Dr. Motzer studies immune function in women with and without a chronic health disturbance, the symptom experiences of women during menopause transition, and the effects of prescribed walking exercise in persons with heart disease. Currently she is beginning a pilot study to test the feasibility of the data collection protocol for a larger study that will examine relations between subjective and objective indicators of hot flashes, sleep disturbance, and stress reactivity. She is now analyzing data from two National Institute of Nursing Research-funded studies related to immune function. One study examined the effect of a chronic stressor (irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS) on natural killer cell activity in women across their menstrual cycles (funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research). The other study (also funded by NINR) evaluated the cytokine profiles of distressed women. Dr. Motzer also is in the analysis phase of her earlier study testing the effects of a walking exercise program on sleep, cardiac function, and quality of life in persons with heart failure (funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute). Additionally she serves as Center Investigator for the School’s Center for Women’s Health and Gender Research.
Dr. Motzer serves as academic advisor for the Advanced Practice Specialist (APS) MN focal area for medical-surgical (and subspecialty) clinical nurse specialist and nurse educator students, and is the MEPN Director for Summer quarter. She teaches graduate courses in advanced pathophysiology, biology of aging, specialization and role development in advanced clinical practice, and grant writing. She is co-director of a training grant that prepares advanced practice nurses for practice in rural and remote Washington. She serves as faculty on three additional training grants: Infectious Disease and Infection Control Nursing, Advanced Practice Forensic Nursing Specialist, and Nurse Educator Specialist Training. Dr. Motzer is Co-Editor of the 5th edition of Cardiac Nursing, and was a founding co-editor of Progress in Cardiovascular Nursing, a peer-reviewed journal.
Dr. Motzer was President of the Puget Sound Chapter of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, and has served on the Executive Committees of both the local American Heart Association and the national American Heart Association Council on Cardiovascular Nursing. She is a Charter Fellow of the Council on Cardiovascular Nursing and the American Heart Association (FAHA) and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN). She serves on Sigma Theta Tau International’s Governance Committee Charter Review Task Force. Additionally she reviews manuscripts for multiple nursing and interdisciplinary journals and has served as an ad hoc reviewer for NIH grants.