Jesus (Jessie) M. Casida, PhD, RN, APN-C

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Department of Health Behavior and Biological Sciences

University of Michigan School of Nursing
426 North Ingalls Building
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2003


  • Self-management
  • Psychometric testing
  • Clinical nursing leadership and organizational performance
  • Caregiving (formal and informal)

Dr. Casida’s program of research focuses on self-management and caregiving in populations living with complex conditions including, but not limited to patients with advanced heart failure requiring implantation of a ventricular assist device, total artificial heart, or cardiac surgery. In the context of self-management, Dr. Casida investigates mechanisms and interventions related to patient’s treatment adherence, self-efficacy, and symptom management (e.g., sleep disturbances). Additionally, he investigates the degree to which the patient’s informal (e.g., family member) and formal (e.g., nurses) caregivers contribute to the patient’s health, morbidity, healthcare utilization, and quality of life outcomes. Notably, Dr. Casida is passionate in explicating and documenting the bedside nurses and advanced practice nurses' contributions to organizational performance at the patient care unit, department, hospital, and healthcare system’s levels.

Current Research Grants and Programs:

  • A preliminary evaluation of a mobile care app as self-management tool in patients with a left-ventricular assist device (LVAD) funded by the NIH (NIH/NINR P20NR015331), 2014-present


Dr. Casida has extensive teaching experience in hospital and academic settings. Over the past 12 years, he has been teaching undergraduate, master's, and doctoral students in teaching-focused and research-intensive universities. His teaching style is grounded in theoretical and empirical knowledge of educating health care professionals. Dr. Casida is a passionate and dedicated teacher, consistently upholding a high standard of teaching and learning. He believes that teachers should expect beyond the minimum standard performance from students and help them achieve that expectation by believing in and cultivating students' potentials to excel. Dr. Casida also believes that teaching and learning shared accountabilities for students and teachers: Teachers facilitate while the students direct the learning process. It is his responsibility, however, to provide the students with appropriate course structure, educational resources, and an environment conducive to positive learning experiences and outcomes. Dr. Casida aspires to serve as a role model for the next generations of clinical experts, leaders, scholars, and health policy makers, to continually influence students as lifelong learners, and to be an excellent steward of the University and the nursing profession at large.

Affiliations / Service

  • Editorial Board, AACN Advanced Critical Care Journal, 1/2017-present
  • Member, American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, 1991 to present (served on several committees since 2002, and founding member of the Cardiac Surgery Certification Exam Committee, 2004-12)
  • Member, American Association of Heart Failure Nurses, 2006 - present (served as a member (2009-12) of the Research Committee; as committee chair, 2012-14).
  • Member, American Heart Association, 2008-present (served as grant reviewer for Behavioral Clinical Research, 2012-13, and current member of the CVSN Complex Cardiovascular Patient and Family Care Committee and Diversity Taskforce)
  • Member, Midwest Nursing Research Society, 2008-present (served as a member of the Award Nominations Committee ,2010-13, chaired the reformulation of the Acute & Critical-Care Across the Life-Span Research Section, 2012, and served as Advisory Board Member for Research Sections, 2013-14)
  • Member, American Nurses Association of Michigan (2011-present); served as Region 7 Representative for Evidence-Based Practice Council, 2013-15)
  • Member, Sigma Theta Tau International, 2003-present (Faculty counselor, Rho Chapter, 2013-14)
  • Editorial Board Member, Annals of Nursing and Practice (2014-present), Journal of Sleep Medicine and Disorders (2014-present), Progress in Transplantation- the Journal for Procurement and Clinical Transplant Professionals (2014-present).

Notable Awards / Honors

  • Mae Edna Doyle Teacher of the Year Award, University of Michigan School of Nursing, 2015
  • Outstanding Alumni, BU College of Nursing, 2013
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholar, 2009
  • Nursing Spectrum's Midwest Notable Nurses, 2009
  • National Coalition of Ethnic Minority Nurses Association Nurse Scientist Stimulation Program Scholar, 2006
  • Lucille Pace Humanitarian Award, Babies Hospital Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, 1996


  • PhD, Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ 2007
  • MS, Columbia University, New York City, NY 1996
  • BSN, Bicol University, Legazpi City, Philippines, 1988

Publication Highlights

  • Casida, J. M., Wu, H. S., Abshire, M., Ghosh, B., & Yang, J. J. (2016). Cognition and adherence are self-management factors predicting the quality of life of adults living with a left ventricular assist device. The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation. doi: 10.1016/j.healun.2016.08.023. [Epub ahead of print

  • Casida, J. M., Wu, H. S., Harden, Carie, A. P., & Chern, J. (2015). Evaluation of the psychometric properties of self-efficacy and adherence scales for caregivers of patients with a left-ventricular assist devices. Progress in Transplantation, 25(2), 116-123.

  • Casida, J. M., Wu, H. S., Harden, J., Chern, J., & Carie, A. P. (2015). Development and initial evaluation of the psychometric properties of self-efficacy and adherence scales for patients with a left ventricular assist device. Progress in Transplantation, 25(2), 110-115.

  • Hickey, K. T., Hodges, E., Thomas, T., Coffman, M., Taylor-Pillae, R. E., Johnson-Mallard, V. M., Goodman, J. H., Jones, R., Kantz, S., Galik, E., Gates, M., & Casida, J. M. (2014). Initial outcomes of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholars Program. Nursing Outlook, 62(6), 394-401.

  • Marcuccilli, L. M., Casida, J. M., Bakas, T., & Pagani, F. D. (2014). The experience of caring for an adult with a left ventricular assist device as destination therapy: Family Caregivers’ perspectives, Progress in Transplantation, 24(4), 332-340.

  • Casida, J. M., Davis, J. E., Shpakoff, L., & Yarandi, H. (2014). An Exploratory study of the patients' sleep patterns and inflammatory response following cardio-pulmonary bypass (CPB).Journal of Clinical Nursing, 23 (15-16), 2332-2342.

  • Marcuccilli, L., Casida, J. M., & Peters, R. M. (2013). Modification of self-concept in patients with a left ventricular assist device: an initial exploration. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 22, 2456-2464.

  • Casida, J. M., Yaremchuck, K., Sphakoff, L., Marrocco, A., Babicz, G., & Yarandi, H. (2013). The effects of guided imagery on sleep and inflammatory response in cardiac surgery: A pilot randomized controlled trial. Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery, 54,(2), 269-279.

  • Casida, J. M., & Pastor, J. (2012). Practice pattern and professional issues of nurse practitioners in the mechanical circulatory support programs in the US. Progress in Transplantation, 22(3), 229-236.

  • Casida, J. M., & Shpakoff, L. (2012). Baccalaureate student perceptions of integrating simulation as a teaching strategy in an acute and critical care nursing course. Clinical Simulation in Nursing, 8(8), e347-e352.

  • Marcuccilli, L., & Casida, J. M. (2012). Overcoming alterations in body image imposed by the left ventricular assist device: A case report. Progress in Transplantation, 22(2), 212-216.

  • Casida, J. M., Crane, P. C., Wargo, L., & Walker T. (2012). Elaboration of leadership and culture in high performing nursing units of hospitals as perceived by staff nurses. Nursing Research, Theory, & Practice: An International Journal, 26(4), 241-261.

  • Casida, J. M., Brewer, R., Smith, C., & Davis, J. E. (2012). Sleep, daytime function, and quality of life of patients with mechanical circulatory support. International Journal of Artificial Organs, 35(7), 531-537.

  • Prasun, M., Casida, J. M., Esquievel, J. H., Fahlberg, B., Johnson, C., Mock, J., . . . Yehle, K. (2012). Practice patterns of heart failure nurses. Heart & Lung. The Journal of Acute & Critical Care, 41(3), 218-225.

  • Casida, J. M., & Parker, J. (2012). A preliminary investigation of symptom pattern and prevalence before and up to 6 months after implantation of a left ventricular assist device. Journal of Artificial Organs, 15(2), 211-214.

  • Casida, J. M., & Nowak, L. (2011). Integrative therapies to promote sleep in the ICU. In Chlan, L., & Hertz, M. (Eds.). Integrated Therapies in Lung Health & Sleep. Springer: NY.