Natalie May, PhD

University of Virginia School of Nursing


Natalie May recently transitioned to the University of Virginia (UVA) School of Nursing after 30 years as Associate Professor of Research in the Division of General Medicine in the UVA School of Medicine.  She is a founding member of the UVA Center for Appreciative Practice as well as faculty in the UVA Compassionate Care Initiative and the Center for Interprofessional Collaborations. She is an experienced qualitative researcher, and she has extensive grant writing, program and curriculum development, and program evaluation experience. Her current research projects include the Mattering in Healthcare study and the Medical Subspecialties HOME Team Program for high utilizer patients. She was also an investigator for the Wisdom in Medicine Project: Mapping the Path Through Adversity to Wisdom, a study funded by the John Templeton Foundation.  She is co-author of the 2021 textbook, Self-Care for New and Student Nurses, published by Sigma.  She is co-author of Choosing Wisdom: Strategies and Inspiration for Growing Through Life-Changing Difficulties and co-producer of a PBS film, Choosing Wisdom.  She has co-developed and implemented an innovative curriculum for medical students, The Phronesis Project, designed to foster wisdom in young physicians has implemented a similar program, Wisdom in Nursing, in the UVA School of Nursing.