Planning Grant Collectives

In the spring of 2017, AOTF began a series of Planning Grant Collectives; these workshops bring together researchers to plan future studies in the field.

List of Collectives
Catalyzing Research to Optimize Participation in Work & Life Roles of Cancer Survivors: Moving Beyond Symptom Management

Catalyzing Research to Optimize Participation in Work & Life Roles of Cancer Survivors: Moving Beyond Symptom Management

March 2-4, 2018


The goal of the second Planning Grant Collective was to establish research teams that will develop grant proposals for studies that move the evidence base for cancer rehabilitation beyond impairment reduction to target improving cancer survivors’ productivity and participation in meaningful activity. Researchers from the disciplines of occupational therapy, nursing, oncology, physiatry, physical therapy, psychology, and exercise science attended the event. 

The event led to the formation of research teams that created action plans regarding publications and collection of pilot data to advance three lines of inquiry ultimately focused on reducing participation restrictions experienced by cancer survivors. One research team is analyzing existing data to inform the development an intervention designed to address employment concerns of people diagnosed with early-stage cancer. Another team is re-analyzing existing qualitative data to identify ways to use a community-based self-management approach to foster optimal participation in life roles and meaningful activities. The third team has designed a pilot study to collect descriptive data regarding participation restrictions, in order to inform intervention development within clinic settings.

Newman, R. M., Alfano, C. M., Radomski, M. V., Pergolotti, M., Wolf , T. J., Sleight, A. G., … Lyons, K. D. (2019). Catalyzing Research to Optimize Cancer Survivors’ Participation in Work and Life Roles. OTJR: Occupation, Participation and Healthhttps://doi.org/10.1177/1539449219844749

Participants  (*Committee Member)

  • Catherine Alfano*, PhD, Vice President, Survivorship, American Cancer Society
  • Arash Asher, MD, Director, Cancer Rehabilitation and Survivorship, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
  • Brent Braveman, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, Director, Dept. of Rehabilitation Services, MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • Ashley Leak Brant, PhD, RN-BC, OCN, Asst. Professor,  School of Nursing, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Andrea L. Cheville, MD, Chair of Research, Dept. of Physical Medicine, Mayo Clinic
  • Elvan Daniels, MD, MPH, Program Director, American Cancer Society
  • Janet S. de Moor, PhD, MPH, Behavioral Scientist and Program Director, Office of Cancer Survivorship, National Cancer Institute
  • Allison King, MD, MPH, PhD, Medical Director, Survivoship Program for Siteman Cancer Center, Washington University in St. Louis
  • Mary C. Lawlor*, ScD, OTR/L, FAOTA, AOTF Chair, Professor & Associate Chair of Research, Mrs. T.H. Chan Div. of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy, University of Southern California
  • Kathleen Lyons*, ScD, OTR/L, Scientist, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
  • Kirsten K. Ness, PT, PhD, FAPTA, Epidemiology & Cancer Control, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
  • Robin Newman*, OTD, OTR/L, CLT, Clincial Assistant Professor, Dept. of Occupational Therapy, Boston University
  • Ralph Nitkin, PhD, Deputy Director, National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research (NCMRR)
  • Mackenzi Pergolotti*, PhD, OTR/L, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Occupational Therapy, Colorado State University
  • Mary Radomski*, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, Senior Scientific Advisor, Courage Kenny Research Center, Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute
  • Alexandra (Alix) Sleight, PhD, OTD, OTR/L, Cancer Prevention Fellow, National Cancer Institute
  • Piyush Srivastava, MD, Medical Oncology, Walnut Creek Medical Center, The Permanente Medical Group
  • Gerald T. Voelbel, PhD, Director of Rehab. Sciences PhD Program, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development, New York University
  • Rachel K. Walker, PhD, RN, Assistant Professor, Nursing, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • Grant Williams, MD, Assistant Professor, Division of Hematology/Oncology & Gerontology, Geriatrics, and Palliative Care, Institute for Cancer Outcomes and Survivorship, University of Alabama at Birmingham,
  • Kerri M. Winters-Stone, PhD, FACSM, Enora E. Thompson Distinguished Professor, Oregon Health & Science University
  • Timothy J. Wolf, OTD, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, Associate Professor & Chair, Dept. of Occupational Therapy, University of Missouri



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