Michael Rice Phd, APRN, FAAN

Professor; Endowed Chair of Psychiatric Mental Health
  • College of Nursing

Email Address: michael.j.rice@cuanschutz.edu

Primary Phone: 303-724-8175

Dr. Michael Rice’s psychiatric mental health career began 44 years ago when he met his first patient with schizophrenia in his baccalaureate program. He is considered a national/international expert on psychiatric mental health education, service delivery and policy. He is currently the Endowed Chair, Professor, and Co-Director of Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Program at the University of Colorado College of Nursing. He has worked in every direct-care role in psychiatric mental health nursing from a student nursing tech to Assistant Medical Director of a Community Mental Health hospital. He continues to be board-certified in advanced practice psychiatric nursing working with suicidal non-VA veterans in PCORI funded research. His efforts have led to awards including the 2002 Educause Award for Excellence in Technology Benefiting Humanity, the 2003 International Institute of Informatics award for Best Corporate Training Model, one of the 2015’s TOP 15 U.S. Psychiatric Nursing Professors and CU Anschutz’s Momentum Bright Minds Awards in 2017. He was co-founder of the Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska, former co-Chair for the Psychiatric Expert Panel at the American Academy of Nursing, served several terms on the Board of Directors at the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, a Behavioral Specialty Advisors for Optum, PCORI grant reviewer, technical content expert at AHRQ, member of the Mental Health Insurance Parity Accreditation Standards program and Treasurer of the Institute for Behavioral Health Improvement. He also represents psychiatric nursing on the Colorado State Innovation Model’s Evaluation and Outcomes Committee, a $66 million CMS grant integrating behavioral healthcare into primary care settings.

Dr. Rice has authored/coauthored 55 grants for 16.5 million dollars from NIH, HRSA, PCORI, foundations and legislatures. He has also consulted and assisted on the development of more than 5.5 million dollars of federally funded psychiatric nurse practitioner programs across the nation. He continues to develop new and innovative services to improve psychiatric nursing services and role in care delivery and will help the National Institute of Health in Singapore redesign the mental health workforce at the end of July 2018. He has over 70 peer-reviewed publications, over 80 peer-reviewed podium presentations, over 20 electronic presentations and book chapters in widely respected psychiatric nursing texts. He has also served as the Column Editor for Evidence Based Practice (2007-2015) and continues to serve on the editorial review board for the Journal of the American Psychiatric Nursing Association and numerous inter-professional journals.

Education, Licensure & Certifications

  • PhD in Clinical Research, University of Arizona 1988
  • Master's in Nursing, University of Nebraska 1976
  • Bachelor's in Nursing, Mount Marty College 1974


  1. Nominee Faculty Sponsor Award, University of Colorado, 2015
  2. Outstanding Research Award, Sigma Theta Tau, Alpha Kappa Chapter, 2015
  3. Top 15 Psychiatric Nursing Professors, Nurse Practitioner Schools, 2015
  4. Outstanding Contribution to Reviewing, Archive of Psychiatric Nursing, 2014
  5. Inaugural Distinguished Service Award, University of Nebraska Medical Center, 2013
  6. Nominee Excellence in Innovation in Psychiatric Nursing, APNA, 2013
  7. Nominee Excellence in Teaching and Innovation Award, AACN, 2012
  8. Nominee Excellence in Teaching and Innovation, University of Nebraska Medical Center, 2012
  9. Excellence in Education, American Nurses Association, 2010
  10. Outstanding Teacher Award, University of Nebraska Medical Center, 2010