About Ashley Nelson, PhD

Dr. Ashley Nelson is a postdoctoral psychology fellow in the Cancer Center and the Department of Psychiatry at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a BA in psychology and received her PhD in clinical psychology from the University of South Florida. She completed her predoctoral internship with the Behavioral Medicine Program at the Massachusetts General Hospital, and her postdoctoral fellowship in Oncology Population Sciences at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School.


Dr. Nelson’s research focuses on understanding quality of life impairments stemming from a cancer diagnosis and treatment as well as adapting psychosocial interventions to alleviate the physical and emotional side effects and improve quality of life. Dr. Nelson has over 30 published works, including peer-reviewed publications and book chapters. She has been the principal investigator of funded grants from the NIH/National Health, Lung, and Blood Institute and the National Palliative Care Research Center. Her work is currently supported by an NHLBI-funded K23 award to investigate fatigue among recipients of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation.

Select Publications:

Nelson, A.M., Amonoo, H.L., Kavanaugh, A.R., Webb, J.A., Jackson, V.A., Rice, J., Lavoi, M.W., Fathi, A.T., Brunner, A.M., Greer, J.A., Temel, J.S., *El-Jawahari, A., *LeBlanc, T.W. (2021). Palliative care and coping in patients with acute myeloid leukemia: A mediation analysis. Cancer, 127, 4702-4710. doi: 10.1002/cncr.33886

Nelson, A.M., Johnson, P.C., Kavanaugh, A., Jackson, V., Jagielo, A., Fenech, A.L., Reynolds, M., Topping, C., Yi, A., Horick, N., Temel, J.S., Greer, J.A., & El-Jawahri, A. (2021). Palliative care for patients undergoing stem cell transplant: Intervention components and supportive care measures. Bone Marrow Transplantation, 56, 1971-1977. doi:10.1038/s41409-021-01281-2

Nelson, A.M., Hyland, K.A., Small, B.J., Kennedy, B., Mishra, A., Hoogland, A.I., Bulls, H.W., Jim, H.S.L., & Jacobsen, P.B. (2021). Contribution of sleep disruption and sedentary behavior to fatigue in survivors of allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplant. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 55, 870-878. doi: 10.1093/abm/kaaa110

Nelson, A.M., Schmidt, K.A., Juckett, M.B., Coe, C.L., Rathouz, P.J., & Costanzo, E.S. (2019). Illness perceptions predict health practices and mental health following hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. Psycho-Oncology, 28, 1252-60. doi: 10.1002/pon.5075