Michelle Kahn-John


Tribal Affiliation: Diné (Navajo Nation)

Clinical Associate Professor, Nursing

A nurse for 22 years and a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner for 17, Michelle Kahn-John, PhD, RN, PMHNP-BC, GNP, has spent most of her career working with the Indian Health Service on the Navajo Nation in Arizona. In 2005, she led efforts to establish the first inpatient adolescent psychiatric unit for American Indians on a reservation, where cultural wisdom and healing were integrated into the treatment model. Her work continues to shed light on the beauty and the value in Native American cultural wisdom and healing practices.


  • Excellence in Dine' Studies, 21st Dine' Studies Conference 2018, Fall 2018
  • Tucson Fab 50 Nurses Honor, Tucson Nurses Week Foundation, Spring 2018
  • Integrative Nurse Faculty Fellowship, University of Arizona College of Nursing, Spring 2017

 Degree: Ph.D., Nursing, University of Colorado, 2014