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Research Associate Professor

Areas of Interest

Geriatric oncology, non-drug intervention research, health outcomes research, impact of obesity on cancer risk, prognosis and survival


Dr. Nyrop’s research interest is behavioral medicine interventions to preserve and optimize function in persons with chronic conditions that are generally associated with aging. She has a particular interest is physical activity interventions to relieve pain symptoms, such as those associated with osteoarthritis or musculoskeletal side effects of cancer treatment.

In addition to writing and managing grants and authoring manuscripts, I greatly enjoy mentoring Junior Faculty, Fellows, Residents, Medical Students, Doctoral Students, and Post-Doctoral Students. Outside work, I enjoy family and friends, traveling, gardening, walking the dogs, and riding my horse.

Education and Training

  • UndergraduateUNC-Chapel Hill
  • MA TeachingUNC-Chapel Hill
  • PhD Social WorkUNC-Chapel Hill
Kirsten Nyrop, PhD