Dr. Barbara F. Piper

School of Health and Human Services

Professional Summary:
Dr. Piper is internationally known for her program of research in cancer-related fatigue. She developed one of the first multidimensional patient-reported outcome measures for subjective fatigue, the Piper Fatigue Scale (PFS) and the Integrated Fatigue Model (IFM) that can guide practice and research. She has worked clinically as a staff nurse, charge nurse, clinical nurse specialist, educator and researcher.


2014: Nominated by Dr. Jan Atwood and Dr. Betty Ferrell for the National Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) Nurse Researcher Award.

2012 - Nominated for the Distinguished Service Award: Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer.

2011 - Nominated for inclusion in: “Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare”

2010 - Excellence in Mentorship: Scottsdale Healthcare, Scottsdale, AZ

2010 - Invited panelist: Setting the Research Agenda for Cancer-Related Fatigue: NCI Clinical Trials Program

2002 - Recipient: Robert Tiffany Lectureship award given in recognition of significant international contributions to cancer nursing (2nd American so honored)

2002 - Inducted as a Fellow into the American Academy of Nursing

Cantarero-Villaneuva, I., Fernandez-Lao, C., Diaz-Rodriguez, L., Cuesta-Vargas, A.I., Fernandez-de-las Penas, C., Piper, B.F., Arroyo-Morales, M. (2013). The Piper Fatigue Scale-Revised: Translation and psychometric evaluation in Spanish-speaking breast cancer survivors. Quality of Life Research, May 22 [Epub ahead of print]. doi: 10.1007/s11136-013-0434-5.

Stover AM, Reeve BB, Piper BF, Alfano CM Smith AW, Mitchell SM…Ballard-Barbash R. (In Press). Deriving clinically meaningful cut-scores for fatigue in a cohort of breast cancer survivors: A Health, Eating, Activity, and Lifestyle (HEAL) study. Quality of Life Research, Feb 19 [Epub ahead of print], doi: 10.1007/s11136-013-0360-6.

Reeve BB, Stover AM, Alfano CM, Smith AW, Ballard-Barbash R, Bernstein L, …Piper BF (2012). The Piper Fatigue Scale-12 (PFS-12): Psychometric findings and item reduction in a cohort of breast cancer survivors. Breast Cancer Research and Treatment, 136:9-10.doi: 10.1007/s10549-012-2212-4.

Sun V, Borneman T, Koczywas M, Cristea M, Piper BF, Uman G, Ferrell B (2012). Quality of life and barriers to symptom management in colon cancer. European Journal of Oncology Nursing, Jul; 16(3): 276-80. doi: 10.1016/j.ejon2011.06.011. PMID: 21783415.

Borneman T, Piper BF, Koczywas M, Minevar CM, Sun V, Uman GC, Ferrell B (2012). A qualitative analysis of cancer-related fatigue in ambulatory oncology. Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, Feb; 16(1):E26-32. PMID: 22297018.

Borneman T, Koczywas M, Sun V, Piper BF, Smith-Idell C, Laroya B,…Ferrell B (2011). Effectiveness of a clinical intervention to eliminate barriers to pain and fatigue management in oncology. Journal of Palliative Medicine, Feb; 14(2): 197-205. PMID: 21271872.

Piper BF, Cella D (2010). Definitions and subtypes of cancer-related fatigue. Journal of the National Comprehensive Network, 8(8): 958-966.

Piper BF, Borneman T, Sun VC, Koczywas M, Ferrell B, James R (2008). Cancer-related fatigue: Role of oncology nurses in translating National Comprehensive Cancer Network assessment guidelines into practice. Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing Oct; 12(5 suppl): 37-47.

Teaching Experience:
Dr. Piper has extensive experience teaching AD, BSN, MSN, DNP and PhD nursing students, future medical students, and advance practice registered nurses (APRN). She has chaired and been a member of Doctoral and Master’s Degree supervisory committees. She loves teaching; views it as a collaborative process; learning every bit as much from her students as they may learn from her.

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