Teresa Ward, PhD, RN, FAAN

"My team and I partner with children, caregivers, and families in the design and development of interventions that use technology and self / shared management strategies to promote sleep, health, and wellbeing."

  • Biography



    Dr. Teresa Ward, PhD, RN, FAAN is a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine and the Center for Child Health, Behavior, and Development at Seattle Children's Research Institute. She has adjunct appointments in the School of Nursing and Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology at the University of Washington.

    Teresa's research focuses on sleep health and tailored interventions that integrate technology, behavior change, and shared-management strategies for children, adolescents, and their caregivers to promote sleep and improve health and wellbeing. As a nurse scientist, Teresa's research interests grew from her clinical practice as a nurse practitioner in a pediatric pulmonary and sleep disorders center where she managed behavioral and medical sleep problems. Teresa and her interdisciplinary team partner with children, adolescents and their families in the design and development of sleep interventions using a socio-ecological approach to understand interactions among family, home, school, neighborhood, and culture. Her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, NSF and foundational grants.

    Dr. Ward is a fellow in the American Academy of Nurses, Western Academy of Nurses, and a recepient of the American College of Nurse Midwives Exemplary Partner Award.  Teresa collaborates with the Pain and Sleep Innovation Lab in the Center for Child Health, Behavior, and Development at Seattle Children's Research Institute and the Center for Pediatric Nursing Research at Seattle Children's Hospital.

    Dr. Ward earned her undergraduate degree in Nursing at Allentown College of St. Francis de Sales, a master of science in Nursing at Drexel University, and a PhD at University of California, San Francisco. She completed a two-year postdoctoral fellow in the School of Nursing at the University of Washington. Before joining the UW School of Medicine and Seattle Children's Reseach Institute, Teresa was a faculty member in the Department of Child, Family, and Population Health Nursing at the University of Washington School of Nursing for 15 years.

  • Awards and Honors

    Award Name Award Description Awarded By Award Date
    ACNM Exemplary Partner Award This award honors an individual or organization who aides in the advancement of nurse midwives. American College of Nurse Midwives 2022
    ACNM Exemplary Partner Award This award honors an individual that aided in the advancement of midwifery. American College of Nurse Midwives 2020
    Fellow Western Academy of Nurses Western Institute of Nursing 2020
    Distinguished Research Award University of Washington, School of Nursing 2019
    Fellow American Academy of Nursing American Academy of Nursing 2018
  • Publications

    Other Publications

    • Law EF, Tham SW, Howard W, Ward TM, Palermo TM
      Executive Functioning and Self-Management Processes Mediate the Relationship Between Insomnia and Pain-Related Disability.
      37633572 The journal of pain, 2023 Aug 24
    • Zhai S, Hash J, Ward TM, Yuwen W, Sonney J
      Analysis, evaluation, and reformulation of social cognitive theory: Toward parent-child shared management in sleep health.
      37481389 Journal of pediatric nursing, 2023 Jul 20
    • Zhai S, Chu F, Tan M, Chi NC, Ward T, Yuwen W
      Digital health interventions to support family caregivers: An updated systematic review.
      37223775 Digital health, 2023 Jan. : 920552076231171967 PMCID:PMC10201006
    • Sonney J, Ward T, Thompson HJ, Kientz JA, Segrin C
      Improving Asthma Care Together (IMPACT) mobile health intervention for school-age children with asthma and their parents: a pilot randomised controlled trial study protocol.
      35144958 BMJ open, 2022 Feb 10 : 12(2)e059791 PMCID:PMC8845324
    • Hash JB, Alfano CA, Owens J, Littlewood K, Day A, Pandey A, Ordway MR, Ward TM
      Call to action: Prioritizing sleep health among US children and youth residing in alternative care settings.
      34975013 Sleep health, 2022 Feb. : 8(1)23-27 PMCID:PMC10504063
    • Beck AJ, Duffett-Leger L, Bright KS, Keys EM, Hayden A, Ward TM, Ferber R
      Using wearable and mobile technology to measure and promote healthy sleep behaviors in adolescents: a scoping review protocol.
      34645774 JBI evidence synthesis, 2021 Oct. : 19(10)2760-2769
    • Yuwen W, Duran M, Tan M, Ward TM, Cheng SC, Ramirez M
      Self-Care Needs and Technology Preferences Among Parents in Marginalized Communities: Participatory Design Study.
      34156343 JMIR pediatrics and parenting, 2021 Jun 22 : 4(2)e27542 PMCID:PMC8277348
    • Jansen J, Shulman R, Ward TM, Levy R, Self MM
      Sleep disturbances in children with functional gastrointestinal disorders: demographic and clinical characteristics.
      33590819 Journal of clinical sleep medicine : JCSM : official publication of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, 2021 Jun 1 : 17(6)1193-1200 PMCID:PMC8314671
    • Zhai S, Phillips S, Ward TM
      Sleep Deficiency and Pediatric Chronic Pain.
      34023124 The Nursing clinics of North America, 2021 June : 56(2)311-323
    • Tinker EC, Garrison MM, Ward TM
      Development of the Sleep Health in Preschoolers (SHIP) intervention: Integrating a theoretical framework for a family-centered intervention to promote healthy sleep.
      33591782 Families, systems & health : the journal of collaborative family healthcare, 2020 Dec. : 38(4)406-417
    • Litsfeldt S, Ward TM, Hagell P, Garmy P
      Association Between Sleep Duration, Obesity, and School Failure Among Adolescents.
      31973678 The Journal of school nursing : the official publication of the National Association of School Nurses, 2020 Dec. : 36(6)458-463 PMCID:PMC7675773
    • Ward TM, Skubic M, Rantz M, Vorderstrasse A
      Human-centered approaches that integrate sensor technology across the lifespan: Opportunities and challenges.
      32631796 Nursing outlook, 2020 Nov. : 68(6)734-744 PMCID:PMC8104265
    • Hash JB, Oxford ML, Fleming CB, Ward TM, Spieker SJ
      Sleep Problems, Daily Napping Behavior, and Social-Emotional Functioning among Young Children from Families Referred to Child Protective Services.
      31084215 Behavioral sleep medicine, 2020 July : 18(4)447-459 PMCID:PMC6851456
    • Pina LR, Sien SW, Song C, Ward TM, Fogarty J, Munson SA, Kientz JA
      DreamCatcher: Exploring How Parents and School-Age Children Can Track and Review Sleep Information Together.
      32775963 Proceedings of the ACM on human-computer interaction, 2020 May : 4(CSCW1) PMCID:PMC7409973
    • Hash JB, Oxford ML, Ward TM, Fleming CB, Spieker SJ
      Sleep Patterns, Problems and Ecology among Toddlers in Families with a Child Protective Services Maltreatment Referral.
      31945664 Journal of pediatric nursing, 2020 March : 5185-91 PMCID:PMC7276301
    • Yang PL, Ward TM, Burr RL, Kapur VK, McCurry SM, Vitiello MV, Hough CL, Parsons EC
      Sleep and Circadian Rhythms in Survivors of Acute Respiratory Failure.
      32117040 Frontiers in neurology, 2020 : 1194 PMCID:PMC7033606
    • Starkweather A, Jacelon CS, Bakken S, Barton DL, DeVito Dabbs A, Dorsey SG, Guthrie BJ, Heitkemper MM, Hickey KT, Kelechi TJ, Kim MT, Marquard J, Moore SM, Redeker NS, Schiffman RF, Ward TM, Adams LS, Kehl KA, Miller JL
      The Use of Technology to Support Precision Health in Nursing Science.
      31566870 Journal of nursing scholarship : an official publication of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, 2019 Nov. : 51(6)614-623 PMCID:PMC7147934
    • Zaslavsky O, Thompson HJ, McCurry SM, Landis CA, Kitsiou S, Ward TM, Heitkemper MM, Demiris G
      Use of a Wearable Technology and Motivational Interviews to Improve Sleep in Older Adults With Osteoarthritis and Sleep Disturbance: A Pilot Study.
      30901479 Research in gerontological nursing, 2019 Jul 1 : 12(4)167-173 PMCID:PMC7048171
    • Hash JB, Oxford ML, Fleming CB, Ward TM, Spieker SJ, Lohr MJ
      Impact of a home visiting program on sleep problems among young children experiencing adversity.
      30665020 Child abuse & neglect, 2019 March : 89143-154 PMCID:PMC6526956
    • Choi YK, Demiris G, Lin SY, Iribarren SJ, Landis CA, Thompson HJ, McCurry SM, Heitkemper MM, Ward TM
      Smartphone Applications to Support Sleep Self-Management: Review and Evaluation.
      30353814 Journal of clinical sleep medicine : JCSM : official publication of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, 2018 Oct 15 : 14(10)1783-1790 PMCID:PMC6175783
    • Yuwen W, Lewis FM, Walker AJ, Ward TM
      Struggling in the Dark to Help My Child: Parents' Experience in Caring for a Young Child with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis.
      28778610 Journal of pediatric nursing, 2017 Nov. : 37e23-e29 PMCID:PMC5681389
    • Sonney JT, Segrin C, Ward TM
      Associations Among Behavioral Sleep Disturbance, Family Functioning, and Controller Medication Adherence in Children with Asthma.
      28333848 Journal of developmental and behavioral pediatrics : JDBP, 2017 April : 38(3)208-214
    • Ward TM, Chen ML, Landis CA, Ringold S, Beebe DW, Pike KC, Wallace CA
      Congruence between polysomnography obstructive sleep apnea and the pediatric sleep questionnaire: fatigue and health-related quality of life in juvenile idiopathic arthritis.
      27987106 Quality of life research : an international journal of quality of life aspects of treatment, care and rehabilitation, 2017 March : 26(3)779-788 PMCID:PMC5310971
    • Ward TM, Beebe DW, Chen ML, Landis CA, Ringold S, Pike K, Wallace CA
      Sleep Disturbances and Neurobehavioral Performance in Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis.
      28089981 The Journal of rheumatology, 2017 March : 44(3)361-367 PMCID:PMC5334283
    • Yuwen W, Chen ML, Cain KC, Ringold S, Wallace CA, Ward TM
      Daily Sleep Patterns, Sleep Quality, and Sleep Hygiene Among Parent-Child Dyads of Young Children Newly Diagnosed With Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis and Typically Developing Children.
      26994855 Journal of pediatric psychology, 2016 July : 41(6)651-60 PMCID:PMC5009455
    • Willgerodt MA, Kieckhefer GM, Ward TM, Lentz MJ
      Feasibility of using actigraphy and motivational-based interviewing to improve sleep among school-age children and their parents.
      23686941 The Journal of school nursing : the official publication of the National Association of School Nurses, 2014 April : 30(2)136-48
    • Ringold S, Ward TM, Wallace CA
      Disease activity and fatigue in juvenile idiopathic arthritis.
      22807336 Arthritis care & research, 2013 March : 65(3)391-7 PMCID:PMC4117647
    • Churchill SS, Kieckhefer GM, Landis CA, Ward TM
      Sleep measurement and monitoring in children with Down syndrome: a review of the literature, 1960-2010.
      22410159 Sleep medicine reviews, 2012 Oct. : 16(5)477-88 PMCID:PMC3408773
    • Ward TM, Lentz M, Kieckhefer GM, Landis CA
      Polysomnography and actigraphy concordance in juvenile idiopathic arthritis, asthma and healthy children.
      21592248 Journal of sleep research, 2012 Feb. : 21(1)113-21 PMCID:PMC3159047
    • Ward TM, Ringold S, Metz J, Archbold K, Lentz M, Wallace CA, Landis CA
      Sleep disturbances and neurobehavioral functioning in children with and without juvenile idiopathic arthritis.
      21452251 Arthritis care & research, 2011 July : 63(7)1006-12 PMCID:PMC3128173
    • Lewandowski AS, Ward TM, Palermo TM
      Sleep problems in children and adolescents with common medical conditions.
      21600350 Pediatric clinics of North America, 2011 June : 58(3)699-713 PMCID:PMC3100529
    • Ward TM, Archbold K, Lentz M, Ringold S, Wallace CA, Landis CA
      Sleep disturbance, daytime sleepiness, and neurocognitive performance in children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis.
      20175409 Sleep, 2010 Feb. : 33(2)252-9 PMCID:PMC2817912
    • Kieckhefer GM, Lentz MJ, Tsai SY, Ward TM
      Parent-child agreement in report of nighttime respiratory symptoms and sleep disruptions and quality.
      19720267 Journal of pediatric health care : official publication of National Association of Pediatric Nurse Associates & Practitioners, 2009 Sept. : 23(5)315-26 PMCID:PMC2774208
    • Kieckhefer GM, Ward TM, Tsai SY, Lentz MJ
      Nighttime sleep and daytime nap patterns in school age children with and without asthma.
      18714207 Journal of developmental and behavioral pediatrics : JDBP, 2008 Oct. : 29(5)338-44 PMCID:PMC2756286
    • Ward TM, Gay C, Anders TF, Alkon A, Lee KA
      Sleep and napping patterns in 3-to-5-year old children attending full-day childcare centers.
      17956928 Journal of pediatric psychology, 2008 July : 33(6)666-72
    • Ward TM, Brandt P, Archbold K, Lentz M, Ringold S, Wallace CA, Landis CA
      Polysomnography and self-reported sleep, pain, fatigue, and anxiety in children with active and inactive juvenile rheumatoid arthritis.
      18073234 Journal of pediatric psychology, 2008 April : 33(3)232-41
    • Tsai SY, Labyak SE, Richardson LP, Lentz MJ, Brandt PA, Ward TM, Landis CA
      Actigraphic sleep and daytime naps in adolescent girls with chronic musculoskeletal pain.
      18056139 Journal of pediatric psychology, 2008 April : 33(3)307-11
    • Ward TM, Gay C, Alkon A, Anders TF, Lee KA
      Nocturnal sleep and daytime nap behaviors in relation to salivary cortisol levels and temperament in preschool-age children attending child care.
      18077777 Biological research for nursing, 2008 Jan. : 9(3)244-53
    • Ward TM, Rankin S, Lee KA
      Caring for children with sleep problems.
      17645956 Journal of pediatric nursing, 2007 Aug. : 22(4)283-96
    • Lee KA, Ward TM
      Critical components of a sleep assessment for clinical practice settings.
      16126649 Issues in mental health nursing, 2005 Aug. : 26(7)739-50
  • Research Funding

    Grant Title Grantor Amount Award Date
    Sleep Deficiency and Opioid Use/Misuse in Adolescents Following Surgery NIH/NHLBI 2023 - 2028
    Expanding Access to Care for Marginalized Caregivers through Innovative Methods for Multicultural and Multilingual Adaptation of AI-Based Health Technologies NIH/NINR 2023 - 2025
    Fair and privacy-preserving machine learning for chronic disease symptom management University of Washington, Global Innovation Fund 2023 - 2024
    Sleep, Brain Development, and Behavioral Correlates in a Longitudinal Cohort of Children at Risk for ASD NIH/NICHD 2021 - 2026
    Improving Asthma Care Together (IMPACT): A Shared Management Pilot Study NIH/NINR 2020 - 2022
    Longitudinal study of sleep deficiency mechanisms among Filipino migrants NIH/NIMHD 2019 - 2023
    CocoBot-Tailored Self-Management Program for Latino Caregivers of Children with Chronic Conditions UW Population Health Initiative 2019 - 2021
    Sleep Deficiency and Symptoms in Youth with Systemic Lupus 2018 - 2020
    Pain Self - Management Intervention in Adolescents with Chronic Pain NIH/NICHD 2018 - 2020
    Sleep Shared-Management Intervention of Sleep Health in Children Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis & Their Caregivers: A Pilot Study NIH/NINR 2018 - 2021