Julia Claire Paul, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, CCRN, CWS, NP


Assistant Professor
3044 Human Health Building 
Phone: (248) 364-8796

Dr. Paul is in her second semester as an Assistant Professor at Oakland University. She teaches two on-line courses in the BSN Degree Completion track and serves on the School of Nursing Committee on Appointment and Promotion.  Her entire 31-year nursing career has taken place at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, where she still works on a contingent basis. For the last 18 years, she has been a nurse  practitioner for Plastic Surgery which has been primarily wound care.  Her degrees were earned at Valparaiso University (BSN) and Wayne State University (MSN and PhD). She maintains certification in medical-surgical nursing, critical care nursing and wound care. Her research focus is on itch related to chronic wounds.  She has recently submitted an R-21 grant application in response to a program announcement regarding itch from the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases and subsequently received internal funding to conduct a pilot of the proposed study. 


  • PhD – Wayne State University, 2012
  • MSN – Wayne State University, 1991
  • BSN – Valparaiso University, 1983

Research Area Interests

  • Medical-surgical Nursing
  • Wound Care
  • Plastic and Reconstructive Surgical Nursing
  • Itch
  • Chronic Wounds


  • Paul, J. Descriptors of itch related to chronic wounds . Wounds: A Compendium of Clinical Research and Practice. [Manuscript accepted for January 2018 publication in special edition of the journal]. Author: 100% contribution
  • Paul, J. C. (2015). Wound pruritus: Pathophysiology and management. Chronic Wound Care Management and Research, 2, 119-127. doi:
  • Paul, J. (2013). A cross-sectional study of chronic wound-related pain and itching. Ostomy Wound Management, 59(7), 28-34.
  • Paul, J. (2013). Characteristics of chronic wounds that itch. Advances in Skin & Wound Care, 26(7), 320-332.

Professional Affiliations

  • Sigma Theta Tau International – Theta Psi Chapter
  • Midwest Nursing Research Society
  • American Board of Wound Management
  • Wound Healing Society
  • International Forum for the Study of Itch