Elizabeth K. Kuzma, DNP, FNP-BC

Elizabath Kuzma

Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Health Behavior and Biological Sciences
Room 3181 400NIB

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. 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. 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 the immediate past American Association for Nurse Practitioners (AANP) State Representative for Michigan. She currently serves on the AANP National Research Committee, the Michigan Council of Nurse Practitioners (MICNP) Finance Committee, and is the Chair of the UMSN's Faculty Practice Advisory Committee. She was awarded AANP State Award for Excellence in 2012.

Current Research Grants and Programs

  • Gilbert Whitaker Grant, Humanizing Technology to Improve Clinical Readiness for Advanced Nursing Students (CO-I), 10/2014-10/2019.
  • School of Nursing, Dean's Centennial Seminar Series (CAsCAid Study Group): Proposing a seminar series to underpin team science with "high-ACE youth" (Group Member), 3/2016-8/2018.
  • Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CRLT), Faculty Development Fund - Integrating Trauma Informed Practices into Nursing Education (PI), 12/2016-12/2018.
  • University of Michigan IP-X Pilot Research Grant: Caring for Complex, Underserved patients: Interprofessional education where it matters most" (Co-I), 12/2017-12/2018.


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
  • U-M School of Nursing, Standardized Patient Work Group, 2016-present
  • U-M Interprofessional Education Curriculum Committee, Motivational Interviewing Work Group, 2016-present
  • Journal of Dental Education, Content Reviewer, 2016-present.
  • U-M School of Nursing Faculty Practice Advisory Committee, 2016-present.
  • University of Michigan LGBTQ Health Network, 2017-present.
  • U-M School of Nursing CAsCAid Student Advisory Board, Faculty Advisor, 2017-present.
  • U-M School of Nursing Clinical Learning Center Advisory Council, 2017-present.
  • University of Michigan LGBTQ Health Policy Working Group, 2018-present.
  • American Association of Nurse Practitioners National Research Committee, 04/2018 – 04/2020
  • Michigan Council of Nurse Practitioners, Statewide Finance Committee, 09/2018 – Present

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

Publication Highlights

  • Kuzma, E. K., Graziano, C., Shea, E., Schaller, F.V., Pardee, M., & Darling-Fisher, C. S. (Under Review). Improving LGBT health: Utilizing a standardized patient experience to educate APRN students. Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

  • Li, Y., Cannon, L. M., Coolidge, E., Darling-Fisher, C. S., Pardee, M., & Kuzma, E. K.* (Accepted with revisions). Current state of trauma-informed education in the health sciences. Journal of Nursing Education. *Denotes Senior Author

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

  • Kuzma, E. K., Boucher, N. L., Burmester, K. A., Gray, B. L., Ploutz-Snyder, R. J, & Strobbe, S. (In Press). Preparing APRN students to deliver adolescent SBIRT for substance use. Journal of Nursing Education.

  • Kuzma, E. K., Pardee, M., & Darling-Fisher, C. S. (In Press). LGBT Health: Creating Safe Spaces and Caring for Patients with Cultural Humility. Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

  • Gultekin, L.1, Kusunoki, Y.1, Cannon, L., Sinko, L., Abramosky, K., Khan, A., Seng, J., & CAsCAid Group. (under review). The Eco-Social Trauma Intervention Theory. American Journal of Public Health.

  • Seng, J. S. & CAsCAid Group. (accepted with revisions). From fight or flight, freeze or faint, to "flow": Identifying a concept to express a positive embodied outcome of trauma recovery. Journal for Pediatric Health Care.

  • Pardee, M., Kuzma, E. K., Boucher, N., Dahlem, G., Darling-Fisher, C. (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., Darling-Fisher, C., Speck, N. (accepted 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 Case Studies. A project of the WHO/Pan American Health Organization in collaboration with the WHO/PAHO Collaborating Centre for International Nursing Development in Primary Health Care at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing.

  • Kuzma, E., & Peters, R. (2015). Adolescent vulnerability and the need for youth friendly health care: The nurse practitioner’s role. Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Online Early View (before inclusion in an issue). Online ISSN: 2327-6924.

  • Munro, M. L., Dulin, A. C., & Kuzma, E. (2014). Update on Plan B emergency contraception and the nurse’s role. Nursing for Women's Health, 19(2), 142-153.

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