Clayton J. Shuman, Ph.D., MSN, RN

Clayton Shuman

Assistant Professor
Department of Systems, Populations and Leadership
Room 4162 400 NIB

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

Telephone: (734) 763-1302
Clayton Shuman is accepting new PhD students.


  • Implementation and Dissemination Science
  • Evidence-based Practice
  • Health Services Research
  • Nursing Leadership
  • Neonatal and women’s health nursing

Dr. Shuman’s expertise is in implementation and translation science with a specific focus on the effect of context on implementation success/failure; outcomes (patient, unit, and organization level); and sustainability of intervention effects following implementation.  His research advances the science of implementation by examining the process of transferring interventions into local practice settings and developing and testing implementation interventions that expedite and sustain evidence-based practices (EBP), thus, ultimately improving patient care delivery and outcomes. His current work investigates the role of nurse managers in creating and fostering climates conducive for implementation and use of evidence-based practices. Dr. Shuman’s clinical background is in neonatal intensive care nursing and maternal health, with specific interests in high-risk pregnancy and delivery, improving care of high-risk neonates, and supporting families caring for newborns.

Current Research Grants and Programs

  • “Mom is medicine: Exploring factors affecting implementation of maternal-delivered care for opioid-exposed infants.” (PI). UMSN, 7/11/2019-7/10/2021
  • “Neonatal abstinence syndrome: maternal attitudes and pharmacogenetic predictors.” (co-I). M-Cubed, 2018-2020
  • “Nurse perceptions of engaging mothers in the care of their substance-exposed infant” (PI). UMSN.
  • “Preparing for takeoff: Using stakeholder data to inform Re-Implementation of the ‘My Flight Plan for Home’ discharge tool in the neonatal ICU.” (PI). UMSN.


Dr. Shuman’s teaching has taken numerous forms, including: classroom instruction, hands-on training and presentation with clinical units, webinars, student mentoring, and even wilderness first aid courses. To facilitate numerous learning preferences and add dimension to his teaching, Dr. Shuman uses various teaching methods, such as, interactive lecture, group discussion, guided reading, written work, and student presentations. Dr. Shuman hopes that when students finish his courses, not only have they mastered the content, but are also better learners, critical thinkers, and problem solvers.

Affiliations / Service

  • Director of Research, National Nursing Practice Network, 2019-present
  • Co-chair, MNRS Health Systems, Policy, and Informatics RIG, 2019-present
  • Member, Institute for Health Policy and Innovation, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 2018-present
  • Member, Academy Health, 2015-present
  • Member, Midwest Nursing Research Society, 2015-present
  • Member, Leaders Workgroup, National Nursing Practice Network, 2014-present
  • Member, Sigma Theta Tau, 2011-present

Notable Awards / Honors

  • MNRS Health Systems, Policy, and Informatics RIG Dissertation Award, 2018
  • SAGE/WJNR Best Graduate Student Paper, 2017
  • Sigma Theta Tau Rising Star of Research, 2016


  • Ph.D., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2017
  • MSN, Rush University, Chicago, 2012
  • BA, Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, 2007

Publication Highlights

  • Shuman, C. J., Montie, M., Hoffman, G., Powers, K., Doettl, S., Anderson, C., & Titler, M. (2019). Older adults’ perceptions of their fall risk and prevention during the transition from hospital to home. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 45(1), 23-30. doi: 10.3928/00989134-20190102-04

  • Shuman, C. J., Powers, K., Banaszak‐Holl, J., & Titler, M. G. (2019). Unit leadership and climates for evidence‐based practice implementation in acute care: A cross‐sectional descriptive study. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 51(1), 114-124.

  • Shuman, C., Xie, J., Herr, K., & Titler, M. (2018). Sustainability of evidence-based acute pain management practices for hospitalized older adults. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 40(12), 1749-1764. doi: 10.1177/0193945917738781

  • Shuman, C., Liu, X., Aebersold, M., Tschannen, D., Banaszak-Holl, J., & Titler, M. (2018). Associations among unit leadership and unit climates for implementation in acute care: A cross-sectional study. Implementation Science, 13(62). doi: 10.1186/s13012-018-0753-6.

  • Shuman, C., Ploutz-Snyder, R., & Titler, M. (2018). Development and testing of the Nurse Manager EBP Competency Scale. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 40(2), 175-190, doi:10.1177/0193945917728249

  • Titler, M. G., Visovatti, M. A., Shuman, C., Ellis, K. R., Banerjee, T., Dockham, B., ... & Northouse, L. (2017). Effectiveness of implementing a dyadic psychoeducational intervention for cancer patients and family caregivers. Supportive Care in Cancer, 25(11), 3395-3406.

  • Hoffman, G., Shuman, C., Anderson, C., Montie, M., & Titler, M. (2019). Caregivers’ views of older adult fall risk and prevention during hospital-to-home transitions. Applied Nursing Research, 47(2019), 10-15.

  • Shuman, C. J., Ehrhart, M., Torres, E., Veliz, P., Kath, L., Powers, K., … & Aarons, G. (In Press). EBP implementation leadership of frontline nurse managers: Validation of the Implementation Leadership Scale (ILS) in acute care. Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing.