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

Carol A. Landis, PhD, RN

Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Systems
Box 357266
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195-7266

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My program of research focuses on sleep and health consequences of disturbed sleep. I have conducted both basic-science and clinical interdisciplinary studies of altered sleep patterns in an animal model of arthritis, sleep deprivation effects on thermoregulation, pain, wound healing, immune function, and descriptive studies of neuroendocrine and EEG biomarkers of nonrestorative sleep in women with fibromyalgia and insomnia. I completed a clinical trial of valerian effects on sleep in older women with insomnia and a sleep study of children with juvenile arthritis. Recently, I was Co-Investigator with the coordinating center for a multi-site study evaluating treatments to reduce hot flashes and improve sleep in menopausal and post-menopausal women and currently am Co-Director for the Biobehavioral Tools Core for the University of Washington Center for Research on Management of Sleep Disturbances. I also serve as Director for the NINR funded institutional Biobehavioral Health Training Grant for predoctoral and postdoctoral fellows.


I enjoy teaching about sleep, the health consequences of sleep loss and ways to improve sleep and provides lectures on these topics to undergraduate and graduate students. I also enjoy mentoring graduate students and postdoctoral fellows and assisting them to enhance critical thinking and research skills.

Practice, Service, Community Involvement

I am a past member of the Nursing Science Adult and Older Adult Study Section and have served on the Nursing Clinical Research Study Section for NIH/CSR. I am an associate editor for the SLEEP. I currently serve on the Senate Faculty Council for Faculty Affairs.

Current Publications

Taibi, D., Landis, C.A., Vitiello, M. V. (2013, in press) Concordance of Polysomnographic and Actigraphic Measurement of Sleep and Wake in Older Women with Insomnia. Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine.

Churchill, S. S., Kieckhefer, G.M., Landis, C.A., Ward, T.M. (2012). Sleep measurement and monitoring in children with Down syndrome: a review of the literature, 1960-2010. Sleep Medicine Reviews, 16(5), 477-88. PMCID: PMC3408773

Ensrud, K.E., Joffe, H., Guthrie, K.A. Larson, J.C. Reed, S.D., Newton, K.M., Sternfeld, B. LaCroix, A.Z. Landis, C.A., Woods, N.F., Freeman, E.W. (2012) Effect of Escitalopram on Insomnia Symptoms and Subjective Sleep Quality in Healthy Menopausal Women with Hot Flashes: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Menopause, 19(8), 848-55. PMCID: PMC3382013

Tom, S.E., Anderson, M.L., Landis, C.A., Bowles, E.J., Woods, N.F., Reed, S.D., Newton, K.M., Buist, D.S. (2011) Sleep problems after short-term hormone therapy suspension: secondary analysis of a randomized trial. Menopause 18 (11), 1184-90. PMCID: PMC3203993

Ward, T.M., Lentz, M.J., Kieckhefer. G., Landis, CA. (2012). Polysomnography and Actigraphy Concordance in Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis and Asthma compared to healthy children. Journal of Sleep Research. 21, 113-21. PMCID: PMC3159047

Current Research Projects

2013-2016 Co-I, Support Healthy Sleep Behaviors through Ubiquitous Computing. National Science Foundation (NSF), Dr. Julie Kientz, PI (Funding to start soon).

2012-2013 Co-Investigator (Co-I), New ways to measure sleep of individuals living with MS. Dr. Dagmar Amtmann, Principal Investigator (PI). Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers, 1-1-13-12-31-13.

2011-2014 PI and mentor, Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation (CES) in Soldiers with Insomnia: A Pilot Study, subcontract. LTC, Betty Garner, PI. TriService Nursing Research Program, HU0001-11-1-TS12, N11-C09, 8-1-11-7-31-13.

2011-2015 Co-I (and mentor), Sleep disordered breathing in Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis. NIH, Dr. Teresa Ward, PI. National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR), NR012734, 5/1/11 – 2/28/15.

2009-2014 Co-PI and Director, Biobehavioral Tools Core, Center for Research on Management of Sleep Disturbances. NINR, NR011400, 08/04/09-5/31/14.

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