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Kerri Winters-Stone Ph.D.

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    Portland Campus

    • Research Professor School of Nursing
    • Co-leader, Cancer Prevention and Control Program OHSU Knight Cancer Institute School of Medicine

Dr. Kerri Winters-Stone is a Professor with the OHSU School of Nursing and is Co-Director of the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute's Community Partnership Program and Co-Leader of the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute's Cancer Prevention and Control Program. Her expertise and research focus centers on the use of physical activity to prevent and manage chronic disease.

Dr. Winters-Stone writes:
Bone fragility and quality of life in cancer survivors is the focus of my research. Our research has shown that breast cancer survivors have poorer bone health and fall more compare to women who have not been treated for breast cancer and both factors contribute to an increased risk of fracture after cancer treatment. We are continuing to examine treatment related causes of falls in breast cancer survivors to better develop interventions that reduce fall risk. In addition to breast cancer, prostate cancer survivors may be at higher fracture risk due to bone and muscle destroying treatments. A major focus of our research is testing the ability of a specific exercise intervention that we developed in non-cancer populations to reduce fracture risk and improve quality of life in breast and prostate cancer survivors.

Beyond fracture risk, the intersection of aging and cancer treatment can increase the risk of frailty and loss of independence in older cancer survivors. Exercise may prevent frailty development, and determining the optimal type and amount of exercise to do so is the focus of another intervention study in older breast cancer survivors. The next step for our research is to translate our findings into evidence-based programs that can be disseminated and broadly implemented in the greater cancer survivor community, including innovative programs that can reach frail elders and rural adults.


  • B.S., University of California, Davis California 1991
  • Ph.D., Oregon State University, Corvallis Oregon 2000

Memberships and associations

  • American College of Sports Medicine; American Society of Bone and Mineral Research


  • "The effects of hormone replacement therapy and resistance training on spine bone mineral density in early postmenopausal women" Bone May 2007
  • "Physical activity and breast cancer risk" Journal of Exercise Science and Fitness June 2012
  • "Conceptualizing and measuring physical functioning in cancer survivorship studies" Oncology Nursing Forum  2006
  • "Strength, physical activity, and age predict fatigue in older breast cancer survivors" Oncology Nursing Forum September 2008
  • "Musculoskeletal response to exercise is greatest in women with low initial values" Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise October 1 2003
  • "Motivational interviewing to increase physical activity in long-term cancer survivors" Nursing Research January 2007
  • "Exercise effects on hip bone mineral density in older, post-menopausal breast cancer survivors are age dependent" Archives of Osteoporosis December 2012
  • "Resistance training reduces disability in prostate cancer survivors on androgen deprivation therapy" Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation January 1 2015
  • "Frailty in older breast cancer survivors" Oncology Nursing Forum May 2013
  • "Treadmill testing in fibromyalgia" Journal of Musculoskeletal Pain  2005
  • "Individual and combined effects of exercise and alendronate on bone mass and strength in ovariectomized rats" Bone August 2007
  • "Physical activity and the risk of breast cancer recurrence" Oncology Nursing Forum May 2012
  • "Measuring activity levels associated with rehabilitative care in hospitalized older adults" Geriatric Nursing  2014
  • "Review of exercise studies in prostate cancer survivors receiving androgen deprivation therapy calls for an aggressive research agenda to generate high-quality evidence and guidance for exercise as standard of care" Journal of Clinical Oncology August 10 2014
  • "Cancer chemotherapy-related symptoms" Oncology Nursing Forum  2006
  • "Effects of a 12-month randomized controlled trial of aerobic or resistance exercise during and following cancer treatment in women" Physician and Sportsmedicine October 2009
  • "Exercise effects on bone mineral density in women with breast cancer receiving adjuvant chemotherapy" Oncology Nursing Forum May 2007
  • "Theory-based predictors of follow-up exercise behavior after a supervised exercise intervention in older breast cancer survivors" Supportive Care in Cancer October 2012
  • "Comparison of tai chi vs. strength training for fall prevention among female cancer survivors" BMC Cancer December 5 2012
  • "Study reliability reduces potential bias of regression to the mean [4]" Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise April 2004
  • "One Year of Oral Calcium Supplementation Maintains Cortical Bone Density in Young Adult Female Distance Runners" International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism February 2004
  • "Influence of weight training on skeletal health of breast cancer survivors with or at risk for breast cancer-related lymphedema" Journal of Cancer Survivorship  2014
  • "Musculoskeletal changes after 1 year of exercise in older breast cancer survivors" Journal of Cancer Survivorship  2014
  • "Lower nutritional status and higher food insufficiency in frail older US adults" British Journal of Nutrition July 14 2013
  • "Do cognitive measures and brain circuitry predict outcomes of exercise in Parkinson Disease" BMC Neurology October 24 2015
  • "A review of exercise interventions to improve bone health in adult cancer survivors" Journal of Cancer Survivorship  2010
  • "Strength training stops bone loss and builds muscle in postmenopausal breast cancer survivors" Breast Cancer Research and Treatment June 2011
  • "Seasonal interaction of serum vitamin D concentration and bone density in alpacas" American Journal of Veterinary Research  2002
  • "Exercise and cancer." Annual review of nursing research  2013
  • "Skeletal response to resistance and impact training in prostate cancer survivors" Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise  2014

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