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Eileen H. Shinn

Present Title & Affiliation

Primary Appointment

Assistant Professor, Department of Behavioral Science, Division of OVP, Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

Bio Statement

Eileen Shinn, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Behavioral Science at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center. Her research interests include health behaviors and health outcomes, adherence and coping with cancer treatment and prevention of late-term effects, stress-mediated cancer outcomes, and dissemination of efficacious screening and diagnostic technologies in cancer.

Education & Training

Degree-Granting Education

1998 Ohio University, Athens, OH, PHD, Clinical Psychology
1996 Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, Resident, Clinical Psychology
1993 Ohio University, Athens, OH, MS, Clinical Psychology
1989 Amherst College, Amherst, MA, BS, Psychology


Other Appointments/Responsibilities

Contract therapist, Woodland Centers Community Mental Health Center, Meigs County, OH, 1/1994-1/1995

Honors and Awards

2016 The National Foundation of Swallowing Disorders Award, National Foundation of Swallowing Disorders
2011 Head and Neck Cancer Alliance New Investigator Award, American Speech Language Hearing Association, Division 13
2001 Media Article of the Month, American Journal of Hypertension, July
1990-1991 Patricia R. Harris Fellowship, Ohio University Clinical Psychology

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Original Research Articles

1. Shinn EH, Valentine A, Jethanandani A, Basen-Engquist K, Fellman B, Urbauer D, Atkinson E, Yusuf SW, Lenihan D, Woods ML, Kies MS, Sood AK, Carmack C, Morrison WH, Gillenwater A, Sturgis EM, Garden AS. Depression and Oropharynx Cancer Outcome. Psychosom Med 78(1):38-48, 1/2016. PMCID: PMC4696911.
2. Shinn EH, Basen-Engquist K, Baum G, Steen S, Bauman RF, Morrison W, Garden AS, Sheil C, Kilgore K, Hutcheson KA, Barringer D, Yuan Y, Lewin JS. Adherence to preventive exercises and self-reported swallowing outcomes in post-radiation head and neck cancer patients. Head and Neck 35(12):1707-12, 12/2013. e-Pub 10/2013. PMCID: PMC3943468.
3. Peterson SK, Shinn E, Basen-Engquist K, Demark-Wahnefried W, Prokhorov A, Baru C, Krueger I, Farcas E, Rios P, Lin K, Yan Y, Martch S, Patrick K. Identifying Early Dehydration Risk With Home-Based Sensors During Radiation Treatment: A Feasibility Study on Patients With Head and Neck Cancer. J Natl Cancer Inst Monogr(47):162-168, 12/2013. PMCID: PMC3881993.
4. Hutcheson KA, Bhayani MK, Beadle BM, Gold KA, Shinn EH, Lai SY, Lewin J. Eat and exercise during radiotherapy or chemoradiotherapy for pharyngeal cancers: use it or lose it. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 139(11):1127-34, 11/2013. PMID: 24051544.
5. Shinn EH, Lenihan DJ, Urbauer DL, Basen-Engquist KM, Valentine A, Palmero L, Woods ML, Patel P, Nick AM, Shahzad MM, Stone RL, Golden A, Atkinson E, Lutgendorf SK, Sood AK. Impact of cardiovascular comorbidity on ovarian cancer mortality. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 22(11):2102-9, 11/2013. e-Pub 9/17/2013. PMCID: PMC3830519.
6. Cantor SB, Yamal JM, Guillaud M, Cox DD, Atkinson EN, Benedet JL, Miller D, Ehlen T, Matisic J, van Niekerk D, Bertrand M, Milbourne A, Rhodes H, Malpica A, Staerkel G, Nader-Eftekhari S, Adler-Storthz K, Scheurer ME, Basen-Engquist K, Shinn E, West LA, Vlastos AT, Tao X, Beck JR, Macaulay C, Follen M. Accuracy of optical spectroscopy for the detection of cervical intraepithelial neoplasia: Testing a device as an adjunct to colposcopy. Int J Cancer 128(5):1151-68, 3/1/2011. e-Pub 11/9/2010. PMCID: PMC3015005.
7. Shinn EH, Swartz RJ, Thornton BB, Spiess PE, Pisters LL, Basen-Engquist KM. Testis cancer survivors’ health behaviors: comparison with age-matched relative and demographically-matched population controls. J Clin Oncol 28(13):2274-2279, 5/1/2010. e-Pub 4/5/2010. PMCID: PMC2860440.
8. Shinn EH, Taylor CL, Kilgore K, Valentine A, Bodurka DC, Kavanagh J, Sood A, Li Y, Basen-Engquist K. Associations with Worry about Dying and Hopelessness in Ambulatory Ovarian Cancer Patients. Palliat Support Care 7(3):299-306, 9/2009. PMCID: PMC3265166.
9. Basen-Engquist K, Hughes D, Perkins H, Shinn E, Taylor CC. Dimensions of physical activity and their relationship to physical and emotional symptoms. J Cancer Surviv 2(4):253-61, 12/2008. e-Pub 10/16/2008. PMCID: PMC3076788.
10. Shinn EH, Basen-Engquist K, Thornton B, Spiess PE, Pisters L. Health behaviors and depressive symptoms in testicular cancer survivors. Urology 69(4):748-53, 4/2007. PMCID: PMC2674069.
11. Basen-Engquist K, Fouladi RT, Cantor SB, Shinn E, Sui D, Sharman M, Follen M. Patient assessment of tests to detect cervical cancer. Int J Technol Assess Health Care 23(2):240-247, 2007. PMID: 17493310.
12. Basen-Engquist K, Taylor CL, Rosenblum C, Smith MA, Shinn EH, Greisinger A, Gregg X, Massey P, Valero V, Rivera E. Randomized pilot test of a lifestyle physical activity intervention for breast cancer survivors. Patient Educ Couns 64(1-3):225-34, 12/2006. e-Pub 7/14/2006. PMID: 16843633.
13. Shinn E, Basen-Engquist K, Le T, Hansis-Diarte A, Bostic D, Martinez-Cross J, Santos A, Follen M. Distress after an abnormal Pap smear result: scale development and psychometric validation. Prev Med 39(2):404-12, 8/2004. PMID: 15226053.
14. Shinn EH, Poston WS, Kimball KT, St Jeor ST, Foreyt JP. Blood pressure and symptoms of depression and anxiety: a prospective study. Am J Hypertens 14(7 Pt 1):660-4, 7/2001. PMID: 11482304.

Invited Articles

1. Bradford A, Shinn E. Incorporating Patient Perspectives and Priorities into Clinical Trial Design. Gynecol Oncol 140(2):191-2, 2/2016. PMID: 26802549.


1. Bradford A, Shinn E. Incorporating Patient Perspectives and Priorities into Clinical Trial Design [Comment on “Endpoints in clinical trials: what do patients consider important? A survey of the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance”]. Gynecologic Oncology. Submitted.
Other Articles
1. Shinn E. Adherence to Swallowing Exercises in the Prevention of Radiation-Related Dysphagia. News from SPOHNC, 1/2015.


1. Shinn, E, Lenihan D, Urbauer D, Woods M, Nick M, Basen-Engquist K, Sood A. Impact of cardiovascular comorbidity on ovarian cancer outcome. Psychosomatic Medicine 22(11):2102-2109, 11/2013. e-Pub 9/2013. PMCID: PMC3830519.

Grant & Contract Support

Title: Media-Rich mobile dissemination of a dysphagia prevention program for head and neck cancer patients during radiation
Funding Source: Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT)
Role: Principal Investigator
Duration: 6/1/2015 - 5/31/2018
Title: CYCORE: Cyberinfrastructure for Cancer Comparative Effectiveness Research
Funding Source: University of California San Diego
Role: Co-Investigator
Principal Investigator: Kevin Patrick
Duration: 4/1/2014 - 3/31/2019
Title: Active for Life After Breast Cancer: Combining a Physical Activity Program with Survivor Navigation
Funding Source: Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT)
Role: Co-Investigator
Principal Investigator: Karen Basen-Engquist
Duration: 12/1/2013 - 12/31/2016
Title: Sensor-assisted prevention of dehydration in head and neck cancer patients
Funding Source: NIH/NCI
Role: Multiple-Principle Investigator
Principal Investigator: Peterson
Duration: 9/1/2013 - 8/31/2016
Title: Adherence to Swallowing Rehabilitation Exercises in Head and Neck Cancers
Funding Source: NIH/NIDCR
Role: Principal Investigator
Duration: 9/18/2009 - 8/31/2016

Last updated: 5/4/2016