Michele Upvall, PhD, RN, CNE, FAAN

Dr. Upvall’s research is in global health. She recently co-edited the book “Global Health Nursing: Building and Sustaining Partnerships.” She has also created nursing education programs to make an impact nationally and internationally, including the first BSN program on American Indian lands and first MSN program in Pakistan. Currently, she is facilitating the development of a RN to BSN program in Lebanon and is investigating ways to improve global health education with universities in Vietnam and Uganda. Her current research is studying the perspectives of partnership among nursing leaders and partners from low resource countries. Other research areas of interest include rising levels of obesity and non-communicable diseases worldwide. She is currently a co-investigator on a study evaluating the implementation of evidence-based practice, and is also exploring the use of avatars and virtual scenarios for preparing nurse educators for the classroom.

Funded Research

Selected Publications

  • Martin, A.C. & Upvall, M. (2016). A mobile phone HIV medication adherence intervention: Acceptability and feasibility study. Journal of Nursing in AIDS Care. Advance online publication.

  • Upvall, M. & Leffers, J. (Eds.). (2014). Global Health Nursing: Building and Sustaining Partnerships. New York: Springer.

  • Upvall, M. (2012). Reflections of life in Pakistan, 1989-2003, Spectrum (pp. 50-54). Pittsburgh, PA: Carlow University Press.

  • Lasater, K., Upvall, M., Neilson, A., Prak, M., & Ptachcinski, R. (2012). Global partnerships for professional development: A Cambodian Exemplar, Journal of Professional Nursing, 28(1), 62-68.

Professional Organizations

  • Health Volunteers Overseas, Nursing Education Steering Committee member and Project Director for Bhutan

  • Transcultural Nursing Society

  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, Chair, Nominating Committee (2017)

  • Sigma Theta Tau International

  • American Nurses Association, Advisory Board, Center of Ethics and Human Rights

  • Florida Nurses Association

  • American Academy of Nursing


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  • Director, Nurse Educator Program (MSN, Post-Graduate Certificate)
  • Professor