Associate Professor

Lichuan Ye, PhD, RN



PhD in Nursing, University of Pennsylvania
MS in Geriatrics and Internal Medicine, Sichuan University, Chengdu, China
BS in Nursing, Sichuan University, Chengdu, China

Research Keywords

Sleep deficiencies, obstructive sleep apnea, treatment adherence, sleep promotion, mobile health


Dr. Ye’s research focuses on promoting health through better sleep and better management of sleep disorders. Her research has contributed significantly in the following areas: 1) generating new knowledge to understand obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) clinical presentations to address under-diagnosis and advance personalized management; 2) improving OSA health outcomes by promoting treatment adherence with innovative interventions engaging family care partners; and 3) managing sleep deficiencies in various settings and populations (e.g., hospitalized patients, urban-dwelling African Americans, older adults, and college students) to reduce health disparities and improve patient health, safety, and quality of care.


Associate Professor, Bouvé College of Health Sciences School of Nursing
Faculty scholar, Institute for Health Equity and Social Justice Research

Selected Honors and Awards

Principal Investigator, OurSleepKit: A Couple-focused m-Health Intervention to Support Adherence to CPAP Treatment. R01HL160836, NIH/ NHLBI, 02/05/2022- 01/31/2027

Principal Investigator, A Sleep Promotion Toolkit for Hospitalized Patients. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, R21 HS024330, 9/30/15 – 9/29/18.

Principal Investigator, Developing a Couple-oriented Self-management Tool to Improve Adherence to PAP Treatment. NUCARE Pilot Grant, P20NR015320, 2018 – 2019.

Principal Investigator, Spousal Involvement in Adherence to CPAP Treatment. NIH-National Institute of Nursing Research, R15 NR013274, NIH-NINR, 06/05/13 – 05/31/16.

Principal Investigator, Developing and Testing a Sleep Education Program for College Nursing Students, American Academy of Sleep Medicine Foundation Educational Projects Award, 2012-2013

Selected Publications

Ye, L., Arnold Mages, M., Jimison, H., Patel, S. (2021). Developing OurSleepKit: A Couple-focused mHealth Tool to Support Adherence to Positive Airway Pressure Treatment. Behavioral Sleep Medicine. 2021:1-11. doi:10.1080/15402002.2021.1984239.

Ye, L., Li, W., Willis, D. G. (2021). Facilitators and Barriers to Getting Obstructive Sleep Apnea Diagnosed: Perspectives from Patients and Their Partners. Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. doi: 10.5664/jcsm.9738.

Ye, L., Dykes, P. (2021). Individualized Sleep Promotion in Acute Care Hospitals: Managing Factors that Affect Patient Sleep. mHealth. 7:25. PMCID: PMC8063008.

Ye, L. Antonelli, M. T., Willis, D. G., Kayser, K., Malhotra, A., Patel, S. R. (2017) Couple’s Experiences with CPAP Therapy: A Dyadic Perspective. Sleep Health – Journal of the National Sleep Foundation, 3(5): 362-367.

Ye, L., Pien, G.W., Ratcliffe, S.J., Björnssdottir, E., Arnardottir, E.S., Pack. A.I., Benediktsdottir, B., Gislason, T. (2014). The Different Clinical Faces of Obstructive Sleep Apnea: A Cluster Analysis. European Respiratory Journal, 44(6):1600-1607. doi:10.1183/09031936.00032314

Selected Public Service

2022 – Elected Member, Assembly on Nursing Nominating Committee, American Thoracic Society
2021 – Advisory Board Member of Biotechnology, Health, and Innovation Research Center, Hungkuang University, TaiWan
2015 – 2016 Member, American Thoracic Society Scientific Advisory Council
2013 – 2016 Member, Sleep Research Society Membership and Communications Committee
2009 – 2010 Chair, Awards Committee, Eastern Nurse Research Society

Courses Taught

NRSG 7712 Quantitative Research Methods
NRSG 7755 Intervention Research: Development, Implementation, and Evaluation
NRSG 5126 Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice
NRSG 5120 Statistics for Health Science

Contact Information


207 C Robinson Hall


[email protected]



Curriculum Vitae