Highest Degree
PhD, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Brief Statement of Scholarly Interests
My program of research addresses the pathobiology of illness symptoms, including fever, anorexia, and fatigue.

Selected Publications

Neal, J.L., Lamp, J.M., Lowe, N.K., Gillespie, S.L., Sinnott, L.T. & McCarthy, D.O. (2014). Differences in inflammatory markers between nulliparous women admitted to hospitals in preactive vs active labor. American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology. Epub ahead of print.

Norden, D.M., Bicer,S., Clark, Y., Jing, R., Henry, C.J., Wold, L.E., Reiser, P.J., Godbout, J.P. & McCarthy, D.O. (2014). Tumor Growth Increases Neuroinflammation, Fatigue and Depressive-like Behavior Prior to Alterations in Muscle Function, Brain, Behavior & Immunity. Epub ahead of print.

Sribanditmongkol, S., Neal, J.L., Szalacha, L.A. & McCarthy, D.O. (in press). Effect of Perceived Stress on Cytokine Production inHealthy College Students. Western Journal of Nursing Research.

Clark, Y.Y., Szalacha, L., Wold, L.E., McCarthy, D.O. (2014). Ubiquinol reduces muscle wasting but not fatigue in tumor-bearing mice. Biological Research in Nursing. Epub ahead of print.

McCarthy Beckett, D.O. (2014). PhD preparation of nurse faculty and nurse scientists: Do they have to be the same? Nursing Research, 63, 156-157.

Corwin, E.J., Guo, Y., Pajer, K., Lowe, N., McCarthy, D., Schmiege, S., et al. (2013). Immune dysregulation and glucocorticoid resistance in minority and low income pregnant women. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 38, 1786-1796.

McCarthy, D.O. (2012). Biological measures for intervention research.  In: Melnyk, B.M. & Morrison-Beedy, D.  Designing, Conducting, Analyzing, and Funding Intervention Research.  New York: Springer Publishing Company.

Groves, P.S., Rawl, S.M., Wurtzbach, M.E., Fahrenwald, N.F., Cohen, M.Z., McCarthy Beckett, D.O., et al. (2012). Secrets of successful short grant applications.  Western Journal of Nursing Research, 34, 6-23.

Rowell, J.L., McCarthy, D.O., & Alvarez, C.E. (2011).  Dog models of naturally occurring cancer.  Trends in Molecular Medicine, 17, 380-388.

Xu, H., Crawford, D., Hutchinson, K.R., Youtz, D.J., Lucchesi, P.A., Velten, M., McCarthy, D.O., & Wold, L.E. (2011).   Myocardial dysfunction in an animal model of cancer cachexia.  Life Sciences, 88, 406-410.

McCarthy Beckett, D., Pycha K., & Berg, T. (2008).  Effects of curcumin on tumor growth and muscle mass in a mouse model of cancer cachexia. Oncology Nursing Forum, 35, 455-459.

Graves, E., Ramsay, N., & McCarthy, D.O. (2006). Inhibitors of COX Activity Preserve Muscle Mass in Mice Bearing the Lewis Lung Carcinoma, But Not the B16 Melanoma. Research in Nursing & Health, 29, 87-97.

McCarthy, D.O. & Graves, E. (2006).  Conjugated Linoleic Acid Preserves Muscle Mass in Mice Bearing the Lewis Lung Carcinoma, but not the B16 Melanoma.  Research in Nursing & Health, 29, 98-104.

Hitt, A., Graves, E., & McCarthy, D. O.  (2005).  Indomethacin preserves muscle mass and reduces levels of E3 ligases and TNF receptor type 1 in the gastrocnemius muscle of tumor-bearing mice. Research in Nursing & Health, 28, 56-66.

Graves, E., Hitt, A., Pariza, M., Cook, M., McCarthy, D.O. (2005).  Conjugated linoleic acid preserves muscle mass in mice bearing the colon-26 adenocarcinoma. Research in Nursing & Health, 28,48-55.


DHHS, PHS, NIH, NINR, 1R01: February, 2012-December, 2016; $2,219,595.
Muscle Function and Depression-like Behavior in a Mouse Model of Cancer-related Fatigue. PI: D. McCarthy 2/2012-8/2013, co-I 8/2013-12/2016.

DHHS, PHS, NIH, NINR, F31: August, 2011- July, 2013. Antioxidant treatment of muscle wasting and fatigue in tumor-bearing mice. PI: Y. Clark, sponsor: McCarthy

Oncology Nursing Society Foundation: March, 2010- February, 2012; $50,000. Depression and Fatigue in a Mouse Model of Lung Carcinoma. PI: D. McCarthy

DHHS, PHS, NIH, NINR, F31: January, 2009-November, 2011. Osteosarcoma genetics using an animal model. PI: J. Rowell, sponsor: D. McCarthy

DHHS, PHS, NIH, NINR, R15: December 2008-November, 2011; $225,000. Development of a biologically-based nursing intervention for cancer cachexia. PI: D. McCarthy

DHHS, PHS, NIH, NINR, R01: September, 2008-August, 2013; $2,376,468. Psychoneuroimmune contributions to postpartum depression. PI: B. Corwin, co-investigator, D. McCarthy


Professional Memberships



The Marquette Neighborhood Health Center

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