The Program for Improving and Managing the Environment for Sleep™ (PRIME) is a joint research initiative between Cornell University (Weill Medical and Ithaca campuses) and the Hunter College of Nursing at the City University of New York (CUNY) dedicated to finding the best educational tools to help professional and informal/family caregivers provide patients with quality, restful sleep. Our work is collaborative by design and supported by community partners and care providers.

PRIME Education Team (2016 - Present)

  • Rana Zadeh, PhD
  • Liz Capezuti, PhD, RN, FAAN
  • Ana C. Krieger, MD, MPH


Belle Erickson, PhD, RN and Evie Lengetti, PhD, RN (Assistant Dean and Director of Continuing Education, M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing, Villanova University) developed the test questions and categorized the objectives and test questions based on revised Bloom’s taxonomy.


This study was supported by the New York State Department of Food and Agriculture’s Smith Lever Fund, the Building Faculty Connections Program Fund of Cornell University’s College of Human Ecology, the Weill Cornell Medical College Clinical & Translational Science Center and the Professional Staff Congress at CUNY. These funders had no role in the study the writing or publication. Research reported in this publication was also supported by the National Institute on Aging of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number P30AG022845. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health. The project also received support from the Lawrence and Rebecca Stern Family Foundation through the Translational Research Institute for Pain in Later Life (TRIPLL), an Edward R. Roybal Center (in the Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research), Cornell Institute for Healthy Futures, and the Human Ecology’s Faculty Partnership Programs.


We acknowledge the support and contribution of the following organizations, whose staff and champions made this multi-institutional collaboration possible:

  • Hospice and Palliative Care Association of New York State
  • Hospicare and Palliative Care Services of Tompkins Co
  • Francis House
  • Hospice of Buffalo
  • Hospice of Central NY
  • United Hospice of Rockland and YMG