Kathleen Potempa, PhD, RN, FAAN
University of Michigan School of Nursing
400 North Ingalls Building
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5482
Scholarly Expertise / Activity
- Nursing pedagogy
- Community-based approaches to improving health behavior
- Exercise capacity of post-stroke hemiplegic patients
- Cardiovascular fitness in physically impaired populations
Dr. Kathleen Potempa is an internationally recognized leader in nursing, education, and science—as well as the integration of education, practice, and research in clinical settings. Former positions include progressive leadership in health systems and in higher education. She is currently the dean and professor at the University of Michigan School of Nursing and has held this position since 2006.
Current Research Grants and Programs:
- Strengthening Nurse NCD Research and Training Capacity in Thailand, PI. Funded by NIH/Fogarty Institute (2014-2019).
Affiliations / Service
- Member and Fellow, American Academy of Nursing, 1994-present (Program Planning Committee 2006-2007, Finance Committee 2001-2004)
- Invited Member, Institute of Medicine Health Professions Education Summit, 2002
- Member, National Advisory Council for Nurse Education and Practice, 2002-2006 (Chair of the Executive Committee 2004-2006)
- Member, National Advisory Council for Nursing Research (the principal advisory board for the federal National Institute of Nursing Research), 2009-2013
- President, American Association of Colleges of Nursing, 2010-2012 (additional service roles since 1995)
- Member, National Advisory Council, The Joint Commission, 2010-2012
Notable Awards / Honors
- Honorary Doctorate of Nursing, Mahidol University, 2015
- Elected Member, National Academy of Medicine, 2014
- Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters, State University of New York, 2010
- Named one of the 25 People Who Defined 2005 by Portland Monthly magazine, 2005
- Named one of the 2004 Fifty Great Leaders of Oregon by Oregon Business magazine, 2005
- Distinguished Alumni Award, Rush University, 2003
- PhD, Rush University, Chicago, IL, 1986
- MS, Rush University, Chicago, IL, 1978
- BA, University of Detroit, Detroit, MI 1974
- Singhadong, N., Bigelow, A., Villarruel, A., Potempa, K. (in press). Capacity for non-communicable disease research in Thailand. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice.
- Bathish, M., Aebersold, M., Fogg, L., Potempa, K. (2015). Development of an instrument to measure deliberate practice in professional nurses. Applied Nursing Research, 29, 47-52.
- Redman, R., Pressler, S., Furspan, P., Potempa, K. (2015). Nurses in the U.S. with a practice doctorate: Implications for leading in the context of health care. Nursing Outlook 63(2), 124-129.
- Potempa, K., Furspan, P. (2015). "Leading Nursing in the Academy" in Leadership in Nursing: Contemporary Perspectives. 2nd ed. Elsevier Press, NSW Australia, 239-249.
- Tschannen, D., Aebersold, M., Kocan, M.J., Lundy, F., Potempa, K. (2014). Improving patient care through student leadership in team quality improvement projects. Journal of Nursing Care Quality, 30(2), 181-186.
- Potempa, K., Titler, M.G., Daly, J. (2012). Building the clinical bridge to support nursing effectiveness science: an overview. Nursing Research and Practice, vol 2012. PMID: 22830006
- The Blue Ridge Academic Health Group Report #15 (2012). The Affordable Care Act of 2010: The challenge for academic health centers in driving and implementing health care reform. The Blue Ridge Academic Health Group, Emory University Publications, 1-21.
- Kaufman, N., Rajataramya, B., Tanomsingh, S., Ronis, D.L., Potempa, K. (2012). Nurse preparedness for the non-communicable disease escalation in Thailand: A cross-sectional survey of nurses in Thailand. Nursing and Health Sciences, 14, 32-37. PMID: 22304737
- Potempa, K. (2011). The DNP services the public good. Nursing Outlook, 59, 123-135. PMID: 21565579
- Kaufman, N., Chasombat S., Tanomsingh, S., Rajataramya B., Potempa, K. (2011). Public health in Thailand: Emerging focus on non-communicable diseases, International Journal of Health Planning and Management, 25, 1-16. PMID: 21796679
- Wilson, D. S., Redman, W.R., & Potempa, K. (2010). A vision and compass for healthcare leadership: Lessons from the migrant nurse resolution for recurrent nursing shortages, Journal of Healthcare Leadership, 2, 91-96.
- Potempa, K., Butterworth, S., Flaherty-Robb, M. & Gaynor, W. (2010). The Healthy Aging Model: Toward a practical model of health behavior change for older adults, Collegian, 17(2), 51-55.PMID:20738056
- Potempa, K.M., Phancharoenworakul, K., Glass, N., Chasombat, S., & Cody, B. (2009). Leveraging the role of public health nursing in managing HIV/AIDS in Thailand: A journey of international collaboration. Collegian, 16(2), 49-53.
- Potempa, K.M., Redman, R.W., & Anderson, C.A. (2008). Capacity for the advancement of nursing science: Issues and challenges. Journal of Professional Nursing, 24(6), 329-336.
- Perry, C.K., Rosenfeld, A.G., Bennet, J.A., & Potempa, K.M. (2007). Heart-to-heart: Promoting walking in rural women through motivational interviewing and group support. Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, 22(4), 304-312.