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Dr. Merle Mishel

Merle Mishel, PhD, RN, FAAN

Kenan Distinguished Professor of Nursing

Phone: (919) 966-4274
Specialty Area: Adult Health

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
School of Nursing
Carrington Hall, CB #7460
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7460

Office: 4012

Dr. Mishel has a master's degree in psychiatric nursing and a PhD in social psychology. She is known for her research on uncertainty and its management in chronic and life-threatening illness. She has expertise in psychosocial responses to cancer and chronic illness as well as interventions to manage uncertainty. Dr. Mishel is a Kenan Distinguished Professor in the School of Nursing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is the originator of the uncertainty of illness theories and has developed the uncertainty in illness scales which have been translated into 15 languages. Dr. Mishel has been funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research and the National Cancer Institute for over twenty years for her studies exploring uncertainty in cancer patients during treatment and for studies of interventions to manage uncertainty in breast and prostate cancer patients during long-term survivorships.

She was initiator of the theoretical framework for the Hillman Scholars Program, building it on current theories from Nursing and Psychology. Dr. Mishel’s research is interdisciplinary with psychology, social work, and medicine and nursing. Dr. Mishel, with her multidisciplinary research team has been very successful in obtaining federal funding for six funded RO1 intervention studies with cancer patients and served as a mentor for junior faculty over the past 10 years. Her research has been recognized by NINR in her appointment to the Nursing and Related Sciences Study Section (2011-2016) and by her Sigma Theta Tau induction in the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame in July, 2011.

Samples of Dr. Mishel's uncertainty instruments can be downloaded here.