Research Summary

As a translational, feminist, clinician-scientist, my objective is to reduce the disproportionate symptom burden during menopause across socioeconomic strata by developing and implementing effective interventions feasible in public health settings and utilizing complexity-informed research methods. Specifically, my long-term goal is to improve the scientific understanding and use of acupuncture to improve symptom experience by applying novel, advanced methods grounded in complexity science.

Education

  • PhD, Nursing Science, University of Washington. Project: Self-awareness and symptom evaluation : Observations from the Seattle midlife women's health study
  • Master's Degree, Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine, Seattle Institute of East Asian Medicine
  • Honors BS, cum laude, Psychology major & Women's Studies minor, University of Utah. Project: A narrative study of frame transitions between physical and pretend mother-infant play

Biography

Dr. Lisa Taylor-Swanson is an Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing at University of Utah. Her research focuses on the improvement of symptom experience with an emphasis on midlife women’s health, gender disparities, and the evaluation of traditional East Asian medicine interventions (including acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, and moxibustion). Dr. Taylor-Swanson is developing and testing an integrative medical group visit (IMGV), revised for women in the menopausal transition. THe IMGV is designed to increase rates of screening for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer, while simultaneously teaching self-care via various integrative health techniques (e.g., self-acupressure, mindfulness, meditation). 

Dr. Taylor-Swanson previously provided acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine in private practice for over 17 years with an emphasis on women’s health and the treatment of male- and female-factor infertility.

Dr. Taylor-Swanson is an avid flamenco and samba dancer, samba drummer, and enjoys world music, yoga, hiking, weight lifting, swimming, and skiing.