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Kirsten K. Ness, PT, PhD, FAPTA
Kirsten K. Ness, PT, PhD, FAPTA

Education

BA – College of St. Scholastica (1983)
MA – Augsburg College (1998)
MPH – University of Minnesota (2002)
PhD – University of Minnesota (2004)

Honors and Awards

  • 2021 Cancer Rehabilitation Distinguished Lectureship, American College of Rehabilitation Medicine
  • 2020 Helen J. Hislop Award for Outstanding Contributions to Professional Literature American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)
  • 2019 Team Science Award, American Association for Cancer Research (AACR)
  • 2015 Catherine Worthingham Fellow, American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)
  • 2012 Research Award, Oncology Section, American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)
  • 2011 Elected Member, Society for Pediatric Research
  • 2003 PODS I Scholarship, Foundation for Physical Therapy
  • 1979 – 1983 Benedictine Scholar, College of St. Scholastica

Clinical Interests

  • Physical Therapy
  • Frailty
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation

Research Interests

  • Clinical and population measurement of physical performance and disability
  • Exercise, physical activity and dietary intervention to prevent and remediate frail health
  • Accelerated aging in cancer survivors
  • Analysis of epidemiologic data

Current Research

  • Web-based Physical Activity Intervention for Children with Cancer, Principal Investigator
  • Longitudinal Assessment of Frailty in Young Adult Survivors of Childhood Cancer, Principal Investigator
  • Aerobic Training Intervention for Children with Newly Diagnosed Medulloblastoma, Principal Investigator
  • Low Magnitude Stimulation to Prevent Bone Loss in Children with ALL, Principal Investigator
  • A Placebo-Controlled Intervention Trial for Frailty and Senescence, Co-Investigator
  • Pharmacogenomics of Childhood Leukemia ALL, Co-Investigator
  • Functional Outcomes in Children Treated with Proton Beam Radiotherapy, Co-Investigator
  • Sleep Apnea in Survivors of Childhood Cancer Treated with Thoracic Radiation, Co-Investigator 
  • The Pro-Inflammatory Effects of Acute Exercise in Children with Sickle Cell Anemia, Co-Investigator
  • Establishment of a Lifetime Cohort of Adults Surviving Childhood Cancer, Co-Investigator
  • Childhood Cancer Survivor Study, Executive Committee
  • Patient-Reported Outcomes Version of the CTCAE for Childhood Cancer Survivors, Co-Investigator 
  • Brain Integrity in Survivors of Childhood Cancer Treated with Thoracic Radiation, Co-Investigator

Selected Publications

McCastlain K, Howell CR, Welsh CE, Wang Z, Wilson CL, Mulder HL, Easton J, Mertens AC, Zhang J, Yasui Y, Hudson MM, Robison LL, Kundu M, Ness KK. The association of mitochondrial copy number with sarcopenia in adult survivors of childhood cancer. J Natl Cancer Inst Apr 19 (Epub), 2021. PubMed PMID: 33871611. Role: Senior author, corresponding author.

Delaney A, Howell CR, Krull KR, Brinkman TM, Armstrong GT, Chemaitilly W, Wilson CL, Mulrooney DA, Wang Z, Lanctot JQ, Johnson RE, Krull MR, Partin RE, Shelton KC, Srivastava DK, Robison LL, Hudson MM, Ness KK. Progression of frailty in survivors of childhood cancer: a St. Jude Lifetime Cohort Report. J Natl Cancer Inst Mar 15 (Epub), 2021. PubMed PMID: 33720359. Role: Senior author.

Bjornard KL, Howell CR, Klosky JL, Chemaitilly W, Srivastava DK, Brinkman TM, Green DM, Willard VW, Jacola LM, Krasin MJ, Hudson MM, Robison LL, Ness KK. Psychosexual functioning of female childhood cancer survivors: a report From the St. Jude Lifetime Cohort Study. J Sex Med Oct;17(10):1981-1994, 2020. PubMed PMID: 32723681. Role: Senior author.

Varedi M, Lu L, Phillips NS, Partin RE, Brinkman TM, Armstrong GT, Chase E, Khan RB, Powell D, McKenna RF, Robison LL, Hudson MM, Ness KK. Balance impairment in survivors of pediatric brain cancers: risk factors and associated physical limitations. J Cancer Surviv Apr;15(2):311-324, 2021. PubMed PMID: 32895869. Role: Senior author, corresponding author.

Wilson CL, Liu W, Chemaitilly W, Howell CR, Srivastava DK, Howell RM, Hudson MM, Robison LL, Ness KK. Body composition, metabolic health and functional impairment among adults treated for abdominal and pelvic tumors during childhood. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev Aug 13;29(9):1750-1758, 2020. PubMed PMID: 32796078. Role: Senior author.

Hayek S, Brinkman TM, Plana JC, Joshi VM, Leupker RV, Durand JB, Green DM, Partin RE, Santucci AK, Howell RM, Srivastava DK, Hudson MM, Robison LL, Armstrong GT, Ness KK. Association of exercise intolerance with emotional distress, attainment of social roles, and health-related quality of life among adult survivors of childhood cancer. JAMA Oncol Aug 1;6(8):1194-1202, 2020. PubMed PMID: 32584369. Role: Senior author, corresponding author.

Bishop MW, Ness KK, Li C, Liu W, Srivastava DK, Chemaitilly W, Krull KR, Green DM, Pappo AS, Robison LL, Hudson MM, Mulrooney DA. Cumulative burden of chronic health conditions in adult survivors of osteosarcoma and Ewing Sarcoma: a report from the St. Jude Lifetime Cohort study. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev Aug;29(8):1627-1638, 2020. PubMed PMID: 32499311. Role: Senior author.

Christoffersen L, Gibson TM, Pui CH, Joshi V, Partin RE, Green DM, Lanctot JQ, Howell CR, Mulrooney DA, Armstrong GT, Robison LL, Hudson MM, Ness KK. Cardiac autonomic dysfunction in survivors of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia: The St. Jude Lifetime Cohort study. Pediatr Blood Cancer Jul;67(7):e28388, 2020. PubMed PMID: 32383821. Role: Senior author, corresponding author.

Barlow-Krelina E, Chen Y, Yasui Y, Till C, Gibson TM, Ness KK, Leisenring WM, Howell RM, Nathan PC, Oeffinger KC, Robison LL, Armstrong GT, Krull KR, Edelstein K. Consistent physical activity and future neurocognitive problems in adult survivors of childhood cancers: a report from the Childhood Cancer Survivor study. J Clin Oncol Jun 20;38(18):2041-2052, 2020. PMID: 32330104. Role: Senior author.Krull MR, Howell CR, Partin RE, Lanctot J, Phipps S, Klosky JL, Carney G, Mulrooney DA, Robison LL, Hudson MM, Ness KK. Protein supplementation and resistance training in childhood cancer survivors. Med Sci Sports Exerc Oct;52(10):2069-2077, 2020. PubMed PMID: 32229771. Role: Senior author, corresponding author.

DeFeo BM, Kaste SC, Li Z, Brinkman TM, Neel MD, Srivastava DK, Hudson MM, Robison LL, Karol SE, Ness KK. Long-term functional outcomes among childhood survivors of cancer who have a history of osteonecrosis. Phys Ther Mar 10;100(3):509-522, 2020. PubMed PMID: 32044966. Role: Senior author.

Williams HE, Howell CR, Chemaitilly W, Wilson CL, Karol SE, Nolan VG, Smeltzer MP, Green DM, Ehrhardt MJ, Mulrooney DA, Pui CH, Hudson MM, Robison LL, Ness KK. Diabetes mellitus among adult survivors of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia: a report from the St. Jude Lifetime Cohort Study. Cancer Feb 15;126(4):870-878, 2020. PubMed PMID: 31714590. Role: Corresponding author, senior author.

Phillips NS, Howell CR, Lanctot JQ, Partin RE, Pui CH, Hudson MM, Robison LL, Krull KR, Ness KK. Physical fitness and neurocognitive outcomes in adult survivors of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia: a report from the St. Jude Lifetime cohort. Cancer Feb 1;126(3):640-648, 2020. PubMed PMID: 31631333. Role: Senior author.

Hayek S, Gibson TM, Leisenring WM, Guida JL, Gramatges MM, Lupo PJ, Howell RM, Oeffinger KC, Bhatia S, Edelstein K, Hudson MM, Robison LL, Nathan PC, Yasui Y, Krull KR, Armstrong GT, Ness KK. Prevalence and predictors of frailty in childhood cancer survivors and siblings: a report from the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study. J Clin Oncol Jan 20;38(3):232-247, 2020. PubMed PMID: 31800343. Role: Senior author, corresponding author.

Howell CR, Wilson CL, Yasui Y, Srivastava DK, Lu W, Bjornard KL, Ehrhardt MJ, Brinkman TM, Chemaitilly W, Green DM, Lanctot JQ, Robison LL, Hudson MM, Ness KK. Neighborhood effect and obesity in adult survivors of pediatric cancer: a report from the St. Jude Lifetime Cohort Study. Int J Cancer 147(2):338-349, 2020. PubMed PMID: 31600422. Role: Senior author.

Wogksch MD, Howell CR, Wilson CL, Partin RE, Ehrhardt MJ, Krull KR, Brinkman TM, Mulrooney DA, Hudson MM, Robison LL, Ness KK. Physical fitness in survivors of childhood Hodgkin Lymphoma: a report from the St. Jude Lifetime Cohort. Pediatr Blood Cancer Mar;66(3):e27506, 2019. PubMed PMID: 30362255. Role: Senior author, corresponding author.

Wilson CL, Howell CR, Partin RE, Lu L, Kaste SC, Mulrooney DA, Pui CH, Lanctot JQ, Srivastava DK, Robison LL, Hudson MM, Ness KK. Influence of fitness on health status among survivors of acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Pediatr Blood Cancer Jul 29:e27286, 2018. PubMed PMID: 30058279. Role: Senior author.Varedi M, Lu L, Howell CR, Partin RE, Hudson MM, Pui CH, Krull KR, Robison LL, Ness KK, McKenna RF. Peripheral neuropathy, sensory processing, and balance in survivors of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. J Clin Oncol May 29:JCO2017767871, 2018. PubMed PMID: 29812998. Role: Senior author.

Howell CR, Krull KR, Partin RE, Kadan-Lottick NS, Robison LL, Hudson MM, Ness KK. Randomized web-based physical activity intervention in adolescent survivors of childhood cancer. Pediatr Blood Cancer 2018 May 3:e27216, 2018. PubMed PMID: 29722481. Role: Senior author.

Cox C, Zhu L, Kaste SC, Srivastava K, Barnes L, Nathan PC, Wells RJ, Ness KK. Modifying bone mineral density, physical function, and quality of life in children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Pediatr Blood Cancer Apr;65(4), 2018. PubMed PMID: 29286560. Role: Senior author.

Last update: May 2021