Nancy Fugate Woods

Nancy Fugate Woods, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N.

Nancy Fugate Woods, PhD, RN, FAAN, is Professor in the Department of Family and Child Nursing at the University of Washington. Since the late 1970s, she has led a sustained program of research in the field of women's health. Her collaborative research has resulted in an improved understanding of women's transition to menopause, including physical and emotional factors; has advanced nursing care for mid-life women; and has provided women with a better understanding of their health. In 1989 Dr. Woods helped established the Center for Women's Health Research at the University of Washington.

Dr. Woods has served as president of the American Academy of Nursing, the North American Menopause Society, and the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research. She helped set research agendas as a member of the National Institutes of Health Women's Health Task Force and Office of Women's Health Research Advisory Council. Her honors include election to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies and to the American Academy of Nursing. She received the American Nurses Foundation Distinguished Contribution to Nursing Research Award, and in 2003, she received the Pathfinder Award from the Friends of the National Institute for Nursing Research. She earned a B.S. in nursing from the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, in 1968; a M.N. from the University of Washington in 1969; and a Ph.D. in epidemiology from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 1978.