faculty profile

Mary S. Dietrich   PhD

Professor: Statistics/Measurement


Dr. Mary Dietrich is a co-investigator or consultant on a diverse array of funded research studies originating from faculty in the Schools of Nursing and Medicine.

Dr. Dietrich's own interests revolve around the use and development of statistical methods that bridge the psychological, sociological, and biological sciences, in particular systems-level and longitudinal methods. 

Her content focus tends to be in the areas of measuring and modeling human development systems, with a particular interest in the prevention of infant and child maltreatment.


  • Doctorate, Vanderbilt University (Statistics and Measurement, Psychology & Human Development)
  • MS, Fort Hays State University (Experimental Psychology)
  • BS, Bethel College (Psychology)

Representative Publications


Ridner SH, Sinclair V, Deng J, Bonner C, Kidd N, & Dietrich MS.  (In press). Breast cancer survivors with lymphedema: Glimpses of our daily lives. Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing.

McRackan TR, Rivas A, Reda FA, Nobel JH, Dietrich MS Dawant B, & Labadie R. (In press). Factors associated with recurrence in squamous cell carcinoma involving the temporal bone. Otology and Neurotology.

Maxwell CA, Mion LC & Dietrich MS.  (In press). Hospitalized injured older adults: Clinical utility of a rib fracture scoring system. Journal of Trauma Nursing.

Deng J, Murphy BA, Dietrich MS., Wells N, Wallston KA, Sinard RM, Cmelak AJ, Gilbert J & Ridner SH. (2012). Impact of secondary lymphedema after head and neck cancer treatment on symptoms, functional status and quality of life. Head & Neck. 2012 Jul 12. [Epub ahead of print]

McRackan TR, Reda FA, Rivas A, Nobel JH, Dietrich MS., Dawant B & Labadie R. (2012). Comparison of cochlear implant relevant anatomy in children versus adults. Otology and Neurotology. 33(3):328-34.

Scholer SJ, Hudnut-Beumler J, & Dietrich MS. (2012). Why parents value a brief required primary care intervention that teaches discipline strategies. Clinical Pediatrics. 51(6): 538-545.

Deng J, Ridner SH, Dietrich MS., Wells N, Wallston KA, Sinard RJ, Cmelak AJ & Murphy BA. (2012). Factors associated with external and internal lymphedema in patients with head and neck cancer. International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics. May 30. [Epub ahead of print]

Foster TL, Dietrich MS., Friedman DL, Gordon JE & Gilmer MJ. (2012). National survey of children?s hospitals on legacy-making activities. Journal of Palliative Medicine. 15(5): 573-578.

Fogel S, Young L, Dietrich MS., & Blakemore D. (2012) Weight loss and related behavior changes among lesbians. Journal of Homosexuality. 59(5): 689-702.

Anderson CB, Kaufman MR, Dietrich MS., Barocas DA, Chang SS, Cookson MS, Smith JA Jr., Clark PE & Herrell SD. (2012). Recovery of urinary function following radical prostatectomy: Identification of trajectory cluster groups. The Journal of Urology. 187(4): 1346-1351 [Epub ahead of print]

Young CC, LaMontagne LL, Dietrich MS., & Wells N. (2012). Cognitive vulnerabilities, negative life events and depressive symptoms in young adolescents. Archives of Psychiatric Nursing. 26(1): 9-20.

McRackan TR, Rivas A, Wanna GB, Yoo MJ, Bennett ML, Dietrich MS., Glasscock ME, & Haynes DS. Facial nerve outcomes in facial nerve schwannomas. Otology and Neurotology. 33(1): 78-92.

Mulvaney SA, Rothman RL, Dietrich MS., Wallston KA, Grove E, Elasy TA & Johnson KB. (2012). Using mobile phones to measure adolescent diabetes adherence. Health Psychology. 31(1): 43-50.

Deng J, Ridner SH, Murphy BA, & Dietrich MS.  (2011). Preliminary development of a lymphedema symptom assessment scale for patients with head and neck cancer. Supportive Care in Cancer. Aug; 20 (8): 1911-1918. [Epub 2011 Nov 10]

Di Iorio CR, Watkins TJ, Dietrich MS., Cao A, Blackford JU, Rogers B, Ansari MS, Baldwin RM, Li R, Kessler RM, Salomon RM, Benningfield M & Cowan RL. (2011). Evidence for chronically altered serotonin function in the cerebral cortex of female 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine polydrug users. Archives of General Psychiatry69(4): 399-409 [Epub head of print]

Foster TL, Gilmer MJ, Vannatta K, Barrera M, Davies B, Dietrich MS., Fairclough DL, & Gerhardt CA. (2011). Changes in siblings after the death of a child from cancer. Cancer Nursing. Nov 3. [Epub ahead of print]

Ridner SH, Murphy BA, Deng J, Kidd N, Galford E, Bonner CM, Bond S & Dietrich MS.  (2012). A randomized clinical trial comparing advanced pneumatic truncal, chest and arm treatment to arm treatment only in self-care of arm lymphedema.Breast Cancer Research and Treatment. 131(1): 147-158.

Cooperstein E, Gilbert J, Epstein JB, Dietrich MS., Bond SM, Ridner SH, Wells N, Cmelak A, & Murphy B. (2011). Vanderbilt head and neck symptom survey version 2.0: Report of the development and initial testing of a subscale for assessment of oral health. Head & Neck. 34(6):797-804. [Epub ahead of print]

Gilbert J, Murphy B, Dietrich MS., Henry E, Jordan R, Counsell A, Wirth P, Yarbrough W, Slebos R, & Chung CH. (2011). Phase 2 trial of oxaliplatin and pemetrexed as an induction regimen in locally advanced head and neck cancer. Cancer. 118(4): 1007-1013.

Gilbert J, Haman KL, Dietrich MS., Blakely RD, Shelton RC & Murphy BA. (2012). Depression in head and neck cancer patients and a functional genetic polymorphism of the serotonin transporter gene. Head & Neck. 34(3): 359-64. [Epub ahead of print May 2011]

Salomen RM, Karageorgiou J, Dietrich MS., McLellan JY, Charboneau EJ, Blackford JU, & Cowan RL. (2012). MDMA (Ecstasy) association with impaired fMRI BOLD thalamic coherence and functional connectivity. Drug Alcohol Dependence.120(1-3): 41-47. [Epub 2011 Jul 31]

Deng J, Ridner SH, Dietrich MS., Wells N, Wallston KA, Sinard RM, Cmelak AJ, Murphy BA. (2012). Prevalence of secondary lymphedema in patients with head and neck cancer. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. 43(2): 244-52.  [Epub 2011 Jul 30.]

Bond SM, Dietrich MS., Shuster JL, & Murphy BA. Delirium in patients with head and neck cancer in the outpatient treatment setting. Supportive Care in Cancer. 20(1): 149-157.

Ridner SH, Dietrich MS., Stewart BR, & Armer JA. (2011). Body mass index and breast cancer treatment-related lymphedema. Supportive Care in Cancer. 19(6): 853-857. [Epub 2011 Jan 16]

Mulvaney, SA, Rothman RL, Osborn CY, Lybarger C, Dietrich MS., Wallston KA. (2010). Self-management problem solving for adolescents with type 1 diabetes: Intervention processes associated with an internet program. Patient Education & Counseling. 85(2):140-142. [Epub 2010 Oct 27]

Coenen KR, Karp SM, Gesell SB, Dietrich MS., Morgan TM, & Barkin SL. (2011). Genetic risk score does not correlate with body mass index of Latina women in a clinical trial. Clinical Translational Science. 4(5): 323-327.

Scholer SJ, Hudnut-Beumier J & Dietrich MS.  (2011).  The effect of physician-parent discussions and a brief intervention on caregivers? plan to discipline: Is it time for a new approach? Clinical Pediatrics. 50(8): 721-729.

McRackan TR, Abdelltif WM, Wanna GB, Rivas A, Gupta N, Dietrich MS & Haynes DS. (2011). Evaluation of looks for pediatric cholesteatomas. Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Survey. 145(1): 151-160.

Bauerfeind AL, Dietrich MS., Blackford JU, Charboneau EJ, Lillevig JG, Cannistraci CJ, Woodward ND, Cao A, Watkins T, Di Iorio CR, Cascio C, Salomon RM & Cowan RL. (2011). Human Ecstasy use is associated with increased cortical excitability: An fMRI study. Neuropsychopharmacology. 36(5): 1127-1141.

Cheng SK, Dietrich MS., & Dilts DM. (2011). Predicting accrual achievement: Monitoring accrual milestones of NCI-CTEP-sponsored clinical trials. Clinical Cancer Research. 17(1): 1947-1955.

Montgomery LD, Dietrich MS., Armer JM, Stewart BR & Ridner SH. (2011). Segmental blood flow and hemodynamic state of lymphedematous and non-lymphedematous arms. Lymphatic Research and Biology. 9(1): 31-42.

Buchowski MS, Meade NN, Charboneau E, Park S, Dietrich MS., Cowan RL & Martin PR. (2011). Aerobic exercise training reduces cannabis craving and use in non-treatment seeking cannabis-dependent adults. PLoS one. 6(3): e17465.

Silver HJ, Dietrich MS., & Niswender KD. (2011). Effects of grapefruit, grapefruit juice and water preloads on energy balance, weight loss, body composition, and cardiometabolic risk in free-living obese adults. Nutritional Metabolism (London). 8(1): 8.

Wanna GB, Nobel JH, McRackan TR, Dawant BM, Dietrich MS., Watkins LD, Rivas A, Schumann T & Labadie RF. Assessment of electrode placement and audiologic outcomes in bilateral cochlear implantation. Otology and Neurotology. 32(3): 428-432.

Bond, SM, Dietrich MS. & Murphy BA. (2011). Association of age and symptom burden in patients with head and neck cancer. ORL-Head and Neck Nursing. 29(1): 8-14.

Salomon RM, Cowan RL, Rogers BP, Dietrich MS., Bauernfeind AL, Kessler RM & Gore JC. (2011). Time series fMRI measures detect changes in pontine raphe? following acute tryptophan depletion. Psychiatry Research. 191(2): 112-121. [Epub 2011 Jan 13]

Foster TL, Gilmer MJ, Davies B, Dietrich MS., Barrera M, Fairclough DL, Vannatta K & Gerhardt CA. (2011). Comparison of continuing bonds reported by parents and siblings after a child?s death from cancer. Death Studies. 35: 420-440.

Bond, SM, Dietrich MS. & Murphy BA. (2011). Neurocognitive function in head and neck cancer patients prior to treatment.Supportive Care in Cancer. 20(1): 149-57. [Epub 2011 Jan 13]

Professional Organizations

  • American Statistical Association
  • Eastern North American Region / International Biometric Society