Kristen Hedger Archbold Named Associate Dean for Nursing Research for The University of Tennessee Health Science Center

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Dr. Kristen Archbold
Kristen Archbold, RN, PhD, has been appointed associate dean for Nursing Research at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

Wendy M. Likes, PhD, DNSc, APRN-BC, interim dean of the College of Nursing at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), has named Kristen Archbold, RN, PhD, as associate dean for Nursing Research, effective immediately.

Dr. Archbold comes to UTHSC from the University of Arizona, where she was a tenured research professor in the College of Nursing. She received her BSN in 1993 and PhD in nursing in 2001, both from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in neurology at the University of Michigan. She then went to the University of Washington School of Nursing to complete another fellowship in 2003, and went on to become a research assistant professor.

Dr. Archbold is eager to continue her work at UTHSC. Her research is focused on understanding the links between sleep and neurobehavioral patterns in school-aged children, specifically, the impact of disrupted sleep architecture and chronic intermittent hypoxia on brain structure and function in children with obstructive sleep apnea. She is currently funded by the National Institutes of Health with an R0-1 grant in this area.

“I very much enjoy working with children and their families to help improve their quality and quantity of sleep,” said Dr. Archbold. “My work is of importance to the promotion of health and well-being of all children, as a healthy night’s sleep is critical to maximize growth and development trajectories in all children. Nurses are in a key position to facilitate the promotion of healthy sleep hygiene patterns in children and families of all ages.”

“We are excited Dr. Archbold has joined us,” said Dr. Likes. “She will be instrumental in further developing our scholarly portfolio and working with the faculty to set our research agenda for the upcoming years.”

Polly Hofmann, PhD, associate dean for faculty affairs in the College of Medicine at UTHSC, chaired the search committee.