Janet S. Carpenter, PhD, RN, FAAN
- Professor, Department of Adult Health
- Sally Reahard Chair
- Director, Center for Enhancing Quality of Life in Chronic Illness
Contact Information(317) 278-6093
- 1998, Postdoctoral Fellowship, Behavioral Sciences, College of Medicine, University of Kentucky
- 1996, PhD, College of Nursing, University of Kentucky
- 1992, MSN, College of Nursing, University of Kentucky
- 1988, BSN, School of Nursing, Oakland University
1 R01 CA132927 (2008-2013). PI. Breathe-intervention for Hot Flashes, Interference, and Associated Outcomes.
1 U01 AG032659 (2008-2013). PI. MsFLASH Paced Respiration for Breast Cancer Survivors, MsFLASH Lab Pilot Study 00, MsFLASH study 01 Escitalopram for Menopausal Symptoms in Mid-life Women, MsFLASH study 02 Interventions for Menopausal Symptoms: A 3x2 Factorial Study Examining Exercise, Yoga, and Omega-3 Supplementation
I enjoy mentoring and classroom teaching and am currently working with individuals at all program levels (BSN honors to post-doctoral fellows). In Spring, I will be teaching NURS D627, Menopause: Bio-psychosocial-cultural perspectives (3 credits, graduate level or special permission from instructor).
Over the past two decades, my program of research has focused on oncology and women’s health, specifically the measurement, mechanisms, and management of menopausal symptoms in cancer survivors and midlife women without cancer. Click here for my publications
•Measurement. To better measure menopausal symptoms, I assessed symptom prevalence and impact and developed a toolkit for assessing vasomotor symptoms. This toolkit contains the Hot Flash Related Daily Interference Scale (HFRDIS) and other subjective and objective measures that are now widely used in clinical trials. I am developing physiological monitors to measure hot flashes with other faculty and students on campus.
•Mechanisms. To understand the physiological causes of menopausal symptoms, I have worked with faculty and students in many different disciplines to (1) verify the basic physiological parameters of hot flashes/night sweats (e.g., increased core temperature, increased metabolic rate) and (2) evaluate the role of central (brain) serotonin in hot flash physiology. A student and I are currently working on understanding how the chemical composition of the air we breathe might affect hot flashes. This work may lead to new and better treatments for women.
•Management. To better manage menopausal symptoms, I have been involved in several, interdisciplinary clinical trials. I am the only nurse to lead a clinical site within the NIH-funded MsFLASH research network. We have conducted studies testing escitalopram, yoga, exercise, and omega-3 fatty acids. I have also published findings from my NINR-funded clinical trial of venlafaxine, a treatment that is widely used in clinical practice, and my NCI-funded clinical trial of paced respiration. Finally, I am working with decision making experts in psychology and economics to better understand the complexity of women’s menopausal symptom management decision making. Our long term goal is to develop a decision aid to help these women with informed and shared decision making.
My professional service includes being a member and/or chair of groups that review national grant or scholarship applications (NIH, ONS, ACS), reviewing manuscripts for national and international research journals, and other similar activities. Since 2011, I have served as the Director of the Center for Enhancing Quality of Life in Chronic Illness, which administers pilot funding for faculty research. I also serve on or lead committees on campus, at the cancer center, and in the School of Nursing.
For fun, I like to spend time with family and friends, take long walks, go swimming, do yoga, bake, cook, sew, needlecraft, garden, write, shop, and travel.