Ellie Bremer

Ph.D., RN, FNP-C

Working to advance the science of women’s health with a focus on anxiety in menopausal women, which is not currently well studied or understood. 

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“Anxiety is a prevalent symptom during menopause; however, there is very little research focused on anxiety symptoms despite the association with distress and impaired quality of life.” 

Featured on Virginia This Morning

(Air date: August 10, 2021)

What Brought Me Here

Having always had an interest in women’s health, my healthcare career began as a registered nurse working in the area of maternal child care. 

 

While completing my Master's Degree at the University of Virginia, I did a substantial amount of literature review on the topic of menopause, which led to two of my research projects: one of which was a review on the safety and efficacy of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, and the other studied the effects that stress may have on cortisol levels in post-menopausal women. 

 

I've continued to passionately study and review the literature on menopause symptoms since 2010, but it was during my doctoral training that I chose to focus more specifically on the concept of the anxiety experience during menopause — which is not currently well studied or understood. After two years of in-depth coursework and review on the subject, it became the subject of my dissertation study and the published results of its findings, titled Anxiety in Menopause: A Uniquely Different Syndrome.

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What Brought You Here

The aim of Anxiety in Menopause: A Uniquely Different Syndrome was to gain an in-depth understanding of the experience of new-onset anxiety in menopausal women — and the results have provided a nuanced, detailed description of this anxiety experience, with applications for research and clinical practice. 

 

The findings of my study have been published in The Journal for Nurse Practitioners. You can download a digital copy of the article here.  

I continue to search for additional opportunities to continue research in this field, and to advance the science of women’s health.

Author

Mood and Cognition. In Geraghty, P. (Ed) Each Woman’s Menopause: An Evidence Based Resource, Springer Publishing Company.   2021

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After the publication of this study, I was invited to collaborate with a group of amazing women to write a book on menopause for healthcare providers.

If you would like to discuss Anxiety in Menopause: A Uniquely Different Syndrome, or a potential research opportunity, I’d love to chat. Just send me your info and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can! 

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Eleanor Bremer, Ph.D.

 

Experience, Education, & Awards 

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Adjunct Faculty

Georgetown University

2018-Present

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Adjunct Faculty

Virginia Commonwealth University

2017-Present

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PhD, Nursing

Virginia Commonwealth University

2014-2018

Master of Science, Nursing

University of Virginia School of Nursing

2010 - 2012

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Bachelor of Science, Nursing

Virginia Commonwealth University
School of Nursing

1998 – 2001

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VCU Bioinformatics 101 Seminar Series  

Bioinformatics and Precision Medicine, concepts, applications and technology behind genomic high-throughput data, high-throughput sequencing analyses and cancer informatics

2017

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Menopause Practice:
A Clinicians Guide  

North American Menopause Society Continuing Medical Education – 26 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
(11.5 hours of pharmacotherapeutics)

2016

Martha M. Barlick Research Award 

Presented to PhD student for demonstrating excellence in nursing research

May 2018

Stokes Ph.D. Fellowship Award 

Supports and encourages Ph.D. nursing students in the dissemination of knowledge relevant to their research

August 2017

A.D. Williams Scholarship 

A competitive two-year award established by a privately supported research foundation in support of Ph.D. student scholarship and health-related research

August 2014

Family Nurse 
Practitioner

American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification

June 2012