Eileen Danaher Hacker, PhD, APRN, AOCN, FAAN

Eileen Danaher Hacker, PhD, APRN, AOCN, FAAN

Science of Nursing Care
Chair, Professor

Contact Information

Email: edhacker@iu.edu
Phone: 317-278-0459
Nursing 413, Indianapolis

Education

PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL
MS, Rush University, Chicago, IL
BSN, St. Xavier University, Chicago, IL

Biography

Eileen Danaher Hacker, PhD, APRN, AOCN, FAAN is a Professor and Department Chair, Science of Nursing Care, Indiana University School of Nursing.

Dr. Hacker completed a year-long Teaching/Scholar Leadership Fellowship at the University of Illinois at Chicago (inaugural fellow) to support and further develop her academic leadership. She was one of the inaugurals fellows in the Elevating Leaders in Academic Nursing program sponsored by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, a year-long leadership program specifically designed to support faculty in senior executive positions. Dr. Hacker completed a certificate in Fund Raising Management from the Fund Raising School, Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, Indiana University.

Dr. Hacker has championed innovations and improvements in hematopoietic stem cell transplantation nursing. Her progressive research program focuses on fatigue, physical activity, exercise interventions, and quality of life. She has led efforts to systematically characterize persistent fatigue in hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HCT) survivors; advancing symptom science. She developed a novel methodology to examine the dynamic relationship between fatigue and physical activity. To promote functional independence, Dr. Hacker devised pragmatic physical activity and exercise interventions, strategically designed to be seamlessly integrated into clinical practice. Her research has been funded by the American Cancer Society, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Nursing Research, and Oncology Nursing Society. Her work has been published in leading cancer journals. Dr. Hacker is committed to advancing oncology nursing science and promoting quality of life outcomes in people with cancer. She is the recipient of multiple research and teaching awards. She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.

Honors and Awards

2020 Indiana Women of Achievement, Distinction in Oncology Nursing Research Resulting in Improvement in Patient Quality of Life, Office of the President, Ball State University
2019 Distinguished Researcher Award, Symptom Science Research Interest Group, Midwest Nursing Research Society
2017 Annual Outstanding Original Research Paper Award, Cancer Nursing: An International Journal for Cancer Care Research. Article: Persistent Fatigue in Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation Survivors, first author
2016 Capstone Advisor of the Year, Honors College, University of Illinois at Chicago
2015 Best Transplant Nursing Oral Abstract Presentation, Persistent Fatigue in Stem Cell Transplant Survivors: A Biobehavioral Perspective, 2015 Tandem BMT Meeting, San Diego CA
2014 Fellow, American Academy of Nursing
2012 Teaching Recognition Award, Council for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, University of Illinois at Chicago
2010 Excellence in Research, Alpha Omicron Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International
2009 Departmental Teaching Excellence Award, Department of Biobehavioral Health Science, Council for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, University of Illinois at Chicago
2008 Trish Greene Quality of Life Lectureship, Oncology Nursing Society
2006 Harriet H. Werley New Investigator Award, Midwest Nursing Research Society

External Funding

Larkin, K. (PI). Supporting Families through the Acute Phase of the Pediatric Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant Experience. Daisy Foundation Grant. $5,000. 12/2018 – 12/2020. Role: Co-Investigator.

Larkin, K. (PI). Supporting Families through the Acute Phase of the Pediatric Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant Experience. Society of Pediatric Nurses. $2,500. 7/2019 – 12/2020. Role: Co-Investigator.

Hacker, E. (PI). Strength Training to Enhance Early Recovery after Stem Cell Transplantation. Research Scholar Grant, American Cancer Society (RSG-13-054-01-PCSM), $716,000, 1/2013 - 12/2016.

Hacker, E. (PI). Persistent Fatigue in Stem Cell Transplant Survivors: A Biobehavioral Perspective.  Funded by the National Cancer Institute, Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology. (CA037447), $81,483, 2/2012 – 2/2013 (no cost extension granted to 5/2014).

Ligibel, J. (PI). Pilot Study of a Multicenter, Telephone-Based Exercise Intervention for Patients with Early-Stage Breast and Colorectal Cancer: The Physical Activity after Cancer Trial (PACT).  Funded by the Cancer and Leukemia Group B. $10,000, 7/2007 – 7/2008. Role: Co-Investigator.

Hacker, E. (PI). Exercise in Cancer Patients Receiving Intensive Therapy.  Funded by the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Nursing Research (K01 NR009375-01), $272,556, 5/2005 - 4/2008.

Selected Publications

Al Maqbali, M., Hughes, C., Gracey, J., Rankin, J., Dunwoody, L., & Hacker, E. (2020). Validation of the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI) with Arabic cancer patients. Sleep and Biological Rhythms. Epub ahead of print, February 19, 2020.

Al Maqbali, M., Hughes, C., Dunwoody, L., Rankin, J.P., Hacker, E.D., & Gracey, J. (2020). Fatigue and sleep disturbance in Arabic cancer patients following completion of therapy: Prevalence, correlates, and association with quality of life. Cancer Nursing. Epub ahead of print, May 14, 2020.

*Al Maqbali, M., Hughes, C., Gracey, J., Rankin, J., Hacker, E., & Dunwoody, L. (2020). Psychometric properties of the Arabic version of the Functional Assessment of Chronic Illnesses Therapy-Fatigue (FACIT-F) in Arabic cancer patients. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 59(1), 130 – 138. PMID: 3164797

Hacker, E. (2019). Physical activity and exercise adherence in people with hematologic malignancies. The Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 15(8), 568-573. 

Hacker, E.D., McCarthy, A.M., & DeVon, H. (2019). Precision Health: Emerging Science for Nursing Research. Nursing Outlook, 67(4), 287 – 289. PMID: 31277896

Al Maqbali, M., Hughes, C., Gracey, J., Rankin, J., Dunwoody, L., & Hacker, E. (2019). Quality assessment criteria: Psychometric properties of measurement tools for cancer-related fatigue. Acta Oncologica, 58(9), 1286 – 1297. PMID: 31204538

*Chung, S.U., Hacker, E., Rawl, S., Jones, J. Bakas, T., Ellis, R., & Welch, S. (2019). Using Facebook in recruiting kidney transplant recipients for a REDCap study. Western Journal of Nursing. Epub ahead of print, March 5, PMID: 30836840 

Hacker, E.D. (2019). Physical activity and exercise after hematopoietic cell transplantation: Just keep on moving. Asia-Pacific Journal of Oncology Nursing. 6(1), 1-3.  PMID: 30599007

*Al Maqbali, M., Hughes, C., Dunwoody, L., Rankin, J., Hacker, E., & Gracey, J. (2019). Exercise interventions to manage fatigue in gynecological cancer patients: A systematic review. Oncology Nursing Forum, 46(1), 71-82. PMID: 30547952

Hacker, E.D., Peters, T., Patel, P., & Rondelli, D. (2018). Steps to enhance early recovery after hematopoietic stem cell transplantation: Lessons learned from a physical activity feasibility study. Clinical Nurse Specialist, 32(3), 152-162. PMID: 29621110

Peters, T., Erdmann, R., & Hacker, E.D. (2018). Attrition, compliance, adherence, and progression in an exercise study following hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, 22(1), 97-103. PMID: 29350710

Kim, I., Hacker, E., Ferrans, C., Horswill, C., Park, C., & Kapella, M. (2018). Evaluation of fatigability measurement: Integrative review. Geriatric Nursing. 39(1), 39-47. PMID: 28666548.  

Hacker, E.D., Collins, E., Park, C., Peters, T., Patel, P., & Rondelli, D. (2017). Strength training to enhance early recovery (STEER) following hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation, 23(4), 659-669. PMID: 28042020.

Hacker, E.D., Kim, I., Park, C., & Peters, T. (2017). Real-time fatigue and free-living physical activity in hematopoietic stem cell transplantation cancer survivors and healthy controls: A preliminary examination of the temporal, dynamic relationship. Cancer Nursing, 40(4), 259-268. PMID: 27922918.

Hacker, E.D., Fink, A., Peters, T., Park, C., Fantuzzi, G., & Rondelli, D. (2017). Persistent fatigue in hematopoietic stem cell transplant survivors. Cancer Nursing, 40(3), 174-183. PMID: 27333126.

Hacker, E.D., Peters, T., & Garkova, M. (2016). Ultrasound assessment of the rectus femoris cross-sectional area: Subject position implications. Western Journal of Nursing Research. 38(9), 1221-1230. PMID: 27090872.

Hacker, E.D., Kapella, M.K. Park, C., Larson, J.L., & Ferrans, C.E. (2015).  Sleep patterns during hospitalization following hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. Oncology Nursing Forum, 42(4), 371-379. PMID: 26148316

Saengsiri, A. & Hacker, E.D. (2015).  Conducting quality of life research in Thailand: Conceptual and operational issues.  Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, 30(1), 74-84. PMID: 24365869

Hacker, E.D., Larson, J. L., Kujath, A., Peace, D., Rondelli, D., & Gaston, L.  (2011). Strength training following hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. Cancer Nursing, 34(3). 238-249. PMID: 21116175

Hacker, E.D., Larson, J., & Peace, D. (2011). Exercise in people receiving a hematopoietic stem cell transplant:  Lessons learned and results from a feasibility study. Oncology Nursing Forum, 38(2), 216-223. PMID: 21356659

Hacker, E. D. (2009).  Quality of life and exercise:  Strengthening the connections.  Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, 31(1), 31-39. PMID: 19193547

Hacker, E. D. & Ferrans, C. (2007).  Ecological momentary assessment of fatigue in patients receiving intensive cancer therapy. Journal of Pain & Symptom Management, 33(3), 267-275. PMID: 17349496

Hacker, E. D., Ferrans, C. E., Verlen, E., Ravandi, F., van Besien, K., Gelms, J., & Dieterle, N. (2006).  Fatigue and physical activity in patients receiving hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. Oncology Nursing Forum, 33(3), 614-624. PMID: 16676017