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Ghada Abu Irsheed, PhD, RN

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Department of Biobehavioral Nursing Science

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers


Building & Room:

643 NURS


845 S. Damen Ave., MC 802, Chicago, IL 60612

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Dr. Ghada M. Abu Irsheed is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Biobehavioral Nursing Science at the College of Nursing (CON), University of Illinois, Chicago (UIC). She earned her Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a specialization in Adult Acute Care from Jordan University of Science and Technology in 2011, and completed her PhD in Nursing Science at UIC in 2023.

Dr. Abu Irsheed served as a Teaching Assistant at CON, UIC, where she contributed to various undergraduate nursing clinical courses for a period of two years. Her research expertise centers on the intersection of sleep health and its impact on health outcomes. Dr. Abu Irsheed’s doctoral dissertation delved into examining the temporal relationships between sleep characteristics and glycemic outcomes among young adults living with type 1 diabetes.

Currently, she is actively engaged in Dr. Bilgay Balserak's RCT R01 study, titled "B.E.T.T.E.R. Lifestyle Counselling for African American Women During Pregnancy." In her future endeavors, Dr. Abu Irsheed plans to direct her research focus towards investigating the impact of sleep disturbances and cardiovascular risks among type 1 diabetes population.

Dr. Abu Irsheed's commitment to advancing knowledge in nursing science and addressing the intricate relationship between sleep disturbances and cardiovascular disease risk in individuals with type 1 diabetes will underscore her dedication to advancing healthcare knowledge. Her ongoing work at the University of Illinois, Chicago will contribute significantly to the intersection of sleep disturbances and cardiovascular health within the realm of type 1 diabetes, aiming to improve healthcare outcomes specifically for this patient population.

Selected Publications

Zhu, B., Abu Irsheed, G. M., Martyn-Nemeth, P., & Reutrakul, S. (2021). Type 1 Diabetes, Sleep, and Hypoglycemia. Current Diabetes Reports21(12), 55–55.


Martyn-Nemeth, P., Duffecy, J., Quinn, L., Reutrakul, S., Steffen, A. D., Burke, L., Clark Withington, M. H., Abu Irsheed, G., Perez, R., Park, M., Saleh, A., Mihailescu, D., & Baron, K. G. (2022). Sleep optimization to improve glycemic control in adults with type 1 diabetes: study protocol for a randomized controlled parallel intervention trial. Trials, 23(1), 686–686.


Reutrakul, S., Abu Irsheed, G., Park, M., Steffen, A. D., Burke, L., Pratuangtham, S., Baron, K. G., Duffecy, J., Perez, R., Quinn, L., Withington, M. H. C., Saleh, A. H., Loiacono, B., Mihailescu, D., & Martyn-Nemeth, P. (2023). Association between sleep variability and time in range of glucose levels in patients with type 1 diabetes: Cross-sectional study. Sleep health, S2352-7218(23)00140-7. Advance online publication.