440 Victoria Building
3500 Victoria Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15261
I am principal investigator of studies that focus on women’s health and complementary and alternative medicine. Studies include acupuncture for menopausal symptoms; urinary incontinence with Dr. Sandra Engberg; and for insomnia with Dr. Ronald Glick as well as a clinical trial of the use of meditation to reduce menopausal hot flashes in both breast cancer survivors and women with naturally occurring menopause. Additionally, with Dr. Jill Demirci, we are investigating the use of meditation to increase human milk supply in new mothers. My research reflects my study of the intersection of women’s lives and their health.
My teaching includes Structure of Knowledge for the PhD students, the Women`s Health Research Emphasis Seminar for graduate students as well as the undergraduate research course. While I joined the faculty at the University Pittsburgh in 2002, I have taught there since 1975. My previous academic affiliations have been at Duquesne University [00-02]; Yale University [95-00]; University of Texas-Houston [91-95]; University of Pennsylvania [82-90]; Southern Illinois University [80-82]; University of Alabama [76-80]; and Radford College [74-76]. I have been the director of three nurse practitioner programs and mentored both doctoral students and early career faculty.
I am the Past President of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research menstruationresearch.org. I am past Secretary of the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties nonpf.com as well as a member of the Research Committee. I am a member of American Nurses Association, Pennsylvania State Nurses Association, Sigma Theta Tau International, Inc., Phi Kappa Phi (research society), Sigma Xi (research society), American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, and the North American Menopause Society (Research Committee).