Meghan Skiba

Assistant Professor - Tucson

Dr. Meghan Skiba is an Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing Biobehavioral Health Science Division at the University of Arizona. She received her doctorate in Health Behavior Health Promotion from the Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, has additional formal graduate training in epidemiology and nutritional sciences, and completed post-doctoral training at Oregon Health & Science University. Dr. Skiba has experience delivering remote diet and physical activity interventions as well as health coaching, accelerometry, mixed-methods, and data analysis. Her research has emphasis in biological aging, technology, and dyads. She is interested in addressing cancer health disparities by connecting cancer survivors and their caregivers to the skills and behaviors to live their healthiest and longest life.


Ph.D., Health Behavior Health Promotion, University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, 2020
MPH, Epidemiology, University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, 2020
M.S., Nutritional Sciences, University of Arizona, 2016
Graduate Certificate, College Teaching, University of Arizona, 2016
Dietetic Internship, Medical Nutrition Therapy, University of Houston, 2016
B.S., Nutritional Sciences and Dietetics, University of Arizona, 2012

Licensure & Certifications

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Commission on Dietetic Registration, 2016

Research Interests

Cancer prevention and control, nutrition, exercise, aging, lifestyle medicine, energetics, bioactives, interventions, community-based participatory research, epidemiology


  • Kung, C. P., Skiba, M. B., Crosby, E. J., Gorzelitz, J., Kennedy, M. A., Kerr, B. A., Li, Y. R., Nash, S., Potiaumpai, M., Kleckner, A. S., James, D. L., Coleman, M. F., Fairman, C. M., Galván, G. C., Garcia, D. O., Gordon, M. J., His, M., Hornbuckle, L. M., Kim, S. Y., , Kim, T. H., et al. (2023). Key takeaways for knowledge expansion of early-career scientists conducting Transdisciplinary Research in Energetics and Cancer (TREC): a report from the TREC Training Workshop 2022. Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Monographs, 2023(61), 149-157.
  • Thomson, C. A., Crane, T. E., Miller, A., Gold, M. A., Powell, M., Bixel, K., Van Le, L., DiSilvestro, P., Ratner, E., Lele, S., Guntupalli, S., Huh, W., Robertson, S. E., Modesitt, S., Casey, A. C., Basen-Engquist, K., Skiba, M., Walker, J., Kachnic, L., & Alberts, D. S. (2023). Lifestyle intervention in ovarian cancer enhanced survival (LIVES) study (NRG/GOG0225): Recruitment, retention and baseline characteristics of a randomized trial of diet and physical activity in ovarian cancer survivors. Gynecologic oncology, 170, 11-18.
  • Donzella, S. M., Lind, K. E., Skiba, M. B., Farland, L. V., Thomson, C. A., Werts, S. J., Bell, M. L., LeBlanc, E., Weitlauf, J. C., Hery, C. M., Naughton, M. J., Mortimer, J., & Crane, T. E. (2022). The relationship between sleep and weight change among women diagnosed with breast cancer participating in the Women's Health Initiative. Breast cancer research and treatment, 192(2), 423-433.
  • Morrill, K. E., Robles-Morales, R., Lopez-Pentecost, M., Martínez Portilla, R. J., Saleh, A. A., Skiba, M. B., Riall, T. S., Austin, J. D., Hirschey, R., Jacobs, E. T., Spotleson, L., & Hanna, T. P. (2022). Factors associated with cancer treatment delay: a protocol for a systematic review and meta-analysis. BMJ open, 12(6), e061121.
  • McElfresh, J. J., Skiba, M. B., Segrin, C. G., Badger, T. A., Crane, T. E., Crist, J. D., & Thomson, C. A. (2022). Interventions for Loneliness Among Adult Cancer Survivors: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Journal of psychosocial oncology, 39(4), 509-533.
  • Skiba, M. B., Harker, G., Guidarelli, C., El-Gohary, M., Horak, F., Roeland, E. J., Silbermann, R., Hayes-Lattin, B., & Winters-Stone, K. (2022). Using Wearable Inertial Sensors to Assess Mobility of Patients With Hematologic Cancer and Associations With Chemotherapy-Related Symptoms Before Autologous Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant: Cross-sectional Study. JMIR cancer, 8(4), e39271.
  • Skiba, M. B., Lopez-Pentecost, M., Werts, S. J., Ingram, M., Vogel, R. M., Enriquez, T., Garcia, L., & Thomson, C. A. (2022). Health Promotion Among Mexican-Origin Survivors of Breast Cancer and Caregivers Living in the United States-Mexico Border Region: Qualitative Analysis From the Vida Plena Study. JMIR cancer, 8(1), e33083.
  • Skiba, M. B., Dieckmann, N. F., Lyons, K. S., & Winters-Stone, K. M. (2022). Associations between perceptions of relationship quality and markers of inflammation and insulin resistance among couples coping with cancer. Journal of cancer survivorship : research and practice.
  • Martinez, J. A., Skiba, M. B., Chow, H. S., Chew, W. M., Saboda, K., Lance, P., Ellis, N. A., & Jacobs, E. T. (2021). A Protective Role for Arachidonic Acid Metabolites against Advanced Colorectal Adenoma in a Phase III Trial of Selenium. Nutrients, 13(11).
  • Skiba, M. B., Jacobs, E. T., Crane, T. E., Kopp, L. M., & Thomson, C. A. (2021). Relationship Between Individual Health Beliefs and Fruit and Vegetable Intake and Physical Activity Among Cancer Survivors: Results from the Health Information National Trends Survey. Journal of adolescent and young adult oncology.
  • Winters-Stone, K. M., Lyons, K. S., Beer, T. M., Skiba, M. B., & Hung, A. (2021). A pilot feasibility study of Exercising Together© during radiation therapy for prostate cancer: a dyadic approach for patients and spouses. Pilot and feasibility studies, 7(1), 216.
  • Crane, T. E., Skiba, M. B., Miller, A., Garcia, D. O., & Thomson, C. A. (2020). Development and Evaluation of an Accelerometer-Based Protocol for Measuring Physical Activity Levels in Cancer Survivors: Development and Usability Study. JMIR mHealth and uHealth, 8(9), e18491.
  • Jacobs, E. T., Foote, J. A., Kohler, L. N., Skiba, M. B., & Thomson, C. A. (2020). Re-examination of dairy as a single commodity in US dietary guidance. Nutrition reviews, 78(3), 225-234.
  • Crane, T.E., Skiba, M. B., Donzella, S., Thomson, C. A., & Parthasarathy, S. (2020). 0414 Chronotype and Sleep Among Ovarian Cancer Survivors Participating in a Lifestyle Intervention. Sleep, 43(Supplement_1), A158-A159. doi:10.1093/sleep/zsaa056.411
  • Crane, T.E., Miller, A., Skiba, M. B., Donzella, S., & Thomson, C.A. (2020). Association of chronotype and pain at baseline in ovarian cancer survivors participating in a lifestyle intervention (NRG/GOG 0225).. Journal of Clinical Oncology, 38(15_suppl), 6018-6018. doi:10.1200/jco.2020.38.15_suppl.6018
  • Skiba, M. B., McElfresh, J. J., Howe, C. L., Crane, T. E., Kopp, L. M., Jacobs, E. T., & Thomson, C. A. (2020). Dietary Interventions for Adult Survivors of Adolescent and Young Adult Cancers: A Systematic Review and Narrative Synthesis. Journal of adolescent and young adult oncology, 9(3), 315-327.
  • Skiba, M. B., Hopkins, L. L., Hopkins, A. L., Billheimer, D., & Funk, J. L. (2020). Nonvitamin, Nonmineral Dietary Supplement Use in Individuals with Rheumatoid Arthritis. The Journal of nutrition, 150(9), 2451-2459.
  • DeSalvo, J. C., Skiba, M. B., Howe, C. L., Haiber, K. E., & Funk, J. L. (2019). Natural Product Dietary Supplement Use by Individuals With Rheumatoid Arthritis: A Scoping Review. Arthritis care & research, 71(6), 787-797.
  • Skiba, M. B., Kohler, L. N., Crane, T. E., Jacobs, E. T., Shadyab, A. H., Kato, I., Snetselaar, L., Qi, L., & Thomson, C. A. (2019). The Association between Prebiotic Fiber Supplement Use and Colorectal Cancer Risk and Mortality in the Women's Health Initiative. Cancer epidemiology, biomarkers & prevention : a publication of the American Association for Cancer Research, cosponsored by the American Society of Preventive Oncology, 28(11), 1884-1890.
  • Skiba, M. B., Luis, P. B., Alfafara, C., Billheimer, D., Schneider, C., & Funk, J. L. (2018). Curcuminoid Content and Safety-Related Markers of Quality of Turmeric Dietary Supplements Sold in an Urban Retail Marketplace in the United States. Molecular nutrition & food research, e1800143.
  • Thomson, C. A., Chow, H. H., Wertheim, B. C., Roe, D. J., Stopeck, A., Maskarinec, G., Altbach, M., Chalasani, P., Huang, C., Strom, M. B., Galons, J. P., & Thompson, P. A. (2017). A randomized, placebo-controlled trial of diindolylmethane for breast cancer biomarker modulation in patients taking tamoxifen. Breast cancer research and treatment, 165(1), 97-107.
  • Thomson, C. A., Ho, E., & Strom, M. B. (2016). Chemopreventive properties of 3,3'-diindolylmethane in breast cancer: evidence from experimental and human studies. Nutrition reviews, 74(7), 432-43.
Research Interests: 
Cancer Biology and Cancer Prevention
Nutritional science