Umeika M. Stephens DNP, PMHNP-BC, FNP-BC (ak4579)

University information

Title: Assistant Professor - Clinical
Unit: Deans Office Nursing
Department: College of Nursing

Contact information

5557 Cass Ave
Office 244
Detroit, 48202

College of Nursing

Title: Assistant Professor (Clinical) and Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Graduate Specialty Coordinator
Office Address:

244 Cohn, 5557 Cass Ave., Detroit, MI 48202

Phone: 313-577-4099
Office Hours:

Tuesdays, 1-5 p.m., and Wednesdays, Noon-2 p.m.

Bio Sketch:

Dr. Stephens is a dual-certified family and psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner focused on the provision of holistic, patient-centered mental health care. As a Detroit native, she is acutely aware of the health care needs in the community and the disparities that impact patients' access to culturally sensitive services. Dr. Stephens has worked as a nurse practitioner for over two decades, providing psychiatric care in the metro Detroit area.

  • DNP, Wayne State University, 2013
    • Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education, 2015
  • Post-graduate Certificate (Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner), Rush University, 2010
  • MSN, Michigan State University, 2000
  • BSN, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, 1996 
Research Interests:
  • SBIRT (substance abuse)
  • Integrated mental health and primary care
  • African American nurses/ mentorship
  • Trauma-focused care
  • Mental health
  • Mental health first aid
  • Cultural psychiatry

DNP project planning:

  • Program evaluation and quality improvement projects in the areas of mental health, primary care integration, substance use and culturally enhanced care

Project types:

  • Quality improvement
  • Program evaluation

Theoretical frameworks:

  • Nursing and social theories
  • Johnson's Behavioral Systems Theory
  • Peplau interpersonal
  • Watson’s Caring Theory
  • Roy Adaptation Model
  • Benner's Novice to Expert


  • Logic Model
  • Lewin
  • PDSA


  • Pre-test/post-test
  • Longitudinal evaluations (i.e., 3 months, 6 months)
  • Self efficacy tools
  • Health literacy


  • Practice change
  • Adoption of evidence-based practice
  • Improved patient outcomes
  • Sustained outcomes
  • Exploration of change

Writing/editing/manuscript preparation:

  • Editing manuscripts for final projects
  • Editing manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals
  • Editing posters for conference presentations
  • Grant writing
Clinical Area(s) of Expertise:
  • Integrated mental health in primary care
  • Urban health
  • Mental health first aid
Selected publications:
  • McNeill, Cynthera; Stephens, Umeika; and Walker, Tara, Urban Health: A Practical Application for Clinical Based Learning (2022). Open Textbooks. (CC-BY-NC 4.0)
  • McNeill, C., Walker, T. & Stephens, U. (In Press) Reflective Journaling: Assessing Competencies for Advanced Practice Nursing Students. Nurse Educator.
Current Research:
  • 2022- 2024, Stephens, U. (PI) Mental Health Awareness Training Grant. Funded by SAMHSA ($250,000)
  • 2022-2027, Stephens, U. (PI) Mental NP Expansion Grant. Funded by the State of Michigan ($500,000)
  • 2021-2026, Stephens, U. (PI) Project IMPACT. Funded by the State of Michigan ($1,500,000)
  • 2021-2025, Stephens, U. (Co-I) Pediatric Behavioral Health Workforce Grant. Funded by HRSA ($526,000)
  • 2021-2023, Stephens, U. (Co-PI) Collective management of DNP. Funded by NEPQR-HRSA
  • 2020-2023 Stephens, U. (Co-I) Addressing St.I.G.M.A: Behavioral Health Integration into Primary Care. Funded by HRSA ($1,500,000)
  • 2020-2022 Stephens, U. (Co-I) Open Textbook Grant Proposal for the book titled Urban Health: A Practical Application for Clinical-Based Learning. Funded by President’s Office, Wayne State University ($25,000)
  • 2019-2023 Stephens, U. (PI) Opioid Workforce Development Grant. Funded by HRSA ($1,500,000)
Umeika M. Stephens DNP, PMHNP-BC, FNP-BC

Courses taught by Umeika M. Stephens DNP, PMHNP-BC, FNP-BC

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