Dr. Rogers is a Professor, tenured, and nationally renowned sleep expert joined the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing June 2010.  Her distinguished research career spans three decades and has focused on patients with narcolepsy, as well as adult populations who obtain insufficient sleep.  She earned a doctorate from Northwestern University (Evanston, IL), a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Missouri-Columbia (Columbia, MO), and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Iowa College of Nursing (Iowa City, IA).

Areas of Expertise

Clinical: Sleep and Sleep Disorders Medicine

Research:   Excessive daytime sleepiness associated with narcolepsy and insufficient sleep, shiftwork, objective and subjective methods of measuring sleep


Rogers teaches a variety of courses in the PhD program and mentors both doctoral students and undergraduate students participating in the Honors Program.


Dr. Rogers is credited with conducting the Staff Nurse Fatigue and Patient Safety Study, a groundbreaking investigation that documented the long hours frequently worked by nurses and the effect of these hours on patient safety.  Her study lead to sweeping changes in nursing policies in clinical setting across the country, in addition to triggering other investigations into the effects of the long hours worked by nurses.

Her research has been funded by a series of grants from the National Institutes of Health, including the National Institute of Nursing Research, the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, and the National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Stroke.  The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has also funded her research.