Marie-Annette Brown, PhD, ARNP, FAAN

Dr. Marie-Annette Brown is a Professor of Nursing at the University of Washington and primary care provider at UWMC Women’s Health Care Clinic.  She holds a BSN from Vanderbilt University and a M.N. and Ph.D. from the University of Washington.  She has received the UW School of Nursing’s Excellence in Teaching award, the National Nurse Practitioner Faculty Outstanding Researcher award, the American Nurses Association Nurse Practitioner of the year award and is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.  Over the past two decades she has successfully combined research, teaching and clinical practice and served as a leader in the nurse practitioner movement on local and national levels.  She has authored over 60 research and clinically oriented publications.  Dr. Brown has speared headed multiple research projects including:  Family Impact of life-threatening illness, focusing on HIV infection and cancer; women’s issues such as support and stress related to pregnancy, PMS and subsyndromal depression; pioneer and novice nurse practitioners.  As part of the team that created TNEEL, an innovative multi-media project to improve the quality of end of life care, she developed curriculum and content on grief and loss.  One recent study tested a tri-modal intervention consisting of light, exercise and vitamins in improving energy, mood, well being, self esteem while decreasing appetite and weight issues as well as stress, anxiety, irritability. The success of this randomized, controlled, clinical trial prompted Dr. Brown and her colleague Jo Robinson to write the new consumer health book ““When Your Body Gets the Blues:  The Clinically Proven Program for Women Who are Tired and Stressed and Eat Too Much.”  Feature stories about this work have appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers, and recently in a national Public Broadcasting System (PBS) one-hour special.   Her current research has been a statewide survey of Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners in Washington State to explore their prescribing practices in regard to controlled substances and the transition to fully autonomous prescribing by nurse practitioners.


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