faul LA, Franzen J, Apte S, Jacobsen PB. Fatigue, depression, sleep, and activity during chemotherapy: daily and intraday variation and relationships among symptom changes. Ann Behav Med. 2011 Dec;42(3):321-333. Pubmedid: 21785899. Pmcid: PMC3432914.
  • Pidala J, Lee SJ, Quinn G, Jim H, Kim J, Anasetti C. Variation in management of immune suppression after allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation. Biol Blood Marrow Transplant. 2011 Oct;17(10):1528-1536. Pubmedid: 21440079.
  • Jacobsen PB, Jim HS. Consideration of quality of life in cancer survivorship research. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2011 Oct;20(10):2035-2041. Pubmedid: 21980011.
  • Permuth-Wey J, Chen Z, Tsai YY, Lin HY, Chen YA, Barnholtz-Sloan J, Birrer MJ, Chanock SJ, Cramer DW, Cunningham JM, Fenstermacher D, Fridley BL, Garcia-Closas M, Gayther SA, Gentry-Maharaj A, Gonzalez-Bosquet J, Iversen E, Jim H, McLaughlin J, Menon U, Narod SA, Phelan CM, Ramus SJ, Risch H, Song H, Sutphen R, Terry KL, Tyrer J, Vierkant RA, Wentzensen N, Lancaster JM, Cheng JQ, Berchuck A, Pharoah PD, Schildkraut JM, Goode EL, Sellers TA. MicroRNA processing and binding site polymorphisms are not replicated in the Ovarian Cancer Association Consortium. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2011 Aug;20(8):1793-1797. Pubmedid: 21636674. Pmcid: PMC3153581.
  • Permuth-Wey J, Kim D, Tsai YY, Lin HY, Chen YA, Barnholtz-Sloan J, Birrer MJ, Bloom G, Chanock SJ, Chen Z, Cramer DW, Cunningham JM, Dagne G, Ebbert-Syfrett J, Fenstermacher D, Fridley BL, Garcia-Closas M, Gayther SA, Ge W, Gentry-Maharaj A, Gonzalez-Bosquet J, Goode EL, Iversen E, Jim H, Kong W, McLaughlin J, Menon U, Monteiro AN, Narod SA, Pharoah PD, Phelan CM, Qu X, Ramus SJ, Risch H, Schildkraut JM, Song H, Stockwell H, Sutphen R, Terry KL, Tyrer J, Vierkant RA, Wentzensen N, Lancaster JM, Cheng JQ, Sellers TA. LIN28B polymorphisms influence susceptibility to epithelial ovarian cancer. Cancer Res. 2011 Jun;71(11):3896-3903. Pubmedid: 21482675. Pmcid: PMC3107389.
  • Faul LA, Jim HS, Minton S, Fishman M, Tanvetyanon T, Jacobsen PB. Relationship of exercise to quality of life in cancer patients beginning chemotherapy. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2011 May;41(5):859-869. Pubmedid: 21330097. Pmcid: PMC3779914.
  • Small BJ, Rawson KS, Walsh E, Jim HS, Hughes TF, Iser L, Andrykowski MA, Jacobsen PB. Catechol-O-methyltransferase genotype modulates cancer treatment-related cognitive deficits in breast cancer survivors. Cancer. 2011 Apr;117(7):1369-1376. Pubmedid: 21425136.
  • Pidala J, Anasetti C, Jim H. Health-related quality of life following haematopoietic cell transplantation: patient education, evaluation and intervention. Br J Haematol. 2010 Aug;148(3):373-385. Pubmedid: 19919651. Pmcid: PMC2810350.
  • Faul LA, Jim HS, Williams C, Loftus L, Jacobsen PB. Relationship of stress management skill to psychological distress and quality of life in adults with cancer. Psychooncology. 2010 Jan;19(1):102-109. Pubmedid: 19253915.
  • Jim HS, Small BJ, Patterson S, Salup R, Jacobsen PB. Cognitive impairment in men treated with luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone agonists for prostate cancer: a controlled comparison. Support Care Cancer. 2010 Jan;18(1):21-27. Pubmedid: 19343369.
  • Pidala J, Anasetti C, Jim H. Quality of life after allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation. Blood. 2009 Jul;114(1):7-19. Pubmedid: 19336756. Pmcid: PMC2710956.
  • Jim HS, Donovan KA, Small BJ, Andrykowski MA, Munster PN, Jacobsen PB. Cognitive functioning in breast cancer survivors: a controlled comparison. Cancer. 2009 Apr;115(8):1776-1783. Pubmedid: 19224550. Pmcid: PMC2668740.
  • Jim H, Jacobsen P. Posttraumatic stress and posttraumatic growth in cancer survivorship: a review. Cancer J. 2008 Nov;14(6):414-419. Pubmedid: 19060607.
  • Jacobsen P, Jim H. Psychosocial Interventions for Anxiety and Depression in Adult Cancer Patients: Achievements and Challenges. Ca Cancer J Clin. 2008 Jul;58(4):214-230. Pubmedid: 18558664.
  • Jacobsen PB, Donovan KA, Small BJ, Jim HS, Munster PN, Andrykowski MA. Fatigue after treatment for early stage breast cancer: a controlled comparison. Cancer. 2007 Oct;110(8):1851-1859. Pubmedid: 17847016. Pmcid: PMC2646727.
  • Jim H, Andrykowski M, Munster P, Jacobsen P. Physical symptoms/side effects during breast cancer treatment predict posttreatment distress. Ann Behav Med. 2007 Sep;34(2):200-208. Pubmedid: 17927558.
  • Jim HS, Purnell JQ, Richardson SA, Golden-Kreutz D, Andersen BL. Measuring meaning in life following cancer. Qual Life Res. 2007 Jan;15(8):1355-1371. Pubmedid: 16838197. Pmcid: PMC2168592.
  • Jim HS, Richardson SA, Golden-Kreutz DM, Andersen BL. Strategies used in coping with a cancer diagnosis predict meaning in life for survivors. Health Psychol. 2006 Nov;25(6):753-761. Pubmedid: 17100503. Pmcid: PMC2151209.
  • Golden-Kreutz DM, Thornton LM, Wells-Di Gregorio S, Frierson GM, Jim HS, Carpenter KM, Shelby RA, Andersen BL. Traumatic stress, perceived global stress, and life events: prospectively predicting quality of life in breast cancer patients. Health Psychol. 2005 May;24(3):288-296. Pubmedid: 15898865. Pmcid: PMC2151211.
  • Permuth-Wey J, Lawrenson K, Shen HC, Velkova A, Tyrer JP, Chen Z, Lin HY, Ann Chen Y, Tsai YY, Qu X, Ramus SJ, Karevan R, Lee J, Lee N, Larson MC, Aben KK, Anton-Culver H, Antonenkova N, Antoniou AC, Armasu SM, Bacot F, Baglietto L, Bandera EV, Barnholtz-Sloan J, Beckmann MW, Birrer MJ, Bloom G, Bogdanova N, Brinton LA, Brooks-Wilson A, Brown R, Butzow R, Cai Q, Campbell I, Chang-Claude J, Chanock S, Chenevix-Trench G, Cheng JQ, Cicek MS, Coetzee GA, Cook LS, Couch FJ, Cramer DW, Cunningham JM, Dansonka-Mieszkowska A, Despierre E, Doherty JA, Dörk T, du Bois A, Dürst M, Easton DF, Eccles D, Edwards R, Ekici AB, Fasching PA, Fenstermacher DA, Flanagan JM, Garcia-Closas M, Gentry-Maharaj A, Giles GG, Glasspool RM, Gonzalez-Bosquet J, Goodman MT, Gore M, Górski B, Gronwald J, Hall P, Halle MK, Harter P, Heitz F, Hillemanns P, Hoatlin M, Høgdall CK, Høgdall E, Hosono S, Jakubowska A, Jensen A, Jim H, Kalli KR, Karlan BY, Kaye SB, Kelemen LE, Kiemeney LA, Kikkawa F, Konecny GE, Krakstad C, Krüger Kjaer S, Kupryjanczyk J, Lambrechts D, Lambrechts S, Lancaster JM, Le ND, Leminen A, Levine DA, Liang D, Kiong Lim B, Lin J, Lissowska J, Lu KH, Lubiński J, Lurie G, Massuger LF, Matsuo K, McGuire V, McLaughlin JR, Menon U, Modugno F, Moysich KB, Nakanishi T, Narod SA, Nedergaard L, Ness RB, Nevanlinna H, Nickels S, Noushmehr H, Odunsi K, Olson SH, Orlow I, Paul J, Pearce CL, Pejovic T, Pelttari LM, Pike MC, Poole EM, Raska P, Renner SP, Risch HA, Rodriguez-Rodriguez L, Anne Rossing ...
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