Ashley Coombe

Ashley Coombe

Associate Professor, clinical track, DABSN Program Assistant Director & Remediation Lead


Dr. Ashley Coombe is an Associate Professor, clinical track, and joined the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing in June, 2018 as part of the D-ABSN program faculty. Her area of expertise includes adult health nursing and nursing education. She received her Master's in Nursing Education from the University of West Georgia in 2007 and PhD in Nursing Science from Georgia State University in 2012. Her research interests include impaired sleep and insulin resistance. Dr. Coombe is also a Certified Nurse Educator from the National League of Nursing.

Areas of Expertise

Adult Health
Nursing Education


Faulkner, M. S. & Helvig, A. (2018). Sleep quality and heart rate variability in adolescents with type 1 or type 2 diabetes. Abstract No. 811, published in Diabetes, Supplement.

Aycock, D. M., Hayat, M. J., Helvig, A., Dunbar, S. B. & Clark, P. C. (2018). Essential considerations in developing attention control groups in behavioral research. Research in Nursing & Health, 41, 320-328. doi: 10.1002/nur.21870

Lee, J., Spratling, R., & Helvig, A. (2017). Sleep characteristics in mothers of children with developmental disabilities. Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 32(1), e9-e18. doi: 10.1016/j.pedhc.2017.08.002

Helvig, A., Faulkner, M. S., Clark, P., Chasens, E., McCrory, M.A., Zhang, N., & Hayat, M.J. (2017). Impaired Sleep and Insulin Resistance in Young Adults (abstract). Diabetes, 66(Abstract Supplement 1), A226.

Helvig, A., Wade, S., & Eades, L. (2016). Rest and the associated benefits in restorative sleep: A concept analysis. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 72(1), 62-72.
doi: 10.1111/jan.12807

Sawyer, N. T., Helvig, A. W., Makinson, C. D., Decker, M. J., Neigh, G.N., and Escayg, A. (2016). Dysfunction of the voltage-gated sodium channel Scn1a alters behavior, but not the seizure response to stress. Genes, Brain, and Behavior, 15(3), 335-47. doi: 10.1111/gbb.12281

Helvig, A., Minick, P., & Patrick, D. (2014). Post-operative management of patients with obstructive sleep apnea: Implications for the medical-surgical nurse. MEDSURG Nursing, 23(3), 171-177.

Helvig, A. & Decker, M. (2014). Omega 3 fatty acids and the brain: Implications for nursing practice. British Journal of Neuroscience Nursing, 10(1), 29-37.