Faculty Sketch

Sheila H. Ridner, BSN, MSHSA, MSN, PhD, ACNP, FAAN

Martha Rivers Ingram Professor
sheila.ridner@vanderbilt.edu

 

Current Research Interests

Research interests include: symptom management, lymphedema in cancer survivors, psychological distress, expressive therapies, and physiological based volume measurement methods.

 

Current Grants

National Cancer Institute and National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine – R21; Feasibility and Preliminary Efficacy of Yoga in Head & Neck Cancer Survivors (Role: PI)

Major Goal: To tailor Yoga techniques to address musculoskeletal impairment (MSI) through this pilot feasibility and efficacy study of head and neck cancer survivors, who often suffer MSI involving in the neck, shoulder, jaw, and postural abnormalities.

 

American Cancer Society; Promoting Adherence to Lymphedema Self-care in Breast Cancer Survivors (Role: PI)


Major Goal: To conduct a two stage study to develop and evaluate a Web-based, multimedia intervention with a supplemental manual to address self-care deficits in breast cancer survivors with lymphedema.


A Randomized Trial Evaluating Bioimpedance Spectroscopy versus Tape Measurement in the Prevention of Lymphedema following Locoregional Treatment for Breast Cancer-Impedimed, Brisbane, QLD, Australia (Role:PI)


Major Goals: To determine if subclinical detection of extracellular fluid accumulation (lymphedema) via bioimpedance spectroscopy and subsequent early lymphedema intervention with a compression sleeve and gauntlet reduce the rate of lymphedema progression requiring Complete Decongestive Physiotherapy relative to rates seen using standard tape measurements.

 

Representative Publications

Ridner, S. H. (2002). Breast cancer lymphedema: Pathophysiology and risk reduction guidelines. Oncology Nursing Forum, 29(9), 1285-1293. doi: 10.1188/02.ONF.1285-1293

Carpenter, J. S. & Ridner, S. H. (2003). Peer viewpoint on new therapeutic approaches for hot flashes in women. The Journal of Support Oncology, 1(1), 14-15.

Ridner, S. H. (2003). Lymphedema related to breast cancer treatment. Phlebology Digest, 16(3), 12-16.

 

Carpenter, J. S., Elam, J. L., Ridner, S. H., Carney, P. H., Cherry, G. J., & Cucullu, H. L. (2004). Sleep, fatigue, and depressive symptoms in breast cancer survivors and matched healthy women experiencing hot flashes. Oncology Nursing Forum, 31(3), 591-598. doi: 10.1188/04.ONF.591-598

 

Ridner, S. H. (2004). Psychological distress: Concept analysis. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 45(5), 536-545. doi: 10.1046/j.1365-2648.2003.02938

 

Carpenter, J. S., Azzouz, F., Monahan, P. O., Storniolo, A. M., & Ridner, S. H. (2005). Is sternal skin conductance monitoring a valid measure of hot flash intensity or distress?, Menopause, 12(5), 512-519. doi: 10.1097/01.gme.0000170957.31542.1c

 

Ridner, S. H. (2005). Quality of life and a symptom cluster associated with breast cancer treatment-related lymphedema. Supportive Care in Cancer, 13(11), 904-911. doi: 10.1007/s00520-005-0810-y

 

Ridner, S. H. (2006). Breast cancer treatment-related lymphedema-a continuing problem. The Journal of Supportive Oncology, 4(8), 389-390. PMID: 17004512

 

Ridner, S. H. (2006). Pretreatment lymphedema education and identified educational resources in breast cancer patients. Patient Education and Counseling, 61(1), 72-79. doi: 10.1016/j.pec.2005.02.009, PMID: 16533679

 

Murphy, B. A., Gilbert, J., Cmelak, A., & Ridner, S. H. (2007). Symptom control issues and supportive care of patients with head and neck cancers. Clinical Advances in Hematology and Oncology, 5(10), 807-822. PMID: 17998898

 

Murphy, B. A., Gilbert, J., & Ridner, S. H. (2007). Systemic and global toxicities of head and neck treatment. Expert Review of Anticancer Therapy, 7(7), 1043-1053. doi: 10.1586/14737140.7.7.1043

 

Murphy, B. A., Ridner, S. H., Wells, N., & Dietrich, M. (2007). Quality of life research in head and neck cancer: A review of the current state of the science. Critical Reviews in Oncology/Hematology, 62(3), 251-267. doi: 10.1016/j.critrevonc.2006.07.005

 

Ridner, S. H., Montgomery, L. D., Hepworth, J. T., Stewart, B. R., & Armer, J. M. (2007). Comparison of upper limb volume measurement techniques and arm symptoms between healthy volunteers and individuals with known lymphedema. Lymphology, 40(1), 35-46. PMID: 17539463

 

Ridner, S. H. & Dietrich, M. S. (2008). Self-reported comorbid conditions and medication usage in breast cancer survivors with and without lymphedema. Oncology Nursing Forum, 35(1), 57-63. doi: 10.1188/08.ONF.57-63

 

Ridner, S. H., McMahon, E., Dietrich, M. S., & Hoy, S. (2008). Home-based lymphedema treatment in patients with cancer-related lymphedema or noncancer-related lymphedema. Oncology Nursing Forum, 35(4), 671-680. doi: 10.1188/08.ONF.671-680

 

Wells, N. & Ridner, S. H. (2008). Examining pain-related distress in relation to pain intensity and psychological distress. Research in Nursing and Health, 31(1), 52-62. doi: 10.1002/nur.20262

 

Dilts, D., Ridner, S. H., Franco, A., & Murphy, B. (2009). Patients with cancer and e-mail: Implications for clinical communication. Supportive Care in Cancer, 17(8), 1049-1056. doi: 10.1007/s00520-008-0538-6

 

Fu, M. R. & Ridner, S. H. (2009). Post-breast cancer lymphedema Part 1: Impact and diagnosis. American Journal of Nursing, 109(7), 48-54. doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000357172.94131.58

 

Fu, M. R. & Ridner, S. H. (2009). Post-breast cancer lymphedema Part 2: Risk-reduction and management. American Journal of Nursing, 109(8), 34-41. doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000358492.91678.78

 

Piller, N., Keeley, V., Ryan, T., Hayes, S., & Ridner, S. H. (2009). Early detection: A strategy to reduce risk and severity? Journal of Lymphoedema, 4(1), 89-95.

 

Ridner, S. H. (2009). Fluid transport gone wrong. An introduction to lymphedema. Advance for Nurse Practitioners, 17(6), 29-30, 32. PMID: 20000181

 

Ridner, S. H. (2009). The psycho-social impact of lymphedema. Lymphatic Research and Biology, 7(2), 109-112. doi: 10.1089/lrb.2009.0004

 

Ridner, S. H., Dietrich, M. S., Deng, J., Bonner, C. M., & Kidd, N. (2009). Bioelectrical impedance for detecting upper limb lymphedema in nonlaboratory settings. Lymphatic Research and Biology, 7(1), 11-15. doi: 10.1089/lrb.2008.1003

 

Shih, Y. C., Xu, Y., Cormier, J. N., Giordano, S., Ridner, S. H., Buchholz, T. A., Perkins, G. H., & Elting, L. S. (2009). Incidence, treatment costs, and complications of lymphedema after breast cancer among women of working age: A two-year follow-up study. Journal of Clinical Oncology, 27(12), 2007-2014. doi: 10.1200/JCO.2008.18.3517

 

Murphy, B. A., Dietrich, M. S., Wells, N., Dwyer, K., Ridner, S. H., Silver, H. J., Gilbert, J., Chung, C. H., Cmelak, A., Burkey, B., Yarborough, W. G., Sinard, R., & Netterville, J. (2010). Reliability and validity for the Vanderbilt Head and Neck Symptom Survey (VHNSS): A new tool to assess symptom burden in patients undergoing chemoradiation. Head and Neck, 32(1), 26-37. doi: 10.1002/hed.21143

 

Murphy, B. A. & Ridner, S. H. (2010). Late effect laryngeal oedema/lymphoedema. Journal of Lymphoedema, 5(2), 92-93

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Ridner, S. H., Murphy, B., Deng, J., Kidd, N., Galford, E., & Dietrich, M. S. (2011). Advanced pneumatic therapy in self-care of chronic lymphedema of the trunk. Lymphatic Research and Biology, 8(4), 209-215. doi:10.1089/lrb.2010.0010

 

Ridner, S. H., Dietrich, M. S., & Kidd, N. (2011). Breast cancer treatment-related lymphedema self-care: Education, practices, symptoms, and quality of life. Supportive Care in Cancer, 19(5), 631-637. doi: 10.1007/s00520-010-0870-5

 

Ridner, S. H., Dietrich, M. S., Stewart, B. R., & Armer, J. M. (2011). Body mass index and breast cancer treatment-related lymphedema. Supportive Care in Cancer, 19(6), 853-857. doi: 10.1007/s00520-011-1089-9

 

Montgomery, L. D., Dietrich, M. S., Armer, J. M., Stewart B. R., & Ridner, S. H. (2011). Segmental blood flow and hemodynamic state of lymphedematous and non-lymphedematous arms. Lymphatic Research and Biology, 9(1), 31-42. doi: 10.1089/lrb.2010.0012

 

Ridner, S. H., Bonner, C. M., Deng, J., & Sinclair, V. (2011). Voices from the Shadows: Living with lymphedema. Cancer Nursing, 35(18), E18-26. doi: 10.1097/NCC.0b013e31821404c0

 

Ridner, S. H., Murphy, B., Deng, J., Kidd, N., Galford, E., Bonner, C., Bond, S. M., & Dietrich, M. S. (2011). A randomized clinical trial comparing advanced pneumatic truncal, chest, and arm treatment to arm treatment only in self-care of arm lymphedema. Breast Cancer Research and Treatment. doi: 10.1007/s10549-011-1795-5

 

Cooperstein, E., Gilbert, J., Epstein, J. B., Deitrich, M. S., Bond, S. M., Ridner, S. H., Wells, N., Cmelak, A., & Murphy, B. A. (2011). Vanderbilt Head and Neck Symptom Survey Version 2.0: Report of the development and initial testing of a subscale for assessment of oral health. Head and Neck. doi: 10.1002/hed.21816

 

Deng, J., Ridner, S. H., Dietrich, M. S., Wells, N., Wallston, K. A., Sinard, R. J., Cmelak, A. J., & Murphy, B. A. (2011). Prevalence of secondary lymphedema in patients with head and neck cancer. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 43(2), 244-252. doi: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2011.03.019

 

Deng, J., Ridner, S. H., Murphy, B. A., & Dietrich, M. S. (2011, EPub ahead of print). Preliminary development of a lymphedema symptom assessment scale for patients with head and neck cancer. Supportive Care in Cancer. doi: 10.1007/s00520-011-1294-6, PMID: 22072048

 

Ridner, S. H., Fu, M. R., Wanchai, A., Stewart, B. R., Armer, J. M., & Cormier, J. N. (2012). Self-management of lymphedema: A systemic review of the literature from 2004 to 2011. Nursing Research, 61(4), 291-299. doi: 10.1097/NNR.0b013e31824f82b2

 

Deng, J., Murphy, B. A., Dietrich, M. S., Wells, N., Wallston, K. A., Sinard, R. J., Cmelak, A. J., Gilbert, J., & Ridner, S. H. (2012, EPub ahead of print). The Impact of Secondary Lymphedema after Head and Neck Cancer Treatment on Symptoms, Functional Status, and Quality Of Life. Head & Neck. doi: 10.1002/hed.23084

 

Ridner, S. H., Deng, J., Fu, M. R., Radina, E., Thiadens, S. R. J., Weiss, J., Dietrich, M. S., Cormier, J. N., Tuppo, C. M., & Armer, J. M. (2012). Symptom burden and infection occurrence among individuals with extremity lymphedema. Lymphology, 45(3), 113-123.

 

Fu, M. R., Ridner, S. H., Hu, S. H., Cormier, J. N., & Armer, J. M. (2012). Psychosocial impact of lymphedema: A systematic review of literature from 2004 to 2011. Psycho-Oncology. doi: 10.1002/pon.3201

 

Deng, J., Ridner, S. H., Dietrich, M. S., Wells, N., Wallston, K. A., Sinard, R. J., Cmelak, A. J., & Murphy, B. A. (2012). Factors Associated with External and Internal Lymphedema in Patients with Head and Neck Cancer. International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics, 84(3), e319-28. doi: 10.1016/j.ijrobp.2012.04.013

 

Ridner, S. H., Sinclair, V., Deng, J., Bonner, C., & Kidd, N. (2012, EPub ahead of print). Breast cancer survivors with lymphedema: Glimpses of our daily lives. Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, 16(6), 609-614. doi: 10.1188/12.CJON.609-614

 

Ridner, S. H. (2013). Pathophysiology of lymphedema. Seminars in Oncology Nursing, 29(1), 4-11. doi: 10.1016/j.soncn.2012.11.002

 

Rhoten, B. A., Murphy, B., & Ridner, S. H. (2013). Body image in patients with head and neck cancer: A review of the literature. Oral Oncology, 49(8), 753-60. doi: 10.1016/j.oraloncology.2013.04.005

 

Deng, J., Murphy, B. A., Dietrich, M. S., Wells, N., Wallston, K. A., Sinard, R. J., Cmelak, A. J., Gilbert, J., Ridner, S. H. (2013). Impact of secondary lymphedema after head and neck cancer treatment on symptoms, functional status, and quality of life. Head and Neck, 35(7), 1026-35. doi: 10.1002/hed.23084

 

Ridner, S. H., Poage-Hooper, E., Kanar, C., Doersham, J. K., Bond, S. M. & Dietrich, M.S. (2013). A pilot randomized trial evaluating low-level laser therapy as an alternative treatment to manual lymphatic drainage for breast cancer-related lymphedema. Oncol Nurs Forum, 40(4), 383-93. doi:10.1188/13.ONF.383-393

 

Fu, M. R. Ridner, S. H., Hu, S. H., Stewart, B. R., Cormier, J. N., Armer, J. M. (2013) Psychosocial impact of lymphedema: a systematic review of literature from 2004 to 2011. Psychooncology, 22(7), 1466-84. doi: 10.1002/pon.3201

 

Deng, J., Fu, M., Armer, J., Cormier, J., Radina, E., Thiadens, S., Dietrich, M., Weiss, J., Tuppo, C., & Ridner, S. H. (2013). Factors associated with symptoms and infection occurrence among individuals with extremity lymphedema (MASCC-0027). Supportive Care in Cancer; 21(Suppl 1), S29.

 

Ridner, S. H., & Dietrich, M. S. (2013). A comparison study of symptoms associated with cancer and non-cancer related lower limb lymphedema (MASCC-0762). Supportive Care in Cancer, 21(Suppl 1), S269.

 

Ridner, S. H., Deng, J., Murphy, B. A., Moore, A. J., & Dietrich, M. S. (2013). Lymphedema in patients with head and neck cancer (MASCC-0558). Supportive Care in Cancer, 21(Suppl 1), S196.

 

Rane, S., Donahue, P. M., Towse, T., Ridner, S. H., Chapell, M., Jordi, J. Gore, J. C., & Donahue, M. J. (2013) Clinical Feasibility of Noninvasive Visualization of Lymphatic Flow with Principles of Spin Labeling MR Imaging: Implications for Lymphedema Assessment. Radiology, 269(3), 893-902. doi: 10.1148/radiol.13120145

 

Ridner, S. H., Bonner, C. M., Doersam, J. K., Rhoten, B. A., Schultze, B., & Dietrich, M. S. (2014; EPub ahead of print). Bioelectrical Impedance Self-Measurement Protocol Development and Daily Variation between Healthy Volunteers and Breast Cancer Survivors with Lymphedema. Lymphedema Research and Biology.

 

Ridner, S. H. (07/2014-06/2019). A Novel Method for Measuring Lymphatic Flow Using Principles of Spin Labeling MRI. NIH R01 To evaluate noninvasive structural and functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) methods to examine relationships between lymphatic compromise and imaging biomarkers.

 

Professional Affiliations

LE & RN (board member) - 2005 through present

National Lymphedema Network Research Committee - 2003 through present

National Lymphedema Network Research Committee Chair - 2010

National Lymphedema Network Medical Advisory Committee - 2004 to present

Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center - Pain and Symptom Management Research Team - 2000 to present