Carolyn Kleman: PhD, MHA, RN, BCPA, CNE
Assistant Professor

Dr. Carolyn Kleman joined the SON faculty in 2018. She has a passion for all things advocacy related. She teaches health policy, studies patient self-advocacy, and is studying to sit for the patient advocacy board exam. She has always loved making complex concepts understandable. Her clinical background is in cardiovascular nursing- specifically heart failure. She has held clinical, educational, and administrative positions. Kleman would like to design ways to reduce the work patients have to do to navigate systems in order to manage and finance their health.


  • 2019, Doctor of Philosophy, College of Nursing, Kent State University
  • 1993, MHA, Public Health, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
  • 1987, BSN, Nursing, University of Maryland

Research Interest(s)

  • Patient self-advocacy in chronic illness
  • Self-care in heart failure
  • Patient work
  • Health Policy Education

Community Engagement

  • Sigma Theta Tau
  • North Carolina Nurses Association
  • American Nurses Association
  • Southern Nursing Research Society
  • American Heart Association