PhD program graduate wins dissertation award

Dr. Bomin Jeon
A 2022 graduate of Pitt Nursing’s PhD program received a prestigious award through the Midwest Nursing Research Society (MNRS) Symptom Science RIIG.

Dr. Bomin Jeon, PhD, RN, was awarded a Dissertation Award and will be recognized at the MSRS annual RIIG meeting and at the 2023 Annual Research Conference in Des Moines, Iowa. The live MNRS awards celebration in scheduled for the end of March.

According to the MSRS, the award is to recognize the “contribution of a new PhD prepared nurse whose doctoral dissertation is exceptionally meritorious and exemplified high standards of scholarship and knowledge development in symptom science.”

Dr. Jeon’s dissertation is titled, “The roles of obstructive sleep apnea and insomnia on mood, diabetes-related distress, and glycemic control in adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus.”

“Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), the most common sleep disorder in type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM), is highly comorbid with insomnia,” writes Dr. Jeon. “Comorbid OSA and insomnia is associated with increased risk of psychiatric conditions and its severity relative to OSA alone. However, the impact of comorbid insomnia on psychological symptoms has rarely been examined in adults with OSA. In the context of T2D, Psychological symptoms, such as mood disturbances and diabetes-related distress, are known barriers to diabetes self-management and glycemic control. Understanding the role of comorbid OSA and insomnia on psychological symptoms in T2DM may be significant to improve glycemic outcome. Therefore, the overarching goal of this study was to examine the role of comorbid OSA and insomnia in the association with mood disturbance, diabetes-related distress, and glycemic control in adults with T2DM.”

Dr. Jeon is currently an associate faculty member at the University of Iowa College of Nursing.