Norma G. Cuellar, PhD, RN, FAAN

Norma G. Cuellar Professor


Dr. Norma Cuellar received her baccalaureate degree in nursing from University of Southern Mississippi, her masters degree in nursing from Louisiana Health Sciences Center, and her doctorate of science in nursing from University of Alabama at Birmingham. She completed a post doctoral fellowship from the University of Virginia in Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

Her clinical background began in coronary care ICU in 1984. Since then, she has practiced in a variety of health care settings including home health, incarceration, school health, and long term care facilities.

Dr. Cuellar has taught since 1989 in a variety of nursing programs. Her focus in teaching has been leadership, research, gerontology, and sleep. She has developed and taught several educational courses and seminars in Complementary and Alternative Health.

Dr. Cuellar has published in peer review journals as well as several book chapters related to her research area: Restless Legs Syndrome, Sleep, Complementary and Alternative Health Care, and Cultural Diversity Issues. She has received NIH funding for a randomized, clinical trial to study the use of valerian, an herb used to promote sleep, in persons with Restless Legs Syndrome. She has also examined the impact of RLS in persons with type 2 diabetes and has been funded to study the implication of genetics in persons with RLS and type 2 diabetes. Her most recent research project includes examining sleep in Hispanics in rural Alabama.

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