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

Gillespie, S.L., Neal, J.L., Christian, L.M., Szalacha, L.A., McCarthy, D.O., & Salsberry, P.J. (2017). Interleukin-1 Receptor Antagonist Polymorphism and Birth Timing: Pathway Analysis among African American Women. Nursing Research, 66(2), 95-104.

Hardy, T.M., McCarthy, D.O., Fourie, N.M., & Henderson, W.A. (2016).  Anti-Mullerian hormone levels and urinary cortisol in women with chronic abdominal pain.  Journal of Obstetrics and Neonatal Nursing, 45 (6), 772-780.

Gillespie, S.L., Neal, J.L., Christian, L.M., Szalacha, L.A., McCarthy, D.O., & Salsberry, P.J. (2016). An IL1RN polymorphism predicts early birth among African American women.  Western Journal of Nursing Research, 38(10), 1391-1392.  

Petersen, C.L., Callahan, M.F., McCarthy, D.O. & White-Traut R. (2017).  An online educational program improves pediatric oncology nurses’ knowledge, attitudes, and spiritual care competence.  Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing, 34(2), 130-139.

Ford, J.L., Boch, S.J. & McCarthy, D.O. (2016). Feasibility of hair collection for cortisol measurement in population research on adolescent health. Nursing Research, 65, 249-55.

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.

Corwin, E.J., Guo, Y., Pajer, K., Lowe, N., McCarthy, D.O., 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.


DHHS, PHS, NIH, NINR, F31: September 2016 – June 2018. Chronic stress and reproductive function in female cancer survivors. PI: T. Hardy, sponsor: McCarthy

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, NINR, R21: July, 2013 – June, 2015. Linking biological and social pathways to adolescent health and well being. PI: Ford, coinvestigator: McCarthy

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


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