Marcelline Harris, PhD, RN

Associate Professor
Department of Systems, Populations and Leadership
Room 4160 400NIB

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

Telephone: (734) 763-4995
Fax: (734) 647-2416


  • Clinical informatics
  • Clinical systems
  • Clinical analytic repositories and associated governance strategies
  • Nursing health services research
  • Measurement of nursing sensitive outcomes

Dr. Harris’s research interests focus on clinical informatics and nursing health services research, with an emphasis on computable knowledge representation strategies and the use of electronic data for nursing health services research. Her research has been funded by NIH, AHRQ, and RWJF. She serves as a regular member of the AHRQ study section Healthcare Information Technology Research and as an ad hoc member of various NIH study sections. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Michigan, Dr. Harris led the operational nursing informatics group for a large integrated healthcare delivery system. In that role she served on enterprise-level committees concerned with EMR convergence, decision support, data warehousing, data governance, and establishing processes for business analytics. In 2011, Dr. Harris obtained the HIMSS designation of certified professional in healthcare information and management systems.

Current Research Grants and Programs:

  • Collaborative, distributed development of models for standards-based information systems (Co-I, VA funding)
  • Development of tool for graphing research knowledge (PI, seed grant)
  • Nurse staffing and patient outcomes (PI, funded by AHRQ)
  • Improving the failure to rescue measure (PI, funded by RWJF INQRI)


Dr. Harris’ teaching experience includes courses, invited seminars and lectureships. She has worked closely with a number of students completing practicums, masters’ projects, and dissertations. In addition, she led a multi-site demonstration project that focused on delivering informatics content to practicing nurses. She has taught or co-taught both undergraduate and graduate courses in research methods and informatics.

Affiliations / Service

  • Member, Midwest Nursing Research Society (MNRS)
  • Member, Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science (CANS)
  • Member, American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA)
  • Member, Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS)
  • Member, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

Notable Awards / Honors

  • Nurse Researcher of the Year Award, Minnesota Nurses Association 2006
  • Ruth Lilly Informatics Scholar, Sigma Theta Tau International 2001-2004
  • National Institutes of Health/National Library of Medicine Fellow 1998-2001
  • Research Award, American Organization of Nurse Executives, 1994
  • Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, 1985


  • Postdoctoral, NIH/NLM at Mayo Clinic Rochester MN, 1998-2001
  • PhD, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha NE, 1997
  • MS, South Dakota State University, Brookings SD, 1986
  • BS, College of St. Catherine, St Paul MN, 1972

Publication Highlights

  • Needleman J, Buerhaus PI, Pankratz VS, Leibson CL, Stevens SR, Harris MR. (2011) Nurse Staffing and Inpatient Hospital Mortality. New England Journal of Medicine.: 364:1037-1045.

  • Koch KA, Woodcock M, Harris MR. (2010) Representation of clinical nursing protocols using GEM II and GEM cutter. AMIA Annual Symposium Proceedings.

  • Harris MR, Vanderboom CE, Hughes R. (2009). Nursing-sensitive safety and quality outcomes: the taming of a wicked problem? Advances in Nursing Research 2009 May; 22(2):146-151. . PMID:19427579.

  • Kim H, Harris MR, Savova GK, Chute CG. (2008). The first step toward data reuse: disambiguating concept representation of the locally developed ICU nursing flowsheets. Computers and Information in Nursing 26(5):282-9. PMID:18769183. PMCID:PMC2699893.

  • Gajic O, Malinchoc M, Comfere TB, Harris MR, Achouiti A, Yimaz M, Schultz MJ, Hubmayr RD, Afessa B, Farmer JC. (2008). The stability and workload index for transfer score predicts unplanned intensive care unit patient readmission: Initial development and validation. Critical Care Medicine 36(3): 676-682. PMID:18431260.

  • Leibson C, Needleman J, Buerhaus P, Heit JA, Melton LJ, Naessens JM, Bailey KR, Petterson TM, Ransom JE, Harris MR (2008). Identifying in-hospital venous thromboembolism (VTE): A comparison of claims-based approaches with the Rochester Epidemiology Project VTE cohort. Medical Care 46(2):127-132. . PMID:18219240.

  • Holland DE, Harris MR, Leibson CL, Pankratz VS, Krichbaum KE (2006 Jan-Feb), Development and validation of a screen for specialized discharge planning services. Nurs Res; 55(1):62-71 PMID:16439930.

  • Kim H, Harris MR, Savova G, Chute CG. (2006). Content coverage of SNOMED-CT toward the ICU nursing flowsheets and the acuity indicators. Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, 122:722-6. PMID:17102358.

  • Harris M, Savova G, Johnson T, Chute C. (2003). A term extraction tool for expanding content in the domain of functioning, disability and health: Proof of concept. Journal of Biomedical Informatics 36(4-5):250-259. PMID:14643720.

  • Harris MR, Chute CG, Ruggier AP. (2003). From clinical records to regulatory reporting: Formal concept representation, aggregation, and reuse of comparable data. Health Care Financing Review. 24(3):103-20. PMID:12894638.

  • Harris MR., Graves JR, Solbrig HR, Chute CG. (2000). Embedded structures and representations of nursing knowledge. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, 7 (6), 539-549. . PMID:11062227. PMCID:PMC129662.

  • Harris MR. (1997). Reduced risk of complex response: An invisible outcome. Nursing Administration Quarterly, 21 (4), 25-31. PMID: 9295646.

  • Harris MR, Mohr DN, Timm JA, Vanderboom CE, Eising SW. (2010) Generations and Functionality of EMRs, Mayo Clinic Case Exemplar. In C. Delaney, C. Weaver, R. Carr, P. Weber (Eds.) Nursing and Informatics for the 21st Century: An International Look at Practice, Trends and the Future, 2nd edition, Chicago, IL: The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS).

  • Harris MR, Graves JR. (2006). The role of terminology in integrating the content of the discipline. In C. Roy & D. Jones (Eds.), Nursing Knowledge Development and Clinical Practice, New York: Springer Publishing Co.

  • Harris MR, Bleich, M. (2000). The computer-based patient record: economic considerations. In S. K. Pfoutz (Ed.), Economics and Nursing: Critical Professional Issues, Philadelphia: F.A. Davis & Co.