Janice Withycombe, PhD, RN, MN, CCRP
Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing
Janice Withycombe joined Emory University’s Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing in July 2015. Prior to moving to Atlanta, she earned a doctoral degree in nursing at the University of Arizona in Tucson, a master’s degree in nursing from the University of South Carolina, and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Clemson University. Dr. Withycombe’s career has been dedicated to working with children with cancer. Her research focuses on physical activity and improved outcomes in children undergoing active cancer therapy. Current research involves the use of metabolomics to explore relationships between oxidative stress, physical activity and patient symptoms. She supports listening to the child’s voice during treatment and has a multi-year history of working on studies to develop and/or validate pediatric Patient Reported Outcome (PRO) measures. This includes expanded validation of the National Institute of Health’s (NIH) Pediatric PROMIS measures; development and validation of the Pediatric PRO- Common Terminology Criteria of Adverse Events (Pediatric PRO-CTCAE); and other research to enhance the clinical meaning and usefulness of PROs in children with cancer.
"Children with cancer will teach you how to live," says Withycombe, assistant professor in the School of Nursing. "Children are incredibly resilient. One way that we can help them through treatment is to recognize and treat symptoms that can impact their quality of life."