The University of Texas at Austin, School of Nursing
1710 Red River Street
Austin, TX 78701-1499
NUR 5.132 (office location)
512 471-7944 (office phone)
Dr. Simpson, an Assistant Professor of Adult Health Nursing in the Division of Adult Holistic Health is developing a program of research focusing on health promotion in informal caregivers of persons with dementia. Her focus is the sleep quality of caregivers and the relationship between sleep quality, mastery, stress, and depression. Her research is working towards development of a multicomponent intervention to improve caregiver sleep and reduce negative health outcomes that can occur with prolonged caregiving.
As a Clinical Nurse Specialist, Dr. Simpson maintains a practice in a geriatric psychiatric practice. Prior to becoming a nurse researcher and CNS, Dr. Simpson practiced as a physical therapist. She enjoys drawing on both of these clinical experiences to enhance her teaching in the subject of aging.