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Director of Special Academic Programs
920 Madison, #920
Memphis, TN 38163

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Pace is a Professor and the Director of Special Academic Programs at the College of the Nursing. She teaches in the DNP program. Additionally she is responsible for identifying and developing any new special academic programs or fellowships. In Fall, 2017, Dr. Pace worked with colleagues to launch the Registered Nurse First Assistant Program, the first such program in the state of Tennessee.

She is the first Nurse Practitioner to serve as President of the North American Menopause Society (2012-2013) and served 6 years on the Board of Trustees. She is a NAMS Certified Menopause Practitioner (NCMP) since 2001 and continues to serve on many of the organization’s committees and serves as the only APRN on the Clinical Pearls Task Force. She was named by NAMS as the 2016 Certified Menopause Practitioner of Year. Dr. Pace has published/presented significantly on menopause and sexual health and is a contributor to the current NAMS’s textbook: Menopause Practice: A Clinician’s Guide. She is the only non-physician to serve on a Menopause Curriculum Task Force to develop a curriculum for residents and other clinicians by The Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics (APGO) and helped in the beta-testing of the NAMS Menopause app, MenoPro. She serves as a reviewer for The Journal of Menopause & served as co-editor for a women’s health focus publication for the Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She contributed to the development of a national CE program on osteoporosis and a national on-line CME program on: “Guidance on Menopause Management” available at: . Dr. Pace also served as one of two contributors to the Menopause content in the Well Woman app for the National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health (NPWH).

Dr. Pace has been inducted as a Fellow in the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (2007) and presents at their national conferences. In 2017 she was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nurses. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society & the American Nurses Assoc. She is an active member of TNA and served as Chair of the APN Council. She has received numerous awards from TNA and in 2016 was presented their esteemed Award for Nursing Excellence in Advanced Practice.  She has served as Past President and Board Member of the Greater Memphis Area Advanced Practice Nurses Association. She is also a member of the National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health where she was chosen the 2015 Inspiration in Women’s Health Awardee. A long time advocate for “provider neutral language”, Dr. Pace advocated for >2 years to a large pharmaceutical company to change their tag from “Ask your Doctor” to “Ask your Healthcare Professional”. In 2016, she was invited to be the HCP in their website commercials.

Dr. Pace has been active in healthcare informatics and has served on many state e-Health committees and served 5 years on the ANA nursing practice committee on information infrastructure. In 2011, Dr. Pace obtained the newly prestigious federal certification: HIT Pro Clinician/Practitioner Consultant Health Information Technology Professional.

She was awarded the 2013 AANP Nurse Practitioner State Excellence Award, the 2012 Memphis Women to Watch Award, the 2011 STTI Chapter Outstanding Clinical Practice Award and the Celebrate Nursing Great 100 Nurses of Memphis Award, as well as many other professional clinical, leadership, and educational awards over her nursing career. As a FNP for more than 40 years, she has provided primary care and currently serves as a consultant and referral source for clinicians to refer patients on menopausal and sexual health clinical issues. She holds a dual faculty appointment in the College of Medicine/Department of Ob-Gyn and sees patients in their women’s health clinic.


Dr. Pace obtained her initial preparation as a registered nurse from the Methodist Hospital School of Nursing/Memphis in 1971, and in 1976, she completed a certificate in the Family Nurse Practitioner program at the University of Arkansas Center for Health Sciences. In 1995, she completed a BSN from Union University, a MSN from University of Tennessee Health Science Center in 1996, and her Ph.D. in nursing from UTHSC in 1998. Her dissertation examined the “Effect of Postmenopausal Hormone Replacement Therapy on Heart Rate Variability”. Additionally, she has obtained non-nursing degrees: Bachelors in General Studies/Health Care Administration in 1982 from Arkansas State University and a MS in Curriculum and Instruction from Memphis State University in 1984.

Dr. Pace has been married to Jim since 1971. They have 2 daughters and 5 grandchildren.


Last Published: Apr 9, 2019