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Maya Elias PhD, MA, RN

Assistant Professor

As a geriatric critical care nurse scientist, it is my long-term goal to build a sustained, impactful program of research that improves cognitive, physical, and psychological outcomes for older ICU survivors and mitigates symptoms of post-intensive care syndrome. My commitment to improving outcomes for older adults is demonstrated by my focused pursuit of research collaborations in geriatrics across clinical settings and transitions of care. I completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship, funded by an NIH F32 Ruth L. Kirschstein Postdoctoral Individual National Research Service Award (F32NR018585), to examine the impact of sleep disturbances on cognitive function in a cohort of English- and Spanish-speaking older ICU survivors. Moreover, while pursuing my PhD in Nursing Science and Master’s Degree in Gerontology, my clinical experiences at the bedside as a Neuroscience Registered Nurse fueled my passion for scientific research. Collectively, my research and clinical experiences provide the prerequisite foundation to contribute to the intersection between science and practice in geriatric critical care nursing.


  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship, University of Miami, 2021
  • PhD Nursing Science, University of South Florida, 2018
  • MA Gerontology, University of South Florida, 2015
  • BSN Nursing, University of Central Florida, 2013

Awards, accolades and distinguished memberships:

  • National Institutes of Health/National Institute on Aging Butler-Williams Scholar, 2021
  • American Academy of Sleep Medicine Sleep Research Program for Advancing Careers (SOAR) Fellow, 2021-2022
  • American Academy of Sleep Medicine Young Investigators Research Forum (YIRF) Scholar, 2020
  • National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Nursing Research Ruth L. Kirschstein Postdoctoral Individual National Research Service Award (F32NR018585), 2019-2021

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Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Informatics

Research Areas

  • Innovative Interventions
  • Symptom Science
  • Lifespan Health

Research Centers

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