M.Tish Knobf, PhD, RN, FAAN

Tish Knobf

Professor of Nursing 
Chair, Graduate Entry Prespecialty in Nursing (GEPN) Program
Co-Director, 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


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, 51(3)317-325.

Ye, S., Yang, X., He, G., Maciek, P.A., Zhou, W. & Knobf, M.T. (2019).  Consequences of cervical cancer treatment on sexual health in Chinese cancer survivors: a qualitative study.  Global Clinical and Translational Research, 1:e19002.

Chang, P., Oh, B., Funk, M. & Knobf, M.T. (2019).  Physical and psychological health outcomes of Qiqong exercise in older adults: a systematic review and meta-analysis.  Am J Chinese Medicine, 47(2), 301-322.

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 Nurs, 42(3), 242-250.

Koutoukidis, D.A., Beeken, R.J., Manchadnda, R., Michalopoulou, M., Burnell, M., Ziaiudeen, N., Knobf, M.T. & Lanceley, A. (2019).  Diet, physical activity and health-related outcomes of endometrial cancer survivors in a behavioral lifestyle programme: The Diet and Exercise in Uterine Cancer Survivors (DEUS) parallel randomized pilot trial.  International J Gynecol Cancer, doi: 1136/ijgc-2018-000039.

Chang, P., Knobf, M.T., Oh, B. & Funk, M. (2018).  Physical and psychological effects of Qiqong exercise in community-dwelling older adults: an exploratory study.  Geriatric Nursing, 39, 88-94.

Chang, P., Knobf, M.T., Funk, M. & Oh, B. (2018).  Feasibility and acceptability of Qiqong exercise in community-dwelling older adults.  J Alternative Complementary Medicine, 24(1), 48-54.

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.

Oh, B., Yeung, A., Klien, P., Larkey, L., Ee, C., Zaslawski, C. & Knobf, M.T., et. (2018).  Accreditation Standard Guideline Initiative for Tai Chi and Qiqong Instructors and Training Institutions.  Medicines, doi: 10.2290/medicines5020051.