Member Biography

Eileen Hacker, PhD, APN, AOCN, FAAN

600 Barnhill Drive
NU 413
Indianapolis, IN 46202
Phone: (317) 278-0459
Fax: (317) 274-2411

Research Program Membership

Associate member

Professor and Department Chair
Department of Science of Nursing Care
IU School of Nursing

I currently have three active lines of research. The first is to determine the efficacy of an exercise intervention, Strength Training to Enhance Early Recovery (STEER), on fatigue, functional ability, muscle strength, and physical activity in people receiving high dose chemotherapy (HDC) followed by hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HCT). I am in the process of writing a R01 to be submitted in October. The second line of research is to determine the effects of a free-living physical activity intervention on fatigue, functional ability, muscle strength, and physical activity. This intervention is in an earlier phase of development. We recently submitted a manuscript detailing the preliminary effects from our first pilot study. In addition, I am interested in the long-term effects of persistent fatigue on quality of life in stem cell transplantation survivors. Specifically, this line of research will: (1) compare fatigue, physical activity, sleep, emotional distress, cognitive function, and biological measures in allogeneic HCT survivors with persistent fatigue to two control groups (allogeneic HCT survivors and matched healthy controls) with occasional tiredness and (2) examine the dynamic relationship between fatigue and physical activity in real-time, real-world settings. Our R01-A1 for this study was reviewed in February. The grant was scored but not in the fundable range. Unfortunately, the resubmission was scored lower than the initial submission (initial submission 25%). This work is ripe for expansion into other areas. I am working with the Precision Health Multiple Myeloma Team to identify appropriate patient-reported outcomes to include in the grant. I am also very interested in quality of life outcomes in people receiving reduced intensity conditioning compared to marrow ablative therapy.

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Ph.D. - University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL 07/2001