Michelle Cleland

Assistant Professor

Office: L14, Rice Building

Email: clelandm@brandonu.ca

Phone: 204-772-0377 ext. 874

Fax: 204-772-7842


Michelle has practiced as a registered psychiatric nurse (RPN) in acute care psychiatry, emergency departments, community mental health and substance use programs (focus on concurrent disorders), and now as an Assistant Professor with Brandon University.  Michelle has practiced in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Nunavut with an eclectic approach influenced by Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and somatic based therapies.  She maintains registration in Manitoba and Saskatchewan, and sits as a council member for the RPN regulatory body in Saskatchewan (RPNAS).

Outside of professional roles, Michelle is actively involved in regenerative farming with her spouse and continues a dedicated study of yoga and related contemplative systems.  


Master of Psychiatric Nursing, Brandon University
Bachelor of Science in Psychiatric Nursing, Brandon University

Research Interests

Michelle is generally drawn to qualitative and collaborative methods for research exploration and has a particular interest in working within a narrative inquiry methodology.  

Michelle is in an early phase of her research career.  Her current areas of research curiosity are related to:

  • philosophy of psychiatric nursing
  • recovery, activism, anti-racism, and decolonizing approaches
  • health equity, food security, and environmental health
  • nursing resilience and sustainability
  • contemplative practices in nursing, nursing education, clinical care
  • concurrent substance use and mental health care