Margaret M. Calarco, PhD, RN, NEA-BC

Adjunct Professor
Michigan Medicine Nurse Executive

Michigan Medicine
300 North Ingalls Building
Room 5A04
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Telephone: (734) 763-9596
Fax: (734) 936-6534

Scholarly Expertise / Activity


  • Work environments
  • Leadership
  • Recurrent depression

Dr. Calarco has more than 30 years of progressively responsible experience in psychiatric and administrative nursing roles in a variety of community and academic settings. She is an accomplished researcher in the field of depressive disorder and more recently in administrative and organizational change with her most recent funding in the areas of nursing environments, nurse retention and professional development. Dr. Calarco has presented on a wide array of topics nationally and internationally, and has published widely in the areas of clinical depression and in leadership and organizational change.


Dr. Calarco lectures on a wide variety of topics to multidisciplinary audiences which include leading complex organizations, mission and vision development and topics on positive organizational scholarship and its impact in nursing work environments.

Affiliations / Service

  • Member, American Organization of Nurse Executives, 2000 – present
  • Member, American Organization of Nurse Executives, 2013-2015
  • President, Sigma Theta Tau - Rho Chapter, 2014 - 2016
  • Member, University HealthSystem Consortium - Chief Nursing Officer Steering Committee. 2008-2011
  • Regional Advisory Board – Nursing Spectrum
  • Editorial Board Member: Online Journal of Nursing Issues, June 2000 – present
  • Member, Michigan Organization of Nurse Executives, 2002 – present
  • Member, Sigma Theta Tau - Rho Chapter, 1977 - present

Notable Awards / Honors

  • Excellence in Nursing Leadership Award, Sigma Theta Tau International – Rho Chapter
  • Profiled in The Journal for Nursing Administration, “Inspiration Point: Positive Organizational Scholarship”, March 2007
  • Nursing Leadership Award, Washtenaw-Livingston Monroe Nurses Association
  • Profiled in Sigma Theta Tau’s Reflections on Nursing Leadership, Fall 2004


  • PhD, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 1992
  • MSN, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio 1981
  • BSN, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio 1978

Publication Highlights

  • Calarco, M.M. (January-March 2013). Interventions in the mobility domain: An organizational perspective (editorial). Critical Care Nursing Quarterly – Mobility: A successful investment for critically ill patients, 36, (1), 3-4.

  • Svejda, M., Goldberg, J., Belden, M., Potempa, K., Calarco, M. (2012). Building the clinical bridge to advance education, research, and practice excellence. Nursing Research and Practice, Volume 2012, Article ID: 826061, 10 pages. doi:10.1155/2012/826061

  • Parry, J.S., Kearly, G., Calarco, M.M., Fuhrmann, M., Shakarjian, L., Crissey, J., and Hensinger, B. (2011). Investing in the future nursing workforce. Nursing Management, 42, (7),17-20.

  • Kim, C., Calarco, MM., Jacobs, T., Loik, C. , Rohde, J., McClish, D., Mychaliska, K., Brand, G., Froehlich, F., McNeice, J., Chang, R., Grunawalt, J., Schmidt, P., Campbell, D. (October 2011). Leadership at the frontline: A clinical partnership model on general care inpatient units. American Journal of Medical Quality, 27, (2), 106-111. doi:10.1177/1062860611413257

  • Cameron, K., Mora, C., Leutscher, T and Calarco, M. (January 29, 2011). Effects of positive practices on organizational effectiveness. The Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, 47, (3), 266-308. doi:10.1177/0021886310395514

  • Calarco, M.M. (2010). The impact of positive practices on Nurse work environments: Emerging applications of positive organizational scholarship. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 33, (3), 365-384.

  • Hensinger, B., Parry, J., Calarco, M.M., and Fuhrmann, S. (2008). An evidence-based approach to nurses week celebrations. Journal of Nursing Administration, 38, (4),172-177.

  • Calarco, M.M. (2001). Point/Counterpoint: Given the nursing shortage is mandatory overtime a necessary evil? Nursing Leadership Forum, 6, (2), 33-38.

  • Neal, D., Calarco, M. M. (1999). Mental health providers: Role definitions and collaborative practice issues. In M. Riba & R. Balon (Eds.), Psychopharmacology and Psychotherapy. Washington D.C.: American Psychiatric Press, Inc.

  • Simms, L.M. & Calarco, M.M. (1998). Maximizing people potential: The creation of empowered environments. In S. Price, M. Kock, & S. Bassett (Eds.), Managing health care resources: Present and future challenges. St. Louis: Mosby Year Book, Inc.

  • Coyne, J.C, Gallo, S.M., Klinkman, M.S & Calarco, M.M. (1998). Effects of recent and past major depression and distress on self-concept and coping. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 107, (1), 86-96.

  • Coyne, J.C., & Calarco, M.M. (1995). Effects of the experience of depression: Application of focus group and survey methodologies. Psychiatry, 58, 149-63.

  • Pande, A.C., Calarco, M.M., & Grunhaus, L.J. (1991). Combined MAOI-TCA treatment in refractory depression. In J. Amsterdam, (Ed.) Refractory depression - Frontiers in psychiatry. New York: Raven Press.

  • Calarco, M.M. & Krone, K.P. (1991). An integrated nursing model of depressive behavior in adults: Theory and implications for practice. Nursing Clinics of North America, 26, (3), 573-84.

  • Calarco, M.M. (1989). Collaboration to improve client care: Breaking the maladaptive cycle. (This article is published under the editor's title, "Managing Myra's Madness"). American Journal of Nursing, 89, (3), 346-49.