Michelle Whalen

Michelle Whalen

Assistant Professor
Simulation Chair

Contact Info:
Campus: McNichols Campus
Building: CHP
Room: 232
Phone: 313-993-2453
Areas of Expertise:
Neonatal critical care, management, education
Nursing Simulation-based learning experiences
Pediatric nursing
Nursing research
Population health


  • Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), University of Michigan
  • Master of Science in Nursing and Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (MSN NNP-BC), State University of New York, Stonybrook
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Saginaw Valley State University


Dr. Michelle Whalen DNP, RN, NNP-BC, CNE is an Assistant Professor of Nursing and the Chair of the Simulation Teaching and Research Center (STAR) on McNichol's Campus.

She has extensive experience in neonatal critical care, management, education, and simulation-based learning experiences. In addition to her faculty role at Detroit Mercy, Dr. Whalen continues to actively practice as an advanced practice nurse practitioner in the Neonatal ICU at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor providing care to high risk neonatal patients and their families. Dr. Whalen's experiences in simulation include simulation-based learning experiences from low fidelity task trainers, high fidelity mannequin or standardized patient simulations, virtual reality, and full scale in-situ simulations.

Dr. Whalen is an active member of Sigma Theta Tau National Honor Society, Society for Simulation in Healthcare, International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning, National Association of Neonatal Nurse Practitioners, and National League of Nursing.

Her focus in teaching includes pediatric nursing, nursing research, population health and epidemiology, and senior seminar.


    Research Interests

    • Discharge teaching and preparation for high risk pediatric patients and their families using simulation as a teaching modality
    • Technology dependent pediatric patients coping with chronic illness
    • Family centered care