Beth Evans

Assistant Professor of Exercise Science
Koury Center (Athletics) 214
2525 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244
bevans12@elon.edu (336) 278-6791

Education

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Chapel Hill, NC)

PhD, Human Movement Science (Exercise Physiology specialization).  December, 2012.

Dissertation:  "The Impact of Acute Aerobic Exercise on Natural Killer Cell, Catecholamine, and Cortisol Responses in Breast Cancer Survivors."

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Chapel Hill, NC)

MA, Exercise and Sport Science (Exercise Physiolology specialization).  August, 2008.

Thesis:  "Cardiovascular and Blood Lactate Responses to Low, Moderate, and High Intensity Exercise in Breast Cancer Patients:  Is Intensity a True Reflection of Perceived Exertion?"

Rhodes College (Memphis, TN)

BS, Physics.  May, 2002.

Employment History

Elon University (Elon, NC)

Assistant Professor (Full-time Limited Term).  Department of Exercise Science. 

Adjunct Assistant Professor.  Department of Exercise Science. 2013-2014.

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Chapel Hill, NC)

Part-time Lecturer.  Department of Exercise and Sport Science.  2012-2013.

Graduate Student Research and Teaching Assistant.  Applied Physiology Laboratory.  Department of Exercise and Sport Science. 2006-2012.

Duke University Medical Center (Durham, NC)

Research Technician.  Department of Radiation Oncology.   2003-2006.

Courses Taught

ESS 263:  NeuroMotor Control

ESS 295:  Research Methods

ESS 321:  Biomechanics

ESSL 321:  Biomechanics Laboratory

ESS 322:  Epidemiology of Physical Activity

ESS 324:  Physiology of Exercise

ESSL 324:  Physiology of Exercise Laboratory

ESS 370:  Physical Activity and Cancer

Research

I am an exercise physiologist by training, and the population I work with is the breast cancer survivor population.  My primary areas of interest involve investigating the physiological side effects of cancer treatments, as well as examining physiological responses to aerobic exercise in these individuals. My secondary research interests involve examining the effect of various types of exercise modaliites and therapeutic interventions on endocrine and immune system biomarkers in both healthy and clinical populations.

Publications

Refereed Publications

Evans, E.S., Hackney, A.C., McMurray, R.G., Muss, H.B., Randell, S.H., Deal, A.M., Battaglini, C.L.  Impact of acute intermittent exercise on natural killer cells in breast cancer survivors.  Integrative Cancer Therapies:  In Press, 2015.

Alsobrooks, A.K., Owen, J., Groff, D., Battaglini, C.L., Evans, E., Brustad, R.  Promoting physical and psychosocial health behavior changes in breast cancer survivors through a community-based workshop:  process and impact evaluation.  American Journal of Recreation Therapy.  9:39-46, 2011.

Tosti, K.P., Hackney, A.C., Battaglini, C.L., Evans, E.S., Groff, D.  Exercise in patients with breast cancer and healthy controls:  energy substrate oxidation and blood lactate responses.  Integrative Cancer Therapies.  10:6-15, 2011.

Tolentino, G.P., Battaglini, C., Araujo, S.S., Otano, A.S., Conde, D. M., Evans, E. S.,  de Oliveira, R.J., Cardiorespiratory fitness and quality of life analysis post-treatment in breast cancer survivors.  Journal of Psychosocial Oncology.  28:381-98, 2010.

Zhang, J., Ma, J., Zhou, S., Hubbs, J.L., Wong, T.Z., Folz, R.J., Evans, E.S., Jaszczak, R.J., Clough, R., Marks, L.B.  Radiation-induced reductions in regional lung perfusion: 0.1-12 year data from a prospective clinical study.  International Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology Physics.  76:425-432, 2010.

Evans, E.S., Battaglini, C.L., Groff, D.G., Hackney, A.C.  Aerobic exercise intensity in breast cancer patients:  a preliminary investigation.  Integrative Cancer Therapies.  8:139-147, 2009.

Battaglini, C., Hackney, A., Garcia, R., Groff, D., Evans, E., Shea, T.  The effects of an exercise program in leukemia patients.  Integrative Cancer Therapies.  8:130-138, 2009.

Hackney, A.C., Battaglini, C., Evans, E.S.  Cortisol, stress and adaptation during exercise training.  Ugdymas Kuno Kultura Sportas.  3:34-41, 2008.

Prosnitz, R.G., Hubbs, J.L., Evans, E.S., Zhou, S.M., Yu, X., Blazing, M.A., Hollis, D.R., Tisch, A., Wong, T.Z., Borges-Neto, S., Hardenbergh, P.H., Marks, L.B. Prospective assessment of radiotherapy-associated cardiac toxicity in breast cancer patients: Analysis of data 3 to 6 years after treatment. Cancer.  110:1840-1850, 2007.

Evans, E.S., Hahn, C.A., Kocak, Z., Zhou, S.M., Marks, L.B. The role of functional imaging in the diagnosis and management of late normal tissue injury.  Seminars in Radiation Oncology. 17:72-80, 2007.

Mao, J., Kocak, Z., Zhou, S., Garst, J., Evans, E.S., Zhang, J., Larrier, N.A., Hollis, D.R., Folz, R.J., Marks, L.B. The impact of induction chemotherapy and the associated tumor response on subsequent radiation-related changes in lung function and tumor response.  International Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology Physics.  67:1360-1369, 2007.

Kocak, Z., Borst, G.R., Zeng, J., Zhou, S., Hollis, D.R., Zhang, J., Evans, E.S., Folz, R.J., Wong, T., Kahn, D., Belderbos, J.S., Lebesque, J.V., Marks, L.B. Prospective assessment of dosimetric/physiologic-based models for predicting radiation pneumonitis.  International Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology Physics.  67:178-186, 2007.

Evans, E.S., Prosnitz, R.G., Yu, X., Zhou, S.M., Hollis, D.R., Wong, T.Z., Light, K.L., Hardenbergh, P.H., Blazing, M.A., Marks, L.B.  The impact of patient-specific factors, irradiated left ventricular volume, and set-up errors on the development of perfusion defects following radiation therapy for left-sided breast cancer.  International Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology Physics.  66:1125-1134, 2006.

Evans, E.S., Kocak, Z., Zhou, S.M., Kahn, D.A., Huang, H., Hollis, D.R., Light, K.L., Anscher, M.S., Marks, L.B.  Does transforming growth factor-ß1 predict for radiation-induced pneumonitis in patients treated for lung cancer?  Cytokine.  35:186-192, 2006.

Raj, K.A., Evans, E.S., Prosnitz, R.G., Quaranta, B.P., Hardenbergh, P.H., Hollis, D.R., Light, K.L., Marks, L.B.  Is there an increased risk of local recurrence under the heart block in patients with left-sided breast cancer?  Cancer Journal.  12:309-317, 2006.

Kocak, Z., Evans, E.S., Zhou, S.M., Miller, K.L., Folz, R.J., Shafman, T.D, Marks, L.B.  Challenges in defining radiation pneumonitis in patients with lung cancer.  International Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology Physics.  62:635-638, 2005.

Krasin, M.J., Crawford, B.T., Zhu, Y., Evans, E.S., Sontag, M.R., Kun, L.E., Merchant, T.E.  Intensity-modulated radiation therapy for children with intraocular retinoblastoma:  potential sparing of the bony orbit.  Clinical Oncology (Royal College of Radiologists (Great Britain)).  16:215-222, 2004.

Book Chapter

Evans, E.S., Battaglini, C.L.  “Immune System Responses to Aerobic Exercise in Oncology Patients:  A Review of Current Research.”  In:  Constantini N, Hackney AC.  Endocrinology of Physical Activity and Sport, 2nd edition.  Philadelphia, PA:  Springer, 2013.

Presentations

Podium Presentations

Evans, E.S., Battaglini C.L., Groff, D.G., Shields, E.W., Hackney, A.C.  Factors influencing quality of life in breast cancer survivors before beginning exercise and recreation therapy.  Human Movement Science Research Symposium.  Chapel Hill, NC.  February, 2011.

Evans, E.S., Battaglini, C.L., Groff, D.G., Hackney, A.C.  Heart rate, RPE, and blood lactate responses to aerobic exercise in breast cancer patients.  37th Annual Meeting of the Southeast Regional Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine.  Birmingham, AL.  February, 2009. 

Poster Thematic Presentations

Evans, E.S., Hackney, A.C., McMurray, R.G., Randell, S.H., Muss, H.B., Battaglini, C.B.  Moderate intensity acute aerobic exercise effect on natural killer cell counts in breast cancer survivors.  60th Annual Meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine.  Indianapolis, IN.  May, 2013.

Evans, E.S., Battaglini, C.L., Groff, D.G., Shields, E.W., Naumann, F., Peppercorn, J.M., Hackney, A.C.  Exercise and psychosocial interventions in breast cancer survivors:  preliminary results of a randomized controlled trial.  Human Movement Science Research Symposium.  Chapel Hill, NC.  February, 2010.

Evans, E.S., Battaglini, C.L., Groff, D.G., Hackney, A.C.  Cardiovascular and blood lactate responses to low, moderate, and high intensity aerobic exercise in breast cancer patients. Human Movement Science Research Symposium.  Chapel Hill, NC.  February 2009.

Evans, E.S., Prosnitz, R.G., Yu, X., Zhou, S., Hollis, D.R., Wong, T.Z., Light, K.L., Hardenbergh, P.H., Blazing, M.A., Marks, L.B. The impact of patient-specific factors on the development of radiation-induced cardiac injury following treatment for breast cancer.  47th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology.  Denver, CO.  October, 2005.


Evans, E.S., Kocak, Z., Huang, H., Zhou, S., Light, K., Folz, R., Anscher, M.S., Marks, L.B.  The role of TGF-β in predicting radiation-induced pneumonitis. 46th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology.  Atlanta, GA.  October, 2004. 

Poster Presentations

Evans, E.S., Battaglini, C.L., McMurray, R.G., Randell, S.H., Muss, H.B., Hackney, A.C.  Effect of moderate acute aerobic exercise on catecholamines and cortisol responses in breast cancer survivors.  60th Annual Meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine.  Indianapolis, IN.  May, 2013.

Evans, E.S., Hackney, A.C., McMurray, R.G., Randell, S.H., Muss, H.B., Battaglini, C.L.  Effect of an acute bout of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise on natural killer cell counts in breast cancer survivors.  41st Annual Meeting of the Southeast Regional Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine.  Greenville, SC.  February, 2013.

Evans, E.S., Battaglini, C.L., Hackney, A.C., McMurray, R.G., Randell, S.H.  The impact of acute aerobic exercise on total lymphocyte and natural killer cell responses in older sedentary women:  a preliminary investigation.  Human Movement Science Research Symposium.  Chapel Hill, NC.  February, 2012.

Evans, E.S., Battaglini C.L., Groff, D.G., Shields, E.W., Hackney, A.C.  Factors influencing quality of life in breast cancer survivors before beginning exercise and recreation therapy.  58th Annual Meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine.  Denver, CO.  June, 2011.    

Evans, E.S., Tolentino, G.P., Battaglini, C., Araujo, S.S., Otano, A.S., Conde, D.M., Jaco de Oliveira, R., Cardiorespiratory fitness and quality of life analysis post-treatment in breast cancer survivors.  38th Annual Meeting of the Southeast Regional Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine.  Greenville, SC.  February, 2010.

Evans, E.S., Battaglini, C.L., Shea, T.C., Garcia, R.A., Hackney, A.C.  Influence of exercise training on cytokines and body composition in leukemia patients undergoing chemotherapy.  36th Annual Meeting of the Southeast Regional Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine.  Birmingham, AL.  February, 2008. 

Evans, E., Yu, X., Prosnitz, R., Zhou, S., Wong, T., Light, K., Hardenbergh, P., Blazing, M., Marks, L..  Is there a relationship between body mass index, treatment set-up errors, and the development of myocardial perfusion defects following radiation therapy for left-sided breast cancer?  48th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine. Orlando, FL.  August, 2006. 

 

Professional Activities

Member of the American College of Sports Medicine (National and Southeast regional chapter), the International Society of Exercise and Immunology, the American Physiological Society, and the Council on Undergraduate Research

Awards

Sustainability Faculty Scholar.  Elon University.  February, 2015-present.

Karen E. Hornbostel Award.  American College of Sports Medicine Cancer Interest Group.  May, 2013.

Doctoral Student Research Award Finalist.  Southeast Regional Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine.  February, 2013.

Future Faculty Fellowship.  Center for Faculty Excellence.  University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  August, 2011.

Med Spec Poster Presentation Student Award.  Human Movement Science Research Symposium.  University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  February, 2009.

Member of the Royster Society of Fellows.  Recipient of the John Motley Morehead Fellowship.  University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  August, 2008-December, 2012.