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Faculty Spotlight: Assistant Professor Glenna Brewster, PhD, RN, FNP-BC

Glenna Brewster joined the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing in August 2017. She completed a postdoctoral research fellowship in the Center for Sleep and Circadian Neurobiology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Brewster completed her doctoral degree in Nursing Science, a Master’s of Science degree in Family Health Nursing, and a Master’s of Arts degree in Gerontology from the University of South Florida. In recognition of Dr. Brewster’s commitment to aging research and leadership, she received the National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence 2013-2015 Patricia G. Archbold Scholar award.

Briefly, tell us about a research project you’re working on...

All three of my current projects integrate the one population on whom I would like to have impact at the end of my career: caregivers of persons living with dementia. For one study, I am examining sleep characteristics of caregivers. For another, I am providing an intervention to both the person living with dementia and his/her caregiver with the goal of determining whether it impacts their sleep quality and behaviors.

What is one thing you hope your work can offer humanity by the end of your career?

Caregivers of persons living with dementia around the world have access to tailored resources which will improve their lives and the lives of those for who they care.

If you could go back in time and offer yourself some advice early in your career, what would you say?

Develop the art and enjoyment of writing. Learn how to publish and disseminate your research early in your career. Enjoy the process – the victories and the lessons; it is your job to ensure that you are successful.

What do you enjoy most about being at Emory Nursing?

My research team and work colleagues, they have become my extended family.


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