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College of Nursing 2019 Fall Seminar Series: Dr. Mary Kapella

Event Details

October 22, 2019
12:00 pm-1:00 pm

Skinner Hall

Room: 101

UMass Amherst Campus

Handicap access available
Free admission
Ian Cooke

The UManage Center for the Science of Symptom Self-Management is delighted to present the fourth talk in the College of Nursing's 2019 Fall Seminar Series, "Optimizing behavioral therapy for insomnia co-existing with COPD", to be given by Dr. Mary Kapella, Associate Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing.

In this talk, Dr. Kapella will describe prevalence and risk factors associated with fatigue and poor sleep in selected chronic medical illnesses and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), the potential impact of fatigue and poor sleep on important outcomes, and recent research on behavioral strategies for management of fatigue and disturbed sleep in persons with COPD.

As a nurse sleep health scientist, Dr. Kapella was principal investigator on a federally funded clinical trial determining the efficacy and mechanisms underlying a unique form of behavioral therapy for insomnia with COPD. Her research is contributing to worldwide understanding of sleep problems which affect 70 million people, many with co-existing, chronic medical conditions. Her work amplified the realization that fatigue reduces physical function and insomnia contributes significantly with COPD. With the goal of impacting health policy changes by informing solutions for handling co-morbidity, Dr. Kapella became expert in conventional cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT-I) for insomnia. Enriching conventional CBT-I with nursing knowledge about health behavior adoption and chronic illness, her feasibility study showed positive and lasting effects of traditional CBT-I plus COPD education on insomnia and fatigue. She is currently examining mechanisms of insomnia therapy on clinical COPD disease outcomes. Results reveal that mood, beliefs about sleep, and self-confidence for managing COPD symptoms and sleep account for much of the variation in insomnia severity. As teacher and mentor, her influence spans local to global and from high school to post-doctoral scientist. With her guidance, students/scholars from the USA and abroad have developed knowledge about sleep, chronic illness and research methods that will facilitate their career development.

Dr. Kapella received her BSN from Aurora University and her MS and PhD from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing.

The zoom link for the talk is: https://umass-amherst.zoom.us/j/218885755