Dr. Dana Beck, PhD, MSN, MS, FNP-BC, is a family nurse practitioner who specializes in women and birthing people’s sexual and reproductive health and a health services and policy researcher. Dr. Beck maintains an active clinical practice as a nurse practitioner, which informs her research and teaching. She has expertise in the process of community mobilization for maternal health in under-resourced communities and has conducted research in the US, Ethiopia, and Zambia. Dr. Beck’s current research focuses on policy and health systems solutions for individuals at the intersections of reproductive and  behavioral health, with the ultimate goal of improving health outcomes and healthcare for this population through co-creation of culturally relevant health services and policy solutions. This scholarship is grounded in frameworks of reproductive justice and harm reduction. 

Research Expertise

  • Community mobilization 
  • Perinatal/reproductive health and behavioral health 
  • Trauma informed care 
  • Abortion


08/2006: Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
               Université de Gaston Berger, St. Louis, Sénégal
12/2013: Bachelor of Science in Nursing, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
04/2017: Master of Science, Nursing, Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
08/2020: Ph.D. Nursing, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
08/2021: Master of Science, Health and Healthcare Research, University of Michigan