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The UW School of Nursing has a national and international reputation for excellence. An unusually fertile environment for nursing research guides and shapes its baccalaureate and graduate educational programs. It also builds practice that emphasizes leadership skills for the health care needs of a multicultural world.


Box 357260
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195
Phone: 206-543-8736

Kerryn Reding, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor

Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Systems
Box 357266
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195

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My research focuses on reducing cancer incidence and recurrence, with particular interests in lifestyle interventions and biomarkers of risk, as well as reducing racial disparities in breast cancer. Current research projects include: 1) nutrition and physical activity intervention among women at high-risk of breast cancer. This intervention is individually tailored with the goal of bringing about a sustainable lifestyle change. 2) ancillary study focused on a novel estrogen biomarker in the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI). This project is the first to examine this biomarker prospectively for its link to breast cancer and will utilize the vast data collected in the WHI study. 3) feasibility study of biomarkers within cancer survivors enrolled in the LIVESTRONG YMCA exercise program. This project examines mechanistic pathways that might explain how exercise improves cancer survival. My research also investigates biologic and social factors contributing to racial differences in cancer mortality.


During my time at the University of Washington School of Nursing, I have co-taught graduate-level Physiology and Pathophysiology Across the Life Span (NSG 557) and graduate-level Pharmacotherapeutics for Advanced Nursing Practice (PHARM 514).

Practice, Service, Community Involvement

I have partnered with community-based groups dedicated to bringing cancer awareness to underserved populations, including the breast cancer support group Cierra Sisters. This work includes using focus group data to better understand the diagnosis and treatment experience of African Americans with breast cancer, community wellness festivals, and partnerships to bring lifestyle interventions to the community.

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