Ashley Leak Bryant, PhD, RN-BC, OCN

Associate Professor
Adult Health, Clinical, Gerontology, Nursing Education, Oncology, Qualitative & Mixed-Methods Research Methodology, Research


The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
School of Nursing
Carrington Hall, CB #7460
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7460

Office: 401

Dr. Bryant is an expert in care of adults with acute leukemia. Her program of research focuses on improving health related quality of life of the older adult with cancer through physical activity interventions using an interprofessional team approach in the hospital. She also seeks to understand utilization of health services and use of patient reported outcomes in the acute leukemia population. Her educational focus is in oncology and geriatric education, with a focus on mentorship.

Dr. Bryant is a member of Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and continues to practice as an oncology nurse in the NC Cancer Hospital. Dr. Bryant received her BSN and MSN-Nursing Administration from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and her PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She completed a Cancer Care Quality Training post-doctoral fellowship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health, Department of Health Policy and Management in 2013. She is dually certified as an oncology and gerontological nurse.

2017-2019 NIH Loan Repayment Program Clinical Scholar

2017 ONS Victoria Mock New Investigator Award

2016 ONS Excellence in Care of the Older Adult with Cancer

2014 Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto Emerging Nurse Scholar

2011-2014 American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), Gerontology Content Expert Panel Member

2010 Gordon H. DeFriese Career Development in Aging Research Award, Institute of Aging, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

2010 The Pauline W. Brown Diversity Scholarship Award, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing

2009-2011 Nurse Educators for Tomorrow, College Foundation for North Carolina

2009 Interdisciplinary Best Poster, Interdisciplinary Center for Aging Research: Uniting Scientists (ICARUS) Award, NC Aging Exchange


Leak, A. & Lucas, S. (2013). Care of the older adult with cancer. In K. Mauk (Ed.). Gerontological Nursing: Competencies for Care. E-Chapter 30. Boston: Jones and Bartlett.

Davis, E. D., Nettles, A., & Leak, A. (2010). Inpatient diabetes education: Realistic and evidence-based in L. Lien, L. Feinglos, M, Corsino, L., & Cox, M. (Eds.). Glycemic control in the hospitalized patient: A comprehensive clinical guide (pp. 41-50). New York: Springer.


Bryant, A.L., Walton, A.M., Phillips, B., Bailey, C., Pergolotti, M., Mayer, D.K., Battaglini, C. (2017). Perceived Benefits and Barriers to Exercise for Recently Treated Adults with Acute Leukemia. Oncology Nursing Forum, 44(4), 413-420, doi: 10.1188/17.

Bryant, A.L., Deal, A.M., Battaglini, C., Phillips, B., Bailey, C., Pergolotti, M., Coffman, E., Hackney, A.C., Wood, W.A., Mayer, D.K., Muss, H., Reeve, B.B. (2017). The Effects of Exercise on Patient Reported Anxiety, Depression, Fatigue, Sleep Disturbances, and Quality of Life in Newly Diagnosed Adults with Acute Leukemia during Induction Treatment: Exercise and Quality of Life in Leukemia Patients (EQUAL) Trial. Integrative Cancer Therapies, doi: 10.1177/1534735417699881.

Pergolotti, M., Deal, A., Williams, G.R., Bensen, J., Bryant, A.L., Muss, H., Reeve, B.B. (2017). Activities, Function, and Health-Related Quality of Life (HRQOL) of Older Adults with Cancer. Journal of Geriatric Oncology, 8(4), 249-254.

Burhenn, P., Bryant, A.L., & Mustian, K. (2016). Exercise Promotion in Geriatric Oncology. Current Reports in Oncology, 18(9):58-64.

Brody, A.A., Edelman, L., Siegel, E.O., Foster, V., Bailey, D.E., Bryant, A.L., & Bond, S. M. (2016). Evaluation of a Peer Mentoring Program for Early Career Gerontological Nursing Faculty and Its Potential for Application to Other Fields in Nursing and Health Sciences. Nursing Outlook, 64(4), 332-338.

Story, C., Bryant, A.L., Phillips, B., Bailey, C. Shields, E., & Battaglini, B. (2016). Comparison Methods for Determining Aerobic Exercise Intensity using Heart Rate in Acute Leukemia Patients prior to Induction Chemotherapy. Biological Research for Nursing, 18(4), 432-438.

Mariano, C., Alston, S., West, J., Deal, A., Williams, G., Dixon, S., Bryant, A.L., Jolly, T., & Muss, H. (2015). Geriatric assessment in older adults during unplanned hospitalizations: an opportunity in disguise. The Oncologist, 20(7),767-772.

Bryant, A.L., Brody, A., Perez, A., Shillam, C., Edeman, L., Bond, S., Foster, V. & Siegel, E. (2015). Development and Implementation of a Peer Mentoring Program for Early Career Gerontological Faculty. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, doi: 10.1111/jnu.12135.

Bryant, A.L., Walton, A.M., Shaw-Kokot, J., Mayer, D., & Reeve, B.B. (2015). Symptoms and Quality of Life in Adult Survivors of Acute Leukemia: A Systematic Review. Oncology Nursing Forum, 42(2), E91-E101.

Bryant, A.L., Walton, A.M., & Phillips, B. (2015). Cancer-Related Fatigue: Scientific Progress has been made in 40 Years. Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing,19(2),137-139.

Bryant, A.L., Smith, S., Zimmer, C., Crandell, J., Jenerette, C., Bailey, D., Zimmerman, S., & Mayer, D.K. (2015). An exploratory path model of the relationships between positive and negative adaptation to cancer on quality of life among non-Hodgkin lymphoma survivors. Journal of Psychosocial Oncology.

Bryant, A.L., Deal, A., Walton, A., Wood, W., Muss, H., & Mayer, D. (2015). Use of ED and hospital services for patients with acute leukemia after induction therapy: One Year Following Diagnosis. Leukemia Research, 39(4),406-410.

Albrecht, T., A., Walton, A.M., Bryant, A.L. (2015). The Unique Supportive Care Needs of a Mother with Acute Myeloid Leukemia during Treatment. Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, 19(1), 16-19.

Hershey, D., Bryant, A.L., Olausson, J., Davis, E.D., Brady, V., & Hammer, M. (2014). Hyperglycemic-Inducing Neo-Adjuvant Agents Used in Treatment of Solid Tumors: A Review of the Literature. Oncology Nursing Forum, 41, E343-354.

Bryant, A.L., Walton, A.M., & Albrecht, T.A. (2014). Management of febrile neutropenia in a patient with acute leukemia. Journal of Emergency Nursing, 40, 377-381.

Leak, A., Smith, S., Crandell, J., Jenerette, C., Bailey, D., Zimmerman, S., & Mayer, D. (2013). Demographic and disease characteristics associated with non-Hodgkin Lymphoma Survivors’ quality of life. Oncology Nursing Forum, 40, 157-162.

Leak, A., Mayer, D., Wyss, A., Travers, D., & Waller, A. (2013). Why do cancer patients die in the emergency department? An analysis of NC 2008 ED visits. American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, 30,178-182.

Jenerette, C., & Leak, A. (2012). The role of oncology nurses in the care of adults with sickle cell disease. Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, 16, 633-635.

Jones, E., Leak, A., & Muss H. (2012).  Adjuvant therapy of breast cancer in woman 70 years and older: Tough decisions, high stakes. Oncology, 26, 793-801.

Mayer, D., Gerstel, A., Leak, A., & Smith, S. (2012). Patient and provider preferences for survivorship care plans. Journal of Oncology Practice, 8,e80-86.

Creedle, C., Leak, A., Deal, A., Walton, A., Talbert, G., Riff, B., & Hornback, A. (2012). The Impact of a CarePartner Program on Two Inpatient Oncology Units. Journal of Cancer Education, 27, 250-256.

Jenerette, C., Leak, A., & Sandelowski, M. (2011). Life stories of older adults with sickle cell disease. Association of Black Nursing Faculty,22(3),58-63.

Jenerette, C., Brewer, C., & Leak, A. (2011). Self-Care Recommendations of Middle-Aged and Older Adults with Sickle Cell Disease. Nursing Research and Practice. DOI:10.1155/2011/270594.

Mayer, D., Travers, D., Wyss, A., Leak, A., & Waller, A.  (2011). Why do cancer patients visit emergency departments? Results of a 2008 population study in North Carolina. Journal of Clinical Oncology, (29), 2686-2688.

Leak, A., Mayer, D., & Smith S. (2011). Quality of life among non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma survivors: An integrative literature review. Leukemia and Lymphoma, 52, 972-985.

Ivanov, L. & Hu, J., & Leak, A. (2010). Immigrant women’s cancer screening behaviors. Journal of Community Health Nursing, 27, 32-45.

Smith-Miller, C., Leak, A., Harlan, C., Dieckmann, J., & Sherwood, G. (2010). Leaving the comfort of the familiar”: Fostering workplace cultural awareness through short-term global experiences. Nursing Forum, 45, 18-28.

Leak, A., Davis, E., Houchin, L., & Mabrey, M. (2009). Diabetes management and self-care education for hospitalized oncology patients. Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, 13, 205-210.

Leak, A. & Spruill, A. (2008). Oncology certification: What is in it for you? Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, 12, 703-705.

Leak, A., Hu, J., & King, C. (2008). Symptom distress, spirituality, and quality of life in African American breast cancer survivors. Cancer Nursing, 31, E15-21.

Manuel, M., Leak, A., & Carroll, S. (2007). Priapism in the oncology setting. Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, 11, 23-25.

Leak, A., Ivanov, L., & Brown, H. (2006). Nursing administration in Russia. The Journal of Nursing Administration, 36, 177-180.



Role Title Total Direct Amount (FTE if available) Percent Effort Agency Dates
Co-Investigator Meeting Educational Needs Through Optimization of Retention Strategies for Students (MENTORS2) 1,900,000 10% HRSA 2017-2021
Junior Faculty Advisory Committee NCCU/LCCC Disparities Partnership (U54) – Administrative Core $137,391 3% National Cancer Institute (2U54CA156733-06) 2015-2020



Role Title Total Direct Amount (FTE if available) Percent Effort Agency Dates
K Scholar Longitudinal Assessment of Symptoms, Functional Status, and Quality of Life in Adults with Acute Leukemia $209,908


75% National Cancer Institute, UNC Oncology Translational Award (5K12CA120780-07) (K12 Paul Calabresi Career Development Award in Clinical Oncology) 2014-2017
Co-I Implementation of Patient-Reported Outcomes Endpoints in the Acute Myeloid Leukemia Phase IB $20,000 5% Leukemia and Lymphoma Society


PI Exploring barriers and benefits of an inpatient exercise intervention in newly diagnosed patients with acute leukemia $5,000 0% The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Nursing Support Pilots for Advancing Research and Knowledge (SPARK)


PI The Effects of Exercise on Patient-Reported Outcomes in Newly Diagnosed Adults with Acute Leukemia during Induction Treatment: Exercise and Quality of Life in Leukemia Patients (EQUAL) $25,000 0% Alvin R. Tarlov and John E. Ware Post-Doctoral Research Award in Patient Reported Outcomes 2012-2015
Post-Doctoral Fellow Cancer Care Quality Training Post-Doctoral Fellowship $240,000 100% National Cancer Institute (R25CA116339) 2011-2013
Co-I Measuring the Impact of an Oncology Care Partner Program on Caregiver Burden. $40,000 10% University Cancer Research Fund (UL1RR025747) 2009-2011
PI Quality of life of older non-Hodgkin lymphoma survivors. $200,00 100% John A. Hartford Foundation


Pre-Doctoral Fellow Institutional NRSA Grant, Interventions to Prevent and Manage Chronic Illness. $100,000 100% National Institute of Nursing Research (5T32NR007091) 2007-2009
  • Patient reported symptoms, physical function and quality of life of acute leukemia survivors
  • Health services utilization of  hematological malignancy survivors
  • Gerontological and oncology nursing, improving quality of life and care of older cancer survivors