Curiculum Vitae


PhD, University of Utah, 1990, Specialty: Transcultural Nursing
M.S., The Pennsylvania State University, 1985, Specialty: Adult Health with functional area in Community Nursing and Cognate in Education
B.S., Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 1984, Specialty: Nursing with minor in Anthropology
Diploma, Citizens General Hospital School of Nursing, 1982

Fellow, Leadership for Academic Nursing Programs, American Association of Colleges and Universities, 2004-2005
Post-Master’s certificate, Arizona State University, 1996, Family Nurse Practitioner
National Resource Center Fellowship in Middle East Languages: Arabic, University of Washington, 1987
Fellow, Society for Applied Anthropology, 1985

7/2003- present: Professor, School of Nursing, Carlow University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Undergraduate and Graduate teaching responsibilities (MSN and DNP) in the areas of Introduction to Professional Nursing, Evidence-based Practice, Nursing Theory/Inquiry, Nursing Research, Administration, Leadership, and Global Health (interdisciplinary)

7/1998-6/2003: Associate Professor with promotion to Professor, January, 2001, Aga Khan University School of Nursing, Karachi, Pakistan; Undergraduate and Graduate teaching responsibilities in the areas of  Professional Development, Nursing Research, Sociology and Health, Nursing Ethics, Education and Leadership, MSN Thesis supervision 

8/1992-7/1998: Assistant Professor with promotion to Associate Professor with tenure August, 1996, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona; Undergraduate and Graduate teaching responsibilities in the areas of Introduction to Professional Nursing, Foundations of Nursing I and II, Nursing Assessment, Nurse-Client Roles and Interpersonal Processes, Advanced Scientific Concepts in Nursing (theory and practicum), Issues and Trends, Nursing Research, FNP Clinical Practicum, MSN Thesis supervision

8/1989-7/1991: Assistant Professor of Nursing, Westminster College, Salt Lake City, Utah; Undergraduate teaching responsibilities in Foundations of Nursing, Adult Health Nursing (theory and practicum), Gerontological Nursing (theory and practicum), Nursing Theory and Research

7/2003-5/2008: Associate Dean and Director, Carlow University School of Nursing, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Accomplishments included facilitating reorganization from Department of Nursing to School of Nursing, CCNE reaccreditation of BSN and MSN programs for 10 years, increasing NCLEX scores to over 90%, oversight of BSN, RN-BSN, and FNP curricula revision, development and implementation of nursing simulation laboratory, development of DNP program

7/1998- 5/2003: Director, Special Projects, MScN and BScN programs, Aga Khan University, School of Nursing, Karachi, Pakistan; Accomplishments included development of first MScN program in Pakistan (advanced practice focus), lead member of various research teams with publication of results, revision of prelicensure and RN-BScN curricula, introduction of evidence-based practice, team member in nursing education assessment in Kabul, Afghanistan

9/1994- 7/1998: Coordinator, BSN program for Navajo and Hopi Indian students, Northern Arizona University, Ganado (Navajo Nation), Arizona; Accomplishments included development of the first baccalaureate program for American Indian students in the US with nursing skills laboratory, computer laboratory, classroom and office space established, development of recruitment video specific toward American Indian population, extensive recruitment activities throughout Navajo and Hopi Nations

10/1996- 5/1998: Family Nurse Practitioner (part-time), Comprehensive Parenting Program, Ganado High School Ganado, Arizona and the Dine Wellness Center, Birdsprings School, Birdsprings, Arizona; Responsibilities included school health physical exams, pregnancy testing, counseling, well women exams, older adult physical wellness program, provision of primary care

12/1992-1/1993: Nursing Education Consultant, UNICEF, Zanzibar, Tanzania, Development of the Community Health Nursing program

8/1991-8/1992: Nurse Educator and Evaluation Consultant for final phase of Project HOPE project based at the Nazarene School of Nursing, Manzini, Swaziland

9/1987-7/1991: Staff Nurse, Perinatal Unit, University of Utah Health Sciences Center, Salt Lake City, Utah

9/1986-8/1997: Staff Nurse, Neuroscience Unit, University of Utah Health Sciences Center, Salt Lake City, Utah

5/1985-9/1986: Nursing Supervisor with promotion to Director of Nursing (6/85), State College Manor, State College, Pennsylvania


Florida, Department of Health, Registered Nurse, License Number: RN 9340167, 2012- present
Arizona State Board of Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner, Certificate No. 563, 1996-present
Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing, Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner Family Health, License Number: SP008106, 2003-present
Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing, Registered Nurse, License Number: RN25321L, 1982-present

Nurse Practitioners Association of Southwestern Pennsylvania, 2009-present
Society for Nursing and Anthropology, 1985-present
Sigma Theta Tau International, 1984-present
American Nurses Association/Pennsylvania State Nurses Association, 1984-present


Manuscript reviewer, Mayo Clinic Proceedings, 02/13
Organizer, Malek Jobeda Nursing Institute, Bangladesh-Carlow School of Nursing Partnership Team, 10/12-present
Book reviewer, Advanced Practice Nursing (5th ed.), 10/2012
Nursing education consultant for Health Volunteers Overseas to assess volunteer opportunities and provide teaching and research consultation to the nursing faculty of the Royal Institute of Health Sciences, Thimphu, Bhutan, 7/2011 and 4/2012
Nursing program reviewer, Holy Family University, School of Nursing, 2/2011
Member, Nursing Education Steering Committee, Health Volunteers Overseas, 2009-present
Nurse volunteer for rural clinic and schools, Jukwa and surrounding villages, Ghana, Amizade Global Service-Learning, August 01-16, 2010
Nursing consultant, Bokamoso Private Hospital, Gaborone, Botswana, development of nursing orientation schedule and presentations, development of Nursing Competency Council and Competency policy, 7/2009; 12/2009-1/2010


Global health has been the focus of Dr. Upvall’s research and teaching interest since the beginning of her nursing career. She has studied the collaborative practices of nursing with indigenous healers in southern Africa and the Navajo Nation in southwestern United States. Other populations she has worked with include Somali refugee women and their families, nurses and other healthcare providers in Cambodia and Botswana, and rural populations in Ghana. Dr. Upvall developed and coordinated the first baccalaureate nursing (BSN) program for Navajo and Hopi students in Ganado, AZ as an Associate Professor of Nursing with Northern Arizona University. During that time, she also received her certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner. 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 developed the first Master’s of Nursing program in the country. After 5 years in Pakistan, Dr Upvall returned to her home in Pittsburgh and facilitated the growth of nursing programs at Carlow University from a division to School of Nursing as Associate Dean and Director. While in this role, Dr. Upvall developed a state of the art nursing skills laboratory, facilitated curriculum revision for both undergraduate and graduate nursing programs, and was instrumental in developing the DNP program. She has published numerous articles in peer reviewed journals and book chapters based upon her global health research and program development experiences both in the US and abroad. In addition, she is a Fellow of the Society for Applied Anthropology and the AACN Leadership for Academic Nursing programs. Currently, she serves on the advisory board of the Geibel Institute for Justice and Social Responsibility. She teaches across all nursing programs at Carlow and has developed an interdisciplinary undergraduate global health course as well as a graduate course focused on cultural competency skills.


Upvall, M. (2012). Reflections of life in Pakistan, 1989-2003, Spectrum (pp. 50-54). Pittsburgh, PA: Carlow University Press.

Lasater, K., Upvall, M., Neilson, A., Prak, M., & Ptachcinski, R. (2012). Global partnerships for professional development: A Cambodian Exemplar, Journal of Professional Nursing,28(1), 62-68.

Gulzar, S., Mistry, R. & Upvall, M. (2011). Strengthening the leadership role of the Community Health Nurse in Pakistan, International Nursing Review, 58(3), 386-391.

Upvall, M. (2011).  Graduate nursing education: A critical examination from a global perspective. In P.S. Cowen, S. Moorhead (Eds.), Current issues in nursing (8th ed.; pp. 101-107). St. Louis, MI: Mosby Elsevier. Awarded 2010 Book of the Year for professional development by American Journal of Nursing. 

Upvall, M. (2010) One born on a rainy day. In Nurses Beyond Borders. Kaplan Press.

Upvall, M., Mohammed, K., Dodge, P. (2009). Exploring health care needs of Somali refugee women living in the United States: A Focus Group Approach, International Journal of Nursing Studies, 46, 360-368.

Upvall, M. & Ptachcinski, R. (2007). The long journey to the DNP and beyond: Can we learn from the path of Pharmacy? Journal of Professional Nursing, 23, 316-321.

Upvall,M., Mohammed, K., Dodge, P. (2007). Providing culturally competent care to Somali refugee women, Spectrum: A collection of writings (pp. 19-29). Pittsburgh, PA: Carlow University Press.

Upvall, M. & Bost, M.L. (2007). Developing cultural competence in nursing students through their experiences with a refugee population, Journal of Nursing Education, 46(8), 380-383.

Upvall, M. (2006). International graduate education: A critical analysis. In P.S. Cowen, S. Moorhead (Eds.), Current issues in nursing (7th ed.; pp. 86-92). St. Louis, MI: Mosby Elsevier.

Olshansky, E.,  Sacco, D., Braxter,.B., Dodge, P., Hughes, E., Ondeck, M., Stubbs, M., Upvall, M. (2005). Participatory action research to understand and reduce health disparities, Nursing Outlook, 53, 121-126.

Upvall, M., Karmaliani, R., Pirani, F., Gul, R., & Khalid, F. (2004). Developing leaders through graduate education in Pakistan, International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship, 

Upvall, M. (2004). Worlds apart, Reflections on Nursing Leadership, 30(1), 12-15.

Upvall, M. (2003). Women and culture. In E.Breslin, S. Lucas (Eds.), Women’s health nursing: Towards evidence-based practice (pp. 48-83). St. Louis, MI: Saunders.

Upvall, M. Kanji, Z., Jaffer, S., Khowaja, K., Barolia, R., & Amarsi, Y. (2002). Defining the cultural milieu for faculty practice in Pakistan, International Journal of Nursing Practice,8(6), 315-323 .

Upvall, M., Gonsalves, A., Socheal, S. (2002). Behind the mud walls: The role and practice of Lady Health Visitors in Pakistan, Health Care for Women International,23(5), 432-441.