Jill Bennett, R.N., Ph.D.

Jill Bennett

Professor & Program Director for PhD
Oregon Health & Science University
School of Nursing Portland Campus
3455 SW US Veterans Hospital Road, SN-ORD
Portland, Ore. 97239 2941
Phone: 503 418-3523

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Current research focuses on effects of cancer and cancer treatment on survivors, particularly persistent symptoms related to treatment in long-term survivors. As principal investigator and co-investigator, I have conducted intervention trials and descriptive studies to assess the effect of physical exercise on relieving symptoms, especially fatigue, in long-term cancer survivors, the perception of symptoms in families and lung cancer patients, the effect of cancer on work and income, the effect of neuropathy on balance, and other topics. Earlier research was in maintaining physical functioning in older adults, including intervention studies to promote exercise in rural adults in Oregon. A continuing interest is the validity of measurement of physical functioning, physical activity, and quality of life in persons with chronic health conditions, including cancer.


PhD: University of California San Francisco

MS: University of California San Francisco (Clinical Nurse Specialist Gerontology)

BS: San Diego State University

TEACHING (2013-2014)

NURS 613  Knowledge Development in Nursing

NURS 624 Integrative Seminar in Nursing Research
NURS 657 Synthesis of Research Literature

Funded Research (last 3 years)

2007-2012 Comparison of Aerobic and Resistance Exercise in Older Breast Cancer Survivors (National Cancer Institute/NIH R01) (role: Investigator)

2007-2012 The Family Living with Lung Cancer: Perceptions and Outcomes (American Cancer Society) (role: Investigator)

2012-2017 Preventing Falls After Cancer: Tai Chi vs. Strength Training (National Cancer Institute/NIH R01) (role: Investigator)

Publications (within the past 3 years)

(in review) WINTERS-STONE, K.M., LYONS, K.S., BENNETT, J.A., BEER, T.M. Patterns and predictors of symptom incongruence in older couples coping with prostate cancer. Supportive Care in Cancer.

(in review) WINTERS-STONE, K.M., DOBEK, K.J, BENNETT, J.A., MADDALOZZO, G.F., RYAN, C.M., BEER, T.M. Skeletal response to resistance+ impact training in prostate cancer survivors. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise.

(in press) DOBEK, K.J., WINTERS-STONE, K.M., BENNETT, J.A., Nail, L. Musculoskeletal changes after 1 year of exercise in older breast cancer survivors. Journal of Cancer Survivorship.

(2013) BENNETT, J.A.,DOBEK, K.J., WINTERS-STONE, K.M., Nail, L.M. Frailty in breast cancer survivors: Prevalence and associated factors. Oncology Nursing Forum 40 (3). E126-34. DOI: 10.1188/13.

(2013) WINTERS-STONE K.M., DOBEK J., NAIL L.M., BENNETTt J.A., LEO M.C., SCHWARTZ A. Impact + resistance training improves bone health and body composition in prematurely menopausal breast cancer survivors: A randomized controlled trial. Osteoporosis International,24(5), 1637-1646. DOI:10.1007/s00198-012-2143-2

(2012) WINTERS-STONE, K.M., LI, F., HORAK, F., LUOH, SW., BENNETT, J.A.., NAIL, L., DIECKMANN, N. Comparison of Tai Chi vs. strength training for fall prevention among female cancer survivors: Study protocol for the GET FIT trial. BMC Cancer (web), 12:577. DOI 10.1186/1471-2407-12-577.

(2012) LOPRINZI, P.D., CARDINAL, B.J., SI, Q., BENNETT, J.A., WINTERS-STONE, K. Theory-based predictors of follow-up exercise behavior after a supervised exercise intervention in older breast cancer survivors. Supportive Care in Cancer,20(10), 2511-21. DOI 10.1007/s00520-011-1360

(2012) WINTERS-STONE, K.M., DOBEK, J., BENNETT, J.A., LEO, M., NAIL L., SCHWARTZ, A. The effect of resistance training on muscle strength and physical function in older, postmenopausal breast cancer survivors: a randomized controlled trial. Journal of Cancer Survivorship,6, 189-199. DOI 10.1007/s11764-011-0210-x

(2011) WINTERS-STONE, K.M., DOBEK, J., NAIL, L., BENNETT, J.A., LEO, M.C., NAIK, A., SCHWARTZ , A. Strength training stops bone loss and builds muscle in postmenopausal breast cancer survivors: a randomized, controlled trial, Breast Cancer Research and Treatment, 127(2), 447-456. DOI 10.1007/s10549-011-1444. (published erratum 127(2), p 1. DOI 10.1007/s10549-011-1507).

(2011) BENNETT, J.A. & WINTERS-STONE, K. Motivating Older Adults to Exercise: What Works? Invited editorial, Age and Ageing, 40(2), 148-149.