Jesus M. Casida

Dr. Jesus M. Casida, Assistant Professor

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

Assistant Professor
Department of Health Behavior and Biological Sciences
Room 2174 400NIB

University of Michigan School of Nursing
400 North Ingalls Building
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5482

Telephone: (734) 647-0153
Fax: (734) 936-5525

Scholarly Expertise / Activity


  • Self-care and symptom management, formal and informal care giving outcomes in cardio-thoracic surgical populations with life-threatening conditions.
  • Clinical nursing leadership and organizational performance in acute and critical-care settings.

The primary focus of Dr. Casida's research is the advancement of science that underpins nursing and interdisciplinary care of cardio-thoracic surgical patients with life-threatening conditions; specifically those patients with advanced heart failure requiring a mechanical circulatory assistance such as an implantable left-ventricular assist device (LVAD). Much of his research and scholarly work have been centered on understanding the mechanism of the relationships among the patients’ physiological, adaptive, and bio-behavioral responses to LVAD technology. Within his research program, Dr. Casida also explores the influence of formal (e.g., nurses) and informal (e.g., family) caregivers on healthcare outcomes at the patient's and system's levels. Understanding the nature of patient and care system interactions is the core of his work aimed to assist LVAD patients' optimize their health, longevity, and quality of life. His research and scholarship serve as the platform for creating a roadmap for developing and testing empirical-based interventions tailored to improving patient care delivery outcomes in cardio-thoracic surgery programs.

Current Research Grants and Programs:

  • Psychometric Evaluation of LVAD Patient and Caregiver Self-Efficacy and Adherence Scales, Funded by The University of Michigan Office of Vice President for Research and Sigma Theta Tau International, Rho Chapter (2013-2014)
  • The Relationship among Sleep Pattern Disturbance, Depression, Cognition, and Self-care in Adults with Long-term Left Ventricular Assist Devices, Funded by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, PI (2010-present)


Dr. Casida has extensive teaching experience in hospital and academic settings. Prior to his appointment at the University of Michigan, he taught undergraduate, master's, and doctoral programs in teaching-focused and research-intensive universities. His teaching style is grounded by theoretical and empirical knowledge of educating healthcare professionals. Dr. Casida is a passionate and dedicated teacher. He consistently upholds high standard of teaching and learning. He firmly believes that teachers should expect "beyond the minimum standard performance" from their students and help them achieve that expectation by believing in and cultivating students' potentials to excel. Dr. Casida also believes that teaching and learning accountabilities are shared by the students and the teacher: The teacher facilitates while the students direct the learning process. It is his responsibility, however, to provide students with the appropriate course structure, learning resources, and environment conducive to positive learning experience and outcomes. Outside the classroom, Dr. Casida is a frequent presenter about topics related to research, scholarship, and leadership in cardio-thoracic surgical nursing. His role in academic nursing is guided by Boyer's Model of Scholarship.

Affiliations / Service

  • 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, 2004-2012)
  • Member, American Association of Heart Failure Nurses, 2006 - present, (served as a member (2009-2012) of the Research Committee; currently serving as committee chair, 2012-2014).
  • Member, American Heart Association, 2008-present, (served as grant reviewer for Behavioral Clinical Research, 2012-2013, and current member of the CVSN Complex Cardiovascular Patient and Family Care Committee)
  • Member, Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science, 2010-present (Research Abstract Reviewer, 2012)
  • Advisory Board Member, Michigan Center for Nursing, Lansing, MI, 2011-present
  • Member, Midwest Nursing Research Society, 2008-present (served as a member of the Award Nominations Committee (2010-2013), chaired the reformulation of the Acute & Critical-Care Across The Life-Span Research Section (2012), and serving as Advisory Board Member for Research Sections, 2013-2014)
  • Member, Registered Nurses Association in Michigan (2011-present); serving as Region 7 Representative for Evidence-Based Practice Council, 2013-2015)
  • Member, Sigma Theta Tau International, 2003-present (Faculty counselor, Rho Chapter, 2013-2014)

Notable Awards / Honors

  • Lucille Pace Humanitarian Award, Babies Hospital Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, 1996
  • National Coalition of Ethnic Minority Nurses Association Nurse Scientist Stimulation Program Scholar, 2006
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholar, 2009
  • Nursing Spectrum's Midwest Notable Nurses, 2009
  • Best Faculty Poster, Wayne State University College of Nursing Research Day, 2012
  • Outstanding Alumni, BU College of Nursing, 2013


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