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Milena D Anatchkova PhD

TitleAssistant Professor
InstitutionUMass Chan Medical School
DepartmentPopulation and Quantitative Health Sciences
AddressUMass Chan Medical School
55 Lake Avenue North
Worcester MA 01655
Phone508-856-8999
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    InstitutionT.H. Chan School of Medicine
    DepartmentPopulation and Quantitative Health Sciences
    DivisionEpidemiology of Chronic Diseases


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    Sofia University, Sofia, , BulgariaBSPsychology
    Sofia University, Sofia, , BulgariaMAOrganizational Psychology
    University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI, United StatesPHDExperimental Psychology

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    Biography:

    Dr. Anatchkova’s interests are in assessment of patient reported outcomes, computerized adaptive testing and health related behavior interventions.Currently Dr. Anatchkova is working on a project funded through a NIH/NIA K01 career development award focusing on the development of an item bank assessing the impact of health status on role functioning across the lifespan. This work builds upon her experience as a research scientist at QualityMetric Inc., where she has participated in a number of federally funded small business development grants and various externally funded consulting projects in the area of patient reported outcomes measurement. She has been actively involved in the work on development and feasibility testing of recent computerized adaptive tests for asthma, chronic pain, patients with heart failure, depression, HIV and chronic kidney disease among others. The quality of her work in this area has been recognized by the International Society of Quality of Life Research, which distinguished her as a New Investigator Award finalist for two consecutive years (2007, 2008). In addition Dr. Anatchkova has experience in all aspect of the development, implementation and analyses of results of health behavior intervention and prevention programs in the areas of smoking, diet, exercise, alcohol consumption and HIV prevention, gained during her years at the Cancer Prevention Research Center at the University of Rhode Island. Dr. Anatchkova’s work has been recognized by the Society of Behavioral Medicine (Meritorious Paper award and Early Career Award, 2004). She is also the recipient of two dissertation awards (Jacobs Foundation Award, 2002 and Peter F. Merenda Dissertation Award, 2004).

    Ph.D. Experimental Psychology, University of Rhode Island, 2004

    M.A.Clinical Psychology, Organizational Psychology, University of Sofia, Bulgaria, 1998

    B.S. Psychology, University of Sofia, Bulgaria, 1996

    Research:

    •Patient reported outcomes assessment
    •Impact of health and disease on role functioning
    •Behavioral health prevention and intervention
    •Cancer prevention



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    1. Lenderking WR, Anatchkova M, Pokrzywinski R, Skalicky A, Martin ML, Gelhorn H. Measuring health-related quality of life in patients with rare disease. J Patient Rep Outcomes. 2021 Jul 20; 5(1):61. PMID: 34283357.
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    2. McHorney CA, Mansukhani SG, Anatchkova M, Taylor N, Wirtz HS, Abbasi S, Battle L, Desai NR, Globe G. The impact of heart failure on patients and caregivers: A qualitative study. PLoS One. 2021; 16(3):e0248240. PMID: 33705486.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    3. England RW, Bailey CR, Anatchkova MD, Skalicky AM, Meissner MH, Rosenblatt M, Gelhorn HL, Weiss CR. Qualitative study of patients with venous malformations: symptom experiences and content validity of patient-reported outcome measures. Qual Life Res. 2020 Jun; 29(6):1707-1719. PMID: 32020564.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    4. Armstrong AW, Edson-Heredia E, Naegeli AN, Burge R, Poon JL, Anatchkova M, Sun L, Zhu B, Wyrwich KW. Development of the Psoriasis Symptoms Scale (PSS) in patients with moderate-to-severe psoriasis: qualitative and quantitative analyses. J Dermatolog Treat. 2020 Aug; 31(5):452-459. PMID: 31157576.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    5. Anatchkova M, Brooks A, Swett L, Hartry A, Duffy RA, Baker RA, Hammer-Helmich L, Sanon Aigbogun M. Agitation in patients with dementia: a systematic review of epidemiology and association with severity and course. Int Psychogeriatr. 2019 Sep; 31(9):1305-1318. PMID: 30855002.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    
    6. Anatchkova M, Donelson SM, Skalicky AM, McHorney CA, Jagun D, Whiteley J. Exploring the implementation of patient-reported outcome measures in cancer care: need for more real-world evidence results in the peer reviewed literature. J Patient Rep Outcomes. 2018 Dec 27; 2(1):64. PMID: 30588562.
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    7. Abu HO, Anatchkova MD, Erskine NA, Lewis J, McManus DD, Kiefe CI, Santry HP. Are we "missing the big picture" in transitions of care? Perspectives of healthcare providers managing patients with unplanned hospitalization. Appl Nurs Res. 2018 12; 44:60-66. PMID: 30389062.
      Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    8. Gottlieb AB, Kirby B, Ryan C, Naegeli AN, Burge R, Potts Bleakman A, Anatchkova MD, Cather J. The Development of the Genital Psoriasis Sexual Frequency Questionnaire (GenPs-SFQ) to Assess the Impact of Genital Psoriasis on Sexual Health. Dermatol Ther (Heidelb). 2018 Mar; 8(1):33-44. PMID: 29204894.
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    9. Gottlieb AB, Kirby B, Ryan C, Naegeli AN, Burge R, Potts Bleakman A, Anatchkova MD, Yosipovitch G. The Development of a Patient-Reported Outcome Measure for Assessment of Genital Psoriasis Symptoms: The Genital Psoriasis Symptoms Scale (GPSS). Dermatol Ther (Heidelb). 2018 Mar; 8(1):45-56. PMID: 29204893.
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    10. Saczynski JS, McManus DD, Waring ME, Lessard D, Anatchkova MD, Gurwitz JH, Allison J, Ash AS, McManus RH, Parish DC, Goldberg RJ, Kiefe CI. Change in Cognitive Function in the Month After Hospitalization for Acute Coronary Syndromes: Findings From TRACE-CORE (Transition, Risks, and Actions in Coronary Events-Center for Outcomes Research and Education). Circ Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes. 2017 Dec; 10(12). PMID: 29237744.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    11. Wilson H, Dashiell-Aje E, Anatchkova M, Coyne K, Hareendran A, Leidy NK, McHorney CA, Wyrwich K. Beyond study participants: a framework for engaging patients in the selection or development of clinical outcome assessments for evaluating the benefits of treatment in medical product development. Qual Life Res. 2018 01; 27(1):5-16. PMID: 28425002.
      Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    12. Walsh KE, Harik P, Mazor KM, Perfetto D, Anatchkova M, Biggins C, Wagner J, Schoettker PJ, Firneno C, Klugman R, Tjia J. Measuring Harm in Health Care: Optimizing Adverse Event Review. Med Care. 2017 04; 55(4):436-441. PMID: 27906769.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    13. Bytzer P, Reimer C, Smith G, Anatchkova MD, Hsieh R, Wilkinson J, Thomas SJ, Lenderking WR. Psychometric evaluation of a daily gastro-oesophageal reflux disease symptom measure. Scand J Gastroenterol. 2017 Mar; 52(3):276-283. PMID: 27826993.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    14. Wiklund I, Anatchkova M, Oko-Osi H, von Maltzahn R, Chau D, Malik FI, Patrick DL, Spertus J, Teerlink JR. Incorporating development of a patient-reported outcome instrument in a clinical drug development program: examples from a heart failure program. Health Qual Life Outcomes. 2016 Sep 15; 14(1):131. PMID: 27629389.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    15. Psotka MA, von Maltzahn R, Anatchkova M, Agodoa I, Chau D, Malik FI, Patrick DL, Spertus JA, Wiklund I, Teerlink JR. Patient-Reported Outcomes in Chronic Heart Failure: Applicability for Regulatory Approval. JACC Heart Fail. 2016 10; 4(10):791-804. PMID: 27395351.
      Citations: 13     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    16. Wang ML, Goins KV, Anatchkova M, Brownson RC, Evenson K, Maddock J, Clausen KE, Lemon SC. Priorities of Municipal Policy Makers in Relation to Physical Activity and the Built Environment: A Latent Class Analysis. J Public Health Manag Pract. 2016 May-Jun; 22(3):221-30. PMID: 26079657.
      Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    17. Tisminetzky M, Gurwitz J, McManus DD, Saczynski JS, Erskine N, Waring ME, Anatchkova M, Awad H, Parish DC, Lessard D, Kiefe C, Goldberg R. Multiple Chronic Conditions and Psychosocial Limitations in Patients Hospitalized with an Acute Coronary Syndrome. Am J Med. 2016 06; 129(6):608-14. PMID: 26714211.
      Citations: 11     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    18. Waring ME, McManus DD, Lemon SC, Gore JM, Anatchkova MD, McManus RH, Ash AS, Goldberg RJ, Kiefe CI, Saczynski JS. Perceiving one's heart condition to be cured following hospitalization for acute coronary syndromes: Implications for patient-provider communication. Patient Educ Couns. 2016 Mar; 99(3):455-461. PMID: 26519237.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    19. Deng N, Anatchkova MD, Waring ME, Han KT, Ware JE. Testing item response theory invariance of the standardized Quality-of-life Disease Impact Scale (QDIS(®)) in acute coronary syndrome patients: differential functioning of items and test. Qual Life Res. 2015 Aug; 24(8):1809-22. PMID: 25601166.
      Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    20. Anatchkova MD, Barysauskas CM, Kinney RL, Kiefe CI, Ash AS, Lombardini L, Allison JJ. Psychometric evaluation of the Care Transition Measure in TRACE-CORE: do we need a better measure? J Am Heart Assoc. 2014 Jun 04; 3(3):e001053. PMID: 24901109.
      Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    21. Waring ME, McManus RH, Saczynski JS, Anatchkova MD, McManus DD, Devereaux RS, Goldberg RJ, Allison JJ, Kiefe CI. Transitions, Risks, and Actions in Coronary Events--Center for Outcomes Research and Education (TRACE-CORE): design and rationale. Circ Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes. 2012 Sep 01; 5(5):e44-50. PMID: 22991349.
      Citations: 23     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    22. Appelbaum PS, Anatchkova M, Albert K, Dunn LB, Lidz CW. Therapeutic misconception in research subjects: development and validation of a measure. Clin Trials. 2012 Dec; 9(6):748-61. PMID: 22942217.
      Citations: 30     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    23. Anatchkova M, Rose M, Ware J, Bjorner JB. Evaluation of a role functioning computer adaptive test (RF-CAT). Qual Life Res. 2013 Jun; 22(5):1085-92. PMID: 22695829.
      Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    24. Rose M, Bjorner JB, Fischer F, Anatchkova M, Gandek B, Klapp BF, Ware JE. Computerized adaptive testing--ready for ambulatory monitoring? Psychosom Med. 2012 May; 74(4):338-48. PMID: 22582331.
      Citations: 9     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    25. Rose M, Anatchkova M, Fletcher J, Blank AE, Bjørner J, Löwe B, Rector TS, Ware JE. Short and precise patient self-assessment of heart failure symptoms using a computerized adaptive test. Circ Heart Fail. 2012 May 01; 5(3):331-9. PMID: 22528317.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    26. Anatchkova MD, Rose M, Ware JE, Bjorner JB. Development of an item bank and computer adaptive test for role functioning. Qual Life Res. 2012 Nov; 21(9):1625-37. PMID: 22143196.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    27. Anatchkova MD, Ware JE, Bjorner JB. Assessing the factor structure of a role functioning item bank. Qual Life Res. 2011 Jun; 20(5):745-58. PMID: 21153710.
      Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    28. Turner-Bowker DM, Saris-Baglama RN, Anatchkova M, Mosen DM. A Computerized Asthma Outcomes Measure Is Feasible for Disease Management. Am J Pharm Benefits. 2010 Apr 01; 2(2):119-124. PMID: 20852675.
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    29. Anatchkova MD, Bjorner JB. Health and role functioning: the use of focus groups in the development of an item bank. Qual Life Res. 2010 Feb; 19(1):111-23. PMID: 20047086.
      Citations: 11     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    30. Anatchkova MD, Saris-Baglama RN, Kosinski M, Bjorner JB. Development and preliminary testing of a computerized adaptive assessment of chronic pain. J Pain. 2009 Sep; 10(9):932-43. PMID: 19595636.
      Citations: 8     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    31. Anatchkova MD, Redding CA, Rossi JS. Development and validation of transtheoretical model measures for Bulgarian adolescent non-smokers. Subst Use Misuse. 2007; 42(1):23-41. PMID: 17366124.
      Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    32. Velicer WF, Redding CA, Anatchkova MD, Fava JL, Prochaska JO. Identifying cluster subtypes for the prevention of adolescent smoking acquisition. Addict Behav. 2007 Feb; 32(2):228-47. PMID: 16697533.
      Citations: 20     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    33. Anatchkova MD, Redding CA, Rossi JS. Development and validation of Decisional Balance and Temptations measures for Bulgarian adolescent smokers. Addict Behav. 2006 Jan; 31(1):155-61. PMID: 15913896.
      Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    34. Anatchkova MD, Velicer WF, Prochaska JO. Replication of subtypes for smoking cessation within the precontemplation stage of change. Addict Behav. 2006 Jul; 31(7):1101-15. PMID: 16139436.
      Citations: 8     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    35. Anatchkova MD, Velicer WF, Prochaska JO. Replication of subtypes for smoking cessation within the Preparation stage of change. Addict Behav. 2006 Feb; 31(2):359-66. PMID: 15967587.
      Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    36. Anatchkova MD, Velicer WF, Prochaska JO. Replication of subtypes for smoking cessation within the contemplation stage of change. Addict Behav. 2005 Jun; 30(5):915-27. PMID: 15893089.
      Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:Humans
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