Diane Von Ah, PhD, RN, FAAN

Diane Von Ah, PhD, RN, FAAN

Dean's Office
Associate Dean of Academic Operations, Professor
Full Member, Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center

Contact Information

Email: dvonah@iu.edu
Phone: 317-278-2827
Nursing 120, Indianapolis


Postdoctoral Fellowship, Indiana University
PhD, University of Alabama at Birmingham
MSN, University of Iowa
BSN, University of Iowa


Dr. Diane Von Ah's program of research focuses on advancing the state of the science in the area of cancer survivorship including symptom management and quality of life. Her research is unique in that it combines clinical, behavioral, and basic sciences to address cancer symptom management, focusing primarily on cognitive impairment in breast cancer patients. Her interdisciplinary program of research regarding the neuropsychological sequelae of cancer and cancer treatment includes four primary and inter-related foci including: (1) describing the incidence of cognitive impairment in cancer survivors; (2) examining the impact of cognitive impairment in everyday life and its effect on quality of life for cancer survivors, taking into consideration racial, ethnic, gender, and age-related issues; (3) exploring the behavioral, biological, and/or genetic processes related to cognitive impairment; and (4) developing translatable interventions to maintain or improve cognition for cancer survivors. Dr. Von Ah's research has been externally funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, American Cancer Society, Oncology Nursing Society, and internally by the Center for Enhancing Quality of Life (SON) and the CTSI. She has received several awards for her work including most recently Victoria Mock, Oncology Nursing Society New Investigator Award, Midwest Nursing Research Society Women's Health Section, New Investigator Award, and the John and Mary Barron Quality of Life Investigator Award.

External Funding

0097.01 (2011-2013) Exploring the ipact of cognitive impairment on quality of life among breast cancer survivors using a mixed methods approach (PI). 

1 R21 NR012260-0121 (2010-2013) A brief family intervention to promote adaptive coping with the stress of adult marrow transplantation (PI: Fife; Co-I). 

Center for Enhancing Quality of Life in Chronic Illness (2010-2012) Cognitive dysfunction and its impact on quality of life in breast cancer survivors (PI). 

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation 64194 (2008-2012) Memory intervention for breast cancer survivors (Nurse Faculty Scholar PI).

Selected Publications

Von Ah, D., Carpenter, J. S., Saykin, A., Monahan, P. O., Wu, J., Yu, M., Rebok, G., . . . Unverzagt, F. (2012). Advanced cognitive training for breast cancer survivors: A randomized controlled trial. Breast Cancer Research and Treatment, 135(3), 799-809, doi:10.1007/s10549-012-2210-6 1

Von Ah, D., Skaar, T., Unverzagt, F., Yu, M., Wu, J., Schneider, B., Storniolo, A. M., . . . Carpenter, J. S. (2012). Evaluating the role of serotonin on neuropsychological function after breast cancer using acute tryptophan depletion. Biological Research for Nurses, 14(1) 5-16. doi:10.1177/1099800410393273

Von Ah, D., Habermann, B., Carpenter, J. S., & Schneider, B. (published online August, 2012). Impact of perceived cognitive function in breast cancer survivors. European Journal of Oncology Nursing, doi:10.1016/j.ejon.2012.06.002