M.Tish Knobf, PhD, RN, AOCN, FAAN

Tish Knobf

Professor of Nursing and Acute Care/Health Systems Division Chair

Yale School of Nursing - Room 20006

email: tish.knobf@yale.edu
phone: 203-737-2357
fax: 203-785-6455



Dr. Knobf holds a MSN in oncology nursing from Yale School of Nursing and a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. Her clinical practice with women with breast cancer over the past three decades has been foundational to her clinical scholarship and program of research. Dr. Knobf’s current research is focused on cancer survivorship, addressing persistent and late effects of therapy such as bone loss, weight gain, psychological distress and cardiovascular risks. She has tested lifestyle and psycho-educational interventions to improve self-management and decrease health risks.

Dr. Knobf has a strong commitment to mentoring students and has been a Co-Principal Investigator for pre and postdoctoral training programs, including the Komen Breast Cancer Interdisciplinary Disparities training grant. Leadership began early in her career, being elected to the Board of Directors of the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) in 1977 and recently she led the ONS Research Agenda 2014-2018 project team. Dr. Knobf’s contributions to nursing have been widely recognized including the Oncology Nursing Society Excellence in Breast Cancer Education award, YSN Annie Goodrich Teaching award, American Cancer Society Bronze Medal, and American Cancer Society Professor of Oncology Nursing from 1999-2009. Dr. Knobf’s expertise has interdisciplinary recognition and she has been invited to participate in national efforts in breast cancer, such as the National Quality Forum and National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers.

Research Interests/Clinical Practice

Research Interests

Professor Knobf’s research interests include; interventions to enhance health outcomes for women diagnosed and surviving cancer as well as disparities and ethnic differences in the cancer experience.

Clinical Practice

Dr. Knobf’s clinical practice spans over the past three decades focusing on women with breast cancer.

Selected Publications/Presentations


Koutoukidis, D., Beeken, R.J., Manchanda, R., Burnell M., Knobf, MT, Lanceley, A. (2016). Diet and exercise in uterine cancer survivors (DEUS pilot)-piloting a healthy eating and physical activity program: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials, 17: 130 doi: 10.1186/s13063-016-1260-1.

Turkman, Y.E., Kennedy, H.P., Harris, L.N, Knobf, M.T. (2016). “An addendum to breast cancer”: the triple negative experience. Supportive Care Cancer doi: 10.1007/s00520-016-3184-4.

Knobf, M.T., Jeon, S., Smith, B., Harris, L., Kerstetter, J., Thompson, A.S., Insogna, K. (2016). Effect of a randomized controlled exercise trial on bone outcomes: influence of adjuvant endocrine therapy. Breast Cancer Res Treat 155:491-500.

Lee, S.K., Knobf, M.T. (2015). Primary breast cancer treatment decision making in Chinese American women. Nurs Res 64(5), 391-401.

Lee, S.K., Knobf, M.T., (2015) Family involvement in treatment decision making in Chinese American women with early stage breast cancer. Psycho-oncol doi:10.1002/pon.3989.

Knobf, M.T. (2015). The transition experience to breast cancer survivorship.  Seminars Oncol Nurs, 31(2), 178-182.

Koutoukidis, D., Knobf, M.T., Lanceley, A. (2015). Obesity, diet, physical activity and health-related quality of life in endometrial cancer survivors. Nutrition Rev, doi:10.1093/nutrit/nuu063.

Knobf, M.T., Cooley, M.E., Duffy, S., Doorenbos, A., Eaton, L., Given, B., Mayer, D., McCorkle, R., Miaskowski, C., Mitchell, S., Sherwood, P., Bender, C., Cataldo, J., Hershey, D., Katapodi, M., LoBiondo-Wood, G., Menon, U., Schumacher, K., Sun, V., Von Ah, D. The 2014-2018 research agenda for oncology nursing. Oncol Nurs Forum 42(5), 450-465.

Haozous, E. & Knobf, M.T. (2013). “All My Tears Were Gone”: Suffering and cancer pain in southwest American Indians. J Pain & Symptom Management, 45(6): 1050-1060. PMID: 22940564.

Knobf, M.T. (2013). Being prepared: essential to self-care and quality of life for the person with cancer. Clin J Oncol Nurs, 17(3), 255-261.

Knobf, M.T. & Winters-Stone, K. (2013). Exercise and cancer. In: Exercise in Health and Disease, Annual Review Nursing  Research. B. Smith (Ed.) Vol 31 (pp 327-366).

Knobf, M.T., Major-Campos, M., Chagpar, A., Seigerman, A. & McCorkle, R. (2013). Promoting quality breast cancer care: psychosocial distress screening. Palliative Supportive Care, doi:10.1017/S147895151300059X


Survivors take charge: exercise and cardiovascular health. National Consortium Breast Centers, Las Vegas, Nevada, March 17, 2015.

Bridging the gaps in care for underserved women with breast cancer. American Psychosocial Oncology Conference, San Diego, CA, March 5, 2016.

Women of color breast cancer survivors: “Connecting Sisters”, American Psychosocial Oncology Conference, San Diego, CA, March 5, 2016.