Donna McCarthy

Highest Degree
PhD, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Brief Statement of Scholarly Interests
My program of research addresses the pathobiology of illness symptoms, including fever, anorexia, and fatigue.

Selected Publications

Norden, D.M., McCarthy, D.O., Reiser, Godbout, J.P. & Wold, L.E. (2015) Ibuprofen Ameliorates Fatigue- and Depressive-like Behavior in Tumor-bearing Mice. Life Sciences, 143, 65-70.

Henly, S.J., McCarthy, D.O., Wyman, J.F., et al. (2015). Emerging areas of nursing science and PhD education for the 21st Century: Response to commentaries. Nursing Outlook, 63, 439-445.

Conley, Y.P., Heitkemper, M., McCarthy, D., et al. (2015). Educating future nursing scientists: Recommendations for integrating omics content in PhD Programs. Nursing Outlook, 63, 417-427.

Henly, S.J., McCarthy, D.O., Wyman, J.F., et al. (2015). Emerging areas of science: Recommendations for nursing science education. Nursing Outlook, 63,398-407.

Henly, S.J., McCarthy, D.O., Wyman, J.F., et al. (2015). Integrating emerging areas of science into PhD programs. Nursing Outlook, 63, 408-416.

Corwin, E.J., Pajer, K., Paul, S., Lowe, N., Weber, M., & McCarthy, D.O. (2015). Bidirectional psychoneuroimmune interactions in the early postpartum period influence risk of postpartum depression. Brain, Behavior, & Immunity. Epub ahead of print. DOI:10.1016/j.bbi.2015.04.012

Stevens, S.C.W., Velten, M., Youtz, D.J., Clark, Y., Jing, R., Reiser, P.J., Bicer, S., Devine, R.D., McCarthy, D.O., & Wold, L.E. (2015). Losartan treatment attenuates tumor-induced myocardial dysfunction. Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology, 85, 37-47. DOI: 10.1016/j.yjmcc.2015.05.007.

Norden, D.M., Devine, R., McCarthy, D.O., & Wold, L.E. (2015). Storage conditions and passages alter IL-6 secretion in C26 adenocarcinoma cells. MethodsX, 2, 53-58.

Norden, D.M., Devine, R., Bicer, S., Jing, R., Reiser, P.J., Wold, L.E., Godbout, J.P. & McCarthy, D.O. (2015). Fluoxitine prevents the development of depressive-like behavior in a mouse model of cancer-related fatigue. Physiology and Behavior, 140, 230-235.

Neal, J.L., Lamp, J.M., Lowe, N.K., Gillespie, S.L., Sinnott, L.T. & McCarthy, D.O. (2015). Differences in inflammatory markers between nulliparous women admitted to hospitals in preactive vs active labor. American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, 212, 68.e-18.

Clark, Y.Y., Szalacha, L., Wold, L.E., McCarthy, D.O. (2015). Ubiquinol reduces muscle wasting but not fatigue in tumor-bearing mice. Biological Research in Nursing, 17,321-9.

Sribanditmongkol, S., Neal, J.L., Szalacha, L.A. & McCarthy, D.O. (2015).Effect of Perceived Stress on Cytokine Production inHealthy College Students. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 37, 481-93.

Norden, D.M., Bicer,S., Clark, Y., Jing, R., Henry, C.J., Wold, L.E., Reiser, P.J., Godbout, J.P. & McCarthy, D.O. (2014). Tumor Growth Increases Neuroinflammation, Fatigue and Depressive-like Behavior Prior to Alterations in Muscle Function, Brain, Behavior & Immunity, 43, 76-85.

McCarthy Beckett, D.O. (2014). PhD preparation of nurse faculty and nurse scientists: Do they have to be the same? Nursing Research, 63, 156-157.

Corwin, E.J., Guo, Y., Pajer, K., Lowe, N., McCarthy, D., Schmiege, S., et al. (2013). Immune dysregulation and glucocorticoid resistance in minority and low income pregnant women. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 38, 1786-1796.

McCarthy, D.O. (2012). Biological measures for intervention research.  In: Melnyk, B.M. & Morrison-Beedy, D.  Designing, Conducting, Analyzing, and Funding Intervention Research.  New York: Springer Publishing Company.

Groves, P.S., Rawl, S.M., Wurtzbach, M.E., Fahrenwald, N.F., Cohen, M.Z., McCarthy Beckett, D.O., et al. (2012). Secrets of successful short grant applications.  Western Journal of Nursing Research, 34, 6-23.

Rowell, J.L., McCarthy, D.O., & Alvarez, C.E. (2011).  Dog models of naturally occurring cancer.  Trends in Molecular Medicine, 17, 380-388.

Xu, H., Crawford, D., Hutchinson, K.R., Youtz, D.J., Lucchesi, P.A., Velten, M., McCarthy, D.O., & Wold, L.E. (2011).   Myocardial dysfunction in an animal model of cancer cachexia.  Life Sciences, 88, 406-410.

McCarthy Beckett, D., Pycha K., & Berg, T. (2008).  Effects of curcumin on tumor growth and muscle mass in a mouse model of cancer cachexia. Oncology Nursing Forum, 35, 455-459.


DHHS, PHS, NIH, NINR, 1R01: February, 2012-December, 2016; $2,219,595.
Muscle Function and Depression-like Behavior in a Mouse Model of Cancer-related Fatigue. PI: D. McCarthy 2/2012-8/2013, co-I 8/2013-12/2016.

DHHS, PHS, NIH, NINR, F31: August, 2011- July, 2013. Antioxidant treatment of muscle wasting and fatigue in tumor-bearing mice. PI: Y. Clark, sponsor: McCarthy

Oncology Nursing Society Foundation: March, 2010- February, 2012; $50,000. Depression and Fatigue in a Mouse Model of Lung Carcinoma. PI: D. McCarthy

DHHS, PHS, NIH, NINR, F31: January, 2009-November, 2011. Osteosarcoma genetics using an animal model. PI: J. Rowell, sponsor: D. McCarthy

DHHS, PHS, NIH, NINR, R15: December 2008-November, 2011; $225,000. Development of a biologically-based nursing intervention for cancer cachexia. PI: D. McCarthy

DHHS, PHS, NIH, NINR, R01: September, 2008-August, 2013; $2,376,468. Psychoneuroimmune contributions to postpartum depression. PI: B. Corwin, co-investigator, D. McCarthy


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