Dr. Haefner is an Assistant Professor of Nursing in the Nursing Graduate Programs in the School of Nursing. She has an MSN in Nursing and a MSN Post-Certification in Nursing from Wayne State University, Detroit, MI. She has a DNP from Oakland University, Rochester, MI. She is a board certified Family Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and board certified Clinical Specialist in Child and Adolescent Mental Health with a practice in a outpatient mental health clinic. Dr. Haefner has been on faculty in the School of Nursing at the University of Michigan-Flint since 2011. She has been actively involved in the Michigan Council of Nurse Practitioners and American Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners Association Michigan Chapter Delegate.


Dr. Haefner is lead faculty for the NP Mental Health in the DNP program and Post Masters’ Certificate Program, teaching the didactic theory of mental health for all the mental health courses (NUR 751, NUR 753, NUR 750, NUR 780, and NUR 790) as well as clinical faculty for the mental health practicums (NUR 781, NUR 782, NUR 791, NUR 792, NUR 793). She teaches and chairs DNP student research projects (NUR 903). Preparing a student to be a compassionate nurse practitioner is an important focus of her courses.


The discipline of practice dominates Dr. Haefner’s manuscripts and the focus of her scholarly activity is the application of theory to daily practice. The primary focus of Dr. Haefner’s research is examining mental health diagnosing and application in the primary care setting. She also teaches a course on Complementary Health for Primary Care. Her interests include mental health promotion, patient satisfaction, and mental health treatment in the primary care setting.


Dr. Haefner serves on the Graduate Nursing Program Committee, Co-chair Graduate Curriculum Committee, and Graduate Student Affairs Committee. She also serves on the School of Nursing Governing Faculty Committee, the SON Executive Committee, and Faculty Council. She is a past member of School of Health Professions and Studies Curriculum Review Committee. Dr. Haefner participated in Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Grant; New Careers In Nursing as a co-leader.