Jamie S Myers, PhD, RN, AOCNS
Research Associate Professor
School of Nursing
Postdoctoral Study, University of Pittsburgh, PA
PhD, University of Kansas School of Nursing
MN, University of Kansas School of Nursing
BSN, University of Kansas School of Nursing
BA, Ottawa University, Ottawa, KS
Overview and Research Focus
I am an advanced practice oncology certified nurse. My primary area of research interest relates to the prevention and management of symptoms related to cancer and cancer treatment. Specifically, I study the cognitive effects of cancer and cancer therapy for individuals diagnosed with non-central nervous system malignancies. My research spans qualitative work to describe the lived experience, descriptive studies to identify predictors of cognitive changes, novel methods of assessment of cognitive effort, and interventions to improve cognitive function. I began conducting this line of research in 2008.
Myers JS, Alissa N, Mitchell M, ....Devos H. Pilot feasibility study examining pupillary response
during driving simulation as a measure of cognitive load in breast cancer survivors. Oncol Nurs
Forum. 2020. Doi: 10.1188/20.ONF.203-212. PMCID: PMC7057397.
Asher A, Van Dyk K, Jo MY, Bailey C, Myers JS. Cancer-related cognitive impairment: Retrospective analyses of a multidimensional, psychoeducation-based cognitive rehabilitation intervention. Clin J Oncol Nurs. 2019;23(3):301-308. doi:10118/19.CJON.301-308.
Myers JS, Kahya M, Mitchell M, ....Devos H. Pupillary response: Cognitive effort for breast cancer
survivors. Support Care Cancer. 2018. doi: 10.1007/s00520-018-4401-0. PMCID: PMC6882337.
Myers JS, Mitchell M, Krigel S, .... Bender CM. Qigong intervention for breast cancer survivors with complaints of decreased cognitive function. Support Care Cancer. 2018. doi: 10/1007/s00529-0184430-8.
Myers JS, Koleck TA, Sereika SM, Conley YP, Bender CM. Perceived Cogntive Function for Breast Cancer Survivors: Association of Genetic and Behaviorally-Related Variables for Inflammation. Support Care Cancer (2017) 25(8), 2475-2484, DOI 10.1007/s00520-017-3654-3. PMCID: PMC5481483.
Klemp JR, Myers JS, Fabian CJ, Kimler BF, Khan QJ, Sereika SM, Stanton AL (2017) Cognitive functioning and quality of life following chemotherapy in pre- and peri-menopausal women with breast cancer. Support Care Cancer. doi:10.1007/s00520-017-3869-3. PMCID: PMC5754254.
Myers JS, Wick J, Klemp JR. Potential factors associated with perceived cognitive impairment in breast cancer survivors. Support Care Cancer 2015 23:3219-3228. doi:10.1007/s00520-015-2708-7. PMCID: PMC4586297.
Merriman, JD, Sereika, S, Brufsky, AM, McAuliffe, PF, McGuire, K, Myers, JS, Phillips, ML, Ryan, C, Gentry, AL, Jones, LS, Bender, CM. Trajectories of self-reported cognitive function in postmenopausal women during adjuvant systemic therapy for breast cancer. Psycho-Oncology. 26(1), 2015, 44-52. PMCID: PMC4969219.
Poster. (2019). Pupillary response, driving simulation, and increased cognitive load: Assessment of cognitive effort for breast cancer survivors. Oncology Nursing Society Annual Congress, Annaheim, CA
Poster. (2017) Genetic and behavioral factors associated with perceived cognitive function for breast cancer survivors. Oncology Nursing Society Annual Congress, Denver, CO
Podium. (2016) Exploring Cancer survivorship through case studies. Oncology Nursing Society Annual Congress: Survivorship, Rehabilitation and Quality of Life Special Interest Group Meeting, San Antonio, TX
Session Chair and Speaker. (2015) Cancer and cancer treatment-related cognitive changes. International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care, Vancouver, British Columbia
Podium. (2015) Survivorship care plans: One size does not fit all. Oncology Nursing Society Annual Congress: Survivorship, Rehabilitation and Quality of Life Special Interest Group Meeting, Orlando, FA
2019-2021 University of Hiroshima: Effects of the Combined Exercise and Game-based Cognitive Training on cancer therapy-related cognitive impairment in patients with breast cancer: Mixed-methods study in the United States and Japan. The purpose of this wait-list controlled, mixed methods study is to evaluate the effects of a combined exercise and game-based cognitive training intervention on cancer therapy-related cognitive impairment in patients with breast cancer. Intervention effects will be compared between groups and between the two countries. Role: Site PI, Funding: $5,529
2018-2019 (no cost extension) University of Kansas Clinical & Translational 2018 Pilot Award Psycholinguistic Screening for Cognitive Decline in Cancer Survivors. The purpose of this study is to determine the feasibility of using psycholinguistic analysis to evaluate language complexity in recorded speech samples of men with prostate cancer receiving androgen deprivation therapy. PI: Kristi Williams. Role: Co-I, Funding: $18,198.
2017-2018 (no cost extension) University of Kansas Cancer Center Pilot Project Grant Central Adiposity and Cognitive Change in Men with Prostate Cancer Receiving Androgen Deprivation Therapy The purpose of this study is to leverage a currently funded R01 grant, "a randomized controlled trial of an intervention to minimize cardiovascular and metabolic risks of androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) for prostate cancer patients through education, activity and nutrition" by conducting DEXA scanning and neurocognitive evaluations with a subsample of participants. PI: Sally Maliski. Role: Co-I, Funding: $34,911
2018-2019 University of Kansas Cancer Center 2017 Fall Pilot Award Task Evoked Pupillary Response: Assessment of Cognitive Workload for Breast Cancer Survivors. The purpose of this cross-sectional pilot sub-study is to compare the cognitive effort employed by breast cancer survivors to healthy controls during a virtual driving task (designed to measure executive function, processing speed, and visuospatial ability) and a simultaneous test of working memory and sustained attention. Role: PI, Funding: $35,000
2017-2018 University of Kansas Medical Center Frontiers Pilot & Collaborative Studies Award Task Evoked Pupillary Response: Cognitive Workload for Breast Cancer Survivors. The purpose of this cross-sectional pilot study is to evaluate cognitive effort, indexed by task evoked pupillary response (TEPR), for breast cancer survivors with complaints of cognitive dysfunction following chemotherapy. PI: Hannes Devos. Role: Co-I, Funding: $10,000
2016-2018 Oncology Nurses Foundation Research Award Qigong Intervention for Breast Cancer Survivors with Complaints of Decreased Cognitive Function. Goals: to evaluate the feasibility of an 8-week Qigong intervention to improve objectively and subjectively assessed cognitive function in breast cancer survivors who are 2 months to five years post completion of chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Role: PI, Funding: $25,000
Awards and Honors
- 1998 Literary Guild Award, Greater Kansas City Chapter, Oncology Nursing Society
- 1993 Kansas Division Quality of Life Award, American Cancer Society
- 2002 AOCN of the Year, Greater Kansas City Chapter, Oncology Nursing Society
- 2010 University of Kansas School of Nursing Alumni Research Award
- 2013 2013 Excellence Writing Award for Qualitative Nursing Research,Oncology
- Nursing Society
Manuscript and Grant Review
- 2019-2021 Oncology Nursing Foundation Research & Dissertation Grants Review Co-Chair
- 2016-1018 Oncology Nursing Foundation Research Grant Reviewer
- 2008-2017 Oncology Nursing Forum Reviewer
- 2002-2005 Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing Reviewer
- Ongoing Ad hoc reviewer for: Psycho-Oncology, Supportive Care in Cancer, British Journal of Cancer, Breast Cancer Research, Breast Cancer Research and Treatment, European Journal of Cancer Care, British Medical Journal, Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, Clinical Nursing Studies, Nursing Research and Reviews
- Oncology Nurses Society
- SWOG Clinical Trial Research Network
- International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care
- American Nurses Association
- American Society of Clinical Oncologists
- Sigma Theta Tau
- Midwest Nursing Research Society
- Golden Key International Honor Society
- The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi