Michelle Simpson, PhD, RN

Director of Ed Howe Center for Health Care Transformation

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Director of Aurora Research Institute’s Ed Howe Center for Health Care Transformation Michelle Simpson

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Dr. Simpson is a registered nurse with more than 15 years of progressive research experience. Since joining Aurora Health Care in 2013 as a senior research scientist, she has continued to build a funded research program that aims to improve patient care for older adults across the health care continuum. Dr. Simpson leads the Bundled Hospital Elder Life Program and a study related to the program with an inter-professional team of clinical experts and research team members. She also serves as a committee member for Aurora’s Institutional Review Board and served as chair of the System Nursing Research and Innovation Council.

In her role as director of the Ed Howe Center for Health Care Transformation, Dr. Simpson oversees efforts to accelerate research projects designed to answer relevant clinical questions that will improve care provided to patients and populations.

Prior to joining Aurora Health Care, Dr. Simpson spent 10 years at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee College of Nursing as a research assistant for National Institutes of Health-funded geriatric research and as an assistant professor. She has secured numerous external research grants, developed an innovative model of geriatric care and is the author of multiple peer-reviewed publications. She also serves on several community and professional committees.


Doctorate, Nursing
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Bachelor of Science, Nursing
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Professional highlights

Hearst Foundations grant recipient (principle investigator), $50,000 for “Sustaining and Scaling Up the Bundled Hospital Elder Life program (HELP and HELP at Home) to Older Adults Residing in Rural Wisconsin Communities,” 2018–2019

Bader Philanthropies grant recipient (principle investigator), $250,000 for “Prevention and Early Identification of Rural Older Adults’ Clinical Deterioration: Evaluation of the Bundled HELP at Home Intervention,” 2016-2017

Chair, System Nursing Research and Innovation Council, Aurora Health Care, 2015-2017

Post-Doctoral Fellowship Award, Center on Age & Community, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2007-2008

Select publications

Khan A, Simpson M, Singh M, Hook M, Geng Y, Malone ML. Innovative approach to measure delirium in hospitalized older adults using the electronic health record. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2015;63:593-4.

Simpson MR, Kovach CR, Stetzer F. Predictors of non-pharmacological and   pharmacological treatments stopped and new treatments added among nursing home residents with dementia. Res Gerontol Nurs. 2012;5:130-7.

Kovach CR, Simpson MR, Joosse L, Logan BR, Noonan PE, Reynolds SA, Woods DL, Raff H. Comparison of the effectiveness of two protocols for treating nursing home residents with advanced dementia. Res Gerontol Nurs. 2012;5:251–63.

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