Marlene G.S. Sefton, PhD, APN, FNP-BC

  • Clinical Assistant Professor
  • Clinical Practice Nurse Educator

1979, BS, Nursing, Bradley University

1982, MSN, FNP, University of PA

1999, PhD, Nursing, University of Illinois at Chicago

Dr. Sefton’s current position is as an Assistant Clinical professor in the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). She has been an educator in the FNP program for over 23 years. In this position in a nationally ranked program, she helps develop and monitor the quality of the didactic and clinical content for five program and multiple patient care sites. As a member of the UIC CON Academy of Distinguished Teachers, she is a sought after mentor of faculty and students.

Dr. Sefton is also a board-certified Family Nurse practitioner and has over 30 years’ experience as an FNP within a variety of clinical settings. She is a founding provider in her current practice: Integrated Health Care which is a University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) College of Nursing faculty practice. Within the practice, Dr. Sefton guides advanced practice graduate nursing students educational experience, functions in administrative roles and is a leader among her peers.

Current Area of Teaching
  • Advance health assessment; family nurse practitioner primary care management
Service / Practice

Integrated Health Care (IHC) is the department's faculty practice which provides primary physical and mental health care to patients with chronic mental illness, and community patients of all ages. Dr. Sefton has provided care at IHC as an family nurse practitioner for 17 years.

Selected Honors & Awards
  • 2014 Alumni Day Award in Education.
  • The Alumni Day Award in Education recognizes an alumna/us who demonstrates outstanding educational expertise, mentorship and leadership in nursing education, promotes nursing through activities that advance and enhance educational expertise in his/her field of education, and who is currently a nursing educator.
  • 2015 Pinnacle Nurse Leader Award: Peer nominated and awarded for HSS department leadership in her work with Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) students and FNP program development.
Selected Publications

Wheeler, S., & Sefton, M. (2015). Adolescent pregnancy loss. In B. Black, P. Wright, & R. Limbo (Eds.), Perinatal and Pediatric Bereavement.New York, NY: Springer Publishing Company.

Sefton, M. & Hasnain, M., (2015, September). Advancing Interprofessional Education and clinical expertise for health professions: Tips of optimzing the office-based clinical rotation experience. Poster presentation at Collaborating Across Borders V Conference.

Current Research

Inter-professional Education