Cherie Cofield, Ph.D., RN

Cherie Cofield

Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Systems, Populations and Leadership
Epic Faculty Coach
Undergraduate Studies Program
Room 3184 NURS1

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

Telephone: (734) 763-1614


  • Chronic pain
  • Health literacy
  • Pain management
  • Health disparities


Teaching brings together experience gained as a practicing nurse, researcher, and educator to nurses who are entering the profession. The job of the educator is to foster each student’s abilities, through the encouragement of investigation, inquiry, and dedication, to ensure success. Clinicals taught to undergraduate students include:

Fundamental clinical on a hematology/oncology unit

Medical-Surgical I on a medical unit

Medical-Surgical II on a medical and a surgical unit

Displaying an open student-centered learning environment, to ask questions, as well as demonstrating problem solving skills for the student is key to teaching. Mentoring students strengthen their knowledge and self-confidence, it provides emotional and moral support which is imperative to their success. Mentoring increases the student's ability to successfully complete their nursing program, become registered nurses and encourage continuing their education. Teaching is investing in the next generation of nursing scholars.

Affiliations / Service

  • Member, Midwest Nursing Research Society, 2015 - present
  • Member, American Society for Pain Management Nursing, 2015 – present (Submission reviewer, 2019)
  • Member, American Pain Society, 2015 - present
  • Member, American Nurses Association, 2009 - present
  • Member, Sigma Theta Tau - National Nursing Honor Society, 2010 - present
  • Member, Oncology Nurses Society, 2012 - 2013
  • Member, Chi Eta Phi- National Nursing Organization, (Protocol Chair), 2010 - 2016

Notable Awards / Honors

  • Fellow, King Chavez Parks Future Faculty, 2018
  • Fellow, Thomas C. Rumble, 2017, 2018
  • Fellow, Wayne State University School of Nursing Dean’s Diversity, 2015, 2016
  • Scholar, Robert Wood Johnson, 2009


  • Ph.D., Wayne State University, Detroit, MI 2022
  • MSN, University of Detroit Mercy, Detroit, MI 2014
  • BSN, University of Detroit Mercy, Detroit, MI 2010

Publication Highlights

  •  Cofield, C. (2021). Weathering the Storms of Life While in Nursing School. Nursing 2021.

  • Cofield, C. & Tate, N.H. (2019). A Systematic Review: Caregiver Literacy Level, Pain Management and Health Outcomes in Adolescents with Chronic Pain from Sickle Cell Disease. Journal of Chi Eta Phi Sorority.