Michele Mendes: PhD, RN, CPN, Assistant Professor

Michele MendesDr. Michele Mendes joined the faculty as an assistant professor in 2018. Prior to coming to UNC Wilmington, she held various academic appointments, teaching students in prelicensure, masters degree entry and doctoral programs in nursing.

She graduated from Simmons University in Boston with a BA in nursing and went on to specialize in the care of children and families at Boston Children’s Hospital and other pediatric health settings. She went on to earn her MS in Nursing at Boston University and her PhD at the University of Rhode Island.

Mendes’ program of research focuses on the needs of parents caring for children with special health care needs.


  • 2004, PhD, University of Rhode Island
  • 1982, MS, Boston University
  • 1973, BA, Simmons University

Research Interests

  • Parents caring for children with special health care needs
  • African American mothers caring for children with special health care needs
  • Qualitative research

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Community Engagement

  • Sigma Theta Tau International
  • Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science
  • Southern Nursing Research Society
  • New Hanover County Resiliency Task Force
  • New Hanover Regional Medical Center Infant Mortality Task Force

View Michelle Mendes' Curriculum Vitae