Casey Shillam PhD, RN

School of Nursing & Health Innovations, Dean & Professor

Casey Shillam PhD, RN



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Casey Shillam, PhD, RN, is a Professor at the University of Portland, School of Nursing & Health Innovations. Dr. Shillam completed her PhD and MSN degrees at the Oregon Health and Science University in 2008 and 2004, respectively. She joined the faculty of University of Portland in 2008 after working as a home health nurse at Signature Home Health. Dr. Shillam has taught in both the undergraduate and graduate programs across many courses. Her research interests include the development of peer-mentoring programs and the referral patterns of older primary care patients to specialty pain management centers. 


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Oregon Health & Science University
  • Master of Science in Nursing, Oregon Health & Science University
  • Bachelor of Arts & Letters, Oregon Health & Science University


  • Nurses Leading Change in Palliative Care for the Houseless with Serious Mental Illness: A partnership among a university, transitional housing program, and social service agency to develop a palliative care model embedded within primary care at a nurse-managed clinic serving houseless men with serious mental illness, Casey R. Shillam (PI), Lindsay Benes (co-I), Kelly Fox (co-I), Funded by the Rita & Alex Hillman Foundation Serious Illness and End of Life Emergent Innovation Program, total direct costs $50,000

Professional Affiliations

  • 2019present, Association of Nurses in AIDS Care Member HIV & Aging Expert Advisory Committee
  • 2018–present, American Association of Colleges of Nursing Member Essentials Revision Task Force
  • 2013–present, American Organization of Nurse Leaders Member

Recent Publications

  • Shillam, C.,Adams, J.M., Bryant, D.C., Deupree, J.P.,Miyamoto, S.,Gregas, M.(2018). Development of the Leadership Influence Self-Assessment (LISA©) instrument. Nursing Outlook, 66(2),130-137.
  • Chandran,D., Corbin, H., & Shillam, C.(2016). An ecological understanding of caregiver experience in palliative care. Journal of Social Work in End-of-Life and Palliative Care, 12(1-2),162-182.doi:10.1080/15524256.2016.1156602