PhD Prepared Faculty

Allison B. Anbari


  • Assistant Professor

Faculty Mentoring Status / Research & Teaching Emphasis Areas


Dr. Allison Anbari’s research program is focused on breast cancer survivorship and the corresponding co-morbid chronic conditions, or risk for those co-morbidities, which survivors must be aware of indefinitely. These conditions include lymphedema, cardiac symptoms, weight gain, pain and fatigue, factors which can greatly alter a survivor’s quality of life and health outcomes. She is particularly interested in improving care for rural breast cancer survivors who might have disparate access to educational and support resources that could improve their quality of life during survivorship.

  • Early Career Development Fellow, University of Missouri   2022-2025
  • The impact of breast cancer-related lymphedema on rural survivors’ return to work, Sigma Theta Tau International/Rosemary Berkel Crisp Research Grant, Sun, Y. & Anbari, A. (Co-PI), 2019-2021
  • Self-reported work experiences and quality of life in Latina breast cancer survivors with lymphedema, Alpha Iota Chapter of Sigma International Research Grant, Anderson, E. & Anbari, A. (Co-PI), 2019-2020
  • Selected for Griffiths Women’s Leadership Society (2020)
  • Class of 2017 40 under 40 Honorees Springfield (Missouri) Business Journal (2017)
  • Lymphatic Research and Education Network Lymphedema Therapist Scholarship (2018)

  • Anbari, A. B., Wanchai, A., & Armer, J. M.(2021). Breast cancer-related lymphedema and quality of life: A qualitative analysis over years of survivorship. Chronic illness17(3), 257-268. https://doi.org/10.1177/1742395319872796
  • Anbari, A. B., Sun, Y., McCaffrey, S., Morton, J., & Armer, J. M. (2021). The impact of breast cancer-related lymphedema on rural and small-town Survivors’ return-to-work and quality of life: A multiple-case study. Cancer Treatment and Research Communications29, 100459.
  • Reeder, B., Gallimore, M., Howland, C., Emezue, C., Boles, K., Anbari, A., & Chase, J. A. D. (2021, July). Stepwise evaluation methodology for smart watch sensor function and usability. In International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (pp. 221-233). Springer, Cham.
  • Anbari, A., Ostby P., & Ginex, P. (2020). Breast cancer–related lymphedema: Personalized plans of care to guide survivorship. Current Breast Cancer Reports, 1-7.http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12609-020-00380-1
  • Ding, J. F., Hasan, B., Malandris, K., Farah, M. H., Manolopoulos, A., Ginex, P. K., Anbari, A. B., … & Murad, M. H. (2020, September). Prospective surveillance and risk reduction of cancer treatment–related lymphedema: Systematic review and meta-analysis. Oncology Nursing Forum, 47(5), E161-E170. Oncology Nursing Society. DOI 10.1188/20.ONF.E161-E170
  • Lytvyn, L., Zeraatkar, D., Anbari, A., Ginex, P., . . . Morgan, R. (2020). Conservative intervention strategies for adult cancer-related lymphedema: A systematic review and network meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Oncology Nursing Forum, 47(5), E171–E189. http://doi.org/10.1188/20.ONF.E171-E189
  • Rogers, B., Ginex, P.K., Anbari, A., Hanson, B., Lefebvre, K. B., Lopez, R., Thorpe, D. M., . . . Morgan, R. L. (2020). ONS guidelines for cancer constipation: Opioid-related and non-opioid related constipation. Oncology Nursing Forum, 47(6), 671-691. http://doi.org/10.1188/20.ONF.671-691
  • Anbari, A., Wanchai, A., & Graves, R. (2020). Rural breast cancer survivorship in the United States: A systematic review. Supportive Care in Cancer, 28(8), 3517-3531. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00520-020-05308-0
  • Anbari, A., Deroche, C., & Armer, J. (2019). Body Mass Index (BMI) trends and quality of life (QOL) from breast cancer diagnosis through seven years’ survivorship. World Journal of Clinical Oncology, 10(12): 382–390. https://doi.org/10.5306/wjco.v10.i12.0000
  • Anderson, E., Anbari, A., Armer, C. & Armer, J. (2019). Lymphoedema therapists: A national and international survey. Journal of Lymphoedema 14 (1). www.woundsinternational.com
  • Anbari, A. B., Vogelsmeier, A., & Dougherty, D. S. (2019). Patient safety communication among differently educated nurses: Converging and diverging meaning systems. Western Journal of Nursing Research41(2), 171-190.
  • Anbari, A. B., & Vogelsmeier, A. (2018). Associate degree in nursing-to-bachelor of science in nursing graduates’ education and their perceived ability to keep patients safe. Journal of Nursing Education57(5), 300-303.

  • Wareg, N., & Anbari, A. Breast Cancer Experience and Coping Strategies Among Muslim Women: A Qualitative Meta-synthesis. (2021). Poster presentation. Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science. (online).
  • Emezue, C., Gallimore, M., Howland, C., Anbari, A, Chase, J., & Reeder, B. (2021). Digital Methodology for Mobile Clinical Decision Support Development in the MU Precision Smart Technologies and Applications for Rapid Translation (Precision START) laboratory. (poster presentation) 45th annual Midwest Nursing Research Society Research Conference (online).
  • Anbari, A., Sun, Y, McCaffrey, S., & Armer, J. M.  (February 2021). Breast Cancer-Related Lymphedema and Rural Survivors’ Return to Work. (poster presentation and discussion) Oncology Nursing Society/National Cancer Institute/National Institute of Nursing Research Symptom Science Colloquium (online).
  • Anbari, A., Wanchai, A., & Graves, R. (podium – pecha kucha presentation and poster). (October 2019). Rural Breast Cancer Survivorship in the United States: A Systematic Review. WONCA World Rural Health Conference (co-hosted by the National Rural Health Association), Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Anbari, A., Deroche, C., & Armer, J. (2019).  Body Mass Index (BMI) Trends over Seven Years for Persons with Breast Cancer-Related Lymphedema (BCRL). (podium presentation) 9th International Lymphoedema Framework 2019 Conference, Chicago, Illinois.
  • Anbari, A., Ginex, P., Morgan, P., & Armer, J. (2019). A standardized and transparent approach to developing clinically-relevant practice guidelines for persons at risk of and with lymphedema (podium presentation). International Lymphedema Framework Conference, Chicago, Illinois.
  • Anderson, E., Anbari, A., & Armer J. (2019). International Lymphedema Framework Chronic Oedema/Lymphedema Outcome Project: United States Stakeholders (poster presentation). International Lymphedema Framework Conference, Chicago, Illinois.

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