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Sarah Miller, Ph.D., MSN, RN
Assistant Professor

Phone: 901-678-2004
Fax:  901-678-4906
E-mail: snmller2@memphis.edu
Office:  204 Newport Hall
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Dr. Miller's program of research focuses on the perception of breathing, airway defense mechanisms, and the relationship between dyspnea, anxiety, and subjective responses to breathing. She has also worked with double-lung and tracheostomized patients to measure and quantify respiratory related evoked potentials.

Current Research:
Perception of breathing, quality of life, and gender differences in psychological comorbidities associated with dyspnea and chronic respiratory disease. Airway defense mechanisms and nursing care of patients with somatosensory variations in respiration.

Miller, S. and Davenport, PS. Subjective ratings of prolonged inspiratory resistive loaded breathing in males and females. Psychophysiology, in press, 2014.

Miller, S., Owens, L., Collins, T. and Silverman, E. Psychophysiology of Respiratory Disease: Clinical Considerations for the Advanced Practice Nurse. Malta Journal Health Sciences, April 2014.

Miller, S. Caring for the chronically ill patient: understanding how fear leads to activity avoidance in individuals with chronic respiratory disease. International Journal of Nursing, in press, 2014.

Alexander-Miller, S, and P.W. Davenport. Perception of Multiple Breath Inspiratory Loads in Males and Females. Biological Psychology, April 2010.

Van Diest, I., Davenport, P.W., Van den Bergh, O., Miller, S. and Robertson, E. Interoceptive fear conditioning to an inspiratory load using 20% CO2 inhalation as an unconditioned stimulus: Proceedings of the 12th Annual Meeting of the International Society for the Advancement of Respiratory Psychophysiology (ISARP) Hamburg, Germany, 14-15 September 2005. Biological Psychology 75 (211) 2007.

Miller, S., Robertson, E. and Davenport P.W. Perception of resistive loads applied for multiple-breaths in males and females: Proceedings of the 12th Annual Meeting of the International Society for the Advancement of Respiratory Psychophysiology (ISARP) Hamburg, Germany, 14-15 September 2005. Biological Psychology 75 (213) 2007.

Davenport, P.W., A.D. Martin, Y-L. Chou and S. Alexander-Miller. Respiratory Related Evoked Potential Elicited in Tracheostomized, Lung Transplant Patients. European Respiratory Journal, 2006.

Dr. Miller teaches both undergraduate (BSN) and graduate (MSN) students in Clinical Pathophysiology.

Dr. Miller serves as the Vice President for Sigma Theta Tau Beta-theta at large. She is a member of International Society for Advancement of Respiratory PsychoPhysiology (ISARP), and is a board Member-at-Large of Greater Memphis Are Advanced Professional Nurses (GMAAPN). She serves on the Memphis Healthy U, and LSON undergraduate curriculum committee and Progressions committee.

Professional Honors:

  • 2014 NINR Big Data Methodologies Boot Camp
  • 2014 National Daisy Award for Excellence in Nursing Education
  • 2013 Community Leader Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society Beta Theta At Large Chapter
  • 2012 Loewenberg School of Nursing Small Grant Award
  • 2007 Excellence in Basic Science Research; University of Florida Physiological Sciences
  • 2005-2007 NIH T-32 Neuroplasticity Fellowship: National Institutes of Health

Dr. Miller has a veteran husband and two young children. She is a passionate health & fitness advocate and enjoys running in 5K races, hiking, and coaching youth soccer.

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