Samia Abdelnabi, Ph.D., CNM, FNP-C, MSN, BSN, RN

Samia Abdelnabi

Research Fellow
National Clinician Scholars Program
Department of Health Behavior and Biological Sciences

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


  • Infertility
  • Religious and cultural influence on decision making
  • Women’s Mental Health
  • Health Disparities

As a nurse scientist and nurse midwife, Dr. Abdelnabi’s research focuses on improving psychosocial well-being in Muslim women experiencing infertility. Her most recent work includes completing her dissertation on the lived experiences of second-generation Muslim American women with infertility and understanding to what extent sociocultural and religious factors impinge on the decision to seek treatment in reproductive health. Her future directions include creating and developing interventional programs using Traditional Arabic and Islamic Medicine (TAIM) to promote or enhance psychosocial well-being in Muslim American women with infertility. Dr. Abdelnabi is also interested in developing programs to promote reproductive and sexual health education in racial, ethnic, and marginalized groups.


Dr. Abdelnabi has worked with nursing, Midwifery, Family Nurse Practitioner and medical students. She was an OB clinical instructor for undergraduate and graduate nursing students. She also served as adjunct faculty teaching women’s health for Family Nurse Practitioner students.

Affiliations / Service

  • Member, American College of Nurse Midwives, 2009-present
  • Member, Michigan Affiliate of the American College of Nurse Midwives, 2009-present (Vice President 2021-present)
  • Member, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, 2015- present
  • Member, Michiagn Nurses Association, 2018-present

Notable Awards / Honors

  • Member, Midwest Nursing Research Society, 2019-present
  • Board of Directors, National American Arab Nurses Association, 2018-present
  • Scholar, Robert Wood Johnson Future of Nursing, 2018
  • Member, Michigan Council of Nurse Practitioners, 2009-2015
  • Michigan Nursing Scholarship, 2008
  • Nursing Honor Society - Sigma Theta Tau International - Lambda Chapter- Wayne State University, 2006


  • Ph.D., Wayne State University, Detroit, MI 2022
  • Post-Mater’s Certificate Nursing, South University, Novi, MI 2015
  • MSN, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, 2009
  • BSN, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, 2007

Publication Highlights

  • Cebert-Gaitors, M., Abdelnabi, S., Mantell, E., Woodward, A., Gonzalez-Guarda, R. & Stevenson, E. L. (2022). Multidimensional barriers and facilitators to treatment seeking for infertility among women in the United States: a systematic review. Fertility and Sterility Reviews, 3(2), 76-89.

  • Pesch, M., Saunders, N., & Abdelnabi, S. (2021). Cytomegalovirus Infection in Pregnancy: Prevention, Presentation, Management and Neonatal Outcomes. Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health, 66(3), 397-402.

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