Advocacy and Expertise

Advocacy Activities


  • Work experience in mental health and public health nursing

  • PhD in Family Social Science, University of Minnesota

  • 31 years of teaching public health nursing at Bethel University, St. Paul, MN

  • Qualitative research design

  • Fulbright Awards to Norway and New Zealand for international research, teaching, and consultation

  • Completed evidence update on Public Health Intervention Wheel for the Minnesota Department of Health

  • Publications:

    • Journey Through the Mental Illness Maze: How Families Find Hope and Acceptance (2021)

    • Population-Based Public Health Clinical Manual (2019, 3rd edition)

    • Being Present: A Nurse’s Resource for End-of-Life Communication (2009)

    • Schaffer, M. A. (2020). Family perspectives of healthcare for relatives living with a mental illness. Perspectives in Psychiatric Care, 1-11.

    • Schaffer, M.A. (2021). Speaking up: How family members advocate for relatives living with a mental illness. Community Mental Health Journal.

    • Over 50 professional journal articles

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