Kerri M. Winters-Stone, Ph.D.

Kerrie Winters-Stone
Elnora E. Thompson Distinguished Professor
Research Professor
Oregon Health & Science University
School of Nursing Portland Campus
3455 SW US Veterans Road., SN-ORD
Portland, Ore. 97239

Phone: 503 494-0813
FAX: 503 418-0903

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My expertise and research focus centers on the use of physical activity to prevent and manage chronic disease. The foundation for my work has focused on improving bone health and reducing the fracture risk across the lifespan by developing specific exercise programs. Recently, I have been conducting research aimed to reduce fracture risk, improve physical functioning and promote better health among people treated for cancer. My studies have shown that cancer survivors can benefit from exercise that reverses treatment-related side effects and symptoms. That work has evolved to include two new foci – one focus that investigates the reasons why cancer treatment could increase fall risk and functional decline in people with cancer and using that information to test targeted fall prevention exercise programs and a second focus that investigates an additional benefit of exercise to reduce the risk of cancer recurrence through a collaborative investigation of cancer biomarkers. Since exercise is known to have both physical and emotional benefits we are also considering a larger set of outcomes from our exercise work. We have recently expanded our exercise studies to target both the patient and family members that are affected by cancer. Specifically we investigated how couples coping with prostate cancer (patient + spouse) may benefit from exercising together. My work benefits greatly from multi-disciplinary collaborations with investigators both inside and outside the School of Nursing. Our team includes experts in gerontology, symptom management, molecular biology, surgical and medical oncology, biomedical engineering, neurology, psychology and behavioral sciences. Ultimately the goal of my work is to develop safe, targeted and effective exercise programs that translate well to community settings and clinical practice so that people can make positive lifestyle choices for better long-term health.

Biographical Sketch

Survivorship research

VIBE research study


PhD in Human Peformance Oregon State University
MS in Exercise Science UC Davis
BS in Physical Education UC Davis


N631 Nursing science Focus
N621 Cristical Appraisal of the Research Literature


Exercise for the prevention and management of chronic disease; fall and fracture prevention; cancer survivorship; health behaviors in families

Practice Activities

Community exercise program for cancer survivors

Service activities

Co-Leader, Knight Cancer Institute Program leader for Cancer Prevention and Control
Co-Director, Knight Cancer Institute Community Partnership Program
Elected Member, OHSU SON Research Council
Appointed Member, OHSU Research Strategic Advisory Council
Appointed Member, OHSU Collaborative Research Leadership Group
Invited Member, Clinical Research Enhancement Initiative
Invited Member, OHSU Knight Cancer Institute Survivorship Task Force

Ongoing Research Support                      

Movember Foundation            Winters-Stone (Co-PI)                          4/1/2015 –3/31/2018

TrueNTH USA Community of Wellness - The goal of this project is to develop a web-based portal to deliver tailored exercise recommendations, training and support to prostate cancer survivors and enlist the support of their partners and medical providers.

1U48DP005006-01                     Winters-Stone (Co-PI)                   09/30/2014 – 09/29/2019                                          

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Oregon Cancer Community Research Collaborative - The Oregon Cancer Community Research Collaborative at OHSU is a member institution of the CDC Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network designed to address the cancer prevention and control needs of rural, tribal and other underserved communities through community-driven research.

P30-CA069533                      Winters-Stone (PI)                                      09/01/2013 – 012/31/2015                                 

NIH/NCI - Development and feasibility of a remote sensing system to capture symptoms and functional consequences of peripheral neuropathies in cancer patients - This project will develop a remote sensing system to detect the onset and severity of peripheral neuropathy and related changes in gait and mobility in persons treated with neurotoxic chemotherapy for cancer.

1R01CA163474-04                            Winters-Stone (PI)                                02/24/2012 – 01/31/2017                   

NIH/NCI - Preventing falls after cancer: Tai chi vs. strength training - The purpose of the proposed study is to compare the efficacy of two very distinct types of exercise, tai chi versus strength training, to prevent falls in women who have completed treatment for cancer. 

1R21CA164661-02                          Winters-Stone (PI)                    02/20/2012 –01/31/2016                   

NIH/NCI - Influence of Exercise and Adiposity on Biomarkers of Breast Cancer Recurrence - The purpose of the proposed study is to determine the influence of exercise and body fat changes on 3 types of biomarkers (sex and metabolic hormones and adipocytokines) associated with cancer progression in BCS.

1R21HL115251                                             Winters-Stone (PI)        07/01/2014 - 06/30/2016              

NIH/NHLBI - Whole Body Vibration Training for Healthy Body Composition in Young Adults - The goal of this project is to evaluate the therapeutic benefits and feasibility of implementing a whole body vibration training program as a method of preventing weight gain in physically inactive young adults

1R01AG006457-29                            Horak (PI)                            05/01/2014 – 03/30/2019                                                      

NIH/NIA - Peripheral and Central Postural Disorders in the Elderly- The goals of this project are to characterize postural and cognitive impairments in patients with Frontal Gait Disorders and determine which circuitry deficits predict responsiveness to Agility Boot Camp rehabilitation.

Role: Co-Investigator

P30CA069533                                                Druker (PI)                                                                                                     07/20/2011 –06/30/2016                  

NIH/NCI - OHSU Knight Cancer Institute - The major goals of this project are to support the Knight Cancer Institute, its programs, shared resources, and administration. The resources and instruments of the institute foster interdisciplinary coordination and collaboration of cancer research faculty at OHSU in basic, clinical, and population research.

Role: Scientific Program Co-Leader


Winters-Stone KM, Lyons KS, Dobek J, Dieckmann NF, Bennett JA, Nail L, Beer TM. Benefits of partnered strength training for prostate cancer survivors and spouses: results from a randomized controlled trial of the Exercising Together project. J Cancer Surviv (in press).

Lyons KS, Winters-Stone KM, Bennett JA, Beer TM (2015). The Effects of Partnered Exercise on Physical Intimacy in Couples Coping With Prostate Cancer. Health Psychol. [Epub ahead of print]

Winters-Stone, KM. Exercise and Cancer: How much is enough? JAMA Oncology, 1(6):776-777, 2015.

Winters-Stone, KM
, Mick DM, Bennett, JA. Preventing frailty in older cancer survivors. Topics in Geriatric Rehab, (in press).

Winters-Stone KM, Dieckmann N, Maddalozzo GF, Bennett JA, Ryan CW, Beer TM. Resistance Exercise Reduces Body Fat and Insulin During Androgen Deprivation Therapy for Prostate Cancer. Oncology Nursing Forum, 42(4):348-56, 2015.

Winters-Stone KM, Dobek JC, Bennett JA, Dieckmann NF, Maddalozzo GF, Ryan CW, Beer TM. Resistance training reduces disability in prostate cancer survivors on androgen deprivation therapy: evidence from a randomized controlled trial. Archives of Physical Medicine Rehabilitation, 96(1):7-14, 2015. PMID: 251944502014.

Winters-Stone KM. Tai Ji Quan for the aging cancer survivor: Mitigating the accelerated development of disability, falls, and cardiovascular disease from cancer treatment. J Sport Health Sci, 3(1):52-57, 2014. PMCID: PMC4180213.

Winters-Stone KM
, Neil S, Campbell K. Attention to Principles of Exercise Training: A review of exercise studies for survivors of cancers other than breast. Br J Sports Med, 48:12 987-995, 2014.

Winters-Stone K.M., Li F., Horak F., Luoh S.W., Bennett J.A., Nail L.M., 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, 12;577, 2012. PMCID: PMC3537635.

Winters-Stone, K.M., Dobek J., Bennett J.A., Nail L.M., Leo M.C., Schwartz A. The effect of resistance training on muscle strength and physical function in older, postmenopausal breast cancer survivors: a randomized controlled trial. J Cancer Survivor, 6(2):189-199 (2012).PMID: 22193780.


Winters-Stone, K. M., Lyons, K. S., Nail, L. M., Beer, T. M. The Exercising Together Project: Design and recruitment for a randomized, controlled trial to determine the benefits of partnered strength training for couples coping with prostate cancer. Contemporary ClinincalTrials, 33(2):342-350, 2012. PMCID: PMC3268842.

Winters-Stone K., Torgrimson B., Horak F., Eisner A., Leo M., Nail L., Chui S., Luoh S. Identifying risk factors for falls in postmenopausal breast cancer survivors: a multi-disciplinary approach. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation,
92(4):646-52, 2011. PMCID: PMC3430739.