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Box 357260
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195
Phone: 206-543-8736

Ellen Mitchell, PhD, RN
Associate Professor Emerita

Family and Child Nursing
Box 357262
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195-7262

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Ellen's current research activity is a longitudinal study, the Seattle Midlife Women's Health Study, focused on the menopausal transition and the health of midlife women. She also has experience with studies about perimenstrual symptoms. Her particular interest is in methodological issues related to sampling and to symptom experiences of women.
Ellen teaches nurse practitioner classes related to the menstrual cycle such as perimenopause, PMS, dysmenorrhea and menstrual problems. She also is interested in the clinical decision-making process in primary care.
Ellen has 22 years experience as a nurse practitioner in a private primary care interdisciplinary practice, Primary Health Care Associates, which she co-founded and co-owned. She recently left the practice in April 1999 to devote more time to her research. She is the Principal Investigator on “Collecting and storing present samples for genetic analyses: Future possibilities for understanding the menopausal transition and gene expression” through the Center for Women’s Health Research. She also is co-investigator and Project Director of the Seattle Midlife Women's Health Study (SMWHS).
Seattle Midlife Women's Health Study
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