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Ann Whall, PhD, RN, FAAN, FGSA

Ann Whall, PhD, RN, FAAN, FGSA
Maggie Allesee Endowed Professor in Gerontology
School of Nursing Faculty Emerita, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
2003 Human Health Building 
Phone: (248) 364-8707


 Dr. Whall’s research interests are centered on geriatric nursing, dementia care and the role of implicit memory in maintaining functioning in dementia. She investigated nursing approaches to the behavior of cognitively impaired nursing home residents, expert nurses’ use of implicit memory with the cognitively impaired and aggression in dementia including the background and proximal factors. Dr. Whall taught courses on theory development and gerontolgical nursing. She received an award from the Fulbright International Scholars Program in 2001 where she worked with the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland on the use of video-teleconferencing for guest class lectures. She has more than 100 published works. 



  • Graduate Education post BSN (1963):
  • MSN in Public Health Nursing, (1964) WSU
  • PhD in Nursing, with Co-completion of Advanced Practice masters program in Adult Psychiatric Nursing, (1978), WSU

Funded Post Doctoral Education:

1. Visiting Scholar in Gero-psychiatry, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; Support Grant National Institute of Mental Health (NIH), 1982-1983

2. Post-Doctoral Fellow in clinical research in Psychiatric Mental Health, Lafayette Clinic (Detroit), Support Grant National Institute of Mental Health (NIH), 1984-1985

3. Senior Fellow Department of Neurology, The University of Michigan Alzheimer Disease Research Center, Support Grant National Institute of Nursing Research, (NIH), 1993-1995

4. Fulbright Distinguished Visiting Scholar, United Kingdom, University of Ulster Northern Ireland, Support Grant US Fulbright Commission, 2002-2003

5.  Fulbright International Nursing Education, United Kingdom, University of Ulster Northern Ireland, Support Grant US Fulbright Commission, 2003-2005


Clinical Expertise
Gero-psychiatric Nursing
Licensed in Advanced Psychiatric Nursing, State of Michigan

Educational Expertise: 
10 years teaching in graduate nursing programs as assistant professor or instructor
23 years teaching in doctoral and post-doctoral programs as Full Professor
3 years as a Distinguished Visiting Professor
Directed 21 Doctoral Dissertations and over 50 Masters- level Research Projects


Principal Investigator on over 30 funded research projects exceeding over several million dollars in-total: author of over 200 articles in juried professional journals; author of eight textbooks,  four of which were Awarded “Books of the Year” status by ANA.

Courses Taught:
  • WSU: Taught all 6 courses in MSN program in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing; taught 3 of the 4 core courses in PhD program in Nursing
  • UM (Ann Arbor):  Taught all 4 courses in MS in Gerontological Nursing; taught 2 of the 4 core courses in PhD program in Nursing
  • OU: Taught 2 of the 4 core courses for the DNP program in Nursing
  • As Distinguished Visiting Professor: at University of Iowa, Rutgers, Tennessee, Trinity College Cork, University of Belfast, taught, Research and Philosophic Foundations of Nursing Courses
Professional Affiliations:

American Nurses Assn, American Academy of Nursing, Gerontology Society of America, Sigma Theta Tau National Honor Society of Nursing, Midwest Nursing Research Society