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.