Elizabeth K. Kuzma, DNP, FNP-BC

Elizabath Kuzma

Clinical Associate Professor
Director, APRN Programs, Office of Professional Graduate Studies
Primary Care Adult Gerontology and Family Nurse Practitioner Program Lead
Department of Health Behavior and Biological Sciences
Room 3181 NURS1

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

Telephone: (734) 647-0149
Fax: (734) 763-0681


  • Trauma-informed care
  • Adolescent health
  • Gender identity and sexuality
  • Health policy and underserved populations
  • Professional advocacy

Elizabeth Kuzma, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, is a Clinical Assistant Professor at University of Michigan's School of Nursing (UMSN) in the Health Behavior and Biological Sciences department. She is the Family Nurse Practitioner Program Lead, she is the Faculty Lead for the Digital Education Program Development, and is the Coordinator of the Graduate Program Leads. As a Family Nurse Practitioner she is committed to working with vulnerable and underserved populations, particularly at-risk, high ACE youth. Dr. Kuzma is an expert in providing holistic, trauma-informed primary care with cultural humility, including health promotion, disease prevention, management of minor acute and chronic conditions. She has experience in nurse-managed care settings, school-based settings, in a local health department, and serving as a faculty preceptor/mentor at the UM student run free clinic for students from the health sciences (medicine, nursing, social work, dentistry, pharmacy). Her research and scholarship focus includes a variety of adolescent health issues, particularly related to trauma, sexuality and gender identity, as well as integrating these content areas into NP education. She is actively involved and committed to professional and policy advocacy. Dr. Kuzma sees public policy advocacy at all levels (organizational, local, state, and federal) as the broadest form of patient advocacy for health promotion and disease prevention. She is a former past American Association for Nurse Practitioners (AANP) State Representative for Michigan, has served on the AANP Research Committee, and is currently serving on the AANP National Nominations Council.

Current Research Grants and Programs

  • University of Michigan Whitaker Grant: Healthcare Theatre: Taking Human Simulation to the Next Level. Role: Co-investigator. 04/01/2019 – 04/30/2021
  • Allen Fund Award: Pilot Implementation of the Pediatric ACEs and Related Life Events Screener (PEARLS) Tool in Adolescent Health Centers. Role: Co-Investigator. 09/01/2020 – 08/31/2021


Dr. Kuzma teaches in the graduate level clinical courses with Primary Care Adult-Gero and Family Nurse Practitioner students. In addition to her classroom work, she serves as a clinical preceptor and mentors graduate students during various courses throughout their program at the School of Nursing. She serves as a guest lecturer in many of the Primary Care courses. As an educator, Dr. Kuzma believes that expressing and demonstrating her passion for nursing and the nurse practitioner profession is essential to educate and motivate future nurse practitioner students.

Affiliations / Service

  • American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), Active Member, 2010-present.
  • Michigan Council of Nurse Practitioners (MICNP), Active Member, 2007-present.
  • National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty (NONPF), Active Member, 2012-present
  • Michigan Chapter Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine, Active Member, 2013-present
  • Golden Key International Honour Society, Active Member, 2013-present.
  • JAANP Peer Reviewer, Content Reviewer, 2015-present
  • Journal of Dental Education (JDE), Content Reviewer, 09/2016 – Present
  • U-M School of Nursing Faculty Practice Advisory Committee, 2016-present; Chair 2018-2020.
  • American Association of Nurse Practitioners National Research Committee, 04/2018 – 04/2020
  • Michigan Council of Nurse Practitioners, Statewide Finance Committee, 09/2018 – Present
  • Women’s Health Issues, Content Reviewer, 04/2019 – Present
  • Journal for Nurse Practitioners (JNP), Content Reviewer, 09/2019 – Present
  • Western Journal for Nursing Research (WJNR), Content Reviewer, 12/2019 – Present
  • American Association of Nurse Practitioners National Nominations Council, 06/2020 – 06/2023

Notable Awards / Honors

  • AACN Faculty Policy Intensive Fellowship, 2017
  • AANP DNP Student Scholarship, 2014
  • AANP State Award of Excellence, 2012
  • Michigan State University Recent Graduate Excellence Award, 2012


  • DNP, Wayne State University, 2014
  • MSN, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 2008
  • BSN, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 2003
  • Completion of the Online Learning Consortium (OLC) Foundational Online Teaching Certificate, 2019
  • Completion of the Online Learning Consortium (OLC) Online Nursing Mastery Series, 2020

Publication Highlights

  • Munro, M. L., Dulin, A. C., & Kuzma, E. (2015). Update on Plan B emergency contraception and the nurse’s role. Nursing for Women’s Health, 19(2), 142–153.

  • Kuzma, E., & Peters, R. (2016). Adolescent vulnerability and the need for youth friendly health care: The nurse practitioner’s role. Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, 29(7), 353-361. DOI: 10.1002/2327-6924.12331.

  • Kuzma, E. K., Darling-Fisher, C. S., Speck, N. (2017). Case Study: UMHS- Regional Alliance for Healthy Schools, Primary Health Care to Achieve Universal Access to Health Care and Universal Health Coverage. The Role of Nurses and Midwives, World Health Organization Compendium of Primary Care Case Studies.

  • Pardee, M., Kuzma, E. K., Boucher, N., Dahlem, G., Darling-Fisher, C. S. (2017). Current state of screening high-ACE youth and emerging adults in primary care. Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, 29(12), 716-724.

  • Kuzma, E. K., Boucher, N. L., Burmester, K. A., Gray, B. L., Ploutz-Snyder, R. J, & Strobbe, S. (2018). Preparing APRN students to deliver adolescent SBIRT for substance use. Journal of Nursing Education. 57(12), 736-741. DOI: 10.3928/01484834-20181119-06.

  • Kuzma, E. K. (2018). A national unique identifier for all nurses: Rationale and Policy Options. American Association of Colleges of Nursing: Inside Academic Nursing.

  • Li, Y., Cannon, L. M., Coolidge, E., Darling-Fisher, C. S., Pardee, M., & Kuzma, E. K.* (2019). Current state of trauma-informed education in the health sciences. Journal of Nursing Education. 58(2), 93-101. DOI: 10.3928/01484834-20190122-06

  • Kuzma, E. K., Pardee, M., & Darling-Fisher, C. S. (2019). LGBT Health: Creating Safe Spaces and Caring for Patients with Cultural Humility. Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, 31(3):167-174, March 2019. DOI: 10.1097/JXX.0000000000000131. 

  • Kuzma, E. K., Graziano, C., Shea, E., Schaller, F.V., Pardee, M., & Darling-Fisher, C. S. (2019). Improving LGBT health: Utilizing a standardized patient experience to educate APRN students. Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. May 30, 2019 - Volume Online Now - Issue - p doi: 10.1097/JXX.0000000000000224

  • Cannon, L. M., Coolidge, E., LeGierse, J., Moskowitz, Y., Buckley, C., Chapin, E., Warren, M., & Kuzma, E. K.*(2020). Trauma-informed education: Creating and pilot testing a nursing curriculum on trauma-informed care. Nursing Outlook. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nedt.2019.104256

  • Matsumoto, A., Kuzma, E. K., DeSena, D., Bostwick, J. R, Furgeson, D., Yorke, A., & Inglehart, M. R. (2020). The evolution of an interprofessional education motivational interviewing workshop: Finding the right balance. Journal of Interprofessional Education and Practice. Available online 10 May 2020, 100342. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.xjep.2020.100342.

  • Kuzma, E. K., Morgan, A., & Pardee, M. (2020). Implementing patient-centered trauma-informed care for the perinatal nurse. Journal of Perinatal and Neonatal Nursing, 34(4), E23-E31. http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/JPN.0000000000000520

  • Bilbee, M. R., Rulli, D., VanDuine, S. M., Kuzma, E. K., & Cullen, J. R. (2020 – under review). Impact of Academic Degree on Healthcare Provider Perceptions of Interprofessional Collaboration. Journal of Dental Education.

  • Kuzma, E. K. 1, Cannon, L. M. 1, Coolidge, E., Harris, M., Buckley, C., Chapin, E., Coley, K., Arbogast-Wilson, M. (2021 – under review). Faculty, preceptor and student perceptions of the need for trauma-informed education: Recommendations for implementation. Nurse Education Today.

  • Kuzma, E. K., & Acarregui Lehmann, B. C. (2020). LGBTQ cultural humility for the urology healthcare provider. In Quallich, S., & Lajiness, M. The Nurse Practitioner in Urology: A Manual for Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants and Allied Healthcare Providers, 2e. Springer Nature Switzerland AG.

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