M.Tish Knobf, PhD, RN, FAAN

Tish Knobf

Professor of Nursing 
Chair, PhD Program 
Co-Director Graduate Studies, PhD Program 

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


Knobf, M.T. Erdos, D. (2018). “Being Connected” The experience of African American women with breast cancer: a community based participatory research project. Part 1. J Psychosocial Oncol, 36)4),  doi:/full/10.1080/07332.2018.146004

Knobf, M.T., Erdos, D., Jeon, S. (2018). Healthy Sisters: a feasibility study of a health behavior intervention for women of color breast cancer survivors. J Psychosocial Oncol, doi: 10.1080/07347332.2018.1460004

Siefert, M. Fennie, K., Knobf, M.T. (2018). A longitudinal study of symptoms and quality of life with partial breast irradiation. Clin J Oncol Nurs, 22(6), 635-642.

Park, S.,  Knobf, M.T., Kerstetter, J., Jeon, S. (2019). Adherence to American Cancer Society guidelines on nutrition and physical activity in female cancer survivors: results from a randomized controlled trial (Yale Fitness Intervention Trial). Cancer Nurs42(3), 242-250.

Park, S. Knobf, M.T. Jeon, S. (2019). Endocrine therapy-related symptoms and quality of life in female cancer survivors in the Yale Fitness Intervention trial. J Nurs Scholarship 513, 317-325. 

Knobf, M.T., Jeon, S. (2020). Metabolic syndrome, exercise and cardiovascular fitness in breast cancer survivors. JADPRO , II(I), 98-102. https://doi.org/10.6004/jadpro.2020

Gormley, M. Ghazari, L, Fu, M.R., VanCleave, J., Knobf, MT, Hammer, M. (2020) An integrative review in fear of recurrence among young adult breast cancer survivors. Canc Nurs https://dx.doi.org/10.1097

Xiao C, Eldridge RC, Beitler JJ, Higgins KA, Chico CE, Felger JC, Wommack EC, Knobf, M. T, Saba NF, Shin DM, Bruner DW, Miller AH. (2020). Association among glucocorticoid receptor sensitivity, fatigue, and inflammation in patients with head and neck cancer.  Psychosomatic Medicine 82(5), 508-516. 

Kaisen, A., Parkosewich, J., McAvoy, K., Bak, L., Knobf, M.T. (2020) Finding the Balance: a qualitative study of the perspectives of nurses and patients hospitalized with insulin pumps. Diab Educ

Gormley, M., Knobf, M.T., Vorderstrasse, A., Aouizerat, B., Hammer, Feltcher, J., Melkus, G. (2021). Exploring the effects of genomic testing on fear of recurrence among breast cancer survivors. Psycho-oncol, doi.org/10.1002/pon.5679