Dr. Michelle Fortier is a clinical psychologist who specializes in pain management in children, and whose program of research incorporates health information technology to improve the management of pain and symptoms in children. In addition to her new role as a faculty member at the UCI Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing, Dr. Fortier is the Co-Director of the UCI Center on Stress and Health, WOS Associate Professor in the Departments of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Care and Psychology & Social Behavior at UC Irvine Health, and she is on medical staff in the Department of Pediatric Psychology at CHOC Children’s Hospital.
Dr. Fortier joined the faculty at UCI Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing in July 2018. She explains her move as a natural progression: “Throughout my program of research in pain management, my primary collaborators have largely been nurses, so this is a fitting environment for me in which to teach and continue my research. With the addition of the new Samueli Center for Integrative Health, it also made sense for me to get involved here on the main campus, because integrative health is what I do. So when Dean Adey Nyamathi reached out to me, I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to work under her leadership. She is such a strong advocate for integrative health.”
Dr. Fortier looks forward to developing collaborations with other SON faculty to continue to advance her research in pain management, and she is excited about working with students on the main campus. She says, “My mentor once told me that every 10 years you have to reinvent yourself. I see my new position at the SON as an opportunity for me to grow, and as a way to share my research with a new community of students.” In her short time at the SON, Dr. Fortier has been impressed with the school’s focus on pedagogy and the student experience. “I’ve just about wrapped up my first class on main campus, and it’s been so fun. I have loved connecting with the students. They are so engaged!”