Eileen Chasens

Professor Emeritus
Health & Community Systems


The focus of Dr. Chasens’ research is the effect of sleep disorders and daytime sleepiness on management of chronic disease. More specifically, her research tests the efficacy of treatment of sleep disorders on the ability of persons with type 2 diabetes to integrate diabetes education into their daily behavior. Currently, she has two grants from the National Institutes of Health that support her research. Dr. Chasens leads the School’s research hub for sleep and circadian rhythms.


Dr. Chasens teaches evidence-based research classes to the undergraduate students (NUR 0067) and to the master’s level students (NUR 2000), in addition to teaching Intervention Development (NUR 3289) to doctoral students. She also teaches NUR 1054: Nursing Care of the Older Adult to undergraduate students, and participates in the freshman seminar (NUR 0001). Dr. Chasens guest lectures in courses taught at the undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral level in the School of Nursing and in interdisciplinary courses within the schools of health sciences at the University of Pittsburgh.


She serves on the BSN and PhD Councils, the PhD Curriculum Committee, and the Academic Integrity Hearing Board. Dr. Chasens has served as Chair of the Evaluation and Steering Committee, BSN Curriculum Committee and the School of Nursing Planning and Budget Committee. She is a member of the Eastern Nursing Research Society and serve on the Membership Committee and is the chair of the Bio-Behavior Research Interest Group. She serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of The Diabetes Educator and is a member of the American Nurses Association, Sigma Theta Tau International, and the Sleep Research Society. Dr. Chasens was inducted in 2015 as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.