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Postdoctoral Nursing Fellowship in Sleep & Sleep Disorders

  Postdoctoral Nursing Fellowship Opportunity

Sleep & Sleep Disorders 

Nursing Fellowship

Training Environment:

The University of Pennsylvania School Nursing is one of the preeminent Schools in the world with a cadre of nurse researchers studying sleep and sleep disorders.  Under the leadership of Kathy Richards, PhD, RN, FAAN, Diplomate ABSM, the fellowship affords trainees the opportunity to be mentored by and collaborate with nursing faculty who are conducting diverse research focused on some of the most complex sleep and medical problems in our society.  Among colleges of nursing, Penn Nursing consistently ranks at or near the top of those receiving funding from the National Institutes of Health, enabling Penn researchers to affect the course of illness throughout the lifespan, promote health and increase disease prevention, enhance the quality of life, eliminate health disparities, and set direction for end-of-life care.  Research resources at the School of Nursing are many and include a state of the art Biobehavioral laboratory, numerous clinical and research practice sites, research centers that bring researchers together to focus on particular areas of scientific exploration, and the Office of Nursing Research. 

Nursing Fellowship in Sleep & Sleep Disorders: 

The aim of the fellowship is to generate preeminent nurse researchers in the field of sleep.  Each fellow forms a mentorship committee that provides advice and guidance during the training process. The fellowship curriculum is tailored to allow each trainee to concentrate on his/her particular area of specialization. 

 Fellowship Candidates: 

The sleep and sleep disorders fellowship accepts postdoctoral nurse trainees and physician trainees who have completed training in internal medicine, neurology, otolaryngology, pediatrics, psychiatry, pulmonary medicine. The program accepts applications from nurse candidates who have a Doctorate of Philosophy or Doctorate in Nursing Science and are motivated to develop their research focus in sleep science

Fellowship Description:

The training program is designed to be completed in two to three years.  The University of Pennsylvania is a resource-rich environment for trainees in sleep and sleep disorders.  Faculty investigators and clinicians from across disciplines are actively engaged in scholarly dialogue, research, and training-focused activities that provide for an exemplary training experience in sleep.  Numerous sleep clinical and research training facilities exist across the University campus.  These facilities include the Penn Sleep Centers, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Sleep Center. The Center for Sleep & Respiratory Neurobiology serves as the research training resource, which includes 40 plus faculty members from across disciplines and Schools.

 Application Procedure: 

An application form is available to interested scholars by contacting the training director, Kathy Richards, PhD, RN at or co-director, Nancy Tkacs at  In addition to completing the application form, applicants will also be asked to submit one letter of reference and curriculum vitae. 


Kathy Richards:


Nancy Tkacs:

Barbara Riegel:

 Fellowship Objective:

The overall objective of the sleep and sleep disorders fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania is to provide a training program focused on sleep and sleep disorders that will address the paucity of investigators in the area of sleep.  With the recognition of the importance of sleep and the impact of sleep disorders on health, function, and safety, it is imperative that the basic mechanisms of sleep and sleep disorders be elucidated.  Similarly, the impact of sleep and sleep disorders on critical outcomes need to be scientifically examined through patient-oriented research.        

The sleep and sleep disorders fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania addresses these imperatives through a unique 3-track program.  The first track, the graduate program in neurobiology of sleep and circadian rhythm is based on the highly successful Neuroscience Graduate Program.  The second track, the postdoctoral training program for nurse investigators is based at the School of Nursing, where funded nurse scientists examine outcomes of sleep disorders.  The MD/PhD track to train physician-scientists in sleep research is based on the outstanding institutional MD/PhD program.  All of training tracks of the program utilize the extensive resources for research that have been developed by the Center for Sleep and Respiratory Neurobiology at the University of Pennsylvania.