Ashley Leak Bryant
PhD, RN-BC, OCN
Assistant Professor, School of Nursing
Cancer Prevention and Control
Area of interest
I am dually certified as an oncology and gerontological nurse, and have 10 years experience in cancer nursing.
Clinical interests: Hematological malignancies, specifically acute leukemia and non-Hodgkin lymphoma in the aging adult
Research interests: Improving health related quality of life, particularly physical function in acute leukemia patients undergoing induction chemotherapy; Management of patient reported symptoms; Utilization of health services of patients with acute leukemia
My research is focused on improving health related quality of life of the aging adult with acute leuekmia and assisting them with management of their symptoms during their illness trajectory. I approach this through an exercise intervention to reduce symptoms during active treatment, and through weekly symptom and quality of life assessments. Additionally, patients with acute leukemia return to the emergency department and hospital with various symptoms, and we are currently exploring these reasons and the timing of these visits. Through this research, I hope to find ways to assist patients in prediction of these symptoms, which will ultimately impact their quality of life.
Awards and Honors
2009 Best Poster, 20th Challenges in Geriatrics Practice: Advances in Geriatrics 2009
2009 Interdisciplinary Best Poster, Interdisciplinary Center for Aging Research: Uniting Scientists (ICARUS) Award, NC Aging Exchange, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
2009 Best Poster, Challenges in Geriatrics Practice: Advances in Geriatrics, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
2010 The Pauline W. Brown Diversity Scholarship Award, School of Nursing, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
2010 Gordon H. DeFriese Career Development in Aging Research Award, Institute of Aging, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
2011-2014 American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), Gerontology Content Expert Panel Member