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Faculty & Staff: Mary Molewyk Doornbos

Mary DoornbosMary Molewyk Doornbos PhD, RN |


  • BSN University of Michigan 1980
  • MS University of Michigan 1983
  • PhD Wayne State University 1993


  • University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing 1999-2000 Fellow of the Summer Nursing Research Institute


  • Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing

Professional Experience

  • Instructor of Nursing (September 1983 – August 1986)
  • Assistant Professor of Nursing (September 1986 – August 1990)
  • Associate Professor of Nursing (September 1990 – August 1994)
  • Professor of Nursing (September 1994 – Present)
  • Administrative Responsibilities in the Department of Nursing

    • Acting Chairperson of Department (Fall 1986)
    • Acting Chairperson of Department (Spring and Fall 1999)
    • Chairperson of Department (Fall 2004 - Present)
  • Hope Behavioral Health Services, Family Support Group, January 2004 – December 2004, Professional Facilitator
  • Hope College, Holland Michigan, Counseling Center, September 1984 - April 1987, Nurse Therapist (one evening a week during academic year)
  • Providence Hospital, Southfield, Michigan, June 1980 - July 1982, Staff Nurse, Intermediate Cardiac Care Unit

Research Interests

  • Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing
  • Family Health
  • Family Nursing
  • Family Caregiving
  • Intervention Studies
  • Nursing Theory

Recent Grants

  • Calvin Center for Christian Scholarship. “Transforming Care: A Reformed Vision of Nursing Practice.” Approved, funded December, 2001 for $67,000.
  • Calvin Center for Christian Scholarship. Reading Group Grant to explore “Reformed Perspectives on the Discipline of Nursing”. Approved, funded May, 2001 for $7500.
  • Calvin College Faculty Research Grant to explore " Family Caregiving in the Families of Young Adults with Serious and Persistent Mental Illnesses" - 2001.
  • Calvin College Sabbatical Leave Fall, 2000-Interim, 2001
  • Calvin College Science Division Summer 2000 Research Award "Predicting Family Health in the Families of Young Adults with Persistent Mental Illnesses."
  • Calvin College Faculty Research Grant to further explore "Family Health in the Families of those with Serious Mental Illnesses"- 1998.


  • Award for Excellence in Nursing Education - Kappa Epsilon Chapter-at-Large of Sigma Theta Tau International; April, 2003

Recent Publications

  • Doornbos, M.M. (2007). King’s systems framework and a theory of family health in the families of adults with persistent mental illnesses - An evolving conceptualization. In M.A. Frey & C. Sieloff (Eds.), King's Framework and Theory for Nursing. Beverly Hills: Sage Publications.
  • Doornbos, M.M., Groenhout, R. & Hotz, K.G. (2005). Transforming care: a Christian vision of nursing practice. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company.
  • Doornbos, M.M. (2002). Predicting family health in families of young adults with severe mental illness. Journal of Family Nursing 8 (3), 241-263.
  • Doornbos, M.M. (2002). Family caregivers and the mental health care system: Reality and dreams. Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, XVI, (1), 39-46.
  • Doornbos, M.M. (2001). The 24-7-52 job: Family caregiving for young adults with serious and persistent mental illness. Journal of Family Nursing, 7 (4), 328-344.
  • Doornbos, M.M. (2001). Professional support of the family caregivers of the seriously and persistently mentally ill. Journal of Psychosocial Nursing, 39 (12), 40-45.
  • Doornbos, M.M. (2000). King's systems framework and family health: The derivation and testing of a theory. The Journal of Theory Construction and Testing, 4 (1), 20-26.
  • Doornbos, M. M. (1997). The problems and coping methods of caregivers of young adults with mental illness. Journal of Psychosocial Nursing, 53 (9), 22-26.
  • Doornbos, M. M. (1997). The invisibly afflicted. The Banner, 5-12-97, 12-15.
  • Doornbos , M. M. (1996). The strengths of families coping with serious mental illness. Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, (4), 214-220.
  • Doornbos, M. M. (1995). Using King's systems framework to explore family health in the families of the young chronically mentally ill. In M. A. Frey & C.L. Sieloff (Eds.), Advancing King's systems framework and theory. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, pp. 192-205.

Selected Paper Presentations

  • “Spiritual Resources for Nurses in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing: The Challenge of Medication Non-adherence.” Medical Ethics Research Network. Novi, Michigan. May 12, 2006.
  • "Depression in the workplace." West Michigan Association of Occupational Health Nurses. Grand Rapids, Michigan. May 11, 2005.
  • "Seeing the Image of God in the Least of These: Caregiver/Client Relationships in Mental Health Practices". Invited lecture, Carlow College, Carlow, Ireland. March 15, 2005.
  • "A Challenging Journey: The Family Dealing with Depression", November 2, 2004. Invited lecture, Butterworth Nursing Alumni Association. Grand Rapids, MI.
  • "Writing the Next Chapter", May 20, 2004. Calvin College Department of Nursing Pinning Ceremony. Grand Rapids, MI.
  • "Singing the blues: Depression across the lifespan." Invited lecture, Butterworth Nursing Alumni Association. Grand Rapids, Michigan. November 3, 2003.
  • "Family Health in the Families of Young Adults with Serious Mental Illness", July, 2000. International Family Nursing Conference, Chicago, IL.
  • "Evidence Based Health Care: Descriptive Research", February, 1997. Cook Institute for Research & Education, Grand Rapids, MI
  • "Called to Excellence", May, 1996. Hope Calvin Department of Nursing Pinning Ceremony Address.

Professional Consultations

  • Dordt College Department of Nursing. CCNE accreditation consultation. June, 2006.
  • Trinity Western University Department of Nursing. External reviewer - integration of Christian faith throughout departmental curriculum and scholarship. September 2006.
  • Consultant to the Government Accountability Office: Bipartisan request from Chairman Pete Stark of the Health Subcommittee of the House Committee on Ways and Means and Ranking Member Gordon Smith of the Senate Special Committee on Aging: Challenges of caregivers of adult children with serious mental impairments or emotional disturbances

Manuscript Reviewer

  • Western Journal of Nursing Research - January, 2007
  • Applied Journal of Gerontology - August, 2007

Professional Organizations

  • Michigan Association of Colleges of Nursing, Treasurer
  • American Psychiatric Nurses Association
  • Michigan Nurses Association - Lakeshore District, Past Member - Nominating Committee
  • Midwest Nursing Research Society - Abstract Reviewer
  • Sigma Theta Tau International -Kappa Epsilon Chapter-At-Large and Rho Chapter, Leadership Succession Committee

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