Victoria S Menzies

Victoria S Menzies PhD, RN, FAAN

Associate Professor

Department: Family, Community and Health Systems Science
Business Phone: (352) 273-6345
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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.

Honors & Awards

2017 · Friends of National Institute of Nursing Research
Panel Member
2016 · Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program
2016 · American Academy of Nursing
2016 · Recruitment Inclusive Champion Program, Virginia Commonwealth University
2016 · NINR Precision Health Science Boot Camp
2016 · NIH Early Career Reviewer Program/Center for Scientific Review
Panel Member
2015 · Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program
Outstanding Faculty Award
2015 · Virginia Commonwealth University
Oxford Fellow
2014 · Harris Manchester College Summer Research Institute
Daisy Award Excellence in Teaching
2014 · Virginia Commonwealth University
2013 · National Institute of Nursing Research Fatigue/Sleep Methodologies Boot Camp
Building Interdisciplinary Bridges in Women's Health Research Award
2013 · Virginia Commonwealth University
Excellence in Teaching Award
2009 · Virginia Commonwealth University, School of Nursing
2005 · Southern Nursing Research Society Scholar
New Investigator Award for The Fibromyalgia Workshop
2004 · National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases

Research Profile

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.


2019 Cts-Clinical and Translational Science


PhD in Nursing
University of Virginia
Master of Science in Nursing
University of Virginia
Temple University
Bachelor of Arts
Columbia University
Diploma – Nursing
Asbury Hospital School of Nursing

Contact Details

(352) 273-6345