Our Faculty

Our Faculty

Andrea E. Achenbach

DNP, APRN, FNP-C

Andrea E. Achenbach is an assistant clinical professor and the Director of the Family Nurse Practitioner Program at the University of Iowa College of Nursing. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Biology at the United States Air Force Academy, and her Master of Nursing and Healthcare Practice, Master of Science in Nursing, and Doctor of Nursing Practice from the University of Iowa. In addition to university responsibilities, her clinical practice involves working as a primary care manager at Peterson Air Force Base. Her research areas include chronic illness outcomes, implementation/translational methodology, health disparities, and health literacy. In addition, she is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and Sigma Theta Tau.
Andrea E. Achenbach

Andrea E. Achenbach is an assistant clinical professor and the Director of the Family Nurse Practitioner Program at the University of Iowa College of Nursing. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Biology at the United States Air Force Academy, and her Master of Nursing and Healthcare Practice, Master of Science in Nursing, and Doctor of Nursing Practice from the University of Iowa.

In addition to university responsibilities, her clinical practice involves working as a primary care manager at Peterson Air Force Base. Her research areas include chronic illness outcomes, implementation/translational methodology, health disparities, and health literacy.

In addition, she is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and Sigma Theta Tau.

Thomas W. Barkley, Jr.

PhD, ACNP-BC, ANP, FAANP

Dr. Thomas W. Barkley, Jr. has been instrumental in providing national and international nurse practitioner continuing education. He is the President of Barkley & Associates, Inc. and Professor Emeritus of the Patricia A. Chin School of Nursing at California State University, Los Angeles. During his 26 years in academe, Dr. Barkley held numerous leadership positions: Coordinator of the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program, Director of Nurse Practitioner Programs, Director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program, and Director of Graduate Programs.Dr. Barkley received his Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Alabama, a Master’s degree in Critical Care Nursing from the University of Virginia, and his Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing degree with a specialty in nursing education and nursing education administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He completed his post-Master’s certificate dual preparation as an adult primary and acute care nurse practitioner from the University of South Alabama.Dr. Barkley has published over 100 refereed works related to acute care nursing practice, nursing education, and multicultural HIV/AIDS prevention, including articles and book chapters. He is the primary editor of Practice Considerations for Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioners (3rd ed.), and the editor of three additional nurse practitioner specialty texts.In 2002, he established Barkley & Associates, Inc., which provides the nation’s foremost continuing education expertise for family, adult-gerontology primary care, pediatric, adult-gerontology acute care, psychiatric/mental health, women’s health, and emergency nurse practitioners. As a dynamic and engaging speaker, he has provided hundreds of continuing education courses in the United States and abroad to thousands of nurse practitioners since 1998.Over the years, Dr. Barkley has received numerous honors. In 2011, he was inducted as a Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, and in 2019, he was inducted into the Alabama Nursing Hall of Fame. In 2021, Dr. Barkley was named a University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing Visionary Leader recipient.
Thomas W. Barkley, Jr.

Dr. Thomas W. Barkley, Jr. has been instrumental in providing national and international nurse practitioner continuing education. He is the President of Barkley & Associates, Inc. and Professor Emeritus of the Patricia A. Chin School of Nursing at California State University, Los Angeles. During his 26 years in academe, Dr. Barkley held numerous leadership positions: Coordinator of the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program, Director of Nurse Practitioner Programs, Director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program, and Director of Graduate Programs.

Dr. Barkley received his Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Alabama, a Master’s degree in Critical Care Nursing from the University of Virginia, and his Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing degree with a specialty in nursing education and nursing education administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He completed his post-Master’s certificate dual preparation as an adult primary and acute care nurse practitioner from the University of South Alabama.

Dr. Barkley has published over 100 refereed works related to acute care nursing practice, nursing education, and multicultural HIV/AIDS prevention, including articles and book chapters. He is the primary editor of Practice Considerations for Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioners (3rd ed.), and the editor of three additional nurse practitioner specialty texts.

In 2002, he established Barkley & Associates, Inc., which provides the nation’s foremost continuing education expertise for family, adult-gerontology primary care, pediatric, adult-gerontology acute care, psychiatric/mental health, women’s health, and emergency nurse practitioners. As a dynamic and engaging speaker, he has provided hundreds of continuing education courses in the United States and abroad to thousands of nurse practitioners since 1998.

Over the years, Dr. Barkley has received numerous honors. In 2011, he was inducted as a Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, and in 2019, he was inducted into the Alabama Nursing Hall of Fame. In 2021, Dr. Barkley was named a University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing Visionary Leader recipient.

Lawrence Carey

PharmD

Lawrence Carey, PharmD, serves as the Assistant Dean of Accreditation, Assessment, and Quality within the Department of Pharmacy Practice at Temple University School of Pharmacy, where he completed his doctoral studies. He maintains a clinical practice with fourth-year internal medicine students at Temple University Hospital. Dr. Carey has practiced extensively in the areas of critical care, nutrition support, and home infusion therapy. He has received Teacher of the Year awards five times at three different institutions, and he received the Temple University Faculty Senate Service Award in 2020.
Lawrence Carey

Lawrence Carey, PharmD, serves as the Assistant Dean of Accreditation, Assessment, and Quality within the Department of Pharmacy Practice at Temple University School of Pharmacy, where he completed his doctoral studies. He maintains a clinical practice with fourth-year internal medicine students at Temple University Hospital.

Dr. Carey has practiced extensively in the areas of critical care, nutrition support, and home infusion therapy. He has received Teacher of the Year awards five times at three different institutions, and he received the Temple University Faculty Senate Service Award in 2020.

Daniel J. Crawford

DNP, ARNP, CPNP-BC, CNE

Daniel Crawford, DNP, ARNP, CPNP-BC, CNE, is the director of the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner-Primary Care program and an associate professor (clinical) at the University of Iowa College of Nursing. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing-Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, and Doctor of Nursing Practice degrees from The University of Iowa. Dr. Crawford currently practices at Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. He has spent his entire clinical practice career working in pediatric neurology and is dedicated to the improvement of quality care in the field. He has a specific clinical interest in caring for children with epilepsy. Dr. Crawford’s scholarly interests include leveraging the DNP role for social change and health equity in addition to improving advanced practice nurse education. He has held leadership positions in multiple professional organizations at the state and national level. He has published on a variety of topics and has presented nationally and internationally on pediatric neurology and advanced practice nurse education.
Daniel J. Crawford

Daniel Crawford, DNP, ARNP, CPNP-BC, CNE, is the director of the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner-Primary Care program and an associate professor (clinical) at the University of Iowa College of Nursing. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing-Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, and Doctor of Nursing Practice degrees from The University of Iowa.

Dr. Crawford currently practices at Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. He has spent his entire clinical practice career working in pediatric neurology and is dedicated to the improvement of quality care in the field. He has a specific clinical interest in caring for children with epilepsy.

Dr. Crawford’s scholarly interests include leveraging the DNP role for social change and health equity in addition to improving advanced practice nurse education. He has held leadership positions in multiple professional organizations at the state and national level. He has published on a variety of topics and has presented nationally and internationally on pediatric neurology and advanced practice nurse education.

Lucie Dlugasch

PhD, ANP-BC , FNP-C, FAANP

Lucie Dlugasch is a Clinical Associate Professor and Adult-Gerontology Program Leader in the graduate nursing program at Florida International University. She received her undergraduate degree in nursing from Florida State University. She obtained a Master of Science in Nursing as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Critical Care, a Post Masters Certificate in Adult Health Nursing, and a Ph.D. in Nursing Science from the University of Miami. Dr. Dlugasch’s specialty is Adult-Gerontology healthcare. She teaches basic and advanced nursing courses and mentors undergraduate and graduate students in various clinical settings. Dr. Dlugasch received a grant from the Avon Foundation to provide low-income women with free breast health services such as mammograms, and she was the director of a multi-year grant to provide community support, education, and care for low income, high-risk adults with type 2 diabetes. She currently coordinates and participates in healthcare mission trips with students at Florida International University to provide free healthcare to vulnerable adults in various countries (Belize, Peru, Dominican Republic, among others). In addition to teaching full-time, Dr. Dlugasch practices in a primary care office in South Miami, delivering care to adults.
Lucie Dlugasch

Lucie Dlugasch is a Clinical Associate Professor and Adult-Gerontology Program Leader in the graduate nursing program at Florida International University. She received her undergraduate degree in nursing from Florida State University. She obtained a Master of Science in Nursing as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Critical Care, a Post Masters Certificate in Adult Health Nursing, and a Ph.D. in Nursing Science from the University of Miami.

Dr. Dlugasch’s specialty is Adult-Gerontology healthcare. She teaches basic and advanced nursing courses and mentors undergraduate and graduate students in various clinical settings. Dr. Dlugasch received a grant from the Avon Foundation to provide low-income women with free breast health services such as mammograms, and she was the director of a multi-year grant to provide community support, education, and care for low income, high-risk adults with type 2 diabetes. She currently coordinates and participates in healthcare mission trips with students at Florida International University to provide free healthcare to vulnerable adults in various countries (Belize, Peru, Dominican Republic, among others).

In addition to teaching full-time, Dr. Dlugasch practices in a primary care office in South Miami, delivering care to adults.

Lisa Evans

DNP, ACNP-BC

Lisa Evans, DNP, ACNP-BC, serves as the lead practitioner in the critical care unit at Providence St. Joseph Hospital in Orange, CA. She began her career as an acute care nurse practitioner with a Bachelor of Science in Sociology from the University of California, Riverside. She then went on to receive her Master of Science in Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice from California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA). Dr. Evans has worked in cardiothoracic surgery and interventional cardiology; she currently specializes in critical care and trauma. Dr. Evans was instrumental in developing an innovative practice model utilizing an acute care nurse practitioner as the lead for multi-disciplinary rounds in a critical care setting. Her doctoral project focused on the development of this role and the impact on patient clinical outcomes and hospital length of stay. After graduation, she worked as an adjunct faculty member at CSULA and as the AGACNP Program Director for California State University, Long Beach. Dr. Evans also practices at Providence Mission Hospital with the Acute Trauma Surgery Team.
Lisa Evans

Lisa Evans, DNP, ACNP-BC, serves as the lead practitioner in the critical care unit at Providence St. Joseph Hospital in Orange, CA. She began her career as an acute care nurse practitioner with a Bachelor of Science in Sociology from the University of California, Riverside. She then went on to receive her Master of Science in Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice from California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA). Dr. Evans has worked in cardiothoracic surgery and interventional cardiology; she currently specializes in critical care and trauma.

Dr. Evans was instrumental in developing an innovative practice model utilizing an acute care nurse practitioner as the lead for multi-disciplinary rounds in a critical care setting. Her doctoral project focused on the development of this role and the impact on patient clinical outcomes and hospital length of stay. After graduation, she worked as an adjunct faculty member at CSULA and as the AGACNP Program Director for California State University, Long Beach.

Dr. Evans also practices at Providence Mission Hospital with the Acute Trauma Surgery Team.

Robert Fellin

PharmD, BCPS

Robert Fellin, PharmD, BCPS, is an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California School of Pharmacy and the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy, as well as an assistant clinical professor at the University of California San Francisco School of Pharmacy. In his primary position, he is a clinical pharmacist at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Fellin has a special focus in internal medicine and critical care. Dr. Fellin is BCPS (Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist) and BCLS (Basic Cardiac Life Support) certified and holds state certification in both California and Pennsylvania. Dr. Fellin received his bachelor of science degree in Pharmacy and doctor of science degree in Pharmacy from Temple University School of Pharmacy in Philadelphia, PA. He completed his residency at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in San Francisco, CA. Along with his teaching and clinical practice, he is the pharmacology editor of the third edition of Practice Considerations for Adult-Gerontological Acute Care Nurse Practitioners. Dr. Fellin has presented numerous lectures for advanced pharmacology, pharmacy practice residency, and clinical clerkship courses. He is highly valued for his clinical expertise and experience as a pharmacist and as a teacher.
Robert Fellin

Robert Fellin, PharmD, BCPS, is an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California School of Pharmacy and the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy, as well as an assistant clinical professor at the University of California San Francisco School of Pharmacy.

In his primary position, he is a clinical pharmacist at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Fellin has a special focus in internal medicine and critical care. Dr. Fellin is BCPS (Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist) and BCLS (Basic Cardiac Life Support) certified and holds state certification in both California and Pennsylvania.

Dr. Fellin received his bachelor of science degree in Pharmacy and doctor of science degree in Pharmacy from Temple University School of Pharmacy in Philadelphia, PA. He completed his residency at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in San Francisco, CA. Along with his teaching and clinical practice, he is the pharmacology editor of the third edition of Practice Considerations for Adult-Gerontological Acute Care Nurse Practitioners.

Dr. Fellin has presented numerous lectures for advanced pharmacology, pharmacy practice residency, and clinical clerkship courses. He is highly valued for his clinical expertise and experience as a pharmacist and as a teacher.

Kelli Garber

DNP, PPCNP-BC

Kelli Garber, DNP, PPCNP-BC, is an accomplished Clinical Assistant Professor and Program Director of the DNP Advanced Practice Program at Old Dominion University. Her education includes a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Johns Hopkins University, a Master of Science in Advanced Practice Pediatric Nursing from the University of Maryland, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice from Old Dominion University. Dr. Garber also provides patient care via school-based telehealth to children across the state of South Carolina. She has experience as a pediatric primary care nurse practitioner in private practice, school-based health, and telehealth settings. Dr. Garber is a published author and an accomplished presenter at the local, state, and national levels on the topic of telehealth, with a particular focus on telehealth and advanced practice nursing, integration of telehealth into graduate nursing programs, telehealth policy, and school-based telehealth. Dr. Garber is a member of the South Carolina Board of Nursing and serves in leadership positions in statewide and national professional organizations.
Kelli Garber

Kelli Garber, DNP, PPCNP-BC, is an accomplished Clinical Assistant Professor and Program Director of the DNP Advanced Practice Program at Old Dominion University. Her education includes a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Johns Hopkins University, a Master of Science in Advanced Practice Pediatric Nursing from the University of Maryland, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice from Old Dominion University.

Dr. Garber also provides patient care via school-based telehealth to children across the state of South Carolina. She has experience as a pediatric primary care nurse practitioner in private practice, school-based health, and telehealth settings.

Dr. Garber is a published author and an accomplished presenter at the local, state, and national levels on the topic of telehealth, with a particular focus on telehealth and advanced practice nursing, integration of telehealth into graduate nursing programs, telehealth policy, and school-based telehealth.

Dr. Garber is a member of the South Carolina Board of Nursing and serves in leadership positions in statewide and national professional organizations.

Juan M Gonzalez

DNP, APRN, AGACNP-BC, ENP-C, FNP-BC, CEN, CNE, FAANP

Juan M Gonzalez, DNP, APRN, AGACNP-BC, ENP-C, FNP-BC, CEN, CNE, FAANP, is an Assistant Professor of Clinical at the University of Miami School of Nursing, and an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner at South Miami Hospital Emergency Department in Miami, Florida. He obtained his Associate Degree in nursing from Miami Dade College and his ADN-to-BSN degree at Barry University. He completed his MSN and DNP degrees at Barry University from 2009 to 2013, with a concentration in adult-gerontology acute care. In 2015, he completed his Post-Master Certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner at the University of Miami. Dr. Gonzalez worked in the emergency department at South Miami Hospital as an RN from 2006 to 2014, when he transitioned to his role as an advanced practice acute care nurse. He held a lecturer position at the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies from 2011 to 2014, when he was promoted to Assistant Professor of Clinical and, later, to Director of the Family Nurse Practitioner program. Dr. Gonzalez is board-certified as an Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Emergency Nurse Practitioner, and Emergency Nurse. He is deeply committed to nursing education in both graduate and undergraduate curriculum, earning the 2011 Clinical Faculty Teaching Excellence Award and the 2013 and 2016 Teacher of the Year Awards from the University of Miami. Dr. Gonzalez currently belongs to the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, American Nurses Association, and Sigma Theta Tau International. He has presented nationally and internationally to nurses and physicians about topics related to health promotion and disease prevention, emergency department, the opioid epidemic, and cardiovascular resuscitation inside and outside the hospital setting.
Juan M Gonzalez

Juan M Gonzalez, DNP, APRN, AGACNP-BC, ENP-C, FNP-BC, CEN, CNE, FAANP, is an Assistant Professor of Clinical at the University of Miami School of Nursing, and an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner at South Miami Hospital Emergency Department in Miami, Florida. He obtained his Associate Degree in nursing from Miami Dade College and his ADN-to-BSN degree at Barry University. He completed his MSN and DNP degrees at Barry University from 2009 to 2013, with a concentration in adult-gerontology acute care. In 2015, he completed his Post-Master Certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner at the University of Miami.

Dr. Gonzalez worked in the emergency department at South Miami Hospital as an RN from 2006 to 2014, when he transitioned to his role as an advanced practice acute care nurse. He held a lecturer position at the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies from 2011 to 2014, when he was promoted to Assistant Professor of Clinical and, later, to Director of the Family Nurse Practitioner program. Dr. Gonzalez is board-certified as an Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Emergency Nurse Practitioner, and Emergency Nurse.

He is deeply committed to nursing education in both graduate and undergraduate curriculum, earning the 2011 Clinical Faculty Teaching Excellence Award and the 2013 and 2016 Teacher of the Year Awards from the University of Miami. Dr. Gonzalez currently belongs to the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, American Nurses Association, and Sigma Theta Tau International. He has presented nationally and internationally to nurses and physicians about topics related to health promotion and disease prevention, emergency department, the opioid epidemic, and cardiovascular resuscitation inside and outside the hospital setting.

Stacia M. Hays

DNP, CPNP-PC, CNE, CCTC, FAANP

Stacia M. Hays is a board-certified pediatric nurse practitioner with 2 decades of experience in pediatric primary and chronic care, including specialized experience in pulmonology, gastroenterology, and liver transplantation. Dr. Hays received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Florida, her Master of Science Nursing from the University of Texas, and her Doctor of Nursing Practice and Graduate Certificate in Public Health from the University of Florida. At the University of Florida College of Nursing, she was the DNP Program Director and coordinator of the Pediatric Primary and Acute Care Nurse Practitioner tracks. She is a clinical associate professor and Associate Dean of the Graduate Program at Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing. Dr. Hays was a member of the National Task Force for Quality Nurse Practitioner Education which is dedicated to establishing and upkeeping high-quality nurse practitioner education through standards and criteria revisions. She is also a member of the LACE (Licensure, Accreditation, Certification, and Education) Network, working towards a national regulatory model for APRNs to practice to their full scope of licensure and education. She has published and presented at the state, national, and international levels on subjects related to leadership, pediatric healthcare, advanced practice nursing, and human trafficking. She is a staunch advocate for nurse practitioner practice and initiated the development of the role of the advanced practice nurse in South America. Dr. Hays has served in several elected leadership positions at the national and state level for prestigious organizations, including as the Treasurer of NAPNAP. She is the recipient of numerous national and international awards for her impact on children and the nurse practitioner role. She is a distinguished fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.
Stacia M. Hays

Stacia M. Hays is a board-certified pediatric nurse practitioner with 2 decades of experience in pediatric primary and chronic care, including specialized experience in pulmonology, gastroenterology, and liver transplantation.

Dr. Hays received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Florida, her Master of Science Nursing from the University of Texas, and her Doctor of Nursing Practice and Graduate Certificate in Public Health from the University of Florida. At the University of Florida College of Nursing, she was the DNP Program Director and coordinator of the Pediatric Primary and Acute Care Nurse Practitioner tracks. She is a clinical associate professor and Associate Dean of the Graduate Program at Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing.

Dr. Hays was a member of the National Task Force for Quality Nurse Practitioner Education which is dedicated to establishing and upkeeping high-quality nurse practitioner education through standards and criteria revisions. She is also a member of the LACE (Licensure, Accreditation, Certification, and Education) Network, working towards a national regulatory model for APRNs to practice to their full scope of licensure and education. She has published and presented at the state, national, and international levels on subjects related to leadership, pediatric healthcare, advanced practice nursing, and human trafficking. She is a staunch advocate for nurse practitioner practice and initiated the development of the role of the advanced practice nurse in South America.

Dr. Hays has served in several elected leadership positions at the national and state level for prestigious organizations, including as the Treasurer of NAPNAP. She is the recipient of numerous national and international awards for her impact on children and the nurse practitioner role. She is a distinguished fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

Melinda Johnson

DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, AGACNP-BC, ENP-C

Mindy Johnson is board certified as a Family, Adult Gerontology Acute Care, and Emergency Nurse Practitioner. Dr. Johnson is an assistant professor in the Emergency Nurse Practitioner program at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. She has a passion for teaching, having begun her career with a degree in Secondary Education – Biological Sciences from Pennsylvania State University. She currently practices at the Vanderbilt Walk in Clinics and prior to this worked as a nurse practitioner in the Pediatric Emergency Department at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. Her nursing background includes emergency medicine, as well as adult and pediatric intensive care. She currently serves as the Tennessee State Representative for the American Association of Emergency Nurse Practitioners (AAENP) and is actively involved in a number of professional organizations. In her free time, she enjoys visiting National Parks and spending time outdoors hiking, running, and biking with her husband and two children.
Melinda Johnson

Mindy Johnson is board certified as a Family, Adult Gerontology Acute Care, and Emergency Nurse Practitioner. Dr. Johnson is an assistant professor in the Emergency Nurse Practitioner program at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. She has a passion for teaching, having begun her career with a degree in Secondary Education – Biological Sciences from Pennsylvania State University.

She currently practices at the Vanderbilt Walk in Clinics and prior to this worked as a nurse practitioner in the Pediatric Emergency Department at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. Her nursing background includes emergency medicine, as well as adult and pediatric intensive care.

She currently serves as the Tennessee State Representative for the American Association of Emergency Nurse Practitioners (AAENP) and is actively involved in a number of professional organizations. In her free time, she enjoys visiting National Parks and spending time outdoors hiking, running, and biking with her husband and two children.

Sara Jones

PhD, APRN, PMNP-BC, FAAN, FAANP

Sara Jones earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, a Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Science degree, and completed post-graduate studies for psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) certification from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, AR. Dr. Jones is an Associate Professor at McNeese State University, College of Nursing and Health Professions, in Lake Charles, LA. She works as an educator of students who are preparing for a career as a PMHNP and are in Masters, post-Masters, or Doctor of Nursing Practice programs. Dr. Jones is an experienced nursing researcher. Her recent study focuses on trauma-related mental health issues incurred by on-duty first responders. This work has received national attention in both mental-health and first responder arenas. Dr. Jones is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Moreover, she owns and practices at Journey Wellness Clinic, PLLC, in North Little Rock, AR. At this private practice, she provides medication management and therapy for individuals across the lifespan, with a particular passion for helping individuals who have felt their concerns go unnoticed or who have been subject to overmedication. Her area of expertise lies with patients who have ADHD and anxiety, as well as those who have experienced trauma.
Sara Jones

Sara Jones earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, a Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Science degree, and completed post-graduate studies for psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) certification from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, AR.

Dr. Jones is an Associate Professor at McNeese State University, College of Nursing and Health Professions, in Lake Charles, LA. She works as an educator of students who are preparing for a career as a PMHNP and are in Masters, post-Masters, or Doctor of Nursing Practice programs.

Dr. Jones is an experienced nursing researcher. Her recent study focuses on trauma-related mental health issues incurred by on-duty first responders. This work has received national attention in both mental-health and first responder arenas.

Dr. Jones is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Moreover, she owns and practices at Journey Wellness Clinic, PLLC, in North Little Rock, AR. At this private practice, she provides medication management and therapy for individuals across the lifespan, with a particular passion for helping individuals who have felt their concerns go unnoticed or who have been subject to overmedication. Her area of expertise lies with patients who have ADHD and anxiety, as well as those who have experienced trauma.

Melissa Kalensky

DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC, CNE

Melissa Kalensky is an Assistant Professor at Rush University. She completed her undergraduate degrees at Coe College, her Master of Science in Nursing at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and her Doctor of Nursing Practice at Vanderbilt University. She maintains an active clinical practice at Oak Street Health in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood. Dr. Kalensky is a Family Nurse Practitioner and has practiced in primary care with patients of all ages. She is interested in improving care coordination, health policy, and the role of nurse practitioners in a value-based health system. Dr. Kalensky participated in the implementation of an innovative interdisciplinary model of care that assumes full clinical and financial responsibility for patients with the goal of improving patient outcomes: the first of its kind in the Midwest. This model of care has informed Dr. Kalensky’s work, which includes initiatives for nurse practitioner-led care teams, increased efficiencies in interdisciplinary care, and improvements in workflow training for nurses in primary care. In addition, Dr. Kalensky is a certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner who works with various underserved populations. As a Certified Nurse Educator teaching in the FNP-DNP program at Rush University, she focuses on course work in physical assessment, clinical management, and precepts FNP-DNP students in her clinical practice.
Melissa Kalensky

Melissa Kalensky is an Assistant Professor at Rush University. She completed her undergraduate degrees at Coe College, her Master of Science in Nursing at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and her Doctor of Nursing Practice at Vanderbilt University. She maintains an active clinical practice at Oak Street Health in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood.

Dr. Kalensky is a Family Nurse Practitioner and has practiced in primary care with patients of all ages. She is interested in improving care coordination, health policy, and the role of nurse practitioners in a value-based health system. Dr. Kalensky participated in the implementation of an innovative interdisciplinary model of care that assumes full clinical and financial responsibility for patients with the goal of improving patient outcomes: the first of its kind in the Midwest. This model of care has informed Dr. Kalensky’s work, which includes initiatives for nurse practitioner-led care teams, increased efficiencies in interdisciplinary care, and improvements in workflow training for nurses in primary care.

In addition, Dr. Kalensky is a certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner who works with various underserved populations. As a Certified Nurse Educator teaching in the FNP-DNP program at Rush University, she focuses on course work in physical assessment, clinical management, and precepts FNP-DNP students in her clinical practice.

Amy Mabry

DNP, CPNP-PC

Amy Mabry, DNP, CPNP-PC, is the lead nurse practitioner in pediatric hematology/oncology at Banner Thunderbird Medical Center in Glendale, Arizona. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Grand Canyon University and obtained her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Arizona State University. Dr. Mabry currently practices both inpatient and outpatient care at Banner Thunderbird Medical Center and has a special interest in children and adolescents with cancer and blood disorders. She has spent her entire clinical practice career in pediatric hematology/oncology and is dedicated to continued education and quality improvement in the field. She was awarded a federally funded educational grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration for expertise in the management of sickle cell disease. Dr. Mabry’s scholarly interest include alleviation of social disparities and access to health care while managing life-limiting illness. She has held leadership positions in multiple professional organizations at the local and state level.
Amy Mabry

Amy Mabry, DNP, CPNP-PC, is the lead nurse practitioner in pediatric hematology/oncology at Banner Thunderbird Medical Center in Glendale, Arizona. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Grand Canyon University and obtained her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Arizona State University.

Dr. Mabry currently practices both inpatient and outpatient care at Banner Thunderbird Medical Center and has a special interest in children and adolescents with cancer and blood disorders. She has spent her entire clinical practice career in pediatric hematology/oncology and is dedicated to continued education and quality improvement in the field. She was awarded a federally funded educational grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration for expertise in the management of sickle cell disease.

Dr. Mabry’s scholarly interest include alleviation of social disparities and access to health care while managing life-limiting illness. She has held leadership positions in multiple professional organizations at the local and state level.

Molly Bradshaw O’Neal

DNP, FNP-BC, WHNP-BC

Molly Bradshaw O’Neal, DNP, FNP-BC, WHNP-BC, is an Associate Professor, DNP Program Coordinator, and Faculty Innovator at Eastern Kentucky University. She completed her undergraduate nursing degrees at Eastern Kentucky University, her Master of Science in Nursing at the University of Kentucky, and her Doctor of Nursing Practice at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. She is nationally board-certified as both a family and women’s health nurse practitioner. She maintains an active clinical practice at First Choice Immediate Care in Columbia, Kentucky. Over her nursing career, Dr. Bradshaw has served as a staff nurse in labor and delivery and the operating room, a school nurse, a nurse manager, a nurse practitioner, and an active service member in the U. S. Navy Nurse Corps. Her academic scholarship is rooted in teaching innovation with particular focus on the use of infographics and social media and the development of the DNP project. Clinically, she has published on subjects such as the prescribing habits of nurse practitioners, chronic disease management, and evidence-based practice. She has served in leadership positions on the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Steering Committee for the Practice Leadership Network and is the owner and CEO of DNPmollyB, LLC. In collaboration with Springer Publishing, she has published The DNP Project Workbook: A Step-by-Step Process for Success. She is also the cohost of The DNP Project Podcast and is involved in writing test prep content for paramedics taking the International Board of Specialty Certification Certified Community Paramedic exam.
Molly Bradshaw O’Neal

Molly Bradshaw O’Neal, DNP, FNP-BC, WHNP-BC, is an Associate Professor, DNP Program Coordinator, and Faculty Innovator at Eastern Kentucky University. She completed her undergraduate nursing degrees at Eastern Kentucky University, her Master of Science in Nursing at the University of Kentucky, and her Doctor of Nursing Practice at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. She is nationally board-certified as both a family and women’s health nurse practitioner. She maintains an active clinical practice at First Choice Immediate Care in Columbia, Kentucky.

Over her nursing career, Dr. Bradshaw has served as a staff nurse in labor and delivery and the operating room, a school nurse, a nurse manager, a nurse practitioner, and an active service member in the U. S. Navy Nurse Corps. Her academic scholarship is rooted in teaching innovation with particular focus on the use of infographics and social media and the development of the DNP project.

Clinically, she has published on subjects such as the prescribing habits of nurse practitioners, chronic disease management, and evidence-based practice. She has served in leadership positions on the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Steering Committee for the Practice Leadership Network and is the owner and CEO of DNPmollyB, LLC.

In collaboration with Springer Publishing, she has published The DNP Project Workbook: A Step-by-Step Process for Success. She is also the cohost of The DNP Project Podcast and is involved in writing test prep content for paramedics taking the International Board of Specialty Certification Certified Community Paramedic exam.

Margaret Quinn

DNP, CPNP-PC, CNE

Margaret Quinn is a clinical associate professor and the specialty director for the pediatric nurse practitioner program in the School of Nursing at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, where she has worked since 2011. Prior to her work at Rutgers, she held teaching and curriculum development positions at colleges and universities throughout New Jersey. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Seton Hall University, her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania, and her Doctor of Nursing Practice from Rutgers. Dr. Quinn’s special interests involve vaccination safety, childhood obesity and physical education activities, and the impact of post-traumatic stressors in children following natural disasters. Following 2012’s Hurricane Sandy, her research led her to recommend a number of school- and community-based initiatives to address post-traumatic stress in children. She also pioneered a curriculum integrating video games into the physical education curriculum in the middle school setting. This project has since been replicated at numerous schools statewide. Dr. Quinn works at the national level on projects related to childhood obesity and prevention. One of her primary projects in this field involves developing partnerships between nurses and oral health providers to perform obesity screenings at each dental visit. In her clinical practice as nurse practitioner, Dr. Quinn provides care for infants and children through direct consultation, collaboration, and referral with numerous New Jersey physicians in individual and group practices.
Margaret Quinn

Margaret Quinn is a clinical associate professor and the specialty director for the pediatric nurse practitioner program in the School of Nursing at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, where she has worked since 2011. Prior to her work at Rutgers, she held teaching and curriculum development positions at colleges and universities throughout New Jersey. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Seton Hall University, her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania, and her Doctor of Nursing Practice from Rutgers.

Dr. Quinn’s special interests involve vaccination safety, childhood obesity and physical education activities, and the impact of post-traumatic stressors in children following natural disasters. Following 2012’s Hurricane Sandy, her research led her to recommend a number of school- and community-based initiatives to address post-traumatic stress in children. She also pioneered a curriculum integrating video games into the physical education curriculum in the middle school setting. This project has since been replicated at numerous schools statewide.

Dr. Quinn works at the national level on projects related to childhood obesity and prevention. One of her primary projects in this field involves developing partnerships between nurses and oral health providers to perform obesity screenings at each dental visit.

In her clinical practice as nurse practitioner, Dr. Quinn provides care for infants and children through direct consultation, collaboration, and referral with numerous New Jersey physicians in individual and group practices.

Rick Ramirez

DNP, AGACNP-BC, FNP-BC, ENP-C, CEN, CPEN

Rick Ramirez is an assistant professor, Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Specialty Program Coordinator, and the DNP Program Director in the University of Hawaii at Manoa Nancy Atmospera-Walch School of Nursing. Dr. Ramirez is board certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner, an Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, and an Emergency Nurse Practitioner. Dr. Ramirez obtained his Bachelor of Science from Middle Tennessee State University, his Master of Science in Nursing from Vanderbilt University, and his Doctor of Nursing Practice with a focus on physical trauma in global health from Vanderbilt University. With his extensive nursing experience in adult and pediatric emergency departments, Dr. Ramirez remains passionate about nursing, emergency, trauma, and point of care ultrasound use by advanced practice registered nurses. He is an active member of state and national organizations. With his administrative responsibilities, primary teaches in the DNP program.
Rick Ramirez

Rick Ramirez is an assistant professor, Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Specialty Program Coordinator, and the DNP Program Director in the University of Hawaii at Manoa Nancy Atmospera-Walch School of Nursing. Dr. Ramirez is board certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner, an Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, and an Emergency Nurse Practitioner.

Dr. Ramirez obtained his Bachelor of Science from Middle Tennessee State University, his Master of Science in Nursing from Vanderbilt University, and his Doctor of Nursing Practice with a focus on physical trauma in global health from Vanderbilt University. With his extensive nursing experience in adult and pediatric emergency departments, Dr. Ramirez remains passionate about nursing, emergency, trauma, and point of care ultrasound use by advanced practice registered nurses.

He is an active member of state and national organizations. With his administrative responsibilities, primary teaches in the DNP program.

Misty M. Richmond

PhD, PMHNP-BC

Misty M. Richmond is an Associate Professor at Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas in the College of Nursing. She served as director of the Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program at Wright State University for nearly five years and is currently developing a Psychiatric NP program at Texas Woman’s University. She completed her MSN and her PhD in research at the University of Cincinnati where she also taught as an adjunct faculty member. Dr. Richmond has decades of experience in nursing, with almost all of it in the area of mental health. Her dissertation was an instrument development focusing on the concept of existential authenticity. She continues research in the area of psychiatric nursing, collaborating with other mental health professionals, and continues her work on further development of this instrument. These projects reflect her interest in the factors that impact mental health, including social psychology and intra- and inter-personal issues. These topics cover such areas as social determinants of mental health, factors impacting teaching ethics to nursing students, and the evaluation of research on the topic of mental health interventions. Dr. Richmond is a Jonas III Nurse Leader Alumna and is active in multiple professional organizations, both in nursing and in psychology. Her primary focus in these organizations is promoting ethical mental health treatment and scope of practice issues in nursing, with the goal of full practice authority for APRNs across America.
Misty M. Richmond

Misty M. Richmond is an Associate Professor at Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas in the College of Nursing. She served as director of the Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program at Wright State University for nearly five years and is currently developing a Psychiatric NP program at Texas Woman’s University. She completed her MSN and her PhD in research at the University of Cincinnati where she also taught as an adjunct faculty member. Dr. Richmond has decades of experience in nursing, with almost all of it in the area of mental health.

Her dissertation was an instrument development focusing on the concept of existential authenticity. She continues research in the area of psychiatric nursing, collaborating with other mental health professionals, and continues her work on further development of this instrument. These projects reflect her interest in the factors that impact mental health, including social psychology and intra- and inter-personal issues. These topics cover such areas as social determinants of mental health, factors impacting teaching ethics to nursing students, and the evaluation of research on the topic of mental health interventions.

Dr. Richmond is a Jonas III Nurse Leader Alumna and is active in multiple professional organizations, both in nursing and in psychology. Her primary focus in these organizations is promoting ethical mental health treatment and scope of practice issues in nursing, with the goal of full practice authority for APRNs across America.

Karen Robinson

MSN, RN, ENP, ACNP-BC

Karen Robinson, MSN, RN, ENP, ACNP-BC, is the Lead Advance Practice Provider for an Emergency Department in Northwest Houston. She has twenty years of experience working as an Emergency Nurse Practitioner. She also currently holds an adjunct position with Texas Women’s University, instructing and precepting in their Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program. Ms. Robinson has also served as adjunct faculty for 10 years for the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston teaching, advising, and precepting registered nurses on their path to become Emergency Nurse Practitioners. Ms. Robinson earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Nursing in 1989 and a Master’s of Science degree in Nursing as an Emergency Nurse Practitioner in 1996 from the University of Texas Health Science Center Houston. She currently holds a certification as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. With a total of 27 years in the Emergency Department and teaching experience, her expertise spans all ages and health care concerns.
Karen Robinson

Karen Robinson, MSN, RN, ENP, ACNP-BC, is the Lead Advance Practice Provider for an Emergency Department in Northwest Houston. She has twenty years of experience working as an Emergency Nurse Practitioner. She also currently holds an adjunct position with Texas Women’s University, instructing and precepting in their Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program.

Ms. Robinson has also served as adjunct faculty for 10 years for the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston teaching, advising, and precepting registered nurses on their path to become Emergency Nurse Practitioners.

Ms. Robinson earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Nursing in 1989 and a Master’s of Science degree in Nursing as an Emergency Nurse Practitioner in 1996 from the University of Texas Health Science Center Houston. She currently holds a certification as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

With a total of 27 years in the Emergency Department and teaching experience, her expertise spans all ages and health care concerns.

Deborah Shirey

DNP, APRN, FNP-BC

Deborah Shirey, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, is Associate Dean for the Online Graduate Program and Clinical Associate Professor at the Louise Herrington School of Nursing at Baylor University in Dallas, TX. She completed her Associate of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Nursing and Mass Communication at Southern Arkansas University, her Master of Nursing Science at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, and her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree at Loyola University Chicago. In addition to her role at Baylor, Dr. Shirey is a volunteer Family Nurse Practitioner for The Family Place domestic violence centers in Dallas. She advocates for victims of intimate partner violence (IPV), and her scholarship works include presentations and publications focused on health issues occurring in vulnerable populations. Dr. Shirey’s advanced practice experience includes emergency medicine, urgent care, and community health. She actively participates on committees for the National Organization for Nurse Practitioner Faculties, Texas Nurse Practitioners, and Texas Doctors of Nursing Practice.
Deborah Shirey

Deborah Shirey, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, is Associate Dean for the Online Graduate Program and Clinical Associate Professor at the Louise Herrington School of Nursing at Baylor University in Dallas, TX. She completed her Associate of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Nursing and Mass Communication at Southern Arkansas University, her Master of Nursing Science at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, and her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree at Loyola University Chicago.

In addition to her role at Baylor, Dr. Shirey is a volunteer Family Nurse Practitioner for The Family Place domestic violence centers in Dallas. She advocates for victims of intimate partner violence (IPV), and her scholarship works include presentations and publications focused on health issues occurring in vulnerable populations. Dr. Shirey’s advanced practice experience includes emergency medicine, urgent care, and community health. She actively participates on committees for the National Organization for Nurse Practitioner Faculties, Texas Nurse Practitioners, and Texas Doctors of Nursing Practice.

Benjamin A. Smallheer

PhD, RN, ACNP-BC, FNP-BC, CCRN, CNE

Benjamin Smallheer, PhD, RN, ACNP-BC, FNP-BC, CCRN, CNE, is the Lead Faculty of the Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner – Acute Care program at Duke University School of Nursing. He received his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Florida State University, his Master of Science in Nursing and Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Science from Vanderbilt University, and his Post Masters Certificate in Family Nurse Practitioner from Tennessee State University. He is board certified as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner through the American Nurses Credentialing Center and maintains an active clinical practice at Duke Raleigh Hospital as a member of the critical care medicine team. Throughout his career, he has practiced in high acuity ICU, long-term acute care, and the emergency department, and was the lead responder of a nurse practitioner-driven Rapid Response Team. Dr. Smallheer is engaged in advancing the academic setting for nursing students. He has spoken both nationally and internationally on the use of simulation, alternative teaching strategies, and technology to create a civil and equitable learning environment for all.
Benjamin A. Smallheer

Benjamin Smallheer, PhD, RN, ACNP-BC, FNP-BC, CCRN, CNE, is the Lead Faculty of the Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner – Acute Care program at Duke University School of Nursing. He received his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Florida State University, his Master of Science in Nursing and Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Science from Vanderbilt University, and his Post Masters Certificate in Family Nurse Practitioner from Tennessee State University.

He is board certified as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner through the American Nurses Credentialing Center and maintains an active clinical practice at Duke Raleigh Hospital as a member of the critical care medicine team. Throughout his career, he has practiced in high acuity ICU, long-term acute care, and the emergency department, and was the lead responder of a nurse practitioner-driven Rapid Response Team.

Dr. Smallheer is engaged in advancing the academic setting for nursing students. He has spoken both nationally and internationally on the use of simulation, alternative teaching strategies, and technology to create a civil and equitable learning environment for all.

Bethany M. Tidwell

DNP, WHNP-BC, AGPCNP-BC

Bethany M. Tidwell, DNP, WHNP-BC, AGPCNP-BC, is the Senior Director of Ambulatory Clinical Services for the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). She also serves as an adjunct faculty member in the Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP) and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program at the UAB School of Nursing. Dr. Tidwell completed her bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral studies at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. With dual preparation as a women’s health and adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner, her impressive accumulated clinical experience affords patients and students expertise in obstetrics, gynecology, and adult-gerontology primary care.
Bethany M. Tidwell

Bethany M. Tidwell, DNP, WHNP-BC, AGPCNP-BC, is the Senior Director of Ambulatory Clinical Services for the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). She also serves as an adjunct faculty member in the Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP) and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program at the UAB School of Nursing.

Dr. Tidwell completed her bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral studies at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. With dual preparation as a women’s health and adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner, her impressive accumulated clinical experience affords patients and students expertise in obstetrics, gynecology, and adult-gerontology primary care.

Jane Godin Tobias

DNP, CRNP, CPNP-PC

Jane Tobias, DNP, CRNP, CPNP-PC, is an Assistant Professor at the Jefferson College of Nursing and Director of Education of the Jefferson Center for Autism and Neurodiversity at Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health. She has been educating nurse practitioner students in the academic setting and providing pediatric primary care clinical mentorship since 1999. Her clinical interest is deeply rooted in the care and advocacy of individuals across the lifespan with neurodiversity. She is a Fellow of the Golisano Institute for Developmental Disability Nursing. Dr. Tobias contributes to both nursing and medical publications and nursing associations. She has published in the New England Journal of Medicine Catalyst and the Journal of Palliative Medicine and presented nationally and internationally on healthcare access and inclusion for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). In addition, Dr. Tobias also serves in pediatric leadership positions at the national level. Dr. Tobias enjoys volunteering for the Special Olympics and advocating for increased health care and community access for individuals with IDD.
Jane Godin Tobias

Jane Tobias, DNP, CRNP, CPNP-PC, is an Assistant Professor at the Jefferson College of Nursing and Director of Education of the Jefferson Center for Autism and Neurodiversity at Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health. She has been educating nurse practitioner students in the academic setting and providing pediatric primary care clinical mentorship since 1999.

Her clinical interest is deeply rooted in the care and advocacy of individuals across the lifespan with neurodiversity. She is a Fellow of the Golisano Institute for Developmental Disability Nursing. Dr. Tobias contributes to both nursing and medical publications and nursing associations.

She has published in the New England Journal of Medicine Catalyst and the Journal of Palliative Medicine and presented nationally and internationally on healthcare access and inclusion for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). In addition, Dr. Tobias also serves in pediatric leadership positions at the national level. Dr. Tobias enjoys volunteering for the Special Olympics and advocating for increased health care and community access for individuals with IDD.

Paula Tucker

DNP, FNP-BC, ENP-C, FAANP

Paula Tucker, DNP, FNP-BC, ENP-C, FAANP, is a Clinical Instructor for the Emergency Nurse Practitioner Specialty Program at Emory University Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing. Dr. Tucker earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Georgia Baptist College of Nursing of Mercer University. She also earned her Master of Science degree in Nursing from Emory University Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing where she completed the Emergency Nurse Practitioner Specialty Program. Dr. Tucker furthered her education by obtaining a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Vanderbilt University, and she completed a post-doctorate fellowship as a Veterans Affairs Quality Scholar Fellow. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Dr. Tucker currently practices as an Emergency Nurse Practitioner at Emory University Hospital Emergency Department, an academic quaternary care facility in Atlanta, Georgia. She also serves as a practice committee member for the American Academy of Emergency Nurse Practitioners.
Paula Tucker

Paula Tucker, DNP, FNP-BC, ENP-C, FAANP, is a Clinical Instructor for the Emergency Nurse Practitioner Specialty Program at Emory University Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing.

Dr. Tucker earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Georgia Baptist College of Nursing of Mercer University. She also earned her Master of Science degree in Nursing from Emory University Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing where she completed the Emergency Nurse Practitioner Specialty Program. Dr. Tucker furthered her education by obtaining a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Vanderbilt University, and she completed a post-doctorate fellowship as a Veterans Affairs Quality Scholar Fellow.

In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Dr. Tucker currently practices as an Emergency Nurse Practitioner at Emory University Hospital Emergency Department, an academic quaternary care facility in Atlanta, Georgia. She also serves as a practice committee member for the American Academy of Emergency Nurse Practitioners.

Elizabeth Vande Waa

PhD

Elizabeth Vande Waa, PhD, is a Professor of Nursing at the University of South Alabama. She teaches pharmacology and pathophysiology to nursing students in the baccalaureate program, and advanced pharmacology and advanced pathophysiology to master’s, post-master’s, and DNP students. Her engaging teaching style resulted in winning the first Teacher-of-the-Year Award granted by her College of Nursing. Dr. Vande Waa received her Ph.D. in Pharmacology from Michigan State University. She spent years as a bench researcher studying chemotherapeutic interventions in parasitic diseases, and has published extensively in this field. She has also authored several peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on a variety of topics relating to pharmacology and toxicology. Dr. Vande Waa is currently involved in a variety of research initiatives including polypharmacy in the elderly, education of adolescents regarding drugs of abuse, and use of high-fidelity simulation to mimic pharmacologic clinical scenarios. She is a much sought-after speaker on all topics of pharmacology at both regional and national levels, providing workshops and talks about drugs to nurses and healthcare professionals, as well as to community groups and educators.
Elizabeth Vande Waa

Elizabeth Vande Waa, PhD, is a Professor of Nursing at the University of South Alabama. She teaches pharmacology and pathophysiology to nursing students in the baccalaureate program, and advanced pharmacology and advanced pathophysiology to master’s, post-master’s, and DNP students. Her engaging teaching style resulted in winning the first Teacher-of-the-Year Award granted by her College of Nursing.

Dr. Vande Waa received her Ph.D. in Pharmacology from Michigan State University. She spent years as a bench researcher studying chemotherapeutic interventions in parasitic diseases, and has published extensively in this field. She has also authored several peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on a variety of topics relating to pharmacology and toxicology.

Dr. Vande Waa is currently involved in a variety of research initiatives including polypharmacy in the elderly, education of adolescents regarding drugs of abuse, and use of high-fidelity simulation to mimic pharmacologic clinical scenarios. She is a much sought-after speaker on all topics of pharmacology at both regional and national levels, providing workshops and talks about drugs to nurses and healthcare professionals, as well as to community groups and educators.

Daniel Wesemann

DNP, MSW, APRN, PMHNP-BC, FAANP

Daniel Wesemann, DNP, MSW, APRN, PMHNP-BC, FAANP, is an Associate Clinical Professor and the Director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (DNP-PMHNP) program at the University of Iowa College of Nursing. He received his DNP from Rush University in Chicago, Illinois, his Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) concentration from the University of Iowa, and his Master in Social Work (MSW) from the University of Illinois. In his work at the DNP-PMHNP program at the University of Iowa, he is involved in all aspects of the program, including admissions, progressions, clinical simulations, and clinical site placements. He also provides most of the clinical instruction and lectures in all the clinical courses. He frequently lectures on topics including psychopharmacology, psychotherapeutics, PMHNP assessment and evaluation across the life span, and the PMHNP practicum courses. His clinical background includes a passion for and expertise in providing individual and group psychotherapies, as well as psychopharmacology, across this life span. He has practiced in various clinical milieus, including community mental health centers, inpatient psychiatry, inpatient substance use, veteran services, and forensics. Dr. Wesemann has held many leadership positions, including President of a regional Advance Practice Nurses and Physician Assistants (APN/PA) Alliance and the Iowa Chapter of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association. He has also chaired the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty Psychiatric-Mental Health Special Interest Group, where he continues to lead the revisions of the NONPF PMHNP Competencies. He is also the past President of the International Society of Psychiatric Nurse Foundation board. His research interest is better understanding and caring for those with pediatric bipolar disorder. He continues to pursue quantitative and qualitative research in this area, and he writes and speaks on this topic at both national and international conferences. He also lectured on topics such as psychopharmacology, psychotherapy, psychopharmacogenomics, mindfulness, ADHD, and caring for veterans.
Daniel Wesemann

Daniel Wesemann, DNP, MSW, APRN, PMHNP-BC, FAANP, is an Associate Clinical Professor and the Director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (DNP-PMHNP) program at the University of Iowa College of Nursing.

He received his DNP from Rush University in Chicago, Illinois, his Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) concentration from the University of Iowa, and his Master in Social Work (MSW) from the University of Illinois. In his work at the DNP-PMHNP program at the University of Iowa, he is involved in all aspects of the program, including admissions, progressions, clinical simulations, and clinical site placements. He also provides most of the clinical instruction and lectures in all the clinical courses. He frequently lectures on topics including psychopharmacology, psychotherapeutics, PMHNP assessment and evaluation across the life span, and the PMHNP practicum courses. His clinical background includes a passion for and expertise in providing individual and group psychotherapies, as well as psychopharmacology, across this life span. He has practiced in various clinical milieus, including community mental health centers, inpatient psychiatry, inpatient substance use, veteran services, and forensics.

Dr. Wesemann has held many leadership positions, including President of a regional Advance Practice Nurses and Physician Assistants (APN/PA) Alliance and the Iowa Chapter of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association. He has also chaired the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty Psychiatric-Mental Health Special Interest Group, where he continues to lead the revisions of the NONPF PMHNP Competencies. He is also the past President of the International Society of Psychiatric Nurse Foundation board.

His research interest is better understanding and caring for those with pediatric bipolar disorder. He continues to pursue quantitative and qualitative research in this area, and he writes and speaks on this topic at both national and international conferences. He also lectured on topics such as psychopharmacology, psychotherapy, psychopharmacogenomics, mindfulness, ADHD, and caring for veterans.