Kristine A. Donovan, PhD, MBA

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Kristine A. Donovan, PhD, MBA

Assistant Member

"Dr. Donovan seeks to assess and manage symptoms related to cancer to help patients cope with treatment, survivorship and end of life issues."

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Education And Training
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, University of South Florida, 2003 - Psychosocial Oncology
  • Intern, University of Florida, 2002 - Clinical & Health Psychology
  • PhD, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2002 - Medical Psychology
  • MA, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 1999 - Medical Psychology
  • MBA, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 1991 - Marketing
  • BA, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 1989


Dr. Donovan’s research focuses on the etiology and management of side effects of cancer treatment and the identification of appropriate interventions to alleviate symptoms and improve quality of life in survivorship. Since joining the faculty she has been involved in studies investigating fatigue and pain, two of the most common and distressing symptoms experienced by cancer patients. She has established an independent program of research in sexual dysfunction and urinary incontinence, two relatively neglected, but significant concerns for many cancer patients. Dr. Donovan currently has funding from the NCI to investigate the prevalence of urinary incontinence and its relationship to quality of life in breast cancer survivors and a comparison group of healthy, community-dwelling women. She also has been funded by an ACS career development award to conduct a prospective study examining the effects of gynecologic cancer treatment on women’s sexual health.

  • Donovan KA, Stein KD, Lee M, Leach CR, Ilozumba O, Jacobsen PB. Systematic review of the Multidimensional Fatigue Symptom Inventory-Short Form. Support Care Cancer. 2014 Aug. Pubmedid: 25142703.
  • Donovan KA, Donovan HS, Cella D, Gaines ME, Penson RT, Plaxe SC, von Gruenigen VE, Bruner DW, Reeve BB, Wenzel L. Recommended patient-reported core set of symptoms and quality-of-life domains to measure in ovarian cancer treatment trials. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2014 Jul;106(7). Pubmedid: 25006190. Pmcid: PMC4110471.
  • Donovan KA, Boyington AR, Judson PL, Wyman JF. Bladder and bowel symptoms in cervical and endometrial cancer survivors. Psychooncology. 2014 Jun;23(6):672-678. Pubmedid: 24481859.
  • Donovan KA, Gonzalez BD, Small BJ, Andrykowski MA, Jacobsen PB. Depressive symptom trajectories during and after adjuvant treatment for breast cancer. Ann Behav Med. 2014 Jun;47(3):292-302. Pubmedid: 24158626.
  • Donovan KA, Grassi L, McGinty HL, Jacobsen PB. Validation of the Distress Thermometer worldwide: state of the science. Psychooncology. 2014 Mar;23(3):241-250. Pubmedid: 25160838.
  • Tofthagen C, Donovan KA, Morgan MA, Shibata D, Yeh Y. Oxaliplatin-induced peripheral neuropathy's effects on health-related quality of life of colorectal cancer survivors. Support Care Cancer. 2013 Dec;21(12):3307-3313. Pubmedid: 23903798.
  • Donovan KA, McGinty HL, Jacobsen PB. A systematic review of research using the diagnostic criteria for cancer-related fatigue. Psychooncology. 2013 Apr;22(4):737-744. Pubmedid: 22544488.
  • Donovan KA, Jacobsen PB. Progress in the Implementation of NCCN Guidelines for Distress Management by Member Institutions. J Natl Compr Canc Netw. 2013 Feb;11(2):223-226. Pubmedid: 23411388.
  • Breukink SO, Donovan KA. Physical and psychological effects of treatment on sexual functioning in colorectal cancer survivors. J Sex Med. 2013 Feb;10 Suppl 1:74-83. Pubmedid: 23387913.
  • 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. Pmcid: PMC4007757.
  • Donovan KA, Boyington AR, Ismail-Khan R, Wyman JF. Urinary symptoms in breast cancer: a systematic review. Cancer. 2012 Mar;118(3):582-593. Pubmedid: 21751193. Pmcid: PMC3193898.
  • 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.
  • Rivers BM, August EM, Gwede CK, Hart A, Donovan KA, Pow-Sang JM, Quinn GP. Psychosocial issues related to sexual functioning among African-American prostate cancer survivors and their spouses. Psychooncology. 2011 Jan;20(1):106-110. Pubmedid: 20187071.
  • Andrykowski MA, Donovan KA, Laronga C, Jacobsen PB. Prevalence, predictors, and characteristics of off-treatment fatigue in breast cancer survivors. Cancer. 2010 Dec;116(24):5740-5748. Pubmedid: 20734399. Pmcid: PMC4048855.
  • Taliaferro LA, Rienzo BA, Donovan KA. Relationships between youth sport participation and selected health risk behaviors from 1999 to 2007. J Sch Health. 2010 Aug;80(8):399-410. Pubmedid: 20618623.
  • Donovan KA, Jacobsen PB. The Fatigue Symptom Inventory: a systematic review of its psychometric properties. Support Care Cancer. 2010 Feb;19(2):169-185. Pubmedid: 20824482.
  • Donovan KA, Thompson LM, Hoffe SE. Sexual function in colorectal cancer survivors. Cancer Control. 2010 Jan;17(1):44-51. Pubmedid: 20010518.
  • 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.
  • Andrykowski MA, Donovan KA, Jacobsen PB. Magnitude and correlates of response shift in fatigue ratings in women undergoing adjuvant therapy for breast cancer. J Pain Symptom Manag. 2009 Mar;37(3):341-351. Pubmedid: 18757176. Pmcid: PMC2682229.
  • Donovan KA, Jacobsen PB, Small BJ, Munster PN, Andrykowski MA. Identifying clinically meaningful fatigue with the Fatigue Symptom Inventory. J Pain Symptom Manag. 2008 Nov;36(5):480-487. Pubmedid: 18495413. Pmcid: PMC2590752.
  • Donovan KA, Taliaferro LA, Brock CW, Bazargan S. Sex differences in the adequacy of pain management among patients referred to a multidisciplinary cancer pain clinic. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2008 Aug;36(2):167-172. Pubmedid: 18395398.
  • Jacobsen P, Donovan K, Vadaparampil S, Small B. "Systematic review and meta-analysis of psychological and activity-basedinterventions for cancer-related fatigue": Correction. Health Psychol. 2008 Jan;27(1):42-42. Pubmedid: 18230012.
  • Jacobsen PB, Donovan KA, Vadaparampil ST, Small BJ. Systematic review and meta-analysis of psychological and activity-based interventions for cancer-related fatigue. Health Psychol. 2007 Nov;26(6):660-667. Pubmedid: 18020836. Pmcid: PMC2398706.
  • 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.
  • Donovan KA, Small BJ, Andrykowski MA, Munster P, Jacobsen PB. Utility of a cognitive-behavioral model to predict fatigue following breast cancer treatment. Health Psychol. 2007 Jul;26(4):464-472. Pubmedid: 17605566. Pmcid: PMC2383279.
  • Donovan K, Jacobsen P. Fatigue, depression, and insomnia: evidence for a symptom cluster in cancer. Semin Oncol Nurs. 2007 May;23(2):127-135. Pubmedid: 17512440.
  • Donovan K, Taliaferro L, Alvarez E, Jacobsen P, Roetzheim R, Wenham R. Sexual health in women treated for cervical cancer: Characteristics and correlates. Gynecol Oncol. 2007 Feb;104(2):428-434. Pubmedid: 17005248.
  • Donovan KA, Small BJ, Andrykowski MA, Schmitt FA, Munster P, Jacobsen PB. Cognitive functioning after adjuvant chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy for early-stage breast carcinoma. Cancer. 2005 Dec;104(11):2499-2507. Pubmedid: 16247788. Pmcid: PMC2653200.
  • Jacobsen P, Donovan K, Trask P, Fleishman S, Zabora J, Baker F, Holland JC. Screening for psychologic distress in ambulatory cancer patients. Cancer. 2005 Apr;103(7):1494-1502. Pubmedid: 15726544.
  • Donovan KA, Jacobsen PB, Andrykowski MA, Winters EM, Balducci L, Malik U, Kenady D, McGrath P. Course of fatigue in women receiving chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy for early stage breast cancer. J Pain Symptom Manag. 2004 Oct;28(4):373-380. Pubmedid: 15471655. Pmcid: PMC2398710.
  • Jacobsen P, Garland L, Booth-Jones M, Donovan K, Thors C, Winters E, Grendys E. Relationship of hemoglobin levels to fatigue and cognitive functioning among cancer patients receiving chemothereapy. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2004;28(1):7-18. Pubmedid: 15223080.
  • Jacobsen P, Donovan K, Weitzner M. Distinguishing fatigue and depression in patients with cancer. Semin Clin Neuropsychiatry. 2003;8(4):229-240. Pubmedid: 14613050.
  • Donovan K, Greene P, Shuster J, Partridge E, Tucker D. Treatment preferences in recurrent ovarian cancer. Gynecol Oncol. 2002;86(2):200-211. Pubmedid: 12144829.
  • Donovan K, Tucker D. Knowledge about genetic risk for breast cancer and perceptions of genetic testing in a sociodemographically diverse sample. J Behav Med. 2000;23(1):15-36. Pubmedid: 10749009.
  • Jacobsen PB, Donovan KA, Swaine ZN, Watson IS. Management of anxiety and depression in adult cancer patients: Toward and evidence-based approach. In: Oncology: An Evidence-Based Approach. New York, NY: Springer-Verlag; 2006;1552-1579.
  • Craig BM, Donovan KA, Fraenkel L, Watson V, Hawley S, Quinn GP. A generation of childless women: lessons from the United States. Womens Health Issues. 24(1):e21-e27. Pubmedid: 24439943.
  • Morgan MA, Small BJ, Donovan KA, Overcash J, McMillan S. Cancer patients with pain: the spouse/partner relationship and quality of life. Cancer Nurs. 34(1):13-23. Pubmedid: 21139453. Pmcid: PMC3058774.
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