Patricia Hershberger, PhD, APRN, FNP-BC, FAAN

Department Chair
Department of Health Behavior and Biological Sciences
Room 2160A NURS1

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

Telephone: (734) 763-0011


  • Assisted/Medical Reproduction
  • Family Health
  • Health Behavior/Decision Making
  • Digital Interventions
  • Career Development/Mentoring

Dr. Hershberger leads an elite team of transdisciplinary investigators and highly skilled clinicians in assisted reproduction to advance knowledge about the link between factors that impact decision-making processes and health behaviors, especially among stigmatized or under-represented minority groups. Findings from Dr. Hershberger’s research have informed national and international clinical practice guidelines and policies in assisted reproduction. For example, in a series of studies including a 12-year longitudinal study, Dr. Hershberger identified and verified the Decision-Making Process Model that details underlying decision mechanisms among individuals and couples as they contemplate novel medical treatment or consider behavior change. Using this model as a guide, Dr. Hershberger and her team are currently creating and testing scalable digital interventions (e.g., TELL Tool) to determine if these interventions can improve the health and well-being of individuals and families created through assisted reproduction.   


Other contributions to science and the nursing profession include Dr. Hershberger’s research and leadership to advance the scholarship and careers of students, post-doctoral fellows, and early and midcareer faculty. She is also a thought leader and frequent methodological consultant on the pedagogy and implementation of structured (e.g., integrative, systematic) literature reviews.

Current Research Grants and Programs

  • Feasibility and Pilot Testing of the TELL Tool Among Gamete and Embryo Donation Recipient Parents (R34NR019278; 2020-2022 PI: Hershberger, P., 2023 MPI with Gallo, A.)


Dr. Hershberger enjoys bringing her research, practice, and service experiences to the classroom. In her current role as Rhetaugh G. Dumas Endowed Professor and

Chair, Department of Health Behavior and Biological Sciences, her teaching efforts are aimed at fostering the successful scientific and practice careers of the next generation of health care leaders.

Affiliations / Service

  • American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), 2001–present (Multiple leadership roles including the ASRM Task Force on the Needs and Interests of Donor Conceived People and Their Families, 2022–present; Nurses Professional Group Executive Board, 2019–2024; Mental Health Professional Group Scientific Development Committee, 2021–2022)
  • Midwest Nursing Research Society Foundation Board of Trustees, 2020–2022
  • Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science, 2016–present (Appointed Inaugural Chair, Mid-Career Special Interest Group, 2019–2021)
  • Midwest Nursing Research Society, 2001–present (Multiple leadership roles including two terms on the Board of Directors, 2014–2016 & 2016–2018)
  • American Academy of Nursing, 2016–present (Member, Women’s Health Expert Panel & Genomic Nursing & Health Care Expert Panel, 2016–present)
  • Sigma Theta Tau, International (Honor Society for Nursing), 1996–present
  • Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses, 1995–present

Notable Awards / Honors

  • University of Michigan Rhetaugh G. Dumas Endowed Professor of Nursing, 2022–present
  • Distinguished Visiting Scholar, Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea, 2019
  • Distinguished Contribution to Service in the Midwest, Midwest Nursing Research Society 2020
  • Fellow, American Academy of Nursing, 2016
  • National Award of Excellence in Research, Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses, 2013


  • Ph.D., University of Illinois Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
  • MSN, Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Indiana
  • BSN, Indiana University, Gary, Indiana
  • BSN, Indiana University, Gary, Indiana

Publication Highlights

  • Potisopha, W., Vuckovic, K. M., DeVon, H. A., Park, C. G., Phutthikhamin, N., & Hershberger, P. E. (2023). Decision delay is a significant contributor to prehospital delay for stroke symptoms. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 45(1), 55-66.

  • Eldeirawi, K. M., Hershberger, P. E., Pickler, R. H., Wyatt, G. K., & Zerwic, J. (2023). Embracing midcareer in the tenure system. Journal of Professional Nursing, 44, 12-16.

  • Kim, H., Korzynski, A., Hershberger, P. E., & Durham, M. (2023). Identifying barriers and facilitators for nurse practitioners’ opioid management of chronic pain. Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, 35(1), 12-20.

  • Hershberger, P. E., Gallo, A. M., Adlam, K., Steffen, A. D., Driessnack, M., Grotevant, H. D., Klock, S. C., Pasch, L., & Gruss, V. (2022). Alpha test of the donor conception tool to empower parental telling and talking. JOGNN: Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing, 51(5), 536-547.

  • Sung, C., Hershberger, P. E., Lockwood, M. B. (2022 [Online ahead of print]). Sickness symptoms in kidney transplant recipients: A scoping review. Western Journal of Nursing Research.

  • An, J., Hershberger, P. E., & Ferrans, C. E. (2022 [Online ahead of print]). Delayed presentation, diagnosis, and treatment of breast cancer among Chinese women: An integrative literature review. Cancer Nursing.

  • Bourgault, A. M., Voss, J. G., Grimes Stanfill, A., McCarthy, A. M., Matthews, E. E., Talsma, A., Loerzel, V., Henderson, W. A., Kinser, P. A., & Hershberger, P. E. (2022). Strategies to enhance the success of mid-career nurse scientists. Nursing Outlook, 70, 127-136.

  • Srimoragot, M., Hershberger, P. E., Park, C., & Hernandez, T. L., & Izci Balserak, B. (2022). Infant feeding type and maternal sleep during the postpartum period: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of Sleep Research, e13625.  

  • Goodyke, M. P., Hershberger, P. E., Bronas, U. G., Dunn, S. L. (2022). Perceived social support and heart rate variability: An integrative review. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 44(11), 1057-1067.

  • Hershberger, P. E., Gallo, A. M., Adlam, K., Driessnack, M., Grotevant, H. D., Klock, S. C., Pasch, L., & Gruss, V. (2021). Parents’ experiences telling children conceived by gamete and embryo donation about their genetic origins. Fertility and Sterility Reports, 2(4), 479-486.

  • Hershberger, P. E. (2021). The state of the science on women’s disposition decisions about electively frozen surplus eggs. [Invited Editorial] Fertility and Sterility, 116(6), 1620-1621.

  • Hershberger, P. E., Driessnack, M., Kavanaugh, K., & Klock, S. C. (2021). Oocyte donation disclosure decisions: A longitudinal follow-up at middle childhood. Human Fertility, 24(1), 31-45.

  • Jun, J., Kapella, M. C., & Hershberger, P. E. (2021). Nonpharmacological sleep interventions for adult patients in intensive care units: A systematic review. Intensive and Critical Care Nursing, 67, 103124.

  • Farah, E., Barger, M., Klima, C., Rossman, B., McFarlin, B., & Hershberger, P. E. (2021). Impaired lactation: Review of delayed lactogenesis and insufficient lactation. Journal of Midwifery & Woman’s Health, 66(5), 631-640.

  • Hershberger, P. E. (2021). Using a manuscript template to foster dissemination of doctoral students’ literature reviews. Journal of Nursing Education, 60(2), 111-115.

  • Mathew, A., Doorenbos, A. Z., Jang, J. K., & Hershberger, P. E. (2021). Acceptance and commitment therapy in adult cancer survivors: A systematic review and conceptual model. Journal of Cancer Survivorship, 15(3), 427-451.

  •  Hershberger, P. E., Driessnack, M., Kavanaugh, K., & Klock, S. C. (2020).  Emerging views of kinships created through oocyte donation. MCN, The American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing, 45(1), 18-24.

  • Potisopha, W., Vuckovic, K. M., DeVon, H. A., Park, C. G. & Hershberger, P. E. (2020). Sex differences in prehospital delay in patients with acute stroke: A systematic review. Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, 35(6), E77-E88.

  • Dunn Lopez, K., Gephart, S. M., & Hershberger, P. E. (2020). Using online survey software to enhance rigor and efficiency of knowledge synthesis reviews. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 42(10), 838-845.

  • Hetland, B., Lindroth, H., Kamp, K., Gates, B., Wierenga, K., Hardin, H., Gilmore-Bykovski, A., Topp, R., Hershberger, P. E., & Madigan, E. (2020). The Emerging Scholars' Network within MNRS: From acorns to oaks. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 42(2), 143-152.