Elizabeth J. Brough, PhD, RN

Clinical Assistant Professor Emerita
Department of Systems, Populations and Leadership
Room 4170 NURS1

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

Telephone: 734-763-1188


  • Positive emotions
  • Sexuality
  • Emotional function and hypertension
  • Women’s health
  • Nursing education

Dr. Brough’s expertise includes developing knowledge of the role that positive emotions play in health and illness. Her dissertation work focused on using a model of positive emotions to explore the experience of sexual desire in healthy women along with the associated emotional and cognitive variables. More recently, her work has focused on understanding the role of emotions in chronic illness, specifically in women with hypertension. Her recent work on the WHEELS project has allowed her to expand her developing knowledge of research processes through an established clinical project using tailored messages to help women reduce hypertension using the DASH eating plan. This research experience allows her to translate knowledge into clinical education and support experiences for developing projects with CNS adjunct faculty members and evidence based practice knowledge support for staff.

Current Research Grants and Programs

  • Women’s & Men’s Hypertension Experiences and Emerging Lifestyles (WHEELS) (HUM00012936), Study Coordinator/ Research Assistant


Dr. Brough has had a variety of past professional clinical, administrative and teaching roles over the course of her 30+ year nursing career which supports a broad perspective for her approach to the education of undergraduate nursing students. Her teaching includes clinical instruction at UMHS in undergraduate adult acute care courses, and past classroom teaching in N253 the transition to nursing and N258 seminars. Education interests include using concept mapping approaches to enhance critical thinking when developing clinical skills and using a variety of innovative approaches to engage students in learning such as  the use of simulation, audience response systems, point of care electronic and computer devices, and case based education using actual scenarios and virtual communities. 

Affiliations / Service

  • Member, Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society (past Member of STTI finance committee 2000-2001)
  • Member, Midwest Nursing Research Society
  • Member, Society for Personality and Social Psychology
  • Member, International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health
  • Member, Oncology Nursing Society
  • Member, Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality


  • PhD, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 2009
  • MSN, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, 1991
  • BSN, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, 1975

Publication Highlights

  • Brough, E. J., (2009), Positive emotions and sexual desire among healthy women University of Michigan, 150 pages; AAT 3354021 (dissertation) http://proquest.umi.com.proxy.lib.umich.edu/pqdweb?did=1739863111&sid=1&Fmt=2&clientId=17822&RQT=309&VName=PQD

  • Kruszewski, A., Brough, E. & Killeen, M.B. (2009). Collaborative Strategies for Teaching Evidence-based Practice in Accelerated Second Degree Programs. Journal of Nursing Education. 48(6), 340-342.