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Cherie Simpson, PhD, MBA, RN, CNS, PT | Assistant Professor

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Phone: 512 471-7944

Office: NUR 5.132
The University of Texas at Austin, School of Nursing
1710 Red River Street
Austin, TX 78701

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.

Research Grants - Funded and Active

Principal Investigator

  • 2012- 2013: “Testing a Multicomponent Sleep Intervention for Caregivers of Persons with Dementia: A Pilot Study” funded by the University of Texas, at Austin
  • 2011-2012: “What Is the Lived Experience of Sleep For Caregivers of Persons With Dementia” funded by University of Texas, at Austin, Summer Research Award

Research Projects

  • 2013: “HRS Writing Group” a multidisciplinary group lead by Dr. Toni Miles, Director of the Institute of Gerontology at the University of Georgia, Atlanta collaborating to write a series of papers analyzing the impact of mortality on sleep, resource utilization, resilience and other topics using the Health and Retirement Survey data.

Research Projects Completed

  • 2010-2011: Cherie Simpson, RN CNS, PI. “Assessment of Sleep in Informal Caregivers of Persons with Dementia” funded by University of Texas, $6000 total cost.
  • 2007- 2010: Cherie Simpson, RN CNS, PI. “Sleep: Effect on Dementia Caregiver Mastery, Perceived Stress & Depression” RuthL. Kirschstein National Research Service Award #F31NR010033-01. $87,495 total cost. 
  • 2007- 2008: Cherie Simpson, RN CNS, PI. “Measuring Mastery in Caregivers of Persons with Dementia” funded by Epsilon Theta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society. $1000 total costs
  • Simpson, C. & Carter, P. (in press). The impact of living arrangements on caregiver sleep quality. The American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias.
  • Miles, T., Allegra, J. C., Ezeamama, A., Simpson, C., Gerst-Emerson, K. (2014). The American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/1049909114552125.
  • Simpson, C., Allegra, J. C., Ezeamama, A. E., Elkins, J., & Miles, T. P. (2014). The impact of mid and late life loss on insomnia: Findings from the health and retirement study. Family and Community Health,37(4), 317-326. doi: 10.1097/FCH.0000000000000039.
  • Simpson, C., & Carter, P. (2013). Short-term changes in sleep, mastery & stress: Impacts on depression and health in dementia caregivers, Geriatric Nursing, 34(6):509-16. doi: 10.1016/j.gerinurse.2013.07.002.
  • Simpson, C., & Carter, P. (2013). Dementia caregivers’ lived experience of sleep. The Clinical Nurse Specialist: The Journal for Advanced Nursing Practice, 27(6), 298-306. doi: 10.1097/NUR.0b013e3182a87287.
  • Simpson, C. & Acton, G. (2013). Emotion work in family caregiving for persons with dementia. Journal of Mental Health Issues, 34(1), 52-58. doi: 10.3109/01612840.2012.720649.
  • Simpson, C. & Carter, P. A. (2013). Mastery: A comparison of wife and daughter caregivers of a person with dementia. Journal of Holistic Nursing, 31(2), 111-118. doi: 10.1177/0898010112473803.
  • Simpson, C. & Carter, P. A. (2013). Dementia behavioral and psychiatric symptoms: effect on caregivers’ sleep. Journal.
  • Simpson, C. (2010). Reconciliation of Self: Case studies of Hispanic caregivers of persons with dementia. Journal of Transcultural Nursing, 21(2), 167-174.
  • Simpson, C. E. & Carter, P. A. (2010). A pilot study of a brief behavioral sleep intervention for caregivers of persons with dementia. Research in Gerontological Nursing. 3(1), 19-29. doi: 10.3928/19404921-2009731-02
  • Carter, P.A., Mikan, S. Q, & Simpson, C. (2009). A feasibility study of a two-session home-based cognitive behavioral therapy-insomnia intervention for bereaved family caregivers. Palliative and Supportive Care, 7, 197-206.
  • Simpson, C (2008).Decision-Making Capacity and Informed Consent To Participate in Research by Cognitively Impaired Individuals. Applied Nursing Research. Advance online publication. Doi:10.1016/j.apnr.2008.09.002.
  • Simpson, C. E. & Clark, A. P. (2005) Nosocomial UTI: Are We Treating the Catheter or the Patient? Clinical Nurse Specialist, 19(4), 175-179.
  • Simpson, C. E., Herr, H. J., & Courville, K. A. (2004). Concurrent therapies that protect against doxorubicin-induced cardiomyopathy. Clinical Journal of Oncology, 8(5),497-501.