The effect of therapeutic light on sleep, circadian rhythm, and global function in women with Alzheimer's disease -- LuAnn Etcher, PhD, RN, GNP-BC

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholars program was designed to increase the stature and academic standing of nursing faculty and draw more nurses to teaching careers by creating a cadre of national leaders in academic nursing through career development awards to outstanding junior nursing faculty.Dr. LuAnn Etcher was selected as a 2012 RWJF Nurse Faculty Scholar. The goal of her project is to characterize the parameters of circadian rhythmicity, physiologic plasticity, sleep, and global function in women with Alzheimer's Disease (AD) and to determine the effect of therapeutic light on those parameters. Over the next three years in the program, Dr. Etcher will have 60 percent protected time to focus on program activities; receive financial support for career development activities in her research and scholarly focus area; work closely with institutional and national mentors to develop her career as an academic nurse leader; and receive training and mentoring in areas such as developing a research and academic career plan, securing research funding, integrating research and scholarship into teaching, exerting leadership through professional and university service, influencing health care policy through research, and developing skills to assume a senior leadership role in academic nursing.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $349,990.00

Awarded on: 8/1/2012

Time frame: 9/1/2012 - 6/30/2013

Grant Number: 70314


Wayne State University College of Nursing

5557 Cass Avenue
Detroit, 48202-3615


LuAnn Etcher
Project Director