• Dr. Michele Polfuss presenting her SMSC Pilot Project at National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) in May 2016

The Self-Management Science Center (SMSC) at the UWM College of Nursing (CON) expands research aimed at enhancing the science of self-management in individuals and families. The SMSC is funded as a Center of Excellence in Self-Management by the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR), a part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) (Grant P20NR015339).

SMSC Goals:

  • Conduct studies to advance the science of self-management for individuals and families with or at high risk for chronic conditions across the lifespan
  • Expand and refine understanding of the components of the Individual and Family Self-Management Theory (IFSMT) as applied to chronic conditions
  • Synthesize the contribution to science from studies using the IFSMT
  • Enhance the capacity for building research teams with a focus on self-management through collaborations with interdisciplinary scientists, partner institutions, and community networks of individuals and families