Cassandra M. Godzik, PhD, APRN, PMHNP-BC

Research interests

Throughout my doctoral work, I focused on sleep medicine and mental health symptoms. During my training, I was awarded a grant through the Nurse Educational Funds to conduct a trial of an online cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) program. I am now a practicing psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) as well as a postdoctoral research fellow. 

My current research training aims include learning the basic mechanics of multi-site study design and management, developing an understanding of novel methods in which to assess home sleep environments, leading a retrospective data analysis of primary care provider data on insomnia prescribing practices, and obtaining guidance in my professional development as an academic nurse scientist and leader in healthcare research. Preliminary findings from the retrospective data analysis indicate that there are gaps in treating insomnia according to evidence-based practice guidelines set forth via the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Focus groups with primary care providers (PCP) are planned to understand treatment decisions being made in PCP offices.

In addition to my work at Dartmouth, I have been awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to University of Haifa, Israel, to work alongside sleep researcher, Dr. Tamar Shochat, D.Sc. My overall career goal is to be an independent nurse scientist who conducts interventional studies in home sleep environments to improve psychological health, improve quality of life and functioning, and prevent disease in older adults treated in community health settings. In my free time, I enjoy yoga, travel, and hiking!

Publications

Chasens, E.R., Imes, C.C., Kariuki, J., Luyster, F.S., Morris, J., DiNardo, M., Godzik, C.M., Jeon, B., & Yang, K. (2021). Sleep and Metabolic Syndrome. Nursing Clinics of North America, 56(2). Doi: 10.1016/j.cnur.2020.10.012

Godzik, C.M., Ryan, E.T., Crawford, S.L. (2021). Feasibility of an online cognitive behavioral therapy program to improve insomnia, mood, and quality of life in bereaved adults ages 55 and older. Geriatric Nursing, 42(1), 99-106. Doi:10.1016/j.gerinurse.2020.12.006

Godzik, C.M. (2020). Sleep disturbances in bereaved older people: a review of the literature. Mental Health Practice, 24(1). Doi: 10.7748/mhp.2020.e1492

Lysaght-Hurley, S., Welsh, D.M., Roy, K.M., & Godzik, C.M. (2020). Bridging the Gap: A Hospice Nurse Residency Program,The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, 51(8), 371-376. Doi:10.3928/00220124-20200716-07.

Godzik, C.M. (2019). Gateless Communication: A Concept Analysis, Nursing Forum, 54(4), 636-641. Doi:10.111/nuf/12388.