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Nancy E. Avis, Ph.D.Wake Forest School of Medicine

Nancy E. Avis, Ph.D.


Contact Information

Academic: 336-716-6974 | Department: 336-716-6974


Education & Training

  • B.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1969
  • M.A., University of Illinois-Chicago, 1971
  • Ph.D., University of Michigan/Ann Arbor, 1980
  • M.S., University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, 1982
Nancy E. Avis, Ph.D.

Nancy E. Avis, Ph.D.

Professor, Social Sciences & Health Policy
Office of Women in Medicine and Science
Sticht Center on Aging

Research Interests

Menopause; Breast Neoplasms; Quality of Life; Hot Flashes; Survivors
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Contact Information

Academic: 336-716-6974 | Department: 336-716-6974


Recent Publications

Sexual functioning among early post-treatment breast cancer survivors. Avis NE, Johnson A, Canzona MR, Levine BJ.. Support Care Cancer. 2018;():.

The role of sleep difficulties in the vasomotor menopausal symptoms and depressed mood relationships: an international pooled analysis of eight studies in the InterLACE consortium. Chung HF, Pandeya N, Dobson AJ, Kuh D, Brunner EJ, Crawford SL, Avis NE, Gold EB, Mitchell ES, Woods NF, Bromberger JT, Thurston RC, Joffe H, Yoshizawa T, Anderson D, Mishra GD.. Psychol Med. 2018;():.

Trajectories of quality of life following breast cancer diagnosis. Goyal NG, Levine BJ, Van Zee KJ, Naftalis E, Avis NE.. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2018;169(1):163-173.

Body mass index and age at natural menopause: an international pooled analysis of 11 prospective studies. Zhu D, Chung HF, Pandeya N, Dobson AJ, Kuh D, Crawford SL, Gold EB, Avis NE, Giles GG, Bruinsma F, Adami HO, Weiderpass E, Greenwood DC, Cade JE, Mitchell ES, Woods NF, Brunner EJ, Simonsen MK, Mishra GD.. Eur J Epidemiol. 2018;():.

Concordance networks and application to clustering cancer symptomology. Henry TR, Marshall SA, Avis NE, Levine BJ, Ip EH.. PLoS One. 2018;13(3):e0191981.

Midlife predictors of health-related quality of life in older women. Avis NE, Colvin A, Bromberger JT, Hess R.. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2018;():.

Psychosocial and health-related risk factors for depressive symptom trajectories among midlife women over 15 years: Study of Women's Health Across the Nation (SWAN). Bromberger JT, Schott LL, Avis NE, Crawford SL, Harlow SD, Joffe H, Kravitz HM, Matthews KA.. Psychol Med. 2018;():.

Physical health-related quality of life and spirituality in breast cancer surviviors: a cross-lagged model [abstract]. Goyal NG, Ip E, Salsman J, Avis NE.. Ann Behav Med. 2018;52(Suppl 1):S7.

Trajectories of response to acupuncture for menopausal vasomotor symptoms: the Acupuncture in Menopause study. Avis NE, Coeytaux RR, Levine B, Isom S, Morgan T.. Menopause. 2017;24(2):171-179.

Change in sexual functioning over the menopausal transition: results from the Study of Women's Health Across the Nation. Avis NE, Colvin A, Karlamangla AS, Crawford S, Hess R, Waetjen LE, Brooks M, Tepper PG, Greendale GA.. Menopause. 2017;24(4):379-390.

Longitudinal analysis of changes in weight and waist circumference in relation to incident vasomotor symptoms: the Study of Women' Health Across the Nation (SWAN). Gold EB, Crawford SL, Shelton JF, Tepper PG, Crandall CJ, Greendale GA, Matthews KA, Thurston RC, Avis NE.. Menopause. 2017;24(1):9-26.

Longitudinal examination of symptom profiles among breast cancer survivors. Avis NE, Levine B, Marshall SA, Ip EH.. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2017;53(4):703-710.

Posttreatment trajectories of physical activity in breast cancer survivors. Lucas AR, Levine BJ, Avis NE.. Cancer. 2017;123(14):2773-2780.

Problems experienced by ovarian cancer survivors during treatment. Keim-Malpass J, Mihalko SL, Russell G, Case D, Miller B, Avis NE.. J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs. 2017;46(4):544-554.

Met and unmet expectations for breast reconstruction in early posttreatment breast cancer survivors. Steffen LE, Johnson A, Levine BJ, Mayer DK, Avis NE.. Plast Surg Nurs. 2017;37(4):146-153.

It is not just menopause: symptom clustering in the Study of Women's Health Across the Nation. Harlow SD, Karvonen-Gutierrez C, Elliott MR, Bondarenko I, Avis NE, Bromberger JT, Brooks MM, Miller JM, Reed BD.. Womens Midlife Health. 2017;3():.

Subjective pain complaints across the menopausal transition: a daily diary study of the Daily Hormone Sub-Study (DHS) of the Study of Women's Health Across the Nation (SWAN) [abstract]. Pavlovic J, Crawford SL, Allshouse AA, Santoro N, Avis NE, Harlow SD, Derby CA.. Menopause. 2017;24(12):1456.

A pooled analysis of 5 treatments for menopausal hot flashes [abstract]. Avis NE, Levine B, Coeytaux RR.. Menopause. 2017;24(12):1455.

Work-related perceptions and quality of life among breast cancer survivors [letter]. Keim-Malpass J, Levine B, Danhauer SC, Avis NE.. Psychooncology. 2016;25(7):873-876.

A brief yoga intervention implemented during chemotherapy: a randomized controlled pilot study. Sohl SJ, Danhauer SC, Birdee GS, Nicklas BJ, Yacoub G, Aklilu M, Avis NE.. Complement Ther Med. 2016;25():139-142.

Acupuncture in Menopause (AIM) study: a pragmatic, randomized controlled trial. Avis NE, Coeytaux RR, Isom S, Prevette K, Morgan T.. Menopause. 2016;23(6):626-637.

Longitudinal reciprocal relationships between quality of life and coping strategies among women with breast cancer. Paek MS, Ip EH, Levine B, Avis NE.. Ann Behav Med. 2016;50(5):775-783.

Characterizing the trajectories of vasomotor symptoms across the menopausal transition. Tepper PG, Brooks MM, Randolph JF Jr, Crawford SL, El Khoudary SR, Gold EB, Lasley BL, Jones B, Joffe H, Hess R, Avis NE, Harlow S, McConnell DS, Bromberger JT, Zheng H, Ruppert K, Thurston RC.. Menopause. 2016;23(10):1067-1074.

Menopausal vasomotor symptoms and incident breast cancer risk in the Study of Women's Health Across the Nation. Hart V, Sturgeon SR, Reich N, Sievert LL, Crawford SL, Gold EB, Avis NE, Reeves KW.. Cancer Causes Control. 2016;27(11):1333-1340.

The InterLACE study: design, data harmonization and characteristics across 20 studies on women's health. Mishra GD, Chung HF, Pandeya N, Dobson AJ, Jones L, Avis NE, Crawford SL, Gold EB, Brown D, Sievert LL, Brunner E, Cade JE, Burley VJ, Greenwood DC, Giles GG, Bruinsma F, Goodman A, Hayashi K, Lee JS, Mizunuma H, Kuh D, Cooper R,.. Maturitas. 2016;92():176-185.

Midlife predictors of health-related quality of life for women during later life [abstract]. Avis NE, Colvin A, Bromberger J, Hess R.. Gerontologist. 2016;56(Suppl 3):.

Feasibility of a brief yoga intervention for improving acute pain and distress post gynecologic surgery. Sohl SJ, Avis NE, Stanbery K, Tooze JA, Moormann K, Danhauer SC.. Int J Yoga Therap. 2016;26(1):43-47.

Masturbation frequency and sexual function domains are associated with serum reproductive hormone levels across the menopausal transition. Randolph JF Jr, Zheng H, Avis NE, Greendale GA, Harlow SD.. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2015;100(1):258-266.

Duration of menopausal vasomotor symptoms over the menopause transition. Avis NE, Crawford SL, Greendale G, Bromberger JT, Everson-Rose SA, Gold EB, Hess R, Joffe H, Kravitz HM, Tepper PG, Thurston RC.. JAMA Intern Med. 2015;175(4):531-539.

Evaluation of the Quality of Life in Adult Cancer Survivors (QLACS) scale for early post-treatment breast cancer survivors. Sohl SJ, Levine B, Avis NE.. Qual Life Res. 2015;24(1):205-212.

Trajectories of posttraumatic growth and associated characteristics in women with breast cancer. Danhauer SC, Russell G, Case LD, Sohl SJ, Tedeschi RG, Addington EL, Triplett K, Van Zee KJ, Naftalis EZ, Levine B, Avis NE.. Ann Behav Med. 2015;49(5):650-659.

Reciprocal relationships between quality of life and coping among breast cancer survivors [abstract]. Paek MS, Ip E, Levine B, Avis N.. Psychooncology. 2015;24(Suppl 2):294-295.

A brief yoga intervention implemented during chemotherapy for colorectal cancer: a randomized controlled pilot study [abstract]. Sohl S, Danhauer S, Birdee G, Nicklas B, Yacoub G, Aklilu M, Avis N.. Psychooncology. 2015;24(Suppl 2):253.

Trajectories of depressive symptoms following breast cancer diagnosis. Avis NE, Levine BJ, Case LD, Naftalis EZ, Van Zee KJ.. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2015;24(11):1789-1795.

Symptom clusters in women with breast cancer: an analysis of data from social media and a research study. Marshall SA, Yang CC, Ping Q, Zhao M, Avis NE, Ip EH.. Qual Life Res. 2015;25(3):547-557.

Cross-cultural adaptation, reliability and validity of the Spanish version of the Quality of Life in Adult Cancer Survivors (QLACS) questionnaire: application in a sample of short-term survivors. Escobar A, Trujillo-Martin Mdel M, Rueda A, Perez-Ruiz E, Avis NE, Bilbao A.. Health Qual Life Outcomes. 2015;13():182.

Trajectories of illness intrusiveness domains following a diagnosis of breast cancer. Sohl SJ, Levine B, Case LD, Danhauer SC, Avis NE.. Health Psychol. 2014;33(3):232-241.

A pilot study of integral yoga for menopausal hot flashes [abstract]. Avis N, Legault C, Russell G, Weaver K, Danhauer S.. J Altern Complement Med. 2014;20(5):A51.

Effects of integral yoga & wellness education on salivary cortisol parameters in women with menopausal hot flashes [abstract]. Danhauer S, Levine B, Adam E, Russell G, Avis N.. J Altern Complement Med. 2014;20(5):A54.

Pilot study of integral yoga for menopausal hot flashes. Avis NE, Legault C, Russell G, Weaver K, Danhauer SC.. Menopause. 2014;21(8):846-854.

Sharing behavioral data through a grid infrastructure using data standards. Min H, Ohira R, Collins MA, Bondy J, Avis NE, Tchuvatkina O, Courtney PK, Moser RP, Shaikh AR, Hesse BW, Cooper M, Reeves D, Lanese B, Helba C, Miller SM, Ross EA.. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2014;21(4):642-649.

Randomized study of acupuncture for menopausal hot flashes: end of treatment and post-treatment results [abstract]. Avis NE, Coeytaux RR, Isom S, Prevette K, Morgan T.. Menopause. 2014;21(12):1343.

African American prostate cancer survivors' treatment decision-making and quality of life. Palmer NR, Tooze JA, Turner AR, Xu J, Avis NE.. Patient Educ Couns. 2013;90(1):61-68.

InterLACE: A new International Collaboration for a Life Course Approach to women's Reproductive Health and Chronic Disease events. Mishra GD, Anderson D, Schoenaker DA, Adami HO, Avis NE, Brown D, Bruinsma F, Brunner E, Cade JE, Crawford SL, Dobson AJ, Elliott J, Giles GG, Gold EB, Hayashi K, Kuh D, Lee KA, Lee JS, Melby MK, Mizunuma H, Sievert LL, Weiderpass E.. Maturitas. 2013;74(3):235-240.

Duration of vasomotor symptoms during the menopausal transition [abstract]. Avis NE, Crawford SL, Bromberger JT, Everson-Rose S, Greendale G, Gold EB.. J Womens Health. 2013;22(3):3.

Does risk for anxiety increase during the menopausal transition? Study of women's health across the nation. Bromberger JT, Kravitz HM, Chang Y, Randolph JF Jr, Avis NE, Gold EB, Matthews KA.. Menopause. 2013;20(5):488-495.

Age-related longitudinal changes in depressive symptoms following breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. Avis NE, Levine B, Naughton MJ, Case LD, Naftalis E, Van Zee KJ.. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2013;139(1):199-206.

Positive and negative affect, depression, and cognitive processes in the Cognition in the Study of Tamoxifen and Raloxifene (Co-STAR) Trial. Danhauer SC, Legault C, Bandos H, Kidwell K, Costantino J, Vaughan L, Avis NE, Rapp S, Coker LH, Naughton M, Naylor C, Terracciano A, Shumaker S.. Neuropsychol Dev Cogn B Aging Neuropsychol Cogn. 2013;20(5):532-552.

Low to moderate dose anthracycline-based chemotherapy is associated with early noninvasive imaging evidence of subclinical cardiovascular disease. Drafts BC, Twomley KM, D'Agostino R Jr, Lawrence J, Avis N, Ellis LR, Thohan V, Jordan J, Melin SA, Torti FM, Little WC, Hamilton CA, Hundley WG.. JACC Cardiovasc Imaging. 2013;6(8):877-885.

Factors related to age at natural menopause: longitudinal analyses from SWAN. Gold EB, Crawford SL, Avis NE, Crandall CJ, Matthews KA, Waetjen LE, Lee JS, Thurston R, Vuga M, Harlow SD.. Am J Epidemiol. 2013;178(1):70-83.

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