faculty profile

Makayla Cordoza   PhD, RN, CCRN-K

Assistant Professor


Dr. Cordoza's research is at the intersection of sleep and cognitive function. She leverages her experience working as a critical care nurse and nursing practice specialist, with her research training in sleep and circadian neurobiology to investigating the role of sleep in the development of neurocognitive impairment in adults experiencing acute and chronic illness requiring hospitalization. Dr. Cordoza's ultimate goal is to develop interventions that improve sleep and circadian rhythmicity as a mechanism to protect neurocognitive function across the hospitalization trajectory.


  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Respiratory Neurobiology and Sleep (NHLBI T32 HL07713, PI: Dr. Allan Pack; Primary mentor: Dr. David Dinges), University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
  • PhD, Nursing Science, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
  • Predoctoral Fellowship, Translational Science (NCATS TL1 TR002318, PI: Joanne Whitney), University of Washington, Seattle, WA
  • MSN, Clinical Research Administration, George Washington University, Washington, DC
  • BSN, Linfield College, Portland, OR

Current Research/Scholarly Interests

  • Sleep
  • Neurocognitive function
  • Acute & Critical illness
  • Hospitalization outcomes

Academic Interests

  • Physiologic measurement
  • Designing & testing interventions
  • Research methods


2023-2026 (PI: Cordoza). Differences in Physiologic Sleep for Patients with and without Intensive Care Unit Delirium. National Institute of Nursing Research (R00 NR019862).

2021-2023 (PI: Cordoza). Clinical and Demographic Risk Factors for Intensive Care Unit Delirium in Patients with Thoracic Surgery: A Retrospective Chart Review Study. National Institute of Nursing Research (K99 NR019862).

2019-2022 (PI: Cordoza). Changes in Sleep Quality due to Critical Illness. American Nurses Foundation.

2017 (PI: Cordoza). Energy Expenditure in Patients Undergoing Targeted Temperature Management at 36 ?C After Cardiac Arrest, the Effect of Shivering and Ability to Maintain Goal Temperature. Psi as Large Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau.

2014-2018 (PI: Ulrich) Healing Gardens for Patients, Families and Staff. TKF Foundation National Open Spaces Sacred Places Award (Role: Co-I).

Representative Publications


Basner, M., Smith, M. G., Jones, C. W., Ecker, A. J., Howard, K., Schneller, V., Cordoza, M., Kaizi-Lutu, M., Park-Chavar, S., Stahn, A. C., Dinges, D. F., Shou, H., Mitchell, J. A., Bhatnagar, A., Smith, T., Smith, A. E., Stopforth, C. K., Yeager, R., & Keith, R. J. (2023). Associations of bedroom PM2.5, CO2, temperature, humidity, and noise with sleep: An observational actigraphy study. Sleep health, 9(3), 253-263.

Knauert, M. P., Ayas, N. T., Bosma, K. J., Drouot, X., Heavner, M. S., Owens, R. L., Watson, P. L., Wilcox, M. E., Anderson, B. J., Cordoza, M. L., Devlin, J. W., Elliott, R., Gehlbach, B. K., Girard, T. D., Kamdar, B. B., Korwin, A. S., Lusczek, E. R., Parthasarathy, S., Spies, C., Sunderram, J., ... Zee, P. C. (2023). Causes, Consequences, and Treatments of Sleep and Circadian Disruption in the ICU: An Official American Thoracic Society Research Statement. American journal of respiratory and critical care medicine, 207(7), e49-e68.

Smith, M. G., Cordoza, M., & Basner, M. (2022). Environmental Noise and Effects on Sleep: An Update to the WHO Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Environmental health perspectives, 130(7), 76001.

Casario, K., Howard, K., Cordoza, M., Hermosillo, E., Ibrahim, L., Larson, O., Nasrini, J., & Basner, M. (2022). Acceptability of the Cognition Test Battery in Astronaut and Astronaut-Surrogate Populations. Acta astronautica, 190, 14-23.

Cordoza, M., Basner, M., Asch, D. A., Shea, J. A., Bellini, L. M., Carlin, M., Ecker, A. J., Malone, S. K., Desai, S. V., Katz, J. T., Bates, D. W., Small, D. S., Volpp, K. G., Mott, C. G., Coats, S., Mollicone, D. J., & Dinges, D. F. (2021). Sleep and Alertness Among Interns in Intensive Care Compared to General Medicine Rotations: A Secondary Analysis of the iCOMPARE Trial. Journal of graduate medical education, 13(5), 717-721.

Cordoza, M., Koons, B., Perlis, M. L., Anderson, B. J., Diamond, J. M., & Riegel, B. (2021). Self-reported poor quality of sleep in solid organ transplant: A systematic review. Transplantation reviews (Orlando, Fla.), 35(4), 100650.

Cordoza, M., Rachinski, K., Nathan, K., Crain, E. B., Braxmeyer, D., Gore, S., Dubuc, S. D., & Wright, J. (2021). A Quality Improvement Initiative to Reduce the Frequency of Delays in Initiation and Restarts of Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy. Journal of nursing care quality, 36(4), 308-314.

Cordoza, M., Chan, L. N., Bridges, E., & Thompson, H. (2020). Methods for Estimating Energy Expenditure in Critically Ill Adults. AACN advanced critical care, 31(3), 254-264.

Cordoza, M., Thompson, H., Bridges, E., Burr, R., & Carlbom, D. (2021). Association Between Target Temperature Variability and Neurologic Outcomes for Patients Receiving Targeted Temperature Management at 36 ?C After Cardiac Arrest: A Retrospective Cohort Study. Therapeutic hypothermia and temperature management, 11(2), 103-109.

Cordoza, M., Chan, L. N., Bridges, E., Carlbom, D. J., & Thompson, H. (2020). Energy Expenditure and Shivering Severity During Targeted Temperature Management at 36 ?C After Cardiac Arrest: A Case Series. Critical care nursing quarterly, 43(3), 286-293.

Ulrich, R. S., Cordoza, M., Gardiner, S. K., Manulik, B. J., Fitzpatrick, P. S., Hazen, T. M., & Perkins, R. S. (2020). ICU Patient Family Stress Recovery During Breaks in a Hospital Garden and Indoor Environments. HERD, 13(2), 83-102.

Cordoza, M., Ulrich, R. S., Manulik, B. J., Gardiner, S. K., Fitzpatrick, P. S., Hazen, T. M., Mirka, A., & Perkins, R. S. (2018). Impact of Nurses Taking Daily Work Breaks in a Hospital Garden on Burnout. American journal of critical care : an official publication, American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, 27(6), 508-512.

Book Chapters

Cordoza M, Jones CW, Dinges DF. Biologic Effects of Sleep Disruption. In: Weinhouse GL, Devlin JW, eds. Sleep in Critical Illness: Physiology, Assessment, and Its Importance to ICU Care. Springer Nature; 2022:69-90.

Professional Organizations

  • American Association of Critical Care Nurses
  • Society of Critical Care Medicine
  • American Academy of Sleep Medicine
  • American Thoracic Society