Sharon L. Kozachik, PhD, RN, FAAN
Sharon Kozachik's research focuses on the relationship between pain and disturbed sleep and the mechanisms that underlie their co-occurrence. Dr. Kozachik, who was involved in direct nursing care for a number of years, is committed to relieving suffering through scientific exploration of the clinical phenomena that she observed as a clinician. She currently conducts bedside-to-bench translational research to determine: 1) the antecedents and consequences of pain and sleep disturbance, and 2) whether alterations in HPA axis responsivity serve as a mechanism linking sleep disruption to increases in pain. Dr. Kozachik has received funding to conduct her studies through the National Institutes of Health, the American Nurses Foundation, and the Oncology Nursing Society. In her role as a nurse educator and researcher, she sits on the steering committees for the NIH Roadmap Initiative postdoctoral training grant to prepare interdisciplinary researchers to address the complex challenge of pain, and for the Pain Education curriculum in the Hopkins School of Medicine.
Areas of Scholarly Expertise and InterestBi-directional association between pain and sleep disturbance and the mechanisms involved; cancer and chemotherapy-induced symptoms and side effects; symptom management; aging, geriatrics
"Sex Differences in Sleep, Anhedonia, and HPA Axis Activity in a Rat Model of Chronic Social Defeat." Page, G. G., Opp, M.R., & Kozachik, S. L. 2016. Neurobiology of Stress, 3, 105-113
"A Hyper-Responsive HPA Axis May Confer Resilience Against Persistent Paclitaxel-Induced Mechanical Hypersensitivity." Kozachik, S. L. & Page, G. G. 2015). Biological Research for Nursing [Epub ahead of print].
"Recovery Sleep Does Not Mitigate the Effects of Prior Sleep Loss on Paclitaxel-Induced Mechanical Hypersensitivity in Sprague Dawley Rats." Kozachik, S. L., Opp, M. R., & Page, G. G. (2015). Biological Research for Nursing, 17(2), 207-213
- Cancer and treatment-related symptoms/side effects
- Sleep disruption
- Hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis
Awards and Honors
Fellow, American Academy of Nursing (2015)
Outstanding Nurse Educator Award, Maryland Nurses Association