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Box 357260
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195
Phone: 206-543-8736

Diana M. Taibi Buchanan, PhD, RN
Assistant Professor

Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Systems
Box 357266
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195

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My program of research addresses improving sleep and health outcomes in people with chronic conditions by studying the impact of CAM and behavioral interventions. I have studied persons with arthritis and HIV, and also the unique needs of women and older adults. In addition to intervention-based research, my scholarship has focused on methods of research for quantifying health-related behaviors and physiologic signals. I have expertise in actigraphy methods for analysis of sleep and 24-hour rest-activity patterns and also have experience and collaborations around analysis of polysomnography (PSG) and heart rate variability (HRV). My current research addresses 1) community-based yoga programs designed for specific patient groups, and 2) primary care-friendly shorter interventions derived from classic cognitive-behavioral therapies for insomnia (CBT-I). I also lead the Simulation Workgroup on the Interprofessional Collaboration for Innovative Technologies in Education (


I primarily teach in the undergraduate program, particularly specializing in the instruction of basic health assessment. I have also taught undergraduate clinical sections. I teach the Clinical Nurse Specialist clinic seminar courses in the graduate program. I have served on Master's, DNP, and PhD committees of students focusing on sleep, pain, arthritis, simulation, and complementary and alternative therapies.

Practice, Service, Community Involvement

I have a long-standing commitment to the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and served on the board of the Psi-at-Large chapter for over 7 years. I am also a member of the Sleep Research Society and serve on the organization's Research Committee.

Current Publications

Taibi, D. M. & Kardong-Edgren, S. (In press). Healthcare educator training in simulation: a survey and website development. Clinical Simulation in Nursing.

Taibi, D. M., Vitiello, M. V., & Landis, C. A. (2013). Concordance of polysomnographic and actigraphic measurement of sleep and wake in older women with insomnia. Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, 9(3), 271-225. doi:10.1016/j.jana.2012.08.001

Taibi, D. M., Price, C., & Voss, J. (2012, e-pub). A pilot study of sleep quality and rest-activity patterns in persons living with HIV. Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care. doi: 10.1016/j.jana.2012.08.001

Taibi, D. M. (2013). Sleep in persons living with HIV. Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, 24(1 Supplement), S72-85. doi:10.1016/j.jana.2012.10.006

Taibi, D. M., & Vitiello, M. V. (2012). Yoga for osteoarthritis: nursing and research considerations. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 38(7), 26-35. doi:10.3928/00989134-20120608-04

Current Research Projects

2012-present. Principal Investigator (PI). Brief behavioral therapy for insomnia in persons living with HIV. Center for Research on Management of Sleep Disturbances (CRMSD) Sleep Pilot Grant, $20,000.

2011-present. PI. Shared yoga practice for osteoarthritis-related insomnia in middle-aged and older adults. CRMSD, NINR P30 NR011400, $100,000. (Part of the P30 grant that funded the CRMSD).

2009-present. Project Faculty. Innovative technological approaches in nursing education and practice (PI B. Zierler). Health Resources and Services Administration U1KHP09543.

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