Jie Deng, PhD, RN, OCN, FAAN
While the number of cancer survivors is continuously growing in the United States, the survivors suffer from a wide range of long-term and late effects that have a negative impact on their quality of life.
Hearing their stories has inspired Jie Deng to study secondary lymphedema (the swelling of soft tissue caused by a compromised lymphatic system), as well as other cancer survivorship issues.
“I am passionate about conducting innovative research on solving issues and challenges faced by individuals with cancer.”
- PhD, Vanderbilt University, 2010
- MSN, Peking University, 2004
- BSN, Peking University (Formerly Beijing Medical University), 1993
Dr. Deng has committed herself to mentoring different levels of students (e.g., BSN, MSN, Predoctoral students). She is enthusiastic in teaching because it is an important part of her career, and it really feeds the research environment. Dr. Deng has taught the core courses for both MSN and PhD Programs. Her mentoring and teaching experiences encountering different levels of students have inspired her to continuously pursue being an exceptional faculty member, to deliver innovative pedagogical strategies, to motivate more students and facilitate their acquisition of new knowledge and skills, and obtaining hands-on experience.
Lymphedema causes swelling and the development of hard tissue in the head and neck region following cancer treatment. It impacts approximately 75 percent of the more than half a million head and neck cancer survivors in the United States. Head and neck lymphedema may involve external (e.g., cheek, chin) and internal (e.g., pharyngeal, oral cavity) structures. Although head and neck lymphedema affects highly visible anatomic sites (e.g., face, neck), and profoundly influences critical physical functions (e.g., speech, breathing, swallowing, cervical range of motion), limited research is available in this area.
To better understand this late effect and improve patient outcomes, Dr. Deng has spearheaded pioneering research projects in defining, measuring, and managing head and neck cancer-related lymphedema.
Her research projects have been funded by the NIH/NIDCR, NCI, American Cancer Society, Oncology Nursing Society Foundation, and other sources to investigate the assessment and management of head and neck lymphedema using innovative approaches. Dr. Deng has been invited to present her leading-edge research findings at many national and international professional conferences. Her publications have greatly contributed to the body of knowledge of lymphedema in the head and neck cancer population. Dr. Deng’s work has been recognized by researchers and clinicians in the United States and other countries. She is one of the leading scholarly experts nationally and internationally in the area of head and neck lymphedema research.
Selected Career Highlights
- Fellow, American Academy of Nursing
- March of Dimes Nurse Researcher Award
- Dean’s Award for Recognition of Faculty Achievements in Research Endeavors, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing
- Chair, Scientific Conference Committee, 12th National Lymphedema Network International Conference
- Previous Coordinator, Lymphedema Management, Oncology Nursing Society
Deng, J., Murphy, B.A., Dietrich, M.S., Bartow, C., Adcock, D., & Moore, A.J. (In Press) Manual lymph drainage on lymphedema and dysphagia in head and neck cancer patients: A case series. Journal of Lymphoedema.
Murphy, B.A., Wulff-Burchfield, E.M., Ghiam M, Stewart B., & Deng, J. (In Press). Chronic systemic symptoms in head and neck cancer patients. Journal of the National Cancer Institute Monographs.
Deng, J., Wulff-Burchfield, E.M., Niermann K, Mannion K, Murphy, B.A. (In Press). Late soft tissue complications of head and neck cancer therapy: Lymphedema and fibrosis. Journal of the National Cancer Institute Monographs.
Deng, J., Sinard, R.J., & Murphy, B.A. Patient experience of head and neck lymphedema therapy: A qualitative study. (2019). Supportive Care in Cancer, 27(5):1811-1823. doi: 10.1007/s00520-018-4428-2
Zatarain, L.A., Smith, D.K., Deng, J., Gilbert, J., Smith, C.A., Dietrich, M.S, Niermann, K.J., Ridner, S.H., Murphy, B.A. (2018). A randomized feasibility trial to evaluate use of the Jaw Dynasplint to prevent trismus in patients with head and neck cancer receiving primary or adjuvant radiation-based therapy. Integrative Cancer Therapies, 17(3):960-967.
Aulino, J.M., Wulff-Burchfield, E.M., Dietrich, M.S., Ridner, S.H., Niermann, K.J., Deng, J., Rhoten, B.A., Doersam, J.K., Jarrett, L.A., Mannion, K., & Murphy, B.A. (2018). Evaluation of CT changes in the neck after cancer treatment: Development of a measurement tool. Lymphatic Research and Biology, 16(1):69-74.
Deng, J., Fleischer, A., Byram, B., Niermann, K., & Murphy, B. (2018). Head and neck lymphedema and fibrosis: A case study. Journal of Lymphoedema, 13(1),24-28.
Adair, M., Murphy, B.A., Yarlagadda, S., Deng, J., Dietrich, M.S., & Ridner, S.H. (2018). Feasibility and preliminary efficacy of tailored yoga in survivors of head and neck cancer. Integrative Cancer Therapies, 17(3):774-784.
Cowan, R. L., Beach, P. A., Atalla, S. W., Dietrich, M. S., Bruehl, S. P., Deng, J., Wang, J., Newhouse, P.A., Gore, J. C., & Monroe, T. B. (2017). Sex differences in the psychophysical response to contact heat in moderate cognitive impairment Alzheimer’s disease: A cross-sectional brief report. Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, 60(4):1633-1640.
Anderson, A.R., Deng, J., Anthony, R.S., Atalla, S.A., Monroe, T.B. (2017). Using complementary and alternative medicine to treat pain and agitation in dementia: a review of randomized controlled trials from long-term care with potential use in critical care. Critical Care Nursing Clinics of North America, 29(4):519-537.