Jade Burns, Ph.D., RN, CPNP-PC

Jade Burns

Assistant Professor
Department of Health Behavior and Biological Sciences
Room 3175 400 NIB

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

Telephone: (734) 936-5311
Jade Burns is not accepting new PhD students.


  • Teen sexual behavior
  • Technology
  • Community-based, participatory research
  • Health disparities and inequity
  • Service-learning research

Dr. Burns has more than 10 years of experience working with youth (ages 0-21) in a variety of clinical, community-based and academic settings. Her research is centered on innovative approaches using community-engaged research and technology (e.g., social media, mobile apps, messaging) to improve healthcare and sexual health outcomes among adolescents at community health care centers. Her secondary area of interest is improving nursing practice and training programs in underserved areas.


Dr. Burns is a clinical expert on pediatric and community-based healthcare. She has mentored and served as a preceptor for students in both undergraduate and graduate programs for nursing (BSN, PNP, FNP) and allied health professions (social work, public health). Additionally, she has taught courses on population health, fundamentals in nursing and interprofessional education. Her techniques for teaching include the use of invented dialogue and interactive teaching methodologies. She fully believes that students need to be pushed to think independently and critically, regardless of their level of education. Moreover, she considers it is important for faculty to be transparent and help students understand who they are as nurses. This means emphasizing being a scholar and an intellectual, and understanding the value of promoting quality care for patients and families. Dr. Burns continues to work closely with students and community partners within the city of Detroit, building upon her current research and translating her findings and real-world experiences to the classroom setting.

Affiliations / Service

  • Board of Directors – Member at Large, NCSP - Clinical Scholars Program Alumni Association (CSPAA) 2019- present
  • Member, Society of Adolescent Medicine (SAHM) 2018-present
  • Member, American Public Health Association (APHA), Member 2017-present
  • Member, Sigma Theta Tau International, 2016 - present
  • Member, Midwest Nursing Research Society, 2012 - present
  • Member, National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, 2009 - present

Notable Awards / Honors

  • National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners McNeil Scholar, 2009
  • University of Michigan African American Alumni Association "5 under 10" Young Alumni Recognition Award, 2012
  • Paul Ambrose Scholar, 2013
  • National Health Service Corp Scholar, 2014
  • American Association of Colleges of Nursing Jonas Nurse Leader, 2014
  • Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation Clinical Scholar, 2017


  • Ph.D., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • MSN, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
  • BSN, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship - National Clinician Scholars Program

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