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Katherine R Sterba

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InstitutionMedical University of South Carolina
DepartmentPublic Health Sciences
AddressP.O. Box MSC 955
BE103
68 President St.
Phone843-876-2419
Fax843-876-2344
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    Dr. Sterba is a behavioral scientist with training in health behavior and health education, implementation science and measurement. Her research focuses broadly on improving care experiences and quality-of-life outcomes in patients with serious illness and their family caregivers. This research capitalizes on technology, uses mixed methods and is guided by principles of implementation science. Dr. Sterba’s cancer survivorship studies focus on the development, testing and dissemination of family-focused, mobile health interventions to improve care transitions for head and neck cancer survivors and their family caregivers. Her complementary area of focus includes the evaluation of implementation processes to enhance the reach of telehealth services in rural settings.

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    Cancer Survivorship, Cancer Caregiving, Cancer/Head & Neck, Implementation Science, Technology

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    1. Johnson EE, Sterba KR, Goodwin AJ, Warr EH, Beeks R, Zapka JM, Ford DW. Implementation of an Academic-to-Community Hospital Intensive Care Unit Quality Improvement Program. Qualitative Analysis of Multilevel Facilitators and Barriers. Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2019 Jul; 16(7):877-885. PMID: 30822096.
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    2. Nightingale CL, Sterba KR, Tooze JA, King JL, Weaver KE. Cessation Attitudes and Preferences in Head and Neck Cancer Patients and Implications for Cessation Program Design: A Brief Report. Glob Adv Health Med. 2019; 8:2164956119847117. PMID: 31069164.
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    3. Ellis MA, Sterba KR, Day TA, Marsh CH, Maurer S, Hill EG, Graboyes EM. Body Image Disturbance in Surgically Treated Head and Neck Cancer Patients: A Patient-Centered Approach. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2019 Apr 09; 194599819837621. PMID: 30961419.
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    4. Nadig NR, Sterba KR, Johnson EE, Goodwin AJ, Ford DW. Inter-ICU transfer of patients with ventilator dependent respiratory failure: Qualitative analysis of family and physician perspectives. Patient Educ Couns. 2019 Apr 05. PMID: 30979579.
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    5. Graboyes EM, Hill EG, Marsh CH, Maurer S, Day TA, Sterba KR. Body Image Disturbance in Surgically Treated Head and Neck Cancer Patients: A Prospective Cohort Pilot Study. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2019 Jul; 161(1):105-110. PMID: 30857488.
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    6. Ellis MA, Sterba KR, Brennan EA, Maurer S, Hill EG, Day TA, Graboyes EM. A Systematic Review of Patient-Reported Outcome Measures Assessing Body Image Disturbance in Patients with Head and Neck Cancer. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2019 Jun; 160(6):941-954. PMID: 30744514.
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    7. Sterba KR, Armeson K, Zapka J, Scallion MA, Garris TK, Graboyes EM, Ruggiero K, Day TA. Evaluation of a survivorship needs assessment planning tool for head and neck cancer survivor-caregiver dyads. J Cancer Surviv. 2019 Feb; 13(1):117-129. PMID: 30645719.
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    8. Burris JL, Rivera-Rivera JN, Armeson K, Zapka J, Alberg AJ, Day TA, Sterba KR. Causal attributions and their impact on psychosocial functioning in head and neck cancer patient-caregiver dyads: a preliminary, longitudinal study. Qual Life Res. 2019 Apr; 28(4):1105-1109. PMID: 30515660.
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    9. Graboyes EM, Kompelli AR, Neskey DM, Brennan E, Nguyen S, Sterba KR, Warren GW, Hughes-Halbert C, Nussenbaum B, Day TA. Association of Treatment Delays With Survival for Patients With Head and Neck Cancer: A Systematic Review. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2018 Nov 01. PMID: 30383146.
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    10. Janz TA, Kim J, Hill EG, Sterba K, Warren G, Sharma AK, Day TA, Hughes-Halbert C, Graboyes EM. Association of Care Processes With Timely, Equitable Postoperative Radiotherapy in Patients With Surgically Treated Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2018 Oct 18. PMID: 30347012.
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    11. Janz TA, Momin SR, Sterba KR, Kato MG, Armeson KE, Day TA. Comparison of psychosocial factors over time among HPV+ oropharyngeal cancer and tobacco-related oral cavity cancer patients. Am J Otolaryngol. 2019 Jan - Feb; 40(1):40-45. PMID: 30322742.
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    12. Ford ME, Sterba KR, Armeson K, Malek AM, Knight KD, Zapka J. Factors Influencing Adherence to Recommended Colorectal Cancer Surveillance: Experiences and Behaviors of Colorectal Cancer Survivors. J Cancer Educ. 2018 Aug 02. PMID: 30073494.
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    13. Sanders JJ, Johnson KS, Cannady K, Paladino J, Ford DW, Block SD, Sterba KR. From Barriers to Assets: Rethinking factors impacting advance care planning for African Americans. Palliat Support Care. 2019 Jun; 17(3):306-313. PMID: 29869594.
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    14. Cartmell KB, Sterba KR, Pickett K, Zapka J, Alberg AJ, Sood AJ, Esnaola NF. Availability of patient-centered cancer support services: A statewide survey of cancer centers. PLoS One. 2018; 13(3):e0194649. PMID: 29584744.
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    15. Sterba KR, Zapka J, LaPelle N, Garris TK, Buchanan A, Scallion M, Day T. Development of a survivorship needs assessment planning tool for head and neck cancer survivors and their caregivers: a preliminary study. J Cancer Surviv. 2017 Dec; 11(6):822-832. PMID: 28639158.
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    16. Sterba KR, Zapka J, Armeson KE, Shirai K, Buchanan A, Day TA, Alberg AJ. Physical and emotional well-being and support in newly diagnosed head and neck cancer patient-caregiver dyads. J Psychosoc Oncol. 2017 Nov-Dec; 35(6):646-665. PMID: 28459393.
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    17. Ford ME, Sterba KR, Bearden JD, Gansauer L, Moore LA, Zapka J. Recruiting colorectal cancer survivors to a surveillance study: Barriers and successful strategies. Patient Educ Couns. 2017 03; 100(3):526-533. PMID: 28277291.
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    18. Alberg AJ, Moorman PG, Crankshaw S, Wang F, Bandera EV, Barnholtz-Sloan JS, Bondy M, Cartmell KB, Cote ML, Ford ME, Funkhouser E, Kelemen LE, Peters ES, Schwartz AG, Sterba KR, Terry P, Wallace K, Schildkraut JM. Socioeconomic Status in Relation to the Risk of Ovarian Cancer in African-American Women: A Population-Based Case-Control Study. Am J Epidemiol. 2016 08 15; 184(4):274-83. PMID: 27492896.
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    19. Sterba KR, Garrett-Mayer E, Carpenter MJ, Tooze JA, Hatcher JL, Sullivan C, Tetrick LA, Warren GW, Day TA, Alberg AJ, Weaver KE. Smoking status and symptom burden in surgical head and neck cancer patients. Laryngoscope. 2017 01; 127(1):127-133. PMID: 27392821.
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    20. Sterba KR, Zapka J, Cranos C, Laursen A, Day TA. Quality of Life in Head and Neck Cancer Patient-Caregiver Dyads: A Systematic Review. Cancer Nurs. 2016 May-Jun; 39(3):238-50. PMID: 26121180.
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    21. Nightingale CL, Sterba KR, Tooze JA, Milliron BJ, Tetrick LA, Paek MS, Weaver KE. Vulnerable characteristics and interest in wellness programs among head and neck cancer caregivers. Support Care Cancer. 2016 08; 24(8):3437-45. PMID: 26992407.
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    22. Sterba KR, Zapka J, LaPelle N, Armeson K, Ford ME. A Formative Study of Colon Cancer Surveillance Care: Implications for Survivor-Centered Interventions. J Cancer Educ. 2015 Dec; 30(4):719-27. PMID: 25411092.
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    23. Alberg AJ, Worley ML, Tooze JA, Hatcher JL, Carpenter MJ, Day TA, Sullivan CA, Warren GW, Sterba KR, Weaver KE. The Validity of Self-reported Recent Smoking in Head and Neck Cancer Surgical Patients. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2015 Dec; 153(6):990-995. PMID: 26195573.
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    24. Harper JL, De Costa AM, Garrett-Mayer E, Sterba KR. Incorporating Patient Satisfaction Metrics in Assessing Multidisciplinary Breast Cancer Care Quality. South Med J. 2015 Jun; 108(6):372-6. PMID: 26079465.
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    25. Hatcher JL, Sterba KR, Tooze JA, Day TA, Carpenter MJ, Alberg AJ, Sullivan CA, Fitzgerald NC, Weaver KE. Tobacco use and surgical outcomes in patients with head and neck cancer. Head Neck. 2016 May; 38(5):700-6. PMID: 25521527.
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    26. Zapka J, Sterba KR, LaPelle N, Armeson K, Burshell DR, Ford ME. Physician perspectives on colorectal cancer surveillance care in a changing environment. Qual Health Res. 2015 Jun; 25(6):831-44. PMID: 25878188.
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    27. Sterba KR, Armeson K, Franco R, Harper J, Patten R, Kindall S, Bearden J, Zapka J. A pilot randomized controlled trial testing a minimal intervention to prepare breast cancer survivors for recovery. Cancer Nurs. 2015 Mar-Apr; 38(2):E48-56. PMID: 24831043.
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    28. Mollica MA, Nemeth LS, Newman SD, Mueller M, Sterba K. Peer navigation in African American breast cancer survivors. Patient Relat Outcome Meas. 2014; 5:131-44. PMID: 25404863.
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    29. Burris JL, Armeson K, Sterba KR. A closer look at unmet needs at the end of primary treatment for breast cancer: a longitudinal pilot study. Behav Med. 2015; 41(2):69-76. PMID: 24512316.
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    30. Sterba KR, Burris JL, Heiney SP, Ruppel MB, Ford ME, Zapka J. "We both just trusted and leaned on the Lord": a qualitative study of religiousness and spirituality among African American breast cancer survivors and their caregivers. Qual Life Res. 2014 Sep; 23(7):1909-20. PMID: 24578149.
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    31. Wallace K, Sterba KR, Gore E, Lewin DN, Ford ME, Thomas MB, Alberg AJ. Prognostic factors in relation to racial disparity in advanced colorectal cancer survival. Clin Colorectal Cancer. 2013 Dec; 12(4):287-93. PMID: 24188687.
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    32. Alberg AJ, Cartmell KB, Sterba KR, Bolick S, Daguise VG, Hébert JR. Outcome evaluation of a state comprehensive cancer control plan: laying the foundation. J Public Health Manag Pract. 2013 Jul-Aug; 19(4):300-7. PMID: 23381113.
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    33. Sterba KR, Zapka J, Gore EI, Ford ME, Ford DW, Thomas M, Wallace K. Exploring dimensions of coping in advanced colorectal cancer: implications for patient-centered care. J Psychosoc Oncol. 2013; 31(5):517-39. PMID: 24010530.
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    34. Zapka J, Taplin SH, Ganz P, Grunfeld E, Sterba K. Multilevel factors affecting quality: examples from the cancer care continuum. J Natl Cancer Inst Monogr. 2012 May; 2012(44):11-9. PMID: 22623591.
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    35. Carter CL, Onicescu G, Cartmell KB, Sterba KR, Tomsic J, Alberg AJ. The comparative effectiveness of a team-based versus group-based physical activity intervention for cancer survivors. Support Care Cancer. 2012 Aug; 20(8):1699-707. PMID: 21932141.
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    36. Carpenter MJ, Sterba KR, Boatright AS, West R. 'Closet' quit attempts: prevalence, correlates and association with outcome. Addiction. 2011 Dec; 106(12):2214-20. PMID: 21672072.
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    37. Cunningham JE, Kelechi T, Sterba K, Barthelemy N, Falkowski P, Chin SH. Case report of a patient with chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy treated with manual therapy (massage). Support Care Cancer. 2011 Sep; 19(9):1473-6. PMID: 21766161.
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    38. Evans A, Chow S, Jennings R, Dave J, Scoblick K, Sterba KR, Loyo J. Traditional foods and practices of Spanish-speaking Latina mothers influence the home food environment: implications for future interventions. J Am Diet Assoc. 2011 Jul; 111(7):1031-8. PMID: 21703381.
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    39. Sterba KR, Rabius V, Carpenter MJ, Villars P, Wiatrek D, McAlister A. Dyadic efficacy for smoking cessation: preliminary assessment of a new instrument. Nicotine Tob Res. 2011 Mar; 13(3):194-201. PMID: 21324838.
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    40. Carter CL, Onicescu G, Cartmell KB, Sterba KR, Tomsic J, Fox T, Dunmeyer E, Alberg AJ. Factors associated with cancer survivors' selection between two group physical activity programs. J Cancer Surviv. 2010 Dec; 4(4):388-98. PMID: 20661658.
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    41. Sterba KR, Swartz RJ, Basen-Engquist K, Black PC, Pettaway CA. Long-term quality of life after radical prostatectomy in wives of men in the postoperative adjuvant androgen deprivation trial. Support Care Cancer. 2011 Aug; 19(8):1117-24. PMID: 20499107.
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    42. Ford D, Zapka J, Gebregziabher M, Yang C, Sterba K. Factors associated with illness perception among critically ill patients and surrogates. Chest. 2010 Jul; 138(1):59-67. PMID: 20081097.
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    43. Sterba KR, DeVellis RF. Developing a spouse version of the Illness Perception Questionnaire-Revised (IPQ-R) for husbands of women with rheumatoid arthritis. Psychol Health. 2009 Apr; 24(4):473-87. PMID: 20205006.
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    44. Thorpe CT, Lewis MA, Sterba KR. Reactions to health-related social control in young adults with type 1 diabetes. J Behav Med. 2008 Apr; 31(2):93-103. PMID: 17701335.
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    45. Sterba KR, DeVellis RF, Lewis MA, DeVellis BM, Jordan JM, Baucom DH. Effect of couple illness perception congruence on psychological adjustment in women with rheumatoid arthritis. Health Psychol. 2008 Mar; 27(2):221-9. PMID: 18377141.
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    46. Sterba KR, DeVellis RF, Lewis MA, Baucom DH, Jordan JM, DeVellis B. Developing and testing a measure of dyadic efficacy for married women with rheumatoid arthritis and their spouses. Arthritis Rheum. 2007 Mar 15; 57(2):294-302. PMID: 17330279.
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    47. Lewis MA, Kalinowski CT, Sterba KR, Barrett TM, DeVellis RF. Interpersonal processes and vasculitis management. Arthritis Rheum. 2006 Aug 15; 55(4):670-5. PMID: 16874771.
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    48. Linnan LA, Sterba KR, Lee AM, Bontempi JB, Yang J, Crump C. Planning and the professional preparation of health educators: implications for teaching, research, and practice. Health Promot Pract. 2005 Jul; 6(3):308-19. PMID: 16020625.
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    49. Bluman LG, Rimer BK, Regan Sterba K, Lancaster J, Clark S, Borstelmann N, Iglehart JD, Winer EP. Attitudes, knowledge, risk perceptions and decision-making among women with breast and/or ovarian cancer considering testing for BRCA1 and BRCA2 and their spouses. Psychooncology. 2003 Jul-Aug; 12(5):410-27. PMID: 12833555.
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    50. Sugarman J, Regan K, Parker B, Bluman LG, Schildkraut J. Ethical ramifications of alternative means of recruiting research participants from cancer registries. Cancer. 1999 Aug 15; 86(4):647-51. PMID: 10440692.
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    51. Bluman LG, Rimer BK, Berry DA, Borstelmann N, Iglehart JD, Regan K, Schildkraut J, Winer EP. Attitudes, knowledge, and risk perceptions of women with breast and/or ovarian cancer considering testing for BRCA1 and BRCA2. J Clin Oncol. 1999 Mar; 17(3):1040-6. PMID: 10071299.
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    52. Tessaro I, Borstelmann N, Regan K, Rimer BK, Winer E. Genetic testing for susceptibility to breast cancer: findings from women's focus groups. J Womens Health. 1997 Jun; 6(3):317-27. PMID: 9201666.
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