Michael J. Decker, PhD, RN, RRT, D.ABSM

Associate Professor
Department of Physiology and Biophysics
School of Medicine
Associate Professor
Department of Neurosciences
School of Medicine
Associate Professor
Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing

Research Information

Research Interests

  • Sleep apnea and other sleep related disorders
  • Disorders of minimal brain dysfunction (i.e. attention deficit hyperactivity disorder [ADHD])

Research Projects

Our laboratory focuses on the identification of neural mechanisms that, when perturbed, manifest as night time disorders of sleep. These "night time" disorders are often accompanied by "daytime" symptoms such as fatigue, hypersomnolence, executive dysfunction, and impaired response to stress. Integrating both basic- and clinical-science approaches we are able to explore these critical neurological disorders.

Nursing Neuroscience Lab at Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing

Awards and Honors

Spokesperson
2011
American Academy of Sleep Medicine
Research Excellence Award
1999
American Professional Sleep Societies
Excellence in Anatomy
1999
Stearns Foundation Award
Undergraduate Research Stipend Genetic epidemiology studies at high altitute (Ethiopia)
1994
National Science Foundation
Undergraduate Research Stipend Genetic epidemiology studies at high altitute (Bolivia)
1993
National Science Foundation
Bolton Scholarship
1993
Case Western Reserve University
Bolton Scholarship
1992
Case Western Reserve University
Undergraduate Research Stipend Genetic epidemiology studies at high altitute (Tibet)
1991
National Science Foundation
Bolton Scholarship
1991
Case Western Reserve University

Professional Memberships

Diplomate, American Board of Sleep Medicine, #3543

Education

Doctor of Philosophy
Case Western Reserve University
1999
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Case Western Reserve University
1994
Certified Respiratory Therapy Technician
California College of Health Sciences
1984