Clayton J. Shuman, Ph.D., MSN, RN

Clayton Shuman

Assistant Professor
Department of Systems, Populations and Leadership
Room 4162 400 NIB

University of Michigan School of Nursing
400 North Ingalls Building
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5482

Telephone: (734) 763-1302
Clayton Shuman is accepting new PhD students.


  • Implementation Science
  • Maternal-Infant Health
  • Neonatal Intensive Care
  • Perinatal Substance Use
  • Art-Based Interventions

Dr. Shuman focuses on reducing health disparities and improving care for vulnerable populations (perinatal substances users, drug-exposed infants, sexual minorities, postpartum women, neonatal intensive care patients) to improve care delivery and outcomes. He utilizes implementation science frameworks and methods to improve implementation and receipt of best practices. He is an expert and reknown scientist for clinician and consumer implementation of evidence-based practices. He adopts novel approaches, like arts-based interventions, to motivate practice and behavioral change. In addition to these efforts, Dr. Shuman is an expert in creating clinical contexts that are more conducive to change and implementation. As such, he is a highly sought after speaker and consultant by many healthcare systems, companies, and leaders.

Current Research Grants and Programs

  • "Mom is medicine: Exploring factors affecting implementation of maternal-delivered care for opioid-exposed infants.” (PI). U-M School of Nursing, 7/11/2019-7/10/2022.
  • “Neonatal abstinence syndrome: maternal attitudes and pharmacogenetic predictors.” (co-I). M-Cubed, 2018-2021.
  • “Preparing for takeoff: Using stakeholder data to inform Re-Implementation of the ‘My Flight Plan for Home’ discharge tool in the neonatal ICU.” (PI). U-M School of Nursing.
  • “Covid-19 M.A.M.A.S of Color Study: Mother-baby Attachment, Mood, Ability, and Support.” (PI). U-M Institute for Research on Women and Gender.
  • “Drugs, Art, and Babies for Nurses (DAB-RN): Pilot test of an arts-based intervention addressing stigma toward perinatal substance use.” (PI). U-M School of Nursing.


Dr. Shuman’s teaching has taken numerous forms, including: classroom instruction, hands-on training and presentation with clinical units, workshops for faculty and healthcare leaders, webinars, student mentoring, and even wilderness and backcountry travel courses. To facilitate numerous learning preferences and to add dimension to his teaching, Dr. Shuman uses various teaching methods, such as, interactive lecture, group discussion, guided reading, written work, and student presentations. Dr. Shuman hopes that when students finish his courses, not only have they mastered the content, but are also better learners, critical thinkers, problem solvers, and leaders.

Affiliations / Service

  • Member, Institute for Health Policy and Innovation, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 2018-present
  • Member, Faculty Advisory Committee, Institute for Health Policy and Innovation, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 2020-present
  • Member, Academy Health, 2015-present
  • Member, Midwest Nursing Research Society, 2015-present
  • Member, Sigma Theta Tau, 2011-present

Notable Awards / Honors

  • MNRS Health Systems, Policy, and Informations RIG Early Career Investigator Award, 2021
  • MNRS Health Systems, Policy, and Informatics RIG Dissertation Award, 2018
  • SAGE/WJNR Best Graduate Student Paper, 2017
  • Sigma Theta Tau Rising Star of Research, 2016
  • National Institutes of Health Loan Repayment Program Awardee (NICHD), 2020
  • Huffman-Splane Emerging Nurse Leader (University of Toronto), 2018


  • Ph.D., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2017
  • MSN, Rush University, Chicago, 2012
  • BA, Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, 2007

Publication Highlights

  • Ehrhart, M.G., Shuman, C.J., Torres, E., Prentiss, A., Butler, E., Kath, L., & Aarons, G.A. (published ahead of print). Validation of the Implementation Climate Scale (ICS) in nursing. Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing.

  • Mazur, K., Desmadryl, M., VanAntwerp, K., Ziegman, C., Nemshak, M., & Shuman, C.J. (in print). Implementing evidence-informed discharge preparedness tools in the NICU: Parents’ perceptions. Advances in Neonatal Care.

  • Cassidy, C., Flynn, R., and Shuman, C.J. (published ahead of print). A new horizon for nursing implementation science: Prepping the soil for implementation. Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing.

  • Smith, A., Umberfield, E., Granner, J., Harris, M., Liestenfeltz, B., Shuman, C., and Smith, E. (2021). Development of the Collaboration and Leadership for Innovation in Mentoring Survey: An instrument of nursing PhD mentorship quality. Nurse Education Today, 28(1), 104747.

  • Morgan, M. E., Kukora, S., Nemshak, M., & Shuman, C. J. (2020). Neonatal Pain, Agitation, and Sedation Scale’s use, reliability, and validity: a systematic review. Journal of Perinatology40(12), 1753-1763.

  • Shuman, C. J., Weber, A., VanAntwerp, K., & Wilson, R. (2020). Engaging mothers to implement nonpharmacological care for infants with neonatal abstinence syndrome: Perceptions of perinatal and pediatric nurses. Advances in Neonatal Care20(6), 464-472.

  • Desmadryl, M., Mazur, K. M., VanAntwerp, K., Ziegman, C., Nemshak, M., & Shuman, C.J. (in print). Neonatal intensive care nurses’ perceptions of implementing parent discharge preparation tools. Journal of Neonatal Nursing. doi: 10.1016/j.jnn.2020.10.003.

  • Cross, K. L., Johnson, P., Allard, B. L., and Shuman, C.J. (2020). Clinical nurse specialists’ perceptions of transitioning into a rural community-based transitional care role. Journal of Nursing Administration, 50(9), 456-461. doi: 10.1097/NNA.0000000000000916.

  • Shuman, C.J. & Costa, D. (2020). Stepping in, stepping up, and stepping out: Competencies for ICU nursing leadership during disasters, emergencies, and outbreaks. American Journal of Critical Care, 29(5), 403-406. doi:10.4037/ajcc2020421

  • Titler, M. G., Shuman, C.J., Dockham, B., Harris, M., & Northouse, L. (2020). Acceptability of FOCUS, a dyadic psycho-educational intervention for cancer patients and their family caregivers delivered using a small group format in the community. Oncology Nursing Forum, 47(3), 342-351. doi: 10.1188/20.ONF.342-351

  • Shuman, C.J., Ehrhart, M. G., Torres, E. M., Veliz, P., Kath, L. M., VanAntwerp, K., Banaszak-Holl, J., Titler, M. G., & Aarons, G. A. (2020). EBP implementation leadership of frontline nurse managers: Validation of the Implementation Leadership Scale in acute care. Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing, 17(1), 82-91. doi:10.1111/wvn.12402

  • Hoffman, G., Shuman, C., Anderson, C., Montie, M., & Titler, M. (2019). Caregivers’ views of older adult fall risk and prevention during hospital-to-home transitions. Applied Nursing Research, 47(2019), 10-15.

  • Shuman, C.J., Montie, M., Hoffman, G., Powers, K., Doettl, S., Anderson, C., & Titler, M. (2019). Older adults’ perceptions of their fall risk and prevention during the transition from hospital to home. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 45(1), 23-30. doi: 10.3928/00989134-20190102-04

  • Shuman, C. J., Powers, K., Banaszak‐Holl, J., & Titler, M. G. (2019). Unit leadership and climates for evidence‐based practice implementation in acute care: A cross‐sectional descriptive study. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 51(1), 114-124. doi: 10.1111/jnu.12452. JNS Most Downloaded and Read Paper of 2018-2019.

  • Shuman, C., Xie, J., Herr, K., & Titler, M. (2018). Sustainability of evidence-based acute pain management practices for hospitalized older adults. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 40(12), 1749-1764. doi: 10.1177/0193945917738781