Mary E. Ropka, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N.

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Mary E. Ropka, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N.

Mary E. RopkaProfessor
Patient Outcomes, Policy & Population Research Division
Ph.D., 1988, UVA

Tel: 434-924-8569
Fax: 434-924-8437
Health System West Complex Room 3181

Research Interests:

Risk Processes • Cancer Risk Assessment • Cancer Risk Perception • Risk Communication • Cancer Risk Management/Risk Reduction Patient Decision Making and Decision Support • Patient Decisions and Decision Making • Patient Decision Support Interventions

Teaching Responsibilities:

Doctoral Dissertation Committees, School of Nursing Erika Sawin, “Breast Cancer in the Context of a Non-Supportive Intimate Partner”, Committee Member, 2007 – 2009. Jess Keim, “I’m Not an Anomaly, Get Over It.: Young Women’s Experiences with Cancer on the Web”, Committee Member, 2009 – present.

Recent Publications

1. Barsevick A., Frost M., Zwinderman A., Hall, P., Halyard, M., and the GENEQOL Consortium. I’m so tired: biological and genetic mechanisms of cancer-related fatigue. (2010). Qual Life Res (Published on line Oct 14, 2010). PMID: 20953908

2. Sprangers M.A., Sloan J.A., Barsevick A., Chauhan C., Dueck A.C., Raat H., Shi Q., Van Noorden C.J., and the GENEQOL Consortium. Scientific imperatives, clinical implications, and theoretical underpinnings for the investigation of the relationship between genetic variables and patient-reported quality-of-life outcomes. (2010). Qual Life Res (Published on line Oct 14, 2010). PMID: 20945161

3. Sprangers M.A.G., Bartels M., Veenhoven R., Baas F., Martin N.G., Mosing M., Movsas B., Ropka M.E., Shinozake G., Swaab D., and the GENEQOL Consortium. Which patient will feel down, which will be happy? The need to study the genetic disposition of emotional states. (2010). Qual Life Res (Published on line April 24, 2010). PMID: 20419396

4. Ropka, M.E. *, Keim, J., & Philbrick, J.T. (2010). Patient decisions about breast cancer chemoprevention: A systematic review. Journal of Clinical Oncology, 28, 3090-3095. PMID: 20458026

5. Cohn, W. F., Ropka, M. E., Pelletier, S., Barrett, J., Kinzie, M., Harrison, M., Liuy, Z., Miesfeldt, S., Tucker, A., Worrall, B. B., Gibson, J., Mullins, I. M., Elward, K. S., Franko, J., Guterbock, T., & Knaus, W. A. (2010). Health Heritage: A web-based tool for the collection and assessment of family health history; initial user experience and analytic validity. Public Health Genomics (Published on line: April 29, 2010) PMID: 20424421

6. Sprangers, M. A. G. and the GENEQOL Consortium, including Ropka, M. E. (2009). The establishment of the GENEQOL Consortium to investigate the genetic disposition of patient-reported quality-of-life outcomes. Twin Research and Human Genetics, 12, 301-311. PMID: 19456223

7. Visvanathan, K., Chlebowski, R., Hurley, P., Col, N., Ropka, M., Collyar, D., et al. (2009). American Society of Clinical Oncology clinical practice guideline update on the use of pharmacologic interventions including tamoxifen, raloxifene, and aromatase inhibition for breast cancer risk reduction. Journal of Clinical Oncology, 27, 3235-3258. PMID: 19470930

Masny, A., Ropka, M. E., Peterson, C., Fetzer, D., & Daly, M. B. (2008). Mentoring nurses in familial cancer risk assessment and counseling: Lessons learned from a formative evaluation. Journal of Genetic Counseling, 17, 196-207. PMID: 18224431

9. Ropka, M. E. *, & Padilla, G. (2007). Measurement of neutropenia-related quality of life in a clinical setting. Oncology Nursing Forum, 34(2), 403-409. PMID: 17573304

10. Miller, S.M., Stefanek, M.E., Bowen, D.J., & Ropka, M.E. (2006). Decision making in the cancer context: An introduction to the special series. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 32(3), 169-171.

11. Ropka, M. E. *, Wenzel, J., Phillips, E. K., Siadaty, M., & Philbrick, J. T. (2006). Uptake rates for breast cancer genetic testing: A systematic review. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers, and Prevention, 15(5), 840-855. PMID: 16702359