Nadia A. Charania, PhD, RN

Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Systems, Populations and Leadership
Room 2342 400NIB

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

Telephone: (734) 647-0137
Fax: (734) 936-5525
Nadia Charania is not accepting new PhD students.


  • Women’s mental health
  • Depression
  • Decision making and self-management strategies
  • Ways to enhance classroom and clinical teaching and learning
Dr. Nadia Charania completed doctoral studies in 2013, with a concentration in bio-behavioral health. Her dissertation was titled, “Strategies Pakistani Women Use to Self-manage Recurrent Depression.” She is working on publishing this pioneering qualitative research for clinicians to understand Pakistani women’s perspective on their recurrent major depression and provide them culturally sensitive care. Dr. Charania’s long term research goal is to develop knowledge and understanding of a variety of self-management strategies to manage recurrent major depression and test them across a variety of cultures. In addition, her goal is to develop comprehensive groups of strategies that could be identified, offered, and applied in both in-patient and community clinical practices. Dr. Charania’s scholarly endeavors in psychiatric-mental health nursing particularly in major depression in women and self-management strategies emerged from her clinical practice of working with Pakistani women.     


Dr. Charania teaches at the undergraduate level. She holds a Clinical Instructor position as the PMHN Specialty participating in the Clinical Excellence Initiative of UMSN. She has extensive teaching experience with both national and international nursing students and nursing staff. Prior to her appointment at UMSN, Dr. Charania was an Assistant Professor at the Aga Khan University School of Nursing, Pakistan (AKUSON). She believes that learning is a life-long process, that students and faculty partner in a learning journey toward educational and clinical excellence. She encourages students to utilize evidence-based findings to understand theoretical concepts to strengthen clinical practice.

Affiliations / Service

  • Member, Sigma Theta Tau-Rho Chapter, University of Michigan, 2003-2005; Present

Notable Awards / Honors

  • Making a Difference Award, Michigan Medicine, 2017
  • DAISY Faculty Award, DAISY Foundation, 2017
  • Lipshutz Award, Rackham-University of Michigan, 2005
  • Barbour Scholarship, Rackham-University of Michigan, 2005
  • Outstanding Teachers’ Award, Aga Khan University School of Nursing, 1995
  • Clinical Excellence RN Award, Aga Khan University School of Nursing, 1988


  • PhD, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 2013
  • MS, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, 1999
  • BScN, Aga Khan University School of Nursing, Karachi, PK, 1993
  • RN, Aga Khan University School of Nursing, Karachi, PK, 1988

Publication Highlights

  • Charania, N.A.M.A., Ferguson, D., Bay, E., Freeland, B., Bradshaw, K., Harden, K., (2017) A professionalism and safety code of conduct designed for undergraduate nursing students. Journal of Professional Nursing.

  • Charania, N.A.M.A., Ross-Durow, P., Sullivan, B.J., Dansel, L. (2017) Designing Assignments to Establish a Foundation for Evidence-Based Practice in an Undergraduate Clinical Nursing Course: Teaching Strategies for Implementing EBP Evidence Review. Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing. DOI: 10.1111/wvn.12198

  • Charania, N.A.M.A., Hagerty, B. M., (2016) The pervasive role of religion/spirituality in Pakistani women’s self-management of recurrent depression: a qualitative study. International Journal of Current Research, 8, (04), 30107-30114.

  • Tilahun, Y., Nasrabadi, A., Alemayehu, M., Teklu A., Charania, N.A.M.A, (2016). The journey of Ethiopian nursing education: A glimpse of past, present and future. International Journal of Current Research, 8, (02), 26828-26833.0

  • Charania, N.A.M.A., Hagerty, B. M., Dansel, L., & Wilson, C. M. (2015). Weekly clinical synopsis: Piloting an innovative clinical teaching strategy. Journal of Nursing Education and Practice, 5(3), 71-80.

  • Ali, G., Lalani, N.S., Charania, N.A.M.A.(2015). Community mental health initiatives in Pakistan. Nursing Standard, 29(22), 44-48.