Jennie Ryan, Ph.D., CPNP-AC

Research Fellow
Department of Systems, Populations and Leadership
Room 4303 400NIB

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

Telephone: (734) 764-4729


  • Medical marijuana
  • Harm reduction strategies for opioid addiction
  • Innovative drug policy
  • Pediatric critical care
  • Congenital heart disease

Dr. Ryan's research interests include the effects of marijuana legalization on individual and societal health, particularly its effect on opioid use and overdose.  Dr. Ryan’s broader focus is on innovative drug policy. She has a clinical background as a pediatric critical care nurse practitioner.  Her clinical area of expertise is pediatric congenital heart disease and cardiac critical care.


Dr. Ryan’s teaching experience has been primarily in the nursing simulation lab, instructing undergraduate students. Dr. Ryan has experience leading a variety of stimulation scenarios including bedside hospital care, mock codes, community home nursing visits, LGBTQ office visits, disaster scenarios, and opioid overdose scenarios. Dr. Ryan has helped to facilitate multidisciplinary simulation experiences to improve coordinated patient care. 

Affiliations / Service

  • Grants Committee Member, National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (Delaware Valley Chapter), 2017 - present.
  • Member, International Society for Heart and Lung Transplant (2013-2018).
  • Member, American Association of Critical Care Nurses (2014-2018).
  • Member, International Society for the Study of Drug Policy (2017 - present).

Notable Awards / Honors

  • Research grant, Alpha Nu Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, 2017
  • Research grant, Delaware Valley Chapter of National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, 2017


  • Ph.D., Villanova University, Villanova, PA, 2018
  • MSN, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 2009
  • BSN, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 2004

Publication Highlights

  • Ryan, J., Sharts-Hopko, N. “The Experiences of Medical Marijuana Patients: A Scoping Review of the Qualitative Literature”. Journal of Neuroscience Nursing. 2017. June; 49(3)

  • Ryan, J. “Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation in Pediatric Cardiac Arrest”. Critical Care Nurse. 2015. Feb; 35(1):60-69.