Sheila A. Alexander

Associate Professor
Acute & Tertiary Care
School of Nursing
336 Victoria Building
3500 Victoria Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15261

F: 412-383-7227


My primary research interest involves identifying genetic and protein markers of recovery in the acutely neurologically injured patient. Currently, I am attempting to identify predictors of delirium and recovery in a general intensive care unit population and acute and long term recovery after aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage.


At the University of Pittsburgh, I teach the graduate Pathophysiology course for graduate nursing students (NUR 2004) and other health science students (EPIDEM 2004, HRS 2004). I mentor doctoral students with research interests in genetics, traumatic brain injury, subarachnoid hemorrhage, and other measures of neurologic injury and recovery as well as recovery from critical care. Current doctoral students are testing interventions to improve outcomes after severe traumatic brain injury in human and animal models, and genetic variants of recovery from sepsis in the ICU.


I serve as a member MSN Council and PhD Council in the School of Nursing. I am a member of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, American Association of Neuroscience Nurses, Eastern Nursing Research Society, Sigma Theta Tau International, Society for Critical Care Medicine, the Neurocritical Care Society and International Society for Nurses in Genetics. I am current President-Elect of the International Society of Nurses in Genetics and serve on several research related committees for other organizations. I am a grant reviewer for the Veterans Administration Neurobiology C panel, the Department of Defense, the Society for Critical Care Medicine and other groups by request. I also review manuscripts for several journals including the Journal of Neuroscience Nursing and PLOS One.