Noreen Michael, PhD
Research Director and Research Associate Professor
Caribbean Exploratory NIMHD Research Center, University of the Virgin Islands School of Nursing

Noreen Michael is a career educational and health professional who currently serves as the Research Director and Research Associate Professor at the Caribbean Exploratory NIMHD Research Center (CERC), University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) School of Nursing. She has several leadership responsibilities in her position at CERC. She is the lead principal investigator (PI) on the Human Services Research Partnership. The Administration for Children and Families awarded this three-year cooperative agreement to the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI). She is the co-PI on the Comprehensive Community Health Needs Assessment that is being led by UVI for the St. Thomas East End Medical Center Corporation. She is the Director of the CERC Research Core.

Dr. Michael has presented scholarly articles of her research at local, regional, and national conferences and also has published her study findings in peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Caribbean Studies, High School Journal, and The School Counselor. Her previous positions included Chief State School Officer for USVI; Director of Health Statistics at the USVI Department of Health; and faculty positions at Illinois State University, Louisiana State University, the University of Kansas, UVI, and the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine campus.

Dr. Michael earned a BA in English/secondary education from UVI as well as an MA and PhD in educational psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has served as a member of more than 10 community boards and commissions over the course of her career, including the USVI Housing Authority Board (2013-2016); Board of Directors of the St. Croix Chapter of the American Cancer Society; Board of Directors for the USVI Community AIDS Resource, Inc.; and St. Patrick’s Girl Scouts Troops 192/193 in St. Croix, USVI.