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Kristine Donovan, PhD, MBA

Academic Rank: Associate Member


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


    • Health Outcomes and Behavior
    • Supportive Care Medicine
    • Health Outcomes & Behavior Program
    • Center for Immunization and Infection Research in Cancer

Education & Training

Board Certification:

  • Psychiatry


  • University of Tennessee, Knoxville, MBA - Marketing
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham, MA - Medical Psychology
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham, PhD - Medical Psychology
  • University of Florida, Intern - Clinical & Health Psychology
  • University of South Florida, Postdoctoral Fellow - Psychosocial Oncology

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.


  • Bobonis Babilonia M, Donovan KA, Lubrano di Ciccone BB, Rajasekhara S. When orthorexia nervosa meets cancer-A case review. Psychooncology. 2020 May. Pubmedid: 32419241.
  • Portman D, Donovan KA. Case of Pneumonitis Associated With Cannabis Vaping and Cancer Immunotherapy. JCO Oncol Pract. 2020 Mar.16(5):245-246. Pubmedid: 32134708.
  • Wang HL, Cousin L, Fradley MG, Donovan KA, Smith B, Szalacha L, Lavoie Smith EM, Buck HG. Exercise Interventions in Cardio-oncology Populations: A Scoping Review of the Literature. J Cardiovasc Nurs. 2020 Mar. Pubmedid: 32195686.
  • Donovan KA, Grassi L, Deshields TL, Corbett C, Riba MB. Advancing the science of distress screening and management in cancer care. Epidemiol Psychiatr Sci. 2020 Jan.29:e85. Pubmedid: 31915097. Pmcid: PMC7214715.
  • Donovan KA, Oberoi-Jassal R, Chang YD, Rajasekhara S, Haas MF, Randich AL, Portman DG. Cannabis Use in Young Adult Cancer Patients. J Adolesc Young Adult Oncol. 2020 Feb.9(1):30-35. Pubmedid: 31436482.
  • Portman D, Donovan KA, Bobonis M. Medical Cannabis as an Effective Treatment for Refractory Symptoms of Paraneoplastic Stiff Person Syndrome. J Pain Symptom Manag. 2020 Feb.59(2):e1-e3. Pubmedid: 31743746.
  • Chang YD, Jung JW, Oberoi-Jassal R, Kim J, Rajasekhara S, Haas M, Smith J, Desai V, Donovan KA, Portman D. Edmonton Symptom Assessment Scale and Clinical Characteristics Associated With Cannabinoid Use in Oncology Supportive Care Outpatients. J Natl Compr Canc Ne. 2019 Sep.17(9):1059-1064. Pubmedid: 31487688.
  • Donovan KA, Chang YD, Oberoi-Jassal R, Rajasekhara S, Smith J, Haas M, Portman DG. Relationship of Cannabis Use to Patient-Reported Symptoms in Cancer Patients Seeking Supportive/Palliative Care. J Palliat Med. 2019 Oct.22(10):1191-1195. Pubmedid: 30794025.
  • Donovan KA, Deshields TL, Corbett C, Riba MB. Update on the Implementation of NCCN Guidelines for Distress Management by NCCN Member Institutions. J Natl Compr Canc Ne. 2019 Oct.17(10):1251-1256. Pubmedid: 31590156.
  • Riba MB, Donovan KA, Andersen B, Braun I, Breitbart WS, Brewer BW, Buchmann LO, Clark MM, Collins M, Corbett C, Fleishman S, Garcia S, Greenberg DB, Handzo RGF, Hoofring L, Huang CH, Lally R, Martin S, McGuffey L, Mitchell W, Morrison LJ, Pailler M, Palesh O, Parnes F, Pazar JP, Ralston L, Salman J, Shannon-Dudley MM, Valentine AD, McMillian NR, Darlow SD. Distress Management, Version 3.2019, NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology. J Natl Compr Canc Ne. 2019 Oct.17(10):1229-1249. Pubmedid: 31590149. Pmcid: PMC6907687.
  • Buck HG, Benitez B, Fradley MG, Donovan KA, McMillan SC, Reich RR, Wang HL. Examining the Relationship Between Patient Fatigue-Related Symptom Clusters and Carer Depressive Symptoms in Advanced Cancer Dyads: A Secondary Analysis of a Large Hospice Data Set. Cancer Nurs. 2019 Jul. Pubmedid: 31361674.
  • LaRosa KN, Stern M, Lynn C, Hudson J, Reed DR, Donovan KA, Quinn GP. Provider perceptions' of a patient navigator for adolescents and young adults with cancer. Support Care Cancer. 2019 Feb.27(11):4091-4098. Pubmedid: 30778757. Pmcid: PMC6698436.
  • Nelson AM, Albizu-Jacob A, Fenech AL, Chon HS, Wenham RM, Donovan KA. Quality of life after pelvic exenteration for gynecologic cancer: Findings from a qualitative study. Psychooncology. 2018 Oct;27(10):2357-2362. Pubmedid: 29956389.
  • Mosley SA, Hicks JK, Portman DG, Donovan KA, Gopalan P, Schmit J, Starr J, Silver N, Gong Y, Langaee T, Clare-Salzler M, Starostik P, Chang YD, Rajasekhara S, Smith JE, Soares HP, George TJ, McLeod HL, Cavallari LH. Design and rational for the precision medicine guided treatment for cancer pain pragmatic clinical trial. Contemp Clin Trials. 2018 May;68:7-13. Pubmedid: 29535047. Pmcid: PMC5899651.
  • Portman D, Donovan KA. Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome: A Case Report of a Confounding Entity in Oncology Care. J Oncol Pract. 2018 May;14(5):333-334. Pubmedid: 29543555.
  • Portman D, Thirlwell S, Donovan KA. Completing the Bucket List: Leveraging Telemedicine in Oncologic Palliative Care to Support Legacy-Making and Dignity. J Pain Symptom Manag. 2018 Jun;55(6):e1-e2. Pubmedid: 29474937.
  • Oberoi-Jassal R, Portman D, Smith J, Rajasekhara S, Desai VV, Donovan KA, Chang YD. Burning Mouth Pain: A Case Report. J Oncol Pract. 2018 Jul;14(7):447-448. Pubmedid: 29589986.
  • Buck HG, Hupcey J, Wang HL, Fradley M, Donovan KA, Watach A. Heart Failure Self-care Within the Context of Patient and Informal Caregiver Dyadic Engagement: A Mixed Methods Study. J Cardiovasc Nurs. 2018 Jul.33(4):384-391. Pubmedid: 29601368.
  • Donovan KA, Gonzales BD, Nelson AM, Fishman MN, Zachariah B, Jacobsen PB. Effect of androgen deprivation therapy on sexual function and bother in men with prostate cancer: A controlled comparison. Psychooncology. 2018 Jan.27(1):316-324. Pubmedid: 28557112. Pmcid: PMC5709275.
  • Buck HG, Stromberg A, Chung ML, Donovan KA, Harkness K, Howard AM, Kato N, Polo R, Evangelista LS. A systematic review of heart failure dyadic self-care interventions focusing on intervention components, contexts, and outcomes. Int J Nurs Stud. 2018 Jan.77:232-242. Pubmedid: 29128777. Pmcid: PMC7059555.
  • Gonçalves V, Hudson J, Canavarro MC, Morris J, Lee MC, Donovan KA, Sutton SK, Vadaparampil ST, Quinn GP. Childbearing across borders: Fertility and parenthood attitudes and decisions among breast cancer survivors in USA and Portugal. Breast. 2018 Aug;40:16-22. Pubmedid: 29674220. Pmcid: PMC6045956.
  • Vadaparampil ST, Christie J, Donovan KA, Kim J, Augusto B, Kasting ML, Holt CL, Ashing K, Halbert CH, Pal T. Health-related quality of life in Black breast cancer survivors with and without triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC). Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2017 Jun;163(2):331-342. Pubmedid: 28258353. Pmcid: PMC5568024.
  • LaRosa KN, Stern M, Bleck J, Lynn C, Hudson J, Reed DR, Quinn GP, Donovan KA. Adolescent and Young Adult Patients with Cancer: Perceptions of Care. J Adolesc Young Adult Oncol. 2017 Dec;6(4):512-518. Pubmedid: 28537818. Pmcid: PMC5725627.
  • Reed DR, Oshrine B, Pratt C, Fridgen O, Elstner C, Wilson L, Soliman H, Lee MC, McLeod HL, Shah B, Donovan KA, Pabbathi S, Turney M, Binitie O, Healy C, Nieder M, Shaw PH, Galligan A, Letson GD, Stern M, Quinn GP, Davies S. Sink or Collaborate: How the Immersive Model Has Helped Address Typical Adolescent and Young Adult Barriers at a Single Institution and Kept the Adolescent and Young Adult Program Afloat. J Adolesc Young Adult Oncol. 2017 Dec;6(4):503-511. Pubmedid: 28777007. Pmcid: PMC5725631.
  • Donovan KA, Turney M, Emnett CE, Lamoreaux A, Portman DG. Predicting hospital readmissions in the oncology population. J Clin Oncol. 2016 Oct;34(26_suppl):177. Pubmedid: 28156510.
  • Portman DG, Thirlwell S, Donovan KA, Alvero C, Gray JE, Holloway R, Ellington L. Leveraging a Team Mental Model to Develop a Cancer Anorexia-Cachexia Syndrome Team. J Oncol Pract. 2016 Nov;12(11):1046-1052. Pubmedid: 27858539.
  • Paterson CL, Lengacher CA, Donovan KA, Kip KE, Tofthagen CS. Body Image in Younger Breast Cancer Survivors: A Systematic Review. Cancer Nurs. 2016 Jan.39(1):E39-E58. Pubmedid: 25881807. Pmcid: PMC4607543.
  • Albizu-Rivera A, Portman DG, Thirlwell S, Codada SN, Donovan KA. Implementation of NCCN Palliative Care Guidelines by member institutions. Support Care Cancer. 2016 Feb;24(2):929-932. Pubmedid: 26227917.
  • Lee MS, Nelson AM, Thompson LM, Donovan KA. Supportive care needs of oral cancer survivors: Prevalence and correlates. Oral Oncol. 2016 Feb;53:85-90. Pubmedid: 26684544.
  • Gonzalez BD, Jim HS, Donovan KA, Small BJ, Sutton SK, Park J, Lin HY, Spiess PE, Fishman MN, Jacobsen PB. Course and Moderators of Hot Flash Interference during Androgen Deprivation Therapy for Prostate Cancer: A Matched Comparison. J Urol. 2015 Sep;194(3):690-695. Pubmedid: 25791402. Pmcid: PMC4546512.
  • Donovan KA, Knight D, Quinn GP. Palliative Care in Adolescents and Young Adults With Cancer. Cancer Control. 2015 Oct;22(4):475-479. Pubmedid: 26678974.
  • Bell GC, Donovan KA, McLeod HL. Clinical Implications of Opioid Pharmacogenomics in Patients With Cancer. Cancer Control. 2015 Oct;22(4):426-432. Pubmedid: 26678969.
  • 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. 2015 Jan;23(1):191-212. Pubmedid: 25142703.
  • Donovan KA, Walker LM, Wassersug RJ, Thompson LM, Robinson JW. Psychological effects of androgen-deprivation therapy on men with prostate cancer and their partners. Cancer. 2015 Dec;121(24):4286-4299. Pubmedid: 26372364.
  • Ebbert JA, Donovan KA, Lengacher CA, Fabri D, Reich R, Daley E, Thompson EL, Wenham RM. Right Place, Right Time: Preferences of Women with Ovarian Cancer for Delivery of CAM Education. Medicines (Basel). 2015 Aug.2(3):236-250. Pubmedid: 28930210. Pmcid: PMC5456219.
  • 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.
  • 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. Pmcid: PMC4313122.
  • 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. Pmcid: PMC4043946.
  • 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.
  • 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. 2014 Jan.24(1):e21-e27. Pubmedid: 24439943.
  • 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.
  • Donovan KA, Jacobsen PB. Progress in the implementation of NCCN guidelines for distress management by member institutions. J Natl Compr Canc Ne. 2013 Feb;11(2):223-226. Pubmedid: 23411388.
  • 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. Pmcid: PMC5385999.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Donovan KA, Boyington AR, Ismail-Khan R, Wyman JF. Urinary symptoms in breast cancer: a systematic review. Cancer. 2012 Feb;118(3):582-593. Pubmedid: 21751193. Pmcid: PMC3193898.
  • 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.
  • 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. Pmcid: PMC4509592.
  • Morgan MA, Small BJ, Donovan KA, Overcash J, McMillan S. Cancer patients with pain: the spouse/partner relationship and quality of life. Cancer Nurs. 2011 Jan.34(1):13-23. Pubmedid: 21139453. Pmcid: PMC3058774.
  • Donovan KA, Thompson LM, Hoffe SE. Sexual function in colorectal cancer survivors. Cancer Control. 2010 Jan;17(1):44-51. Pubmedid: 20010518.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Manag. 2008 Aug;36(2):167-172. Pubmedid: 18395398.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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, 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 chemotherapy. J Pain Symptom Manag. 2004 Jul;28(1):7-18. Pubmedid: 15223080.
  • Jacobsen P, Donovan K, Weitzner M. Distinguishing fatigue and depression in patients with cancer. Semin Clin Neuropsychiatry. 2003 Oct;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 Aug;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 Feb;23(1):15-36. Pubmedid: 10749009.
  • Lust JA, Donovan KA. Biology of the Transition of Monoclonal Gammopathy of Undetermined Significance (MGUS) to Multiple Myeloma. Cancer Control. 1998 May.5(3):209-217. Pubmedid: 10761054.
  • 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.