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Research Assistant with College of Nursing – MENOGAP

Faculty Mentor: Lisa Taylor-Swanson
Title: Assistant Professor
College: Nursing

Project description

MENOGAP: Integrative self-care and group medical care for women in the Menopausal Transition. The Taylor-Swanson lab is developing an Integrative Medical Group Visit (IMGV) intervention for women in the menopausal transition (MT). Did you know that some women would rather die sooner than have their worst menopausal transition symptoms for an additional 30 days? Seriously. This time of life is, for 70% of individuals with a uterus/ovaries, a time of hot flashes and night sweats. Some also experience cognitive challenges, increased pain, disturbed sleep, anxiety, depression, and other problems with mood. These symptoms are termed a ‘symptom cluster’ and the Lab is developing an intervention that will combine group medical care (med management, health screenings such as mammograms and Pap smears, education about the MT, and integrative health self-care (mindfulness, meditation, acupressure). We hypothesize that the intervention will help women better manage their symptoms, empower women with education and self-care. Further, we aim to develop an intervention that supports women in this normal developmental change (thus taking a developmental psychology and lifespan approach). Ultimately, Dr. Taylor-Swanson aims to develop interventions that help women not only survive but thrive as they transform into their post-menopausal selves. Research Assistants (RAs) are asked to attend 1-2 times per month lab meetings with doctoral students and graduate RAs. It will be a fun and engaging collegial conversation on scientific topics. We will read and discuss relevant scholarly literature in addition conducting to project management discussions. RA duties will include working (1) on a literature review, and (2) intervention development in collaboration with a diverse group of midlife women who comprise our Community Advisory Board (CAB). Must complete CITI training before engaging in any lab activities. Contact Dr. Lisa Taylor-Swanson for more information (

Key words: Neuroscience; acupuncture; menopausal transition; patient-centered research; integrative health; Community Advisory Board

Student Role: 1. Attend lab meetings every other week - read assigned article(s) in advance, come prepared to discuss, share ideas, ask questions, or just listen2. Literature review - find relevant articles, summarize findings3. Attend CAB meetings - once a month or so4. Data collection and management as assigned
Student Benefits: Learn about cutting-edge neuroscience, psychology, and pain research; hands-on experience with research conduct; participate in team science; possible poster and manuscript opportunities for highly engaged students
Project Duration: Ongoing project; 5+ hours per week, according to student availability
Opportunity Type: Research Assistant
Opportunity Location Type: In Person, Hybrid
Is this a paid opportunity: ToBeDetermined
Paid Description:

Volunteer, Prepare a UROP proposal, Write an Honors Thesis or Senior Thesis, Earn independent study credit

Minimum Requirements: Interpersonal skills, ability to work with a team
How To Apply: Contact Dr. Lisa Taylor-Swanson for more information (