Dr. Sakraida’s research program is directed toward building a greater understanding of how disease burden from Chronic Kidney Disease alters or interferes with self-management by individuals with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus. Individuals who experience chronicity commonly revise their self-perspective and prepare as best they can for transition experiences in their self-management behaviors that may include medication adherence, diet management, and physical activity. The early transition model developed in her dissertation research was renamed the Transition Experience Model. This model provides a framework for the proposed study program that builds from foundational descriptive/correlational research and has evolved to intervention research studies.
As a Robert Wood Johnson Nurse Faculty Scholar, Dr. Sakraida is currently leading the Self-Management and Resourceful Transition (S.M.a.R.T) Study. The SMaRT study provides an intervention comprised of tailored learning module along with telephone counseling using motivational interviewing.
In the College of Nursing, Dr. Sakraida is in the Division of Adult and Senior Health and a member of the General Faculty Committee. She serves the university as a member of the Scientific Advisory Review Committee (SARC) of the University of Colorado Clinical Translational Research Center (CTRC) and the Online Faculty Advisory Committee (OFAC).
Dr. Sakraida facilitates learning in the undergraduate course Public Health Nursing and graduate course Studies in Health Promotion and Lifestyle. Her PhD teaching emphasis is within a biobehavioral focus.