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Carol Landis PhD, FAAN

Professor emeritus

Throughout my career at the UW, I have served as a PI or Co-Investigator on interdisciplinary research projects investigating physiological, neuroendocrine and immune biomarkers of sleep disturbance in women with chronic conditions such as fibromyalgia, insomnia, chronic fatigue syndrome and more recently in children with arthritis. I have investigated the consequences of sleep loss on thermoregulation, wound healing and innate immune function in preclinical laboratory based studies. For 15 years I co-directed a NINR funded pre- and post-doctoral training grant that prepared 51 PhD students and post-doctoral scholars to begin or to advance knowledge of biobehavioral health. I lecture on sleep both to undergraduate and graduate students, have taught courses both in the PhD program in nursing science and the DNP program, led interdisciplinary seminars on research ethnics and responsible conduct of research, have served as chair of both the PhD and DNP program coordinating committees and the faculty council in the School of Nursing, and Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Informatics.  I am a past member of the Nursing Science Adult and Older Adult NIH Study Section and served on the Nursing Clinical Research Study Section for NIH/CSR. She is a former deputy editor for the SLEEP.

Awards and accolades

  • Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN), 2003
  • 2016 William C. Dement Academic Achievement Award, American Academy of Sleep Medicine
  • 2012 Excellence Award, Department of Biobehavioral Nursing & Health Systems, University of Washington.
  • 2011 Pathfinder Award, Friends of National Institute of Nursing, Washington, DC.
  • 2009 Distinguished Research Award, University of Washington, School of Nursing

What do you love about the UW School of Nursing?

I was attracted to the UW because of the school’s reputation for conducting research, its excellent cadre of nursing scientists, the faculty’s ‘can do’ attitude, and most importantly, the school’s commitment to advancing knowledge about sleep and sleep disturbance science.  Faculty in the school in late 1970’s and early 1980’s established a sleep research laboratory, which was the first one and remains unique among schools of nursing in the US.  This shared facility in the school has enabled nursing scientists to conduct studies that have advanced knowledge, especially about disturbed sleep in many types of painful chronic conditions that primarily affect the health and quality of life of women and children.


Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Informatics

Research Areas

  • Lifespan Health

Research Centers