Shanda Demorest, DNP, RN-BC, PHN

Clinical Assistant Professor, School of Nursing

Shanda Demorest

Contact Info

Office Phone 612-624-6488

Fax 612-625-7180

Office Address:
6-136 Weaver-Densford Hall

Mailing Address:
5-140 Weaver Densford Hall
308 Harvard Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455-0373

Clinical Assistant Professor, School of Nursing

DNP, Health Innovation and Leadership, University of Minnesota, 2017

BSN, University of Minnesota, 2013 Minor in Horticultural Studies, University of Minnesota, 2013


Shanda Demorest, DNP, RN-BC, PHN graduated with her doctoral degree in Health Innovation and Leadership at the University of Minnesota. She is a practicing cardiovascular nurse at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital. Shanda is an executive board member of the U of M School of Nursing Alumni Society and a member of Health Professionals for a Healthy Climate. Her current efforts involve educating health students and professionals on the health impacts of climate change and motivating them to take action, as well as working toward a more environmentally sustainable healthcare industry.


Research Summary/Interests

Health impacts of climate change; motivating and empowering health professionals to take action on climate change; environmental sustainability in health care; transformational nurse leadership in the context of planetary health.


Divakaran, B., Lembeck, S., Kerr, R., Calmus, H., & Potter, T. (2016). Nurses see ‘The Big Picture:’ Addressing climate change as a social determinant of global health. Creative Nursing, 22(4), p. 243-248. DOI:

Yu, F., Demorest, S., & Vock, D. (2014). Testing a modified perceived exertion scale for Alzheimer’s disease. PsyCh Journal, 4(2015), p. 38-46. DOI: 10.1002/pchj.82

Professional Presentations:

Lembeck, S. (2017, May 17). Climate Conversations: Building connections by sharing stories, values, and views on climate change. CleanMed Annual Conference. Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Lockhart, S., Harvey, J., & Lembeck, S. (2017, May 16). Opening plenary: Responding to change. CleanMed Annual Conference. Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Schettler, T., Raffensperger, C., Lembeck, S., & Dionne, J. (2017, May 15). The science of health. Women’s Congress Environmental Health Network course. Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Demorest, S., Savik, K., & Yu, F. (March 2013). Using a Perceived Exertion Scale in an Aerobic Exercise Study of Persons with Alzheimer’s Disease. The Midwest Nursing Research Society 37th Annual Research Conference. Chicago, Illinois.