Diane Von Ah, PhD, RN, FAAN

Diane Von Ah, PhD, RN, FAAN

Dean's Office
Professor & Associate Dean of Academic Operations
Co-Director Behavioral Science and Ethics, PHI
Robert Wood Johnson Nurse Faculty Scholar Alumna (2008-2011)

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. 

External Funding

Project Scientist, Co-director Behavioral-Psychosocial-Ethics Core Precision Health Initiative, Grand Challenge

PI: Shekhar




PI, Cognitive Training for Breast Cancer Survivors

Center for Enhancing Quality of Life, Indiana University



Co-Investigator, T32CA117865-11, Interdisciplinary Training in Behavioral Oncology (PI: Champion, Role: Co-I, 10%)

National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute





Selected Publications

Von Ah, D., Brown, C., Brown, S., J, Davies, M., Dodd, M., Ferrell, B., Hammer, M., Knoop, T., Knobf, M. T., Leak-Bryant, A., Mayer, D., Miaskowsi, C., Mitchell, S., Song, L. Watkins-Bruner, D., Wesmiller, S., LoBiondo-Wood, G., Cooley, M. E., (2019). Research priorities and agenda for the Oncology Nursing Society: 2019-2022, Oncology Nursing Forum 6(6), 654-669, doi: 10.1188/19.ONF.654-669.

Von Ah, D., & Crouch, A., (2020). Cognitive rehabilitation for cognitive dysfunction after cancer and cancer treatment: Implications for Nursing Practice. Seminars in Oncology Nursing, 36, (1), https://doi.org/10.1016/j.soncn.2019.150977

Von Ah, D., Storey, S., & Crouch, A. (2018). Relationship between self-reported cognitive function and work outcomes in breast cancer survivors. Journal of Cancer Survivorship. 12(2):246-255. doi: 10.1007/s11764-017-0664-6doi. 10.1007/s11764-017-0664-6.

Von Ah. D. & Tallman, E. (2015). Perceived cognitive function in breast cancer survivors: Evaluating relationships with cognitive performance and other symptoms using the Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy Cognitive Scale (FACT-Cog). Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. 49(4):697-706. doi: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2014.08.012.

 *Von Ah, D. (2015). Cognitive changes associated with cancer and cancer treatment: State of the science. Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, 19(1):47-56. doi: 10.1188/15.CJON.19-01AP

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