School of Nursing

Anna L. Schwartz, PhD, FNP, FAAN

Anna L. Schwartz, PhD, FNP, FAAN
Associate Professor
Idaho State University
School of Nursing
921 S. 8th Ave Stop 8101
Pocatello, ID 83209-8101

Research Interests

  • Exercise and physical activity
  • Cancer symptom management
  • Quality of life
  • Translational research
  • Rural Health


Anna L. Schwartz, PhD, FNP, FAAN is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing at Idaho State University. She is a family nurse practitioner with a specialized practice in oncology and pain management. Dr. Schwartz’s research interest focuses on improving the quality of life of cancer patients through physical activity and symptom management. Her program of research tests the effects of different exercise regimens on the physical and emotional health of survivors during and following cancer treatment and has received extensive federal and foundation funding. She chaired the American College of Sports Medicine Exercise Guidelines for Cancer Survivors and sits on expert panels for the Lance Armstrong Foundation, American Cancer Society, and YMCA of the USA. She is a key advisor to LIVESTRONG at the Y, a cancer survivor exercise program. She has won numerous awards for her research, authored over 80 data-based papers and is the author of “Cancer Fitness: Exercise programs for patients and survivors” (Simon & Schuster, 2004).

Dr. Schwartz was a world-class bicycle racer, setting several world records, and is a competitive horsewoman. She blends her interests in healing and horses in Horses Providing Hope and Healing, a horse therapy program for cancer survivors and at-risk youth.