New mom hangs ‘no breastfeeding zone’ sign to alert nurses that she’s a breast cancer survivor


For some women, breastfeeding isn’t an option — and being reminded of that fact can be difficult to handle. This article, featuring input from Dr. Carpenter, details one new mom and breast cancer survivor’s decision to address the issue head-on, by posting a sign above her hospital bed before giving birth.

New Online Study Now Recruiting!

Our research team at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is currently enrolling participants to participate in a paid one-time online anonymous survey about sexual health and well-being following a cancer diagnosis.

We are interested in examining health and sexuality in young adults. This study may help us better understand the health, fertility, and sexuality in young adults, particularly those who have experienced a cancer diagnosis at a young age. We hope to learn what factors predict better outcomes in survivors and to see how young adult survivors differ from young adults without a cancer history in sexual health outcomes. The ultimate goal is to use our findings to guide future research in developing tailored sexuality interventions for AYA cancer survivors to reduce poor sexual outcomes.

The survey is online and anonymous and lasts approximately 30-45 minutes. Following completion of the survey, you will be e-mailed a $10 Amazon gift card and have the opportunity to enter a lottery to receive an additional $50 Amazon gift card.

You may be eligible for the study if you are between the ages of 18-39, have been diagnosed with or have a history of cancer, are not currently pregnant, and have access to an internet-enabled device.

If you are interested in participating or learning more about this study, please contact:

Kate Conroy


SBM Research Forum 2018

Congratulations to Avery Meyer for her successful poster presentation at SBM!!!

Meyer, A., Sharp, M., Prasad, M., Whitlow, W. T., Lynch, C., & Carpenter, K. (April, 2018). Psychiatric Comorbidities and Treatment Adherence in Women Receiving Prenatal Medication Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use.  Poster presented at the 39th Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, New Orleans, LA.​

OSU Denman Research Forum 2017

A special congratulations to our Carpenter Lab Denman Research Forum participants!



Kate Conroy, Research Assistant, won 2nd place for her presentation on “The relationship between sexual activity and sexual function in breast and gynecologic cancer patients during adjuvant chemotherapy.”


Kendall Fugate-Laus, Research Assistant, presented her project on the “Effects of optimism on coping strategies and health outcomes on women with gynecologic and breast cancer undergoing chemotherapy.”

Tips for making resolutions work


“Now is the time many people make New Year’s resolutions…Save money. Eat better. Lose weight. Stop smoking. Studies have shown that about 41 percent of people make New Year’s resolutions, but only about 8 percent are successful in achieving their goals…”

In this blog post, Dr. Kristen Carpenter shares her plan for making resolutions work.