Michael J. Decker, PhD, RN, RRT, Diplomate ABSM

Michael J. Decker



Phone: 216.368.2912


Associate Professor in the School of Nursing


Nursing Neuroscience Lab at Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing

Research Interests

  • Certain disorders of minimal brain dysfunction, such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), may be the outcome of adverse but subclinical events occurring during a critical period of brain development.
  • Ongoing experimental investigations employ in-vivo characterization of electroencephalographic and neurochemical activity within a variety of models emulating sleep apnea and other sleep related disorders.
  • Corollary gene expression studies provide insight into molecular mechanisms leading to neurochemical dysfunction while neuroanatomical studies focus upon structure-function relationships.
  • Translational studies include preclinical evaluation of pharmaceutical compounds, Phase I-IV clinical research trials, and development and testing of new biotechnologies.
  • Focusing on characterizing the incidence and prevalence of sleep-related disorders within the population, and to understand the association between those disorders with chronic disease.
  • Education Interests
  • Sleep
  • Neurobiology
  • Educational Background
  • PhD, School of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University. Dissertation: Wakefulness and Sleep: Intrinsic modulators of the Suprachiasmatic Nucleus
  • BSN, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University, 1995

Recent Publications: View the full list >

  • Decker, M.J., Muller, K.J., Keating, G.L., Damato, E.G., & Darrah, R. Maternal dietary supplementation with omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids confers neuroprotection against hypoxia-induced dopamine dysfunction. Sleep Science. doi:10.1016/j.slsci.2016.05.007
  • Decker, M. J., Yamauchi, M., & Strohl, K.P. (2015). Keep the airway open and let the brain sleep. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, 190(11), 1207-9.
  • Papale, L.A., Makinson, C.D., Ehlen, J.C., Tufik, S., Decker, M.J, Paul, K.N., Escayg, A. Sleep architecture in a mouse model of SCN1A-derived genetic epilepsy with febrile seizures plus (GEFS+) Article first published online: 11 JAN 2013, DOI: 10.1111/epi.12060
  • Decker M.J, Lee S.Y, Rye D.B, Strohl K.P. Paradoxical sleep suppresses immediate early gene expression in the rodent Suprachiasmatic Nuclei. Frontiers in Neurology: Sleep and Chronobiology. Front Neurol. 201 Lee S.Y., Lee K.A., Aycock D., Decker M.J.
  • Circadian activity rhythms for mothers with an infant in ICU. Frontiers in Neurology: Sleep and Chronobiology. 1:155. 2010, PMID: 212128290 Sep 22;1:122 PMID:21173892
  • Decker M.J, Linn J.M, Tabassum H., Reeves WC . Hypersomnolence and Sleep Related Complaints in Metropolitan, Urban, and Rural Georgia. (Published ahead of print and accompanied by CDC press release). American Journal of Epidemiology 2008;169(4):435-443

Accreditations and Awards

  • Diplomate, American Board of Sleep Medicine, #3543
  • Spokesperson American Academy of Sleep Medicine
  • Stearns Foundation Award: Excellence in Anatomy

Related Sites