Ashley Leak Bryant, PhD, RN-BC, OCN

Assistant 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

Currently Accepting PhD Students

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

Books and Chapters

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.

Refereed Papers

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.


Current Research Support

Principal Investigator: Shielda Rodgers PhD, RN
Title: Meeting Educational Needs Through Optimization of Retention Strategies for Students (MENTORS2), 2017-2021
Role: Co-Investigator (Student Success Champion)

Principal Investigator: H. Shelton Earp, MD
Title: North Carolina Central University/Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center Disparities Partnership (U54) – Administrative Core, 2015-2020
Role: Junior Faculty Advisory Committee

Completed Research Support

Principal Investigators: Ned Sharpless, MD and Tom Stinchcombe, MD
K12 Paul Calabresi Career Development Award in Clinical Oncology, UNC Oncology Clinical Translational Research Training Program though NCTRaCS, (NCI K12CA120780-07)
Title: Longitudinal Assessment of Symptoms, Functional Status, and Quality of Life in Adults with Acute Leukemia, 2014-2016
Role: K Scholar (Bryant)

Principal Investigator: Antonia Bennett, PhD
Title: Implementation of Patient-Reported Outcome Endpoints in the Acute Myeloid
Leukemia Phase IB, 2015-2016
Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
Role: Co-Investigator (Bryant)

Principal Investigator: Ashley Leak Bryant PhD, RN
Title: Exploring barriers and benefits of an inpatient exercise intervention in newly diagnosed patients with acute leukemia
Support Pilots for Advancing Research and Knowledge (SPARK), UNC School of Nursing
Role: Principal Investigator (Bryant)

Principal Investigator: Ashley Leak Bryant PhD, RN
Title: 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/Lymphoma Patients (EQUAL) Phase II Trial
Alvin R. Tarlov and John E. Ware Post-Doctoral Research Award in Patient Reported Outcomes 2012-2016
Role: Principal Investigator (Bryant)

Principal Investigators: Bryan Weiner, PhD, Bryce Reeve, PhD, Ethan Basch, MD
Title: Cancer Care Quality Training Post-Doctoral Fellowship at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health
NCI R25CA116339, 2011-2013
Role: Post-Doctoral Fellow (Bryant)

Principal Investigators: Patricia Archbold, DNSc, RN and J. Taylor Harden PhD, RN
Title: Quality of Life in Lymphoma Survivors
John A. Hartford Foundation, 2009-2011
Role: Pre-Doctoral Scholar (Bryant)

Principal Investigator: Crista Creedle RN, BSN, OCN
Title: Measuring the Impact of an Oncology Care Partner Program on Caregiver Burden
University Cancer Research Fund at UNC Chapel Hill, 2009-2011
Role: Study Coordinator and Co-Investigator (Bryant)

Principal Investigator: Merle Mishel PhD, RN
Interventions to Prevent and Manage Chronic Illness
NINR T32NR007091, 2007-2009
Role: Pre-Doctoral Scholar and Nurse Intervener (Bryant)