Anna L Schwartz

Anna L Schwartz Associate Professor
Northern Arizona University

Anna Schwartz, PhD, FNP-BC, FAAN is Associate Professor in the School of Nursing and co-Director of the Research Core for the Center for American Indian Resilience. Her program of research focuses on cancer survivorship and physical activity. Her research is a blend of her life experiences in bicycle racing, health promotion and cancer care and has been funded by NIH, Department of Defense, Oncology Nursing Society and industry.  Dr. Schwartz has worked closely with the YMCA in their development of LIVESTRONG at the YMCA, a cancer survivor exercise program. She co-chaired the American College of Sports Medicine roundtable to develop exercise guidelines for cancer survivors and is a member of the American Cancer Society Nutrition and Physical Activity board and holds other leadership positions. Dr. Schwartz has received numerous awards from national organizations including the 2012 Rose Mary Carol Johnson Oncology Nursing Society award for writing. Since 1999, she has served as a reviewer for over 20 scholarly journals including Research In Nursing & Health, Journal of Clinical Oncology, and Medicine & Science In Sports & Exercise. She mentors students and faculty in their research and teaches in the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program. She is an avid horsewoman and cyclist, and has set three world records in cycling.

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University of Florida, Gainesville, FL



Exercise Physiology

University of Florida, Gainesville, FL




Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL



Health Education

Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ




University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT





Selected publications

Schwartz, A.L., Biddle, M., & deHeer, HD. Randomized trial of exercise and on online recovery too to improve rehabilitation outcomes of cancer survivors. Physician & Sports Medicine. Accepted for publication 2015.

Heston, A., Schwartz, AL, Justice-Gardner, H, Hohman, KH. Addressing the Physical Activity Needs of Cancer Survivors by Developing a Nationally Disseminated Community-Based Exercise Program:  LIVESTRONG at the YMCA. Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing. Accepted for publication April 2015.

Winters-Stone, KM, Leo, CL, Schwartz, A. Exercise effects on hip bone mineral density in older, postmenopausal breast cancer survivors are age dependent. Arch Osteoporos. 2012 December, 7(1-2):301-306.

Winters-Stone, K.M., Schwartz, A.L., et al A prospective models of care for breast cancer rehabilitation: Bone Health and Arthralgia in breast cancer survivors. (2012). Cancer. Article  published online: 6 APR 2012

Rock, C. L., Doyle, C., Demark-Wahnefried, W., Meyerhardt, J., Courneya, K. S., Schwartz, A. L., Bandera, E. V., Hamilton, K. K., Grant, B., McCullough, M., Byers, T. and Gansler, T. (2012), Nutrition and physical activity guidelines for cancer survivors. CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, 62: 242–274.

Kushi LH, Doyle C, McCullough M, Rock CL, Demark-Wahnefried W, Bandera EV, Gapstur S, Patel AV, Andrews K, Gansler T; American Cancer Society 2010 Nutrition and Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee. American Cancer Society Guidelines on nutrition and physical activity for cancer prevention: reducing the risk of cancer with healthy food choices and physical activity. CA Cancer J Clin. 2012 Jan-Feb;62(1):30-67. doi: 10.3322/caac.20140.

Schwartz, A.L. Mortality, Accelerated Aging and Cardiopulmonary function in breast cancer survivorship, (2012) Journal of Clinical Oncology. Editorial.

Schwartz, A.L., Matthews, C.E., Courneya, K.S., Schmitz, K.H. Implementing the exercise guidelines for cancer survivors. J. Supportive Oncology. 2012 Sept-Oct; 10(5):171-7.

Winters-Stone, K.M., Schwartz, A.L. Nail, L.M.(2010). A review of exercise interventions to improve bone health in adult cancer survivors. J. Cancer Surviv Apr 7: 187-201.

Schmitz, PhD, K.H., Courneya, K.S., Matthews, C, Demark-Wahnefried, W., Galvão, D.A.Pinto, B.M., Irwin, M.L., Wolin, K.Y., Segal, R.J., Lucia, A., Schneider, C.M., von Gruenigen,  V.E., Schwartz, A.L.(2010). American College of Sports Medicine Roundtable on Exercise Guidelines for Cancer Survivors, Med Sci Sport Ex 42(7):1409-1426.

Schwartz, A.L. (2009). Effects of 12-month Randomized controlled trial of Aerobic or Resistance Exercise During and Following Cancer Treatment in Women. Physician & Sports Medicine, 3, 1-6.

Winters-Stone KM, Bennett JA, Nail L, Schwartz A. (2008) Strength, physical activity and age predict fatigue in older breast cancer survivors. Oncol Nurs Forum.

Schwartz, A.L. Winters, K., Gallucci, B. (2007) Exercise effects on bone mineral density in premenopausal & postmenopausal women with breast cancer receiving adjuvant chemotherapy. Oncol Nurs Forum, 34, 627-33.

Schwartz, A.L., Thompson, J.T., Masood, N. (2002). Interferon Induced fatigue In Melanoma: A pilot study of exercise and methylphenidate. Oncology Nursing Forum 29,7 web feature.

Schwartz, A.L., Mori, M., Gao, R, Nail, L.M., King, B., & Madsen, S. (2001).  Exercise Reduces Daily Fatigue in Women with Breast Cancer Receiving Chemotherapy. Med Sci Sport Ex, 33,718-723.

Schwartz, A.L. (2000).  Exercise and weight gain in breast cancer patients receiving chemotherapy.  Cancer Practice, 8, 231-237.

Schwartz, A.L. (1999).  Fatigue mediates the effects of exercise on quality of life in women with breast cancer. Quality of Life Research, 8, 529-538.

Schwartz, A.L. (1998).  Patterns of exercise and fatigue in physically active cancer survivors.  Oncology Nursing Forum, 25, 485-491.

Schwartz, A.L. (1998).  Effects of exercise on the pattern of daily fatigue in women with breast cancer.  Oncology Nursing Forum, 25, 251.


Current research

  • NIH 1U54CA143925; Huenneke (PI); 09/2014-08/31/2019
    The Partnership for Native American Cancer Prevention (NACP)
    The mission is to alleviate the unequal burden of cancer among Native Americans of the Southwest through research, training and outreach programs that are collaborative with the communities they serve. NACP is collaboration between Northern Arizona University and theArizona Cancer Center.
    Role: PI
    Study: Physical activity and cancer among Native American cancer survivor.
  • NIH 1P20MD006872; Sanderson (PI); 3/2013-2/2017
    Exploratory Centers of Excellence (P20): Center for American Indian Resilience (CAIR)
    CAIR is a collaborative effort between Northern Arizona University, University of Arizona, Diné College and American Indian (AI) communities to promote health and document models and meanings of individual, family and community resilience.
    Role: co-Director Research Core


  • 2012- Rose Mary Carol Johnson Oncology Nursing Society Distinguished Award
  • 2006- Barrett Lectureship, Baylor University College of Medicine
  • 2006- Malasanos Lectureship, University of Florida
  • 2005- Alumnus of the Year, University of Florida
  • 2003- National Team Member, Bristol Meyers Squibb Tour of Hope (7-day bicycle ride Los Angeles to Washington DC with Lance Armstrong to raise awareness for cancer research).
  • 2002- Fellow American Academy of Nursing
  • 2001- New Investigator Award, American Cancer Society/Oncology Nursing Society