Nicole Stout
IHL Role:
Research Assistant Professor, Department of Hematology Oncology, West Virginia University Cancer Institute.
Education & Training:

Doctorate: Doctor of Physical Therapy – Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions, Boston, MA 2012 – 2013
Certification: Post-graduate certificate in Health Policy – George Washington University School of Public Health 2009- 2010
Master’s: Master of Physical Therapy (MPT) – Chatham University, Pittsburgh, PA 1996 – 1998
Bachelor’s: Bachelor of Science (Community Health Science/Psychology) – Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania, Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania 1990 – 1994

Areas of Interest:

Dr. Stout’s research is focused on cancer rehabilitation and implementation of rehabilitation and exercise models in oncology care. Her work and research have been foundational to developing the Prospective Surveillance Model for cancer rehabilitation.


Principal Investigator


  • Assessing supportive care needs of individuals living with and beyond cancer in West Virginia
  • Characterizing Gynecological Cancer in West Virginia, from screening through survivorship
  • WHO Technical Working Group for the development of Cancer Rehabilitation Guidelines

Associate Investigator


  • Low Back Pain Characteristics Among Cancer Survivors
  • WV Lung Cancer Survivorship Project – Bridge to Good Living: Thriving Beyond Lung Cancer


Principal Investigator


  • “A Prospective (Cohort) Study to Identify Factors Affecting Morbidity Following the Diagnosis and Treatment of Patients with Breast Cancer”: A Multi-Institutional Study. WRNMMC protocol # 2002-043. NIH Protocol # 02-CC-0045. Funded by Intramural Research at NIH Clinical Center, National Cancer Institute (NCI) and NNMC, Bethesda, MD 2001-2007.
  • “Morbidity Following the Diagnosis and Treatment of Patients with Breast Cancer”: A Multi-Institutional Study. WRNMMC protocol # 2001-052, NIH protocol # 02-CC-0044, Funded by Intramural Research at NIH Clinical Center, NCI and NNMC, Bethesda, MD 2001-2006.
  • Addendum to study: 2007-2011: A Five-year follow up visit to identify morbidity following breast cancer treatment.

Associate Investigator


  • “A Pilot Study of a Three Month Intervention for Increasing Physical Activity in Sedentary Women at Risk for Breast Cancer”. NIH protocol # 04-C-0276, Funded by intramural research at NIH Clinical Center and NCI. Bethesda, MD 2006-2009.
Academic & Professional Activities:

Teaching Activities:

PubH 493 Navigation Strategies , West Virginia University School of Public Health.

Professional Services Roles:

Professional Appointments – Current


  • National Cancer Institute Neuro-Oncology Branch Survivorship Care in Neuro-Oncology Expert Panelist. 2020 – ongoing.
  • NRG Oncology national clinical trials network- appointed member to Cancer Prevention and Control committee. 2020 – ongoing.
  • Social Security Administration National Disability Forum. Improvement of impairments in Cancer. 2019 – ongoing.
  • West Virginia Cancer Coalition – Cancer control plan. Survivorship and Quality of Life committee member. 2019 – ongoing.
  • World Health Organization Technical Work Group: Cancer Rehabilitation Guideline Review. Project co-lead. 2018 – ongoing.
  • American College of Sports Medicine: Moving Through Cancer. Steering Committee Member. 2018 – ongoing.

Professional Organization Leadership- Current


  • American College of Sports Medicine Moving through Cancer Taskforce – Steering Committee. 2020 – ongoing.
  • American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties:
    • – Oncology Specialty Council Chair 2016 – 2020
  • American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine
    • – Cancer Rehabilitation Networking Group – Co-Founder
      • o Research and Outcomes Taskforce 2018- present
    • – Programming committee 2013 to present

Awards and Distinguished Honors:


  • 2020 – Lucy Blair Service Award. American Physical Therapy Association. For exceptional service to the profession of physical therapy and the APTA.
  • 2020 – John H.P. Maley Lecture. American Physical Therapy Association NEXT annual conference and exhibition. Phoenix, AZ.
  • 2020 – The Gudas Publication Award – For outstanding publication in the peer-reviewed journal Rehabilitation Oncology for the article: An Executive Summary of Reports from an International Multidiscplinary Roundtable on Exercise and Cancer: Evidence, Guidelines, and Implementation. Campbell, KL, Winters-Stone KM, Patel, A. et al.
  • 2019 – White Coat Ceremony Speaker. Bellarmine University School of Physical Therapy. Louisville, KY
  • 2018 – Jack Allison Lecture, University of Minnesota. Minneapolis, MN.
  • 2018 – Dr. Susan Melette Award. For outstanding national leadership in cancer rehabilitation. Presented by Virginia Commonwealth School of Medicine.
  • 2017 – Excellence in Cancer Rehabilitation Award. American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, Cancer Rehabilitation Networking Group. For exceptional contributions to the field of cancer rehabilitation.
  • 2017 – Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association (FAPTA).
  • 2017 – Research Dissemination Award. Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International. For exceptional efforts in disseminating the research and work of the American Lymphedema Framework Project.
  • 2015 – Clinical Center Directors Award. National Institutes of Health Clinical Center. For leadership of the Cancer Rehabilitation Initiative.
  • 2015 – The Stuart Lectureship. For recognized research achievements in cancer rehabilitation. University of Dayton School of Health Professions.
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