Terri E Weaver, PhD, FAAN, RN

Contact Information
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
Room 438A Fagin Hall
418 Curie Blvd.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104-4217
tel: (215) 573-2184
email: tew@nursing.upenn.edu

Dr. Weaver teaches a required doctoral course, “Quantitative Research Methods” (N754), which introduces students to different approaches to quantitative research. She explores various methods employed in quantitative research, the advantages and disadvantages of using each method as well as related ethical considerations. Dr. Weaver also conducts a doctoral seminar, “Health Status, Functional Status, and Quality of Life" (N816), that engages the students in discussion of the conceptual definition of these concepts, theoretical underpinnings, and approaches to measurement. She also directs the Post Master’s Certificate in Sleep program and teaches one of the component courses, Sleep Across the Lifespan.

Dr. Weaver is recognized nationally and internationally for her research on the effect of daytime sleepiness on daily behaviors and assessment of treatment outcomes. Dr. Weaver has produced two notable disease specific functional status measures, one for chronic pulmonary disorders and the other for sleep disorders. Her program of research centers on treatment adherence, analysis of treatment efficacy for obstructive sleep apnea, and mechanisms and outcomes of daytime sleepiness. Extending outcomes beyond physiological measures, Dr. Weaver has conducted multisite research to determine the appropriate duration of nasal continuous positive pressure treatment for obstructive sleep apnea required to normalize key behaviors such as functional status. Dr. Weaver and colleagues were the first to characterize the acute decline in adherence observed over the first week of nasal continuous positive airway pressure treatment for obstructive sleep apnea. This work was extended in a study designed to isolate factors contributing to this non-adherence, in which Dr. Weaver serves as the Principal Investigator. This project was part of a Specialized Center of Research (SCOR) grant in collaboration with the Center for Sleep and Respiratory Neurobiology, School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Weaver's current research is supported by the National Heart Blood and Lung Institute of the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Weaver has completed an international multisite controlled clinical trial evaluating the effectiveness of nasal continuous position airway pressure for milder sleep apnea.

• Currently Funded Grants

• Center for Biobehavioral Research


Dr. Weaver, a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and Certified Clinical Specialist in Medical Surgical Nursing, serves on the Board of Directors of the American Lung Association. In 1996, she received the Outstanding Faculty Award University of Pennsylvania Sorority & Fraternity System, and in 1990 received the Marion R. Gregory Award, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, which is awarded for the doctoral dissertation proposal that holds significant promise as a contribution to nursing knowledge. She is the recipient of the Ada Sue Hinshaw Award from the Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research. Dr. Weaver is a member of Sigma Theata Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.

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As a society, we are sleep deprived. We sleep 20 percent fewer hours than people did 100 years ago. It is no wonder that more than 100,000 motor vehicle accidents each year are considered sleep-related. With patients around the clock, nurses frequently identify sleep disorders. It is thrilling to be conducting research in a burgeoning field that presents so many new horizons. Sharing this research information with the next generation, our students, is the capstone to the research effort.