Antonia Bennett

Antonia Bennett, PhD

Department of Health Policy and Management
Faculty Director
UNC Patient-Reported Outcomes Core (PRO Core)
McGavran-Greenberg Hall
CB# 7411
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7411


Dr. Antonia Bennett is a health services researcher and patient-reported outcomes methodologist. Her research investigates valid and reliable approaches for assessing patient-reported outcomes in longitudinal studies, in particular symptoms, physical function and quality of life. Her current work is assessing the financial hardship of patients and families.  She is also studying the ability of people with cognitive impairment to complete patient-reported outcome measures of various complexity.

Dr. Bennett provides scientific leadership on the development and use of patient-reported outcome measures in oncology, dementia, and other serious illness care research. She is Faculty Director of the UNC Patient-Reported Outcomes Core (PRO Core), and a member of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.  Dr. Bennett serves on the Executive Committee of the Person and Caregiver Relevant Outcomes Core of the NIA IMPACT Collaboratory which provides scientific guidance on the conduct of embedded pragmatic clinical trials for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. From 2019-2022, she served on the Board of Directors for the International Society for Quality of Life Research (ISOQOL).

Honors and Awards

Donna K. Lamping Emerging Leader Award
2014, International Society for Quality of Life Research (ISOQOL)

Research Activities

•    Outcomes assessment in serious illness care research, with a focus in oncology and Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias
•    Implementation of patient-reported outcomes (PROs) and other forms of patient-generated health data (PGHD) in clinical practice and clinical trials
•    Survey methodology; and strategies for electronic administration of PRO
•    Analysis of longitudinal PRO data
•    Qualitative research and psychometrics for the validation of PROs

Key Publications

Development of a Lived Experience Panel to inform the design of embedded pragmatic trials of dementia care interventions. Bennett AV, O'Brien K, Moreno M, Lanigan K, Maslow K, Malone CA, Hanson LC, Zimmerman S, Karlawish J, Largent EA, Aranda MP, Hinton L, Nicholson BP, Phillips L, Fazio S, Epstein-Lubow G. J  (2024). Am Geriatr Soc.
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A Library of Instruments Endorsed by Published Systematic Reviews for Assessing Patients and Their Care Developed by the Palliative Care Research Cooperative. Bennett AV, Lee S, Drier S, Wessell KL, Hanson LC (2017). J Palliat Med, 20(9), 910-911.
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Mode Equivalence and Acceptability of Web-, Interactive Voice Response System-, and Paper-based Administration of US National Cancer Institute’s Patient-Reported Outcomes version of the Common Terminology Criteria for Adverse Events (PRO-CTCAE). Bennett AV, Dueck A, Mitchell SA, Mendoza TR, Reeve BB, Castro K, Denicoff A, Rogak L, Clauser SB, Basch E. (2016). Health Qual Life Outcomes, 14(1), 24.
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Evaluation of pedometry as a patient-centered outcome in patients undergoing hematopoietic cell transplant (HCT): A comparison of pedometry and patient-reports of symptoms, physical activity, health, and quality of life. Bennett AV, Reeve BB, Basch E, Mitchell SA, Meeneghan M, Battaglini M, Smith-Ryan A, Phillips B, Shea TC, Wood WA (2015). Qual Life Res.
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  • BA, China Studies, Wellesley College, 2000
  • MA, Geography, University of Washington, 2004
  • PhD, Health Services Research, University of Washington, 2010