Paula Lucey

Paula Lucey, PhD, CNE

  • Clinical Assistant Professor

Paula Lucey has worn many hats in healthcare and social services in the Milwaukee Area. Before her current role as Program Director of the Master’s program, Dr. Lucey held a variety of leadership positions. She had a progressive career at the former John L. Doyne Hospital (Milwaukee County Hospital) and was eventually the Chief Nursing and Chief Operations Officer. She created, implemented, and lead a national model for caring for the uninsured, the General Assistance Medical Program. Dr. Lucey also ran the Milwaukee County Paramedic Program in partnership with all 17 of the municipalities in Milwaukee County. She was tapped to be the Director of Health and Human Services of Milwaukee County by then County Executive Scott Walker.

Dr. Lucey then began to work in Mental Health, first in the private sector as an Executive Director for an organization providing the full spectrum of services to adolescents, including education, residential care ad out-patient care. Later she was recruited to return and lead the Milwaukee Behavioral Health Center in its service redesign.

Dr. Lucey began teaching part-time for UWM while still working for Milwaukee County and has been teaching in the areas of leadership, policy and professional roles.

Dr. Lucey has a PhD in Leadership from Walden University, a Masters in Nursing Administration from Marquette University and is a proud alumnus of the UW-Milwaukee College of Nursing with a BSN.

In her spare time, she likes to travel, especially on cruises. She is a professional auntie to her 6 nieces and nephews and care manager of her 91-year-old father. Also, she is a proud Green Bay Packer stockholder!