Remembering SON Faculty Alum and Renowned Researcher Merle Mishel

Merle Mishel, Phd, RN, FAAN, SON faculty alum and renowned nursing science researcher, passed away on Saturday, April 25th, 2020.

Before joining us in 1991, Dr. Mishel taught psychiatric nursing at the University of Arizona, also serving as Division Head for the Mental Health Nursing Division, where she continued her work on the Mishel Uncertainty in Illness Scale (MUIC). The MUIC continues to be used world-wide by academic and clinical researchers and has been translated into over 30 languages.

While at the School of Nursing, she was awarded the Kenan Distinguished Professorship in Nursing in 1994, which she held until her retirement in 2014. In 2011, she was inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame, recognized for 20 years of federally funded research that has had a long-term impact on the profession and patient/family outcomes.

Dr. Mishel’s work and passion for mental health and social justice leaves a lasting legacy at SON, in nursing, and with the patients that benefit from her research.

er family is arranging a private funeral, and donations in her memory may be sent to The Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Hartford “Fund for Social Justice”, 333 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford, CT 06117; your local Humane Society or a charity of your choice.

Her obituary can be found here.