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University of Colorado College of Nursing

College of Nursing

Teresa Sakraida, PhD, MS, MSEd, BSN

Assistant Professor

Teresa Sakraida

Teresa 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, 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, 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). 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.

Degree Awarding Institution Field of Study Graduation Date
PhD The Catholic University of America
Washington D.C.
Nursing 2002
MS Indiana Wesleyan University
Marion, Indiana
Community Health Nursing 1990
MSEd Indiana University
Fort Wayne, Indiana
Education 1983
BSN Goshen College
Goshen, Indiana
Nursing 1978
Title Organization Year
Doris Kemp Smith Award University of Colorado Denver, College of Nursing 2006 – 2007
Intramural Small Grant Award University of Colorado Denver, College of Nursing 2006 – 2007
Chancellor' Teaching Recognition Award   2006 – 2007
Western Institute of Nursing WIN Best Poster 2005 – 2006
Provost' Faculty Diversity Fellow University of Pittsburgh 2002 – 2003
N.E.P.T.U.N.E. Award, Nursing' Excellence in Planning and Teaching within the University Network Environment University of Pittsburgh College of Nursing 2002 – 2003
Scholarly Achievement Award Sigma Theta Tau International, Xi Nu Chapter 1998 – 2000
Sister Olivia Gowan Scholarship The Catholic University of America, College of Nursing 1998 – 1999
Nursing Research Fellowship Program Midwest Alliance for Health Education Academic Year 1998 – 1999
  1. Sakraida, T.J., D'Amico, J., & Thibault, E. (2010). Small Grant Management in Health and Behavioral Sciences, Applied Nursing Research,23,171-177. [Advance online publication at www. Science Direct, doi:10.1016/j.apnr.2008.06.006]
  2. Mitchell, A., Kim, Y., Sakraida, T.J., Bullian, L., & Chiappetta, L. (2009) Depression, anxiety, and quality of life in suicide survivors: A comparison of close and distant relationships, Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, 23 (1), 2-10. [First published Archives of Psychiatric Nursing,]
  3. Sakraida. T.J. & Robinson, M.V. (2009). Health Literacy Self-Management by patients with T2DM and Stage 3 CKD, Western Journal of Nursing Research, 31 (5), 627-647. [First published Western Journal of Nursing Research OnlineFirst, doi:10.1177/0193945909334096,
  4. Sakraida, T.J. (2008). Stress and Coping of Midlife Women in Divorce Transition, Western Journal of Nursing Research, 30 (7), 869-887.
  5. Sevick, M.A., Zickmund, S., Korytkowowski, M., Piraino, B., Sereika, S., Mihalko S., Snetselaar, L., Stumbo, P., Hausmann, L., Ren, D., Marsh, R., Sakraida, T.J., Gibson, J., Safaien, M., Starrett, T.J., & Burke, L. (2008) Design, feasibility, and acceptability of an intervention using personal digital assistant-based self-monitoring in managing type 2 diabetes, Contemporary Clinical Trials, 29 (3), 396-409.
  6. Mitchell, A.M., Sakraida, T.J., Dysart-Gale, D., & Gadmer, N. (2006). Nurses' narratives of end-of-life care. Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing, 8(4), 210-221.
  7. Burns, H.K., Sakraida, T.J., Englert, N.C., Hoffmann, R.L., Tuite, P., & Foley, S. M. (2006) Returning nurses to the workforce: Developing a fast track back program Nursing Forum, 41(3), 125-132.
  8. Sakraida. T.J. (2006). Nola J. Pender: Health promotion model In A. M. Tomey & M. R. Alligood, Nursing Theorists and Their Work (6th edition, pp. 452-471). St. Louis, MO: C. V. Mosby Company.
  9. Mitchell, A.M., Sakraida, T.J., & Zalice, K.K. (2005). Disaster care: Psychological considerations. Nursing Clinics of North America, 40, 535-550.
  10. Sakraida, T.J. (2005).  Common themes in the divorce transition experience of midlife women. Journal of Divorce & Remarriage, 43(1/2), 69-88.
  11. Sakraida, T.J. (2005).  Divorce transition differences of midlife women. Issues in Mental Health Nursing 26, 225-249.
  12. Sakraida, T.J., & Draus, P. J. (2005). Quality handout development and use. Journal of Nursing Education, 44(7), 326-329.
  13. Sakraida, T. J., & Draus, P. (2003). Transition to a web-supported curriculum. Computers, Informatics, Nursing, 21(6), 309-315.
  14. Mitchell, A.M., Sakraida, T.J., & Kameg, K. (2003). Critical incident stress debriefing: Implications for best practice. Disaster Management, & Response, 1(2), 46-51.
  15. Mitchell, A.M., Kameg, K., & Sakraida, T.J. (2003). Post-traumatic stress: Clinical implications. Disaster Management, & Response, 1(1), 14-18.
  16. Mitchell, A.M., Sakraida, T.J., & Kameg, K. (2002) Overview of post-traumatic stress. Disaster Management and Response, Premier Issue, 10-14.
  • Transition Experiences to Self-management of Chronic Kidney Disease, Small Grant, Sigma Theta Tau International, January 2006 - August 2007. Funded.
  • Transition Experiences as Psychological Process of Change and Social Resources in Self-management of Chronic Kidney Disease, Alpha Kappa Chapter-at-Large of Sigma Theta Tau International. July 2006 – June 2008 Funded.
  • Characteristics of Transition Experiences to Self-management Among Persons with Type 2 Diabetes and Chronic Kidney Disease, Intramural Award, University of Colorado Denver, College of Nursing, July 2006 – June 2007. Funded.
  • Self-management of Type 2 Diabetes and Chronic Kidney Disease, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Nurse Faculty Scholar Program, September  2008 – August 2011. Funded.
  • Her Current Practice interest is public health nursing, particularly health promotion and health behavior change related to populations managing Type 2 diabetes mellitus and chronic kidney disease stage 3. She is a Clinical Research Associate of the University of Colorado Hospital, Kidney Disease and Hypertension Clinic and the University of Colorado Hospital, Endocrinology Clinic.