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Research Expertise and Focus

Relationships among symptoms of pain, fatigue, anxiety, depression, sleep and functional status, levels of selected pro-inflammatory and anti-inflammatory cytokines and perceived stress in women diagnosed with fibromyalgia

Professional Highlights

Memberships and Leadership

  • Project director, Virginia Commonwealth University Center for Biobehavioral Clinical Research
  • Officer of Faculty Assembly, VCU School of Nursing
  • Doctoral Program Committee of Faculty Assembly

Awards

  • VCU School of Nursing Excellence in Teaching, 2009

 

Education and Training

  • Ph.D, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
  • M.S.N., University of Virginia, Charlottesville
  • Ed. M., Temple University, Philadephia

Certification

  • Certification, Academy for Guided Imagery
  • Board Certification, Advanced Practice Registered Nurse

Selected Publications

An K, Jallo N, Menzies V, Kinser P, Robins JL, Starkweather A. Integrative Review of Co-Occurring Symptoms Across Etiologies of Chronic Liver Disease and Implications for Symptom Management Research and Practice. J Nurs Scholarsh. 2015 Jul;47(4):310-7. doi: 10.1111/jnu.12146. Epub 2015 Jun 15. PubMed PMID: 26077958.

Menzies V, Jallo N, Kinser P, Robins JL, An K, Driscoll C, Starkweather A, Bajaj JS, Lyon DE. Shared symptoms and putative biological mechanisms in chronic liver disease: implications for biobehavioral research. Biol Res Nurs. 2015 Mar;17(2):222-9. doi: 10.1177/1099800414541541. Epub 2014 Jul 18. Review. PubMed PMID: 25037448.

DellaRipa J, Conlon A, Lyon DE, Ameringer SA, Lynch Kelly D, Menzies V. Perceptions of Distress in Women with Ovarian Cancer. Oncol Nurs Forum. 2015 May;42(3):292-300. doi: 10.1188/15.ONF.292-300. PubMed PMID: 25901381.

An K, Jallo N, Menzies V, Kinser P, Robins JL, Starkweather A. Integrative Review of Co-Occurring Symptoms Across Etiologies of Chronic Liver Disease and Implications for Symptom Management Research and Practice. J Nurs Scholarsh. 2015 Jul;47(4):310-7. doi: 10.1111/jnu.12146. Epub 2015 Jun 15. PubMed PMID: 26077958.

Menzies V. CE: Fibromyalgia Syndrome: Current Considerations in Symptom Management. Am J Nurs. 2016 Jan;116(1):24-32. doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000476162.13177.ae. PMID: 26669843

Sturgill J, McGee E, Menzies V. Unique cytokine signature in the plasma of patients with fibromyalgia. J Immunol Res. 2014;2014:938576. PMCID: PMC3987983

Lyon D, McCain N, Elswick RK, Sturgill J, Ameringer S, Jallo N, Menzies V, Robins J, Starkweather A, Walter J, Grap MJ. Biobehavioral examination of fatigue across populations: Report from a P30 center of excellence. Nurs Outlook. 2014 Sep-Oct;62(5):322-331. PMCID: PMC4290842

Montpetit AJ, Alhareeri AA, Montpetit M, Starkweather AR, Elmore LW, Filler K, Mohanraj L, Burton CW, Menzies VS, Lyon DE, Jackson-Cook CK. Telomere length: A review of methods for measurement. Nurs Res. 2014 Jul-Aug;63(4):289-299. PMCID: PMC4292845

Menzies V , Lyon, DE, Elswick, RK, Jr., McCain, NL, & Gray, DP. Effects of guided imagery on biobehavioral factors in women with fibromyalgia.  J Behav Med. 2014 Feb;37(1):70-80. PMID: 23124538 ; PMCID: PMC3610859 [Available on 2/1/2015]

Menzies V, Lyon DE, Archer KJ, Zhou Q, Brumelle J, Jones KH, Gao G, York TP, Jackson-Cook C. Epigenetic alterations and an increased frequency of micronuclei in women with fibromyalgia. Nurs Res Pract. 2013;2013:795784. PMCID: PMC3766610

Jallo N, Lyon DE, Kinser PA, Kelly DL, Menzies V, Jackson-Cook C. Recruiting for epigenetic research: Facilitating the informed consent process. Nurs Res Pract. 2013; 2013935740. PMCID: PMC3690242

Menzies V, Jallo N. Guided imagery as a treatment option for fatigue: a literature review. J Holist Nurs. 2011 Dec;29(4):279-86. PMID: 21772047

Menzies V, Lyon DE, Elswick RK,Jr, Montpetit AJ, McCain NL. Psychoneuroimmunological relationships in women with fibromyalgia. Biol Res Nurs. 2011 Dec 15. PMCID: PMC3722552

Menzies V, Lyon DE. Integrated review of the association of cytokines with fibromyalgia and fibromyalgia core symptoms. Biol Res Nurs. 2010 Apr;11(4):387-94. PMID: 19933683

Menzies V, Taylor AG, Bourguignon C. Absorption: an individual difference to consider in mind-body interventions. J Holist Nurs. 2008 Dec;26(4):297-302. PMCID: PMC2810559

Menzies V, Taylor AG, Bourguignon C. Effects of guided imagery on outcomes of pain, functional status, and self-efficacy in persons diagnosed with fibromyalgia. J Altern Complement Med. 2006 Jan-Feb;12(1):23-30. PMCID: PMC3712642