About Victoria S Menzies
Dr. Menzies has taught across undergraduate and graduate programs with a focus on undergraduate psychiatric mental health nursing, graduate psychiatric mental health nursing, and doctoral level nursing theory.
Dr. Menzies is a PhD prepared nurse researcher and educator. Her broad clinical training as a psychiatric clinical nurse specialist and her doctoral training in research methods have provided an ideal foundation for examining the biobehavioral factors in human health and disease. Over the past 15 years, her research program has focused on improved symptom self-management in individuals diagnosed with chronic pain conditions, including those with fibromyalgia. Her previous work in the field has centered on the development and testing of effective non-pharmacologic symptom self-management strategies for individuals suffering from non-malignant chronic pain (NMCP). Her current program of research (a), continues to focus on the use of non-pharmacologic interventions for pain and other symptom management and (b), has expanded to include investigating mechanisms underlying the pathophysiology of NMCP using metabolomic approaches with an aim to determine the clinical and biological risks that contribute to the development and treatment of chronic pain conditions.
Dr. Menzies serves as an Ambassor to the Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research, 2016 to present. In this role she works with other members of the nursing profession to advocate for generous funding of nursing research to state and federal congressional representatives.
Dr. Menzies is an active member of the American College of Rheumatology(ACR)/Association of Rheumatology Professionals (ARP)and has served on the ACR Government Affairs Committee (2016-2019), the ARP Executive Committee (2018-2019), and is currently serving as a member of ACR’s RheumPac, the committee that provides funding for advocacy issues related to improved patient outcomes championed by the ACR/ARP membership.
Dr. Menzies areas of expertise are nonpharmacological interventions and symptom management in the NMCP patient population, developing expertise in metabolomic approaches, and Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing.