Clayton J. Shuman, PhD, 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 not accepting new PhD students.


  • Implementation
  • Dissemination
  • Organizational culture and climate, evidence-based practice
  • Executive and unit level nursing leadership
  • Neonatal and pediatric 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:

  • Older adults and informal caregiver perceptions on prevention of falls during care transitions (co-I). U-M Injury Center. 6/1/2016-7/31/2017


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

  • Co-chair elect, MNRS Health Systems, Policy, and Informatics RIG, 2018-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


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

Publication Highlights

  • Shuman, C. J., Liu, X., Aebersold, M. L., Tschannen, D., Banaszak-Holl, J., & Titler, M. G. (2018). Associations among unit leadership and unit climates for implementation in acute care: A cross-sectional study. Implementation Science13(62).

  • Shuman, C., Xie, J., Herr, K., & Titler, M. (In press). Sustainability of evidence-based acute pain management practices for hospitalized older adults. Western Journal of Nursing Research.

  • Shuman, C., Montie, M., Galinato, J., Patak, L., & Titler, M. (2017). Registered nurse and nursing assistant perceptions of limited English-proficient patient-clinician communication. Journal of Nursing Administration, 47(12), 589-591.

  • Shuman, C. J., Ploutz-Snyder, R. J., & Titler, M. G. (2018). Development and testing of the Nurse Manager EBP Competency Scale. Western Journal of Nursing Research40(2), 175-190.

  • 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, 1-12.

  • Montie, M., Shuman, C., Galinato, J., Patak, L., & Titler, M. (2017). Perspectives of 30 English patients on call light technology, Eloquence revisited. CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing. doi: 10.1097/CIN.0000000000000345.

  • Montie, M., Shuman, C., Patak, L., & Titler, M. (2017). Conduits to care - Call lights and patients’ perceptions of communication. Journal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare, 2017(10), 359-366.

  • Galinato, J., Montie, M., Shuman, C., Patak, L., & Titler, M. (2016). Perspectives of nurses on patients with limited English proficiency and their call light use. Global Qualitative Nursing Research, 3(1), 1-9.

  • Shuman, C., Liu, J., Montie, M., Galinato, J. G., Todd, M. A., Hegstad, M., & Titler, M. (2016). Patient perceptions and experiences with falls during hospitalization and after discharge. Applied Nursing Research, 31(1), 79-85.