Paula L. Ross-Durow, PhD, RN

Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Health Behavior and Biological Sciences
Room 2183 400NIB

University of Michigan School of Nursing
400 North Ingalls Building
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5482

Telephone: (734) 647-0184
Fax: (734) 936-5525

Scholarly Expertise / Activity


  • Medication abuse
  • Teen peer abuse
  • Adolescent Mental Health

Most recently, the work of Dr. Ross-Durow has focused on adolescents’ nonmedical use of controlled medications. From 2009-2013, she was the Project Director of a National Institute of Health study at the University of Michigan which prospectively examined the nonmedical use of prescription medications by adolescents. She has also studied peer abusive behaviors among adolescents, including bullying and sexual violence, and the impact of these problems on mental health. She has practiced for many years as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing, serves as a nurse consultant for psychiatric services, and has served as an expert witness on mental health nursing practice.


Dr. Ross-Durow has many years of teaching experience at the university level, primarily in the area of psychiatric-mental health nursing and research methods. At the undergraduate level, she taught courses in theory and clinical in psychiatric-mental health nursing, families in crisis, research methods, and statistics.  She also taught research methods with graduate students and served as an advisor for master’s theses and projects. She has done many presentations at national, regional, and local conferences including the College of Problems on Drug Dependence, the American Society of Criminology, and the Midwest Nursing Research Society.

Affiliations / Service

  • Member, Midwest Nursing Research Society, 1993-present
  • Member, Sigma Theta Tau International, 1970-present (several service roles in the Lambda Zeta Chapter, 1995-2007)


  • PhD in Nursing, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 2007
  • M.S. in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 1989
  • BSN, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, 1972

Publication Highlights

  • Charania, N. A. M. A., Ross-Durow, P. L., Sullivan, B.-J., & Dansel, L. A.  (2017). Designing assignments to establish a foundation for evidence-based practice in an undergraduate clinical nursing course.  Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing. Advance online publication: doi:  10.1111/wvn.12198

  • Veliz, P., Epstein-Ngo, Q. M., Meier, E., Ross-Durow, P. L., Boyd, C. J., & McCabe, S. E. (2014). Painfully obvious: A longitudinal examination of medical use and misuse of opioid medication among adolescent sports participants. Journal of Adolescent Health, 54(3), 333-340.

  • Ross-Durow, P. L., McCabe, S. E., & Boyd, C. J. (2013). Adolescents’ access to their own prescription medications in the home. Journal of Adolescent Health, 53, 260-264.

  • McCabe, S. E., West, B. T., Teter, C. J., Cranford, J. A., Ross-Durow, P. L., & Boyd, C. J. (2012). Adolescent nonmedical users of prescription opioids: Brief screening and substance use disorders. Addictive Behaviors, 37, 651-656.

  • Young, A., McCabe, S. E., Cranford, J. A., Ross-Durow, P., & Boyd, C. J. (2012). Nonmedical use of prescription opioids among adolescents: Subtypes based on motivation for use. Journal of Addictive Diseases, 31, 332-341.

  • McCabe, S. E., West, B. T., Cranford, J. A., Ross-Durow, P., Young, A., Teter, C. J., & Boyd, C. J. (2011). Medical misuse of controlled medications among adolescents. Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, 165 (8), 729-735.

  • McCabe, S. E., West, B. T., Teter, C. J., Ross-Durow, P., Young, A., & Boyd, C. J. (2011). Characteristics associated with the diversion of controlled medications among adolescents. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 118, 452-458.

  • Ross-Durow, P. L., & Boyd, C. (2000). Sexual abuse, depression, and eating disorders in African American women who smoke cocaine. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 18, 79-81.

  • Boyd, C., Henderson, D., Ross-Durow, P., & Aspen, J. (1997). Sexual trauma and depression in African-American women who smoke crack cocaine. Substance Abuse, 18 (3), 133-141.