Sue Anne Bell, PhD, FNP-BC

Assistant Professor
Department of Systems, Populations and Leadership
Room 2181 400NIB

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

Telephone: (734) 647-0341
Fax: (734) 763-0681
Sue Anne Bell is accepting new PhD students.


  • Disaster preparedness
  • Health disparities
  • Acute and emergency care
  • Community resilience
  • Aging

Dr. Bell is a nurse scientist and family nurse practitioner, with expertise in disaster response, community health and emergency care. Her research focuses broadly on the health effects of disasters and the impact of climate change on human health within a health equity framework. She is particularly interested in the long-term impact of disasters on human’s health, in developing policy that protects and promotes health throughout the disaster management cycle, and in the relationship between community resilience, health disparities and disasters. Dr. Bell is active in multiple emergency preparedness and response activities, including serving on federal panels, co-authoring books and advising on national policy issues. She is clinically active in disaster response through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’s National Disaster Medical System with recent deployments to Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Maria and the California wildfires.

Current Research Grants and Programs

  • NIH K23AG059890; “Individual and Community Drivers of Hospitalization among Older Adults after Natural Disaster,” role: PI

Affiliations / Service

  • Committee member, Best Practices to Assess Morbidity and Mortality after Large-Scale Disasters, National Academies of Medicine, Science and Engineering, 2019-2020
  • Health Scientist, Federal Emergency Management Agency, National Advisory Board, 2017-2020
  • Board Member, Nursing Section, World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine 2017-2019
  • Editorial Advisor, International Emergency Nursing
  • Editorial Board, Prehospital and Disaster Medicine

Notable Awards / Honors

  • DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses, University of Michigan, 2018
  • Ella McNeil Award for Excellence in Community Health Nursing, University of Michigan School of Nursing, 2013
  • 2020 National Healthcare Disaster Professional Certified Nurse Award, American Nurses Credentialing Center


  • National Clinician Scholars Program, 2016-2018
  • PhD, University of Michigan, 2014; Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies 2014
  • MSN, Emory University, 1999
  • BSN, The Florida State University, 1997

Publication Highlights

  • Bell, S.A., Singer, D., Solway, E., Kirch, M., Kullgren, J. & Malani, P. (In Press). Predictors of Emergency Preparedness among Older Adults in the United States. Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness.

  • Bell, S.A., Banerjee, M., Griggs, J. Iwashyna, T.J., & Davis, M. (2020). The Effect of Exposure to Disaster on Cancer Survival. Journal of General Internal Medicine.

  • Bell, S.A., Horowitz, J. & Iwashyna, T.J. (2019). Health outcomes after disaster for older adults with chronic disease: A systematic review. The Gerontologist.

  • Bell, S.A., Horowitz, J. & Iwashyna, T.J. (2019). Home Health Service Provision After Hurricane Harvey. Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness. 14(1):56-62. doi: 10.1017/dmp.2019.27

  • Bell, S.A., Choi, H.J, Langa, K.M. & Iwashyna, T.J. (2019). Health Risk Behaviors after Disaster Exposure Among Older Adults. Prehospital and Disaster Medicine. 15:1-3. doi: 10.1017/S1049023X18001231

  • Bell, S.A., Abir, M., Choi, H.J., Cooke, C., & Iwashyna, T.J. (2018). All-cause hospital admissions among older adults after a natural disaster. Annals of Emergency Medicine. 71(6):746-754.e2. doi: 10.1016/j.annemergmed.2017.06.042

  • Abir, M., Bell, S.A., Puppala, N. Awad, O., & Moore, M. (2017). Setting foundations for developing disaster response metrics. Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness. 1-5.