Nancy Fugate Woods, PhD, RN, FAAN

Nancy Fugate Woods, PhD, RN, FAAN
Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Systems
Box 357262
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195-7266


I continue to study women's health with a particular focus on midlife and older women's health. My colleague Ellen Mitchell and I have led a 20 year longitudinal study of women's experiences during the menopausal transition and early postmenopause. We have focused on symptoms and symptom clusters as outcomes and have studied personal, social, endocrine, and aging-related factors influencing women's symptoms. I am currently collaborating with the MS-FLASH trial, a multi-site study of symptom management and interventions for hot flashes and other symptoms that women find bothersome. I am involved with a MS-FLASH intervention study led by Sue McCurry on use of cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia to determine if it is effective for both sleep symptoms and hot flashes as well as other symptoms. I am currently involved in a collaborative study testing the utility and acceptability of an iPad application to help women identify their symptoms, clusters of symptoms, and heuristics or mental models of their symptoms as a basis for communicating more clearly with their health care providers about them. I am an investigator for the Women's Health Initiative Study and have published results related to frailty in older women as well as healthy aging phenotypes and well-being.


I teach courses and sections of courses that focus on the following topics: women's health and health care, including the study of symptoms symptom clusters and symptom management for midlife and older women (independent studies involving guided reading and data analysis); methodological foundations for nursing science; health policy and politics

Practice, Service, Community Involvement

I currently lead the special interest group on Biology of Aging and Geriatrics for the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Science, serve as a member of the American Academy of Nursing Expert Panel on Women's Health, and am president-elect of the Washington State Academy of Science. I am an active member of the North American Menopause Society and the Gerontological Society of America. I integrate learning from past leadership positions, women's health research, and nursing in contributing to a variety of invitations to consult with universities in the state and nation as well as to community groups interested in these topics. e.g. King County Nurses Association.

Current Publications

  • Cray, L, Woods, NF Herting, J, Mitchell, ES. Symptom Clusters during the Late Reproductive Stage through the Early Postmenopause: Observations from the Seattle Midlife Women’s Health Study. Menopause 2012,19:864-869.
  • Woods, NF, Cochrane, BB, La Croix, AZ, Seguin, RA, Zaslavsky, O, Liu, J, Beasley, JM, Brunner, RL, Espeland, MA, Goveas, JS, Lane, DS, Manson, JA, Mouton, CP, Robinson, JG, Tinker, LF. Toward a Positive Aging Phenotype for Older Women: Observations from the Women’s Health Initiative Study. Journal of Gerontology A: Medical Sciences 2012,67:1191-1196.
  • Shaver, J, Olshansky, E, and Woods, NF. Women’s Health Research Agendas for the Next Decade: A report by the Women’s Health Expert Panel of the American Academy of Nursing. Nursing Outlook, 2012, 85:16-24.
  • Berg, JA, Taylor, D, and Woods, NF. Where We Are Today: Prioritizing Women’s Health Services and Health Policy. Nursing Outlook. 2012, 85:5-15.
  • Woods, NF, Cray, L, Mitchell, ES, Ismail, R, Taylor-Swanson, L, Thomas, AJ. Mind-Body Interventions for Symptom clusters during the Menopausal transition and Early Postmenopause: A Systematic Review. Climacteric (in press)
  • Woods, NF, Cray, L, and Mitchell, ES. Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Ovarian and Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal and Autonomic Nervous System Biomarkers and Symptom Clusters during the Menopausal Transition and Early Postmenopause. Menopause (in press)

Current Research Projects

  • 2007-2010 National Institutes of Health, NIH, RO1 AG021543: Staging Reproductive Aging in Four Cohorts: Issues of Hormone Use & Spotting Bias. Woods, UW Subcontract PI, 3% donated.
  • 2008-2013 National Institutes of Health, U01-AG032699: Menopause Strategies: Finding Lasting Answers for Symptoms and Health (MSFLASH) Andrea La Croix, PI. Data Coordinating Center. University of Washington Subcontract, PI, 5%
  • 2010-2013 National Institutes of Health, R21-NR012218: Menopause Symptom Clusters: Refocusing Therapeutics, 21-NR012218, Nancy Fugate Woods, PI, 30% - no cost extension
  • 2011-2013 Incontinence during the Menopausal Transition and Early Postmenopause. Funded by Pfizer. Nancy Fugate Woods, PI, 5%
  • 2013-2014 Symptom Clusters during the Menopausal Transition and Early Postmenopause: Feasibility of Studying Women’s Heuristics using an iPad App
Research Interests: 
women's health, menstrual cycle, menopause transition
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