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Donna J. Marvicsin, PhD, PNP-BC, CDE

Clinical Associate Professor Emerita
Department of Health Behavior and Biological Sciences
Room 2160 NURS1

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

Telephone: (734) 763-0001
Fax: (734) 763-0681


  • Diabetes in children
  • Parenting
  • Prevention of pediatric obesity

Dr. Donna Marvicsin has been caring for children in pediatric endocrinology since 1995, and her overarching scholarship focus is on the parenting of children with type 1 diabetes. In her past research, Dr. Marvicsin has examined the relationships between maternal environment (e.g. child behavior and coping resources), diabetes self-efficacy, diabetes management behaviors, and child glycemic control. Her current research includes an examination of a parenting intervention designed to improve metabolic control in the pre-school population. Building off of and utilizing her expertise, Dr. Marvicsin is the program co-coordinator for the Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner program at U-M School of Nursing.

Current Research Grants and Programs

  • HRSA Health Professions – Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention - Interprofessional Collaboration Practice: RN-led IPCP teams.


Dr. Marvicsin has taught the didactic portion of the undergraduate pediatric courses as well as coordinated the clinical faculty. She also teaches the chronic care course and final capstone course for the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner graduate students. As an expert in pediatrics, she believes her role is to model for student the complex ways of thinking necessary to success in the field so that they can develop the same skills as future professionals. Overall, she values students who are actively engaged in the process of learning and who are willing to critically apply knowledge of the unique needs of infants, children, and adolescents to their nursing care.

Affiliations / Service

  • Member, National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty
  • Member, Association of Faculties of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners
  • Member, Sigma Theta Tau International, Rho Chapter
  • Member, National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners
  • Member, Pediatric Endocrine Nursing Society
  • Member, International Family Nursing Association


  • PhD, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, 2007
  • MSN, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, 1987
  • BSN, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, 1981

Publication Highlights

  • Danford, C.A., Schultz, C.M., & Marvicsin, D. (2015). Parental roles in the development of obesity in children: challenges and opportunities. Research and Reports in Biology, 6, 1-15.

  • Marvicsin, D., Eagle, M., Harlow-Rosentraub, K., Munroe. M., & Pohl, J. (2015). Lessons learned from examining after-hours call patterns in two nurse managed health centers.The Journal for Nurse Practitioners. 11(2), 233-239.

  • Falvey, K., Marvicsin, D., & Danford, C. (2014). An Integrative Review of Sleep Interventions and Related Clinical Implications for Obesity. Treatment in Children. Journal of Pediatric Nursing. 29(6), 503-510.

  • Grossklaus, H. and Marvicsin, D. (2014). Parenting efficacy and its relationship to the prevention of childhood obesity. Pediatric Nursing. 40(2), 69-86.

  • Boyse, K.L., Gardner, M., Marvicsin, D., & Sandberg, D.E. (2014) “It Was an Overwhelming Thing": Parents' Needs after Infant Diagnosis with CAH. Journal of Pediatric Nursing. 29, 436-441.

  • Marvicsin, D. and Danford, C. (2013). Parenting efficacy related to childhood obesity: Comparison of parent and child perceptions. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 26(5), 422-429.

  • Marvicsin, D., Boucher, N. & Eagle, M. (2013). Youth Bullying: Implications for Primary Care Providers. The Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 9(8), 523-527.

  • Marvicsin, D., Clark, K., & Spencer, L. (2009). Ouch- Does Needle Size Matter? [Abstract]. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 24(3), 238.

  • Marvicsin, D. (2008). An Outpatient Program to Prevent Pediatric Obesity. [Abstract].Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 23(3), e44.

  • Marvicsin, D. (2008). School-age Children with Diabetes: The Role of Maternal Self-efficacy, Environment, and Diabetes Management Behaviors. The Diabetes Educator. 34(3), 477-483.

  • Marvicsin, D. (2007). School-age Children with Diabetes: The Role of Maternal Self-efficacy, Environment, and Diabetes Management Behaviors. [Abstract]. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 22(3), 215-216.

  • Vallerand, A., Hough, E., Pittiglio, L. & Marvicsin, D. (2005). The Process of Disclosing HIV Serostatus Between HIV-Positive Mothers and their HIV-Negative Children. AIDS Patient Care and STD’s. Vol. 19(2).

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