Barbara Kupferschmid, PhD, RN


Dr. Kupferschmid is an Assistant Professor of Nursing in the School of Nursing.  Dr. Kupferschmid earned her PhD in Nursing with a Bio-behavioral concentration from The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan; Master of Science in Nursing with a major in Advanced Medical-Surgical Nursing and a minor in Nursing Education from Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan; Bachelor of Psychology from Aquinas College, Grand Rapids, Michigan; and Associate Degree in Nursing, University of Evansville, Evansville, Indiana.  Dr. Kupferschmid has been on faculty in the School of Nursing at the University of Michigan-Flint since 2010.


Dr. Kupferschmid currently teaches Informatics (NUR 607) and Epidemiology (NUR 606) courses in the DNP program. She chairs DNP student research projects (NUR 903).  Dr. Kupferschmid also teaches Nursing Research (NUR 316) in the RN-BSN program. Dr. Kupferschmid’s teaching focus with undergraduate and graduate students is the development of the skills and knowledge necessary to utilize the latest research as a basis for practice, including searching for and critiquing the latest research and advancing scientific knowledge or application of research findings.


Dr. Kupferschmid’s research focus is bio-behavioral, the behaviors associated with alterations in biological functioning, after acute activation of the immune system.  The goal is to understand the implications of acute infections in the elderly.  One expected outcome of this research is the identification of early biomarkers of inflammation in older rodents before a change in cognition is noted.  A long-term outcome of this research is earlier identification of infections in older adults so that interventions can occur before the effects of immune system activation result in deleterious effects on cognitive status.
Research interests:
•    Sickness responses, including food and water intake and weight change, and cognitive functioning, specifically spatial learning and exploration, after acute activation of the immune system, especially in aging


Dr. Kupferschmid serves on the Graduate Nursing Program Committee, Curriculum Committee, and Student Affairs Committee.  She also serves on the Undergraduate RN to BSN Program Committee and is an Honors Program Advisor to Undergraduate Nursing Honors students.  In addition, Dr. Kupferschmid is a member of the Research and Creative Activity Committee and is a representative to Senate Assembly at the University level.  Dr. Kupferschmid is a member of the Society for Neuroscience and Sigma Theta Tau International, and Rho and Pi Delta chapters.