Michele J. Upvall PhD, RN, CNE is a Professor of Nursing and Coordinator of the Nurse Educator program at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida. She earned her bachelor's degree from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a master's degree from Penn State University, and a PhD in Transcultural Nursing from the University of Utah. She also completed certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner from Arizona State University. In October 2016, she was named Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine.
Dr. Upvall has extensive experience in the practice of global health. She studied the collaborative practices of nursing with indigenous healers in Swaziland and the Navajo Nation and she has worked with Somali refugee women and their families in Pennsylvania. Also, she served as a nurse educator for Project HOPE in Swaziland and nursing education consultant in Zanzibar and Lebanon. During her tenure at Northern Arizona University Dr. Upvall developed and coordinated the first local BSN program for Navajo and Hopi students in Ganado, Arizona. She then traveled to the Aga Khan University School of Nursing in Karachi, Pakistan where she was the Director of the BSN and RN to BSN programs. While in Pakistan, she facilitated the development of the first Masters of Nursing program in the country.
After five years in Pakistan, Dr. Upvall returned to the US to become Associate Dean of Nursing at Carlow University. She has numerous publications related to global health and is co-editor of the book, Global Health Nursing: Building and Sustaining Partnerships. Dr. Upvall recently completed a Fulbright scholarship at Khon Kaen University in Thailand where she now serves as a Senior Researcher in the Faculty of Nursing. Her current scholarship focus is research ethics capacity development in central Vietnam.