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Ashley Helvig, PhD, RN, CNE

Assistant Professor    

PhD, Georgia State University (2012)
MSN, University of West Georgia (2007)
BSN, Medical College of Georgia (1992)


Clinical Expertise

Adult Med/Surg
Nursing Education

Research Interests

Examining the impact of impaired sleep on insulin resistance, pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes

Selected Publications

Lee, J., Spratling, R., & Helvig, A. (in press). Sleep characteristics in mothers of children with developmental disabilities. Journal of Pediatric Health Care.

Helvig, A., Wade, S., & Eades, L. (2016). Rest and the associated benefits in restorative sleep: A concept analysis. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 72(1), 62-72. doi: 10.1111/jan.12807

*Sawyer, N. T., *Helvig, A. W., Makinson, C. D., Decker, M. J., Neigh, G.N., and Escayg, A. (2016). Dysfunction of the voltage-gated sodium channel Scn1a alters behavior, but not the seizure response to stress. Genes, Brain, and Behavior, 15(3), 335-47. doi: 10.1111/gbb.12281 *Co-first authors

Helvig, A., Minick, P., & Patrick, D. (2014). Post-operative Management of patients with obstructive sleep apnea: Implications for the medical-surgical nurse. MEDSURG Nursing, 23(3), 171-177.

Helvig, A. & Decker, M. (2014). Omega 3 fatty acids and the brain: Implications for nursing practice. British Journal of Neuroscience Nursing, 10(1), 29-37.

Helvig, A. & Minick, P. (2013). Adolescents and headaches: Maintaining control. Pediatric Nursing, 39(1), 19-26.

Selected Presentations

Helvig, A., Faulkner, M. S., Clark, P., Chasens, E., McCrory, M.A., Zhang, N., & Hayat, M.J. (2017). “Impaired Sleep and Insulin Resistance in Young Adults.” American Diabetes Association 77th Scientific Sessions.

Wade, S., Eades, L. & Helvig, A., (2016). “Rest and the associated benefits in restorative sleep.” American Association of Nurse Practitioners national conference.

Helvig, A. & Chasens, E. (2015). “Sleep and self-rated health in middle-aged working men and women.” Sleep 2015 conference.

Helvig, A. (2015). “Sleep disruption, obesity and insulin resistance in African Americans.” National Black Nurses’ Association convention.


Georgia Center for Diabetes Translation Research, Pilot and Feasibility Award, Grant number P30 DK 111024-01 (Narayan, V. K. M., PI). Project title: A Sleep Intervention for Young Adults At-Risk for Type 2 Diabetes. Awarded $30,000 August, 2017

Byrdine F. Lewis School of Nursing and Health Professions, intramural grant program: Impaired Sleep and Insulin Resistance Levels as Risk Factors in Young Adults. Awarded $7,000 Sept 2015

University of West Georgia, Internal Faculty Development Grant. Project title: Seizure and Behavioral Phenotyping of the Scn1a Mouse Model of Genetic Epilepsy with Febrile Seizures Plus, $8,196.00. Funded January, 2013.


Affiliate Investigator, Georgia Center for Diabetes Translation Research
Sleep Research Society
Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society
National League for Nursing