Michelle P. Zappas, DNP, MSN, BSN

Clinical Associate Professor


Why Nursing@USC?

Many of the reasons that I enjoy teaching are the same reasons that attracted me to the field of nursing in the first place. I believe in collaboration with student and patients alike. I am passionate about empowering patients to take ownership of their health and students to take ownership of their education. I am an approachable, compassionate individual who both in the classroom and the exam room.

Michelle Zappas is a Clinical Associate Professor in the USC Suzanne Dowark-Peck School of Social Work's Department of Nursing. She received her BSN, MSN and DNP from Columbia University. Michelle has experience as a family nurse practitioner and Director of Nursing at a community based clinic in the South Bronx. There she worked to provide evidence-based, preventative, and cost-effective health care to a diverse patient population across the lifespan. Most recently Michelle worked as a clinician to the Health Sciences Students at Columbia University Medical Center. There she provided the unique community of individual entering the health professions with easily accessible, high quality primary medical care, including women's health, urgent care, occupational, and travel medicine.

Education:

  • Columbia University, New York, NY
    Doctorate of Nursing Practice, October 2012
    Master of Science Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner, February 2009
    Bachelor of Science Nursing, May 2007
  • University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA
    Bachelor of Science Animal Physiology & Neuroscience cum laude, June 2001

Currently Teaching:

NURS 503 Theory: Clinical Management of Adult Patients

Publications:

Zappas, M., & Granger, T. (2017). Managing adolescents with type II diabetes: Promoting a healthy lifestyle. The Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 13(4), e171-e176.

Zappas, M., Gentes, M., & Walton-Moss, B. (2017). The use of incretin therapy in the treatment of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus. The Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 13(6), 418-424.

Granger, T., Zappas, M., Walton-Moss, B., & O’Neill, S. (In press). Using a patient panel of case studies to teach across the FNP curriculum. Journal of Nursing Education.

Peters, M. M. (2013). The use of Anti-Retroviral Therapy in the Prevention of HIV Transmission among Serodiscordant Couples. Clinical Scholars Review 6(2), 105-9.

Ulysse, F. & Peters, M. (2012). A 44-year-old female with metastatic cancer pain. Oncology Nursing Society.

Thyregod, H.G., Rowbotham, M.C., Peters, M.M., Possehn, J., Berro, M., Petersen, K.L. (2006). Natural history of pain following Herpes Zoster. Pain, 09(021), 10.1016.

Petersen, K.L., Peters. M.M, Reda, H.M., Berro, M., Rowbotham, M.C. (2003, March). Assessment of cutaneous nociceptor function by capsaicin response test during and after acute herpes zoster. 55th Annual Meeting, American Academy of Neurology, Honolulu, Hawaii. Neurology, 60(5), A155.

Petersen, K.L., Rice, F.R., Berro, M., Reda, H.M., Peters, M.M., Ren, J., Rowbotham, M.C. (2003, March). Evolution of pain and coetaneous innervations after an episode of acute herpes zoster. 55th Annual Meeting, American Academy of Neurology, Honolulu, Hawaii. Neurology, 60(5), A156.

Berry, J., Peters, M.M., Rowbotham, M.C., Petersen, K.L. (2003). Symptoms suggesting reflex-sympathetic dystrophy following acute herpes zoster. 22nd Annual Scientific Meeting, American Pain Society, Chicago. The Journal of Pain, 4(2), 14.

Abstracts and Presentations

Kirkland, T., Zappas, M., Jones-Holley, M., Whitely, C., O’Neill. (2018, April). Use of a multifaceted team-based approach in preparing the next generation of advanced practice nurses. Podium presentation at the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties 44th Annual Conference, Indianapolis, IN.

Granger, T., & Zappas, M. (2018, April). Guided inquiry learning in online graduate courses: The cycle of learning. Poster presentation at the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties 44th Annual Conference, Indianapolis, IN.

Zappas, M., & Granger, T. (2017, June). The importance of Integrative Health in primary care: Western medicine will only take you so far! Podium presentation at the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners 2017 National Conference, Philadelphia, PA.

Granger, T., Zappas, M., Walton-Moss, B., & O’Neill, S. (2017, April). Using a patient panel of case studies to teach across the FNP curriculum. Podium presentation at the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties 43rd Annual Conference, Washington D.C.

Zappas, M. (2018, March). The dermatologic detective. Podium Presentation at the California Association of Nurse Practitioners 2018 National Conference, San Diego, CA.

Zappas, M. (2017, March). International Travel in 2017: What to know before they go. Podium Presentation at the California Association of Nurse Practitioners 2017 National Conference, San Francisco, CA.

Media and Television Appearances


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