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