Our Faculty

Our Faculty

Thomas W. Barkley, Jr.

PhD, ACNP-BC, ANP, FAANP

Thomas W. Barkley, Jr., PhD, ACNP-BC, ANP, FAANP, 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 four 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, and women’s health 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. In 2011, Dr. Barkley 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.
Thomas W. Barkley, Jr.

Thomas W. Barkley, Jr., PhD, ACNP-BC, ANP, FAANP, 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 four 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, and women’s health 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.

In 2011, Dr. Barkley 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.

Steve Branham

PhD, ACNP-BC, FNP-BC, ENP-C, FAANP, CCRN

Steve Branham, PhD, ACNP-BC, FNP-BC, ENP-C, FAANP, CCRN, is an Associate Professor in the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX, and adjunct faculty at Texas Woman’s University in Denton, TX. Dr. Branham completed a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Phoenix. He is an inaugural graduate of the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program at the University of Texas Medical Branch, and he completed his doctoral work at Texas Woman’s University in 2011. Dr. Branham is a frequent local, state, and national speaker on issues affecting the acute care nurse practitioner role, emergency care, business practices, and telehealth. He is one of the few nurse practitioners in the nation authorized by the Society of Critical Care Medicine to serve as an independent course consultant for the Fundamental Critical Care Support Course. He has provided instruction to over 500 acute care nurse practitioners in his role as university faculty, as well as to many other practicing nurse practitioners working in various specialties. Throughout his teaching career, Dr. Branham has maintained active clinical practice and telepractice focused on critical and emergency care. In 2013, Dr. Branham was inducted as a Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.
Steve Branham

Steve Branham, PhD, ACNP-BC, FNP-BC, ENP-C, FAANP, CCRN, is an Associate Professor in the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX, and adjunct faculty at Texas Woman’s University in Denton, TX.

Dr. Branham completed a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Phoenix. He is an inaugural graduate of the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program at the University of Texas Medical Branch, and he completed his doctoral work at Texas Woman’s University in 2011.

Dr. Branham is a frequent local, state, and national speaker on issues affecting the acute care nurse practitioner role, emergency care, business practices, and telehealth. He is one of the few nurse practitioners in the nation authorized by the Society of Critical Care Medicine to serve as an independent course consultant for the Fundamental Critical Care Support Course.

He has provided instruction to over 500 acute care nurse practitioners in his role as university faculty, as well as to many other practicing nurse practitioners working in various specialties. Throughout his teaching career, Dr. Branham has maintained active clinical practice and telepractice focused on critical and emergency care.

In 2013, Dr. Branham was inducted as a Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

Patricia Larrieu Briones

DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, CHSE

Patricia Larrieu Briones, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, CHSE, is an Assistant Professor of Clinical at the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies. She is board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She is also a Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator. Dr. Briones earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Miami, a Master of Science degree in Nursing from Barry University and a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from the University of Florida. Dr. Briones has over 21 years of professional clinical experience in varying acute care. Her expertise is in managing acute and chronic illness in the outpatient setting. In 2001 she joined the Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami and has practiced in varying specialties including the following: orthopedic oncology, nephrology, interventional nephrology, neurosurgery, and the UHealth Walgreens family retail clinics. She currently practices at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in the Department of Neurological Surgery. Dr. Briones teaches in the BSN-DNP Nurse Anesthesia Track and the Family, Adult-Gerontology Primary Care, and Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Programs. She also teaches simulation and health assessment/skills lab. Dr. Briones has presented regionally, nationally and internationally (in Spanish). In addition, she has created educational programs and patient education material, as well as solicited grant funds to create an international academic exchange educational program. She has authored and co-authored manuscripts, abstracts and posters. Her passion is translating evidence-based medicine into the didactic arena with the goal of educating and mentoring the new generation of providers to be competent and successful in practice.
Patricia Larrieu Briones

Patricia Larrieu Briones, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, CHSE, is an Assistant Professor of Clinical at the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies. She is board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She is also a Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator. Dr. Briones earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Miami, a Master of Science degree in Nursing from Barry University and a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from the University of Florida.

Dr. Briones has over 21 years of professional clinical experience in varying acute care. Her expertise is in managing acute and chronic illness in the outpatient setting. In 2001 she joined the Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami and has practiced in varying specialties including the following: orthopedic oncology, nephrology, interventional nephrology, neurosurgery, and the UHealth Walgreens family retail clinics. She currently practices at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in the Department of Neurological Surgery.

Dr. Briones teaches in the BSN-DNP Nurse Anesthesia Track and the Family, Adult-Gerontology Primary Care, and Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Programs. She also teaches simulation and health assessment/skills lab. Dr. Briones has presented regionally, nationally and internationally (in Spanish). In addition, she has created educational programs and patient education material, as well as solicited grant funds to create an international academic exchange educational program. She has authored and co-authored manuscripts, abstracts and posters. Her passion is translating evidence-based medicine into the didactic arena with the goal of educating and mentoring the new generation of providers to be competent and successful in practice.

Lawrence Carey

PharmD, BCPS

Lawrence Carey, PharmD, BCPS, serves as the Assistant Dean of 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, BCPS, serves as the Assistant Dean of 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.

Bryan Combs

PhD, CRNP, FNP-BC, CNL, ATC

Bryan Combs, PhD, CRNP, FNP-BC, CNL, ATC, has been a nurse practitioner since 2012 and has been educating future nurse practitioners for the last 7 years. Throughout his time in nursing, he has worked in primary and urgent care settings, as well as orthopedic surgery at a Level I trauma center. Dr. Combs first earned a bachelor’s degree at the University in Kentucky in 2002 and a master’s degree in 2004 from Louisiana State University. In 2010, Dr. Combs earned an MSN as a clinical nurse leader, and in 2012 he earned an MSN as a family nurse practitioner. In 2019, he completed his PhD with a concentration in occupational health, researching musculoskeletal disorders of the shoulder in commercial truck drivers. Dr. Combs has been a faculty member at the University of Alabama at Birmingham since 2013 and currently serves as the Director of Nurse Practitioner Pathways.
Bryan Combs

Bryan Combs, PhD, CRNP, FNP-BC, CNL, ATC, has been a nurse practitioner since 2012 and has been educating future nurse practitioners for the last 7 years. Throughout his time in nursing, he has worked in primary and urgent care settings, as well as orthopedic surgery at a Level I trauma center.

Dr. Combs first earned a bachelor’s degree at the University in Kentucky in 2002 and a master’s degree in 2004 from Louisiana State University. In 2010, Dr. Combs earned an MSN as a clinical nurse leader, and in 2012 he earned an MSN as a family nurse practitioner. In 2019, he completed his PhD with a concentration in occupational health, researching musculoskeletal disorders of the shoulder in commercial truck drivers.

Dr. Combs has been a faculty member at the University of Alabama at Birmingham since 2013 and currently serves as the Director of Nurse Practitioner Pathways.

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.

Nichole Crenshaw

DNP, APRN, AGACNP-BC, ANP-BC, CHSE, FAANP

Nichole Crenshaw, DNP, APRN, AGACNP-BC, ANP-BC, CHSE, FAANP, is the Director for the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program at the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies. She is board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as both an Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and Adult Nurse Practitioner. She is also a Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator. Dr. Crenshaw earned a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science degree in Nursing from Florida International University and a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from the University of Miami. Dr. Crenshaw currently practices and has over 25 years of professional clinical experience in acute care. Her expertise is in the management of critically ill patients in intensive care units, specifically cardiothoracic and general surgical. Dr. Crenshaw is also an Assistant Professor of Clinical at the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies, focusing on simulation courses and advanced clinical skills. Dr. Crenshaw has presented regionally, nationally, and internationally on topics such as the role of the Acute Care Nurse Practitioners in intensive care units, advanced skills, multidrug resistant organisms, antibiograms, antibiotics, mechanical ventilation, heart failure, and the management of critically ill patients. She has co-authored published abstracts, posters, and papers on topics such as pain management and the opioid epidemic, central line insertion using animal models, and simulation in a nurse practitioner program to augment student clinical experiences.
Nichole Crenshaw

Nichole Crenshaw, DNP, APRN, AGACNP-BC, ANP-BC, CHSE, FAANP, is the Director for the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program at the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies. She is board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as both an Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and Adult Nurse Practitioner. She is also a Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator. Dr. Crenshaw earned a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science degree in Nursing from Florida International University and a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from the University of Miami.

Dr. Crenshaw currently practices and has over 25 years of professional clinical experience in acute care. Her expertise is in the management of critically ill patients in intensive care units, specifically cardiothoracic and general surgical.

Dr. Crenshaw is also an Assistant Professor of Clinical at the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies, focusing on simulation courses and advanced clinical skills.

Dr. Crenshaw has presented regionally, nationally, and internationally on topics such as the role of the Acute Care Nurse Practitioners in intensive care units, advanced skills, multidrug resistant organisms, antibiograms, antibiotics, mechanical ventilation, heart failure, and the management of critically ill patients. She has co-authored published abstracts, posters, and papers on topics such as pain management and the opioid epidemic, central line insertion using animal models, and simulation in a nurse practitioner program to augment student clinical experiences.

Patricia Cunningham

DNSc, PMHNP-BC, PMHCNS-BC, FNP-BC

Patricia Duffy Cunningham, DNSc, PMHNP-BC, PMHCNS-BC, FNP-BC, is an Associate Professor of Nursing and Coordinator of the Psychiatric Mental Health Doctor of Nursing Practice Option at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, TN. Dr. Cunningham received the Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from her hometown school of Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She completed the Master of Science degree in nursing from Indiana University with a major in adult psychiatric mental health nursing. After working as a certified psychiatric clinical nurse specialist in both hospitals and private practice, she became an instructor at the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center and completed the educational requirements for national certification as a family nurse practitioner. Blending the roles of family nurse practitioner and psychiatric clinical nurse specialist, she earned the Doctor of Nursing science degree at the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center. Dr. Cunningham is a member of the Tennessee Nurses Association, American Psychiatric Nurses Association, and Sigma Theta Tau Beta Theta Chapter at Large. She has received numerous teaching and practice awards, including the Outstanding Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Award from the Tennessee Nurses Association in 2001 and the Excellence in Teaching Award from the University of Tennessee Student Government Association in 2004 & 2011. In addition, Dr. Cunningham received the American Psychiatric Nurses Association’s (APNA) Award for Excellence in Practice – APRN, 2011. Currently Dr. Cunningham is the president- elect for the American Psychiatric Nurses Associates (APNA).
Patricia Cunningham

Patricia Duffy Cunningham, DNSc, PMHNP-BC, PMHCNS-BC, FNP-BC, is an Associate Professor of Nursing and Coordinator of the Psychiatric Mental Health Doctor of Nursing Practice Option at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, TN.

Dr. Cunningham received the Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from her hometown school of Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She completed the Master of Science degree in nursing from Indiana University with a major in adult psychiatric mental health nursing. After working as a certified psychiatric clinical nurse specialist in both hospitals and private practice, she became an instructor at the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center and completed the educational requirements for national certification as a family nurse practitioner. Blending the roles of family nurse practitioner and psychiatric clinical nurse specialist, she earned the Doctor of Nursing science degree at the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center.

Dr. Cunningham is a member of the Tennessee Nurses Association, American Psychiatric Nurses Association, and Sigma Theta Tau Beta Theta Chapter at Large. She has received numerous teaching and practice awards, including the Outstanding Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Award from the Tennessee Nurses Association in 2001 and the Excellence in Teaching Award from the University of Tennessee Student Government Association in 2004 & 2011. In addition, Dr. Cunningham received the American Psychiatric Nurses Association’s (APNA) Award for Excellence in Practice – APRN, 2011. Currently Dr. Cunningham is the president- elect for the American Psychiatric Nurses Associates (APNA).

Jonathan Decker

PhD, APRN, FNP-BC

Jonathan Decker, PhD, APRN, FNP-BC, is an Associate Lecturer at the University of Central Florida College of Nursing in Orlando, Florida. He has been full-time faculty for 10 years, teaching both graduate and undergraduate courses. Dr. Decker earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1996 and a Master of Science in Nursing in the Family Nurse Practitioner program in 2001 from the University of Florida. He earned a PhD in nursing from the University of Central Florida in 2010. Dr. Decker is board-certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner and has worked a variety of specialties including gastroenterology, internal medicine, college health, urgent care, and family medicine. He currently works the UCF Student Health Center during the academic year, and works locum tenens during the summers in Alaska Native health clinics.
Jonathan Decker

Jonathan Decker, PhD, APRN, FNP-BC, is an Associate Lecturer at the University of Central Florida College of Nursing in Orlando, Florida. He has been full-time faculty for 10 years, teaching both graduate and undergraduate courses.

Dr. Decker earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1996 and a Master of Science in Nursing in the Family Nurse Practitioner program in 2001 from the University of Florida. He earned a PhD in nursing from the University of Central Florida in 2010.

Dr. Decker is board-certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner and has worked a variety of specialties including gastroenterology, internal medicine, college health, urgent care, and family medicine. He currently works the UCF Student Health Center during the academic year, and works locum tenens during the summers in Alaska Native health clinics.

Rita A. DelloStritto

PhD, RN, CNS, ENP, ACNP-BC, FAANP

Rita DelloStritto, PhD, RN, CNS, ENP, ACNP-BC, FAANP, is a veteran of the United States Air Force, is currently an Associate Professor at Texas Woman’s University (TWU), and has been an Emergency Nurse Practitioner since 1995. She has over 30 years of Emergency Care Experience. She is a course manager of the undergraduate acute/critical care education, and is the Track Manager of the Adult/Gero Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program at TWU. She is a Fellow in the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (FAANP). Dr. DelloStritto has been an invited speaker at several local, national, and international conferences on topics in Emergency Care/Procedures, Radiology, and Interprofessional Education. She is a member of the Houston Area Nurse Practitioners, Texas Nurse Practitioners, and is the Vice-President of the Texas Nurse Practitioners Foundation.
Rita A. DelloStritto

Rita DelloStritto, PhD, RN, CNS, ENP, ACNP-BC, FAANP, is a veteran of the United States Air Force, is currently an Associate Professor at Texas Woman’s University (TWU), and has been an Emergency Nurse Practitioner since 1995. She has over 30 years of Emergency Care Experience. She is a course manager of the undergraduate acute/critical care education, and is the Track Manager of the Adult/Gero Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program at TWU. She is a Fellow in the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (FAANP). Dr. DelloStritto has been an invited speaker at several local, national, and international conferences on topics in Emergency Care/Procedures, Radiology, and Interprofessional Education. She is a member of the Houston Area Nurse Practitioners, Texas Nurse Practitioners, and is the Vice-President of the Texas Nurse Practitioners Foundation.

Mary Anne Dumas

PhD, FNP-BC, GNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN, FNAP

Mary Anne Dumas, PhD, FNP-BC, GNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN, FNAP, is a nationally recognized and outstandingly accomplished nurse practitioner (NP) who has made substantial contributions in nursing throughout her entire career. Her dedication spans serving as a U.S. Navy Nurse, primary care nurse practitioner provider, educator, professor, administrator, and curriculum design expert. Dr. Dumas is committed to service and advocating for NPs. She has served as the President of the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF), Secretary of the Fellows of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (FAANP), and as Co-Chair of the Expert Panel on Military & Veterans Health of the American Academy of Nursing. She has also been a member of the American Nurses Credential Center Commission on Accreditation, a Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) Founders Award Head Judge, member of the Defense Health Board’s Medical Ethics Subcommittee, and Vice Chair of the American Nurses Association’s Individual Members Division. Dr. Dumas has spent many years of her career devoted to NP education. She has taught NP students at Stony Brook University (SBU), established the Hofstra Northwell School of Graduate Nursing, and developed two NP programs. She also served as an Academic Dean, Professor, and NP Program Chair. Additionally, Dr. Dumas is the editor and co-author of the NONPF Preceptor Manual and is presently collaborating on the development of an NP Program Director’s Manual. Not surprisingly, Dr. Dumas has received several prestigious awards in education including the STTI Founders Award for Excellence in Education, the NONPF Outstanding Educator Award, the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, the SBU President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching Award, the AANP’s Sharp Cutting Edge Award, and a DHHS Primary Care Fellowship.
Mary Anne Dumas

Mary Anne Dumas, PhD, FNP-BC, GNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN, FNAP, is a nationally recognized and outstandingly accomplished nurse practitioner (NP) who has made substantial contributions in nursing throughout her entire career. Her dedication spans serving as a U.S. Navy Nurse, primary care nurse practitioner provider, educator, professor, administrator, and curriculum design expert.

Dr. Dumas is committed to service and advocating for NPs. She has served as the President of the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF), Secretary of the Fellows of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (FAANP), and as Co-Chair of the Expert Panel on Military & Veterans Health of the American Academy of Nursing. She has also been a member of the American Nurses Credential Center Commission on Accreditation, a Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) Founders Award Head Judge, member of the Defense Health Board’s Medical Ethics Subcommittee, and Vice Chair of the American Nurses Association’s Individual Members Division.

Dr. Dumas has spent many years of her career devoted to NP education. She has taught NP students at Stony Brook University (SBU), established the Hofstra Northwell School of Graduate Nursing, and developed two NP programs. She also served as an Academic Dean, Professor, and NP Program Chair. Additionally, Dr. Dumas is the editor and co-author of the NONPF Preceptor Manual and is presently collaborating on the development of an NP Program Director’s Manual.

Not surprisingly, Dr. Dumas has received several prestigious awards in education including the STTI Founders Award for Excellence in Education, the NONPF Outstanding Educator Award, the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, the SBU President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching Award, the AANP’s Sharp Cutting Edge Award, and a DHHS Primary Care Fellowship.

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.

Dawn Lee Garzon

PhD, PNP-BC, CPNP-PC, PMHS, FAANP

Dawn Lee Garzon, PhD, PNP-BC, CPNP-PC, PMHS, FAANP, is a Teaching Professor and Pediatric Nurse Practioner Emphasis Area Coordinator at the University of Missouri—St. Louis. Dr. Garzon received a bachelor of science degree in nursing from the University of Miami, Florida, a Master’s degree in nursing from the University of Florida, and a PhD in nursing from the University of Missouri—St. Louis.  She completed a post-doctoral fellowship in epidemiology and biostatistics in the Washington University School of Medicine and received a Master of Psychiatric Epidemiology during this fellowship.  Dr. Garzon is dual board certified as a pediatric nurse practitioner and is also a certified pediatric primary care mental health specialist.  She is distinguished as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and serves as a section member of the American Academy of Pediatrics. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Dr. Garzon is an Associate Editor on the 6th edition of Pediatric Primary Care: A Handbook for Nurse Practitioners.  She has published and presented nationally on topics related to pediatric primary care, acute and chronic health management, injury prevention, and pediatric mental health. Dr. Garzon has held national leadership positions in a number of nursing organizations.  In addition, she currently maintains clinical expertise through practice in pediatric urgent care.
Dawn Lee Garzon

Dawn Lee Garzon, PhD, PNP-BC, CPNP-PC, PMHS, FAANP, is a Teaching Professor and Pediatric Nurse Practioner Emphasis Area Coordinator at the University of Missouri—St. Louis.

Dr. Garzon received a bachelor of science degree in nursing from the University of Miami, Florida, a Master’s degree in nursing from the University of Florida, and a PhD in nursing from the University of Missouri—St. Louis.  She completed a post-doctoral fellowship in epidemiology and biostatistics in the Washington University School of Medicine and received a Master of Psychiatric Epidemiology during this fellowship.  Dr. Garzon is dual board certified as a pediatric nurse practitioner and is also a certified pediatric primary care mental health specialist.  She is distinguished as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and serves as a section member of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Dr. Garzon is an Associate Editor on the 6th edition of Pediatric Primary Care: A Handbook for Nurse Practitioners.  She has published and presented nationally on topics related to pediatric primary care, acute and chronic health management, injury prevention, and pediatric mental health.

Dr. Garzon has held national leadership positions in a number of nursing organizations.  In addition, she currently maintains clinical expertise through practice in pediatric urgent care.

Juan M Gonzalez

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

Juan M Gonzalez, DNP, APRN, AGACNP-BC, ENP-C, FNP-BC, CEN, 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, 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.

Mary Hickey

EdD, WHNP-BC, FNP-BC

Mary Hickey, EdD, WHNP-BC, FNP-BC, is a Professor at SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University College of Nursing in Brooklyn, NY. Dr. Hickey is an accomplished educator, with expertise in curriculum design, educational innovation, and clinical teaching. She has taught at all levels of nursing education, published and presented, and consulted on national and international initiatives to improve and advance nursing practice. Dr. Hickey has a strong record of inter-professional collaboration and is continuing those partnerships at University Hospital of Brooklyn and affiliates. Dr. Hickey’s clinical expertise as a women’s health nurse practitioner led to her work in sexual and reproductive health. She has conducted pilot studies on access and use of emergency contraception, unintended pregnancy, and sexual risk-taking behaviors. Dr. Hickey has also explored reproductive care for women with disabilities. Her expertise in this area earned her the National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health (NPWH) Inspiration in Education award in 2020.  Dr. Hickey maintains an active practice as a WHNP on Long Island in New York.
Mary Hickey

Mary Hickey, EdD, WHNP-BC, FNP-BC, is a Professor at SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University College of Nursing in Brooklyn, NY. Dr. Hickey is an accomplished educator, with expertise in curriculum design, educational innovation, and clinical teaching. She has taught at all levels of nursing education, published and presented, and consulted on national and international initiatives to improve and advance nursing practice. Dr. Hickey has a strong record of inter-professional collaboration and is continuing those partnerships at University Hospital of Brooklyn and affiliates.

Dr. Hickey’s clinical expertise as a women’s health nurse practitioner led to her work in sexual and reproductive health. She has conducted pilot studies on access and use of emergency contraception, unintended pregnancy, and sexual risk-taking behaviors.

Dr. Hickey has also explored reproductive care for women with disabilities. Her expertise in this area earned her the National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health (NPWH) Inspiration in Education award in 2020.  Dr. Hickey maintains an active practice as a WHNP on Long Island in New York.

Melinda Johnson

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

Mindy Johnson, DNP, FNP-BC, AGACNP-BC, ENP-C, CEN, CCRN, obtained her Master of Science in Nursing from Vanderbilt University with specialty education in Emergency Care. She is board certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner, Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, and Emergency Nurse Practitioner. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Nursing Practice at Vanderbilt University with a clinical focus in post-graduate nurse practitioner fellowships. She has a passion for teaching and begun her career with a degree in Secondary Education – Biological Sciences from Pennsylvania State University. She continues to use this educational background in her nursing career. In addition to her current position as a nurse practitioner in the Emergency Department at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, she serves as adjunct faculty at Belmont University School of Nursing and a guest lecturer at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. Her previous nursing experience includes Emergency Medicine, as well as Adult and Pediatric Intensive Care. During her time in Vanderbilt’s Adult ED, she served as a Trauma Resuscitation Education Assistant in addition to leadership roles including Relief Staff Leader and Unit Board Chair. She is an active member of the Association of Post Graduate APRN programs, American Academy of Emergency Nurse Practitioners, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, Sigma Theta Tau, Emergency Nurses Association, and American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. She enjoys spending time outdoors hiking, running, and biking with her husband and two children.
Melinda Johnson

Mindy Johnson, DNP, FNP-BC, AGACNP-BC, ENP-C, CEN, CCRN, obtained her Master of Science in Nursing from Vanderbilt University with specialty education in Emergency Care. She is board certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner, Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, and Emergency Nurse Practitioner. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Nursing Practice at Vanderbilt University with a clinical focus in post-graduate nurse practitioner fellowships. She has a passion for teaching and begun her career with a degree in Secondary Education – Biological Sciences from Pennsylvania State University. She continues to use this educational background in her nursing career. In addition to her current position as a nurse practitioner in the Emergency Department at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, she serves as adjunct faculty at Belmont University School of Nursing and a guest lecturer at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. Her previous nursing experience includes Emergency Medicine, as well as Adult and Pediatric Intensive Care. During her time in Vanderbilt’s Adult ED, she served as a Trauma Resuscitation Education Assistant in addition to leadership roles including Relief Staff Leader and Unit Board Chair. She is an active member of the Association of Post Graduate APRN programs, American Academy of Emergency Nurse Practitioners, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, Sigma Theta Tau, Emergency Nurses Association, and American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. She enjoys spending time outdoors hiking, running, and biking with her husband and two children.

Sara Jones

PhD, PMHNP-BC, FAANP​, FAAN

Sara Jones, PhD, PMHNP-BC, FAANP​, FAAN, is an Associate Professor and Specialty Coordinator of the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program at the University of Arkansas for Medical Science (UAMS) College of Nursing in Little Rock, Arkansas. Dr. Jones received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and began practicing as a psychiatric nurse in 2005. She completed a PhD in nursing science in 2010 and, in 2013, post-graduate studies to board-certify as a PMHNP. In 2009, she began serving as faculty at the UAMS College of Nursing. She became coordinator of the PMHNP program in 2013. Dr. Jones’s research has always been dedicated to individuals who experience trauma. Since 2016, her research has focused on improving mental health services for first responders. In 2019, the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) granted her an R21 for her research, “Building Partnerships with First Responders to Explore Strategies to Improve Delivery and Access of Mental Health Services.” With continued efforts, she hopes to obtain continued funding from NIMH or the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Dr. Jones also owns Journey Wellness Clinic, PLLC, in North Little Rock, where she sees individuals across the life span with varying mental health conditions. She specializes in pediatric populations and individuals that have experienced trauma. Dr. Jones is a member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, was Member-at Large on the Board of Directors (2017-2020), and was the inaugural president of the Arkansas chapter (2013-2017). She is also a member of Sigma Theta Tau International, the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty, and the Southern Nurses Research Society. In 2019, Dr. Jones was inducted as a Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.
Sara Jones

Sara Jones, PhD, PMHNP-BC, FAANP​, FAAN, is an Associate Professor and Specialty Coordinator of the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program at the University of Arkansas for Medical Science (UAMS) College of Nursing in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Dr. Jones received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and began practicing as a psychiatric nurse in 2005. She completed a PhD in nursing science in 2010 and, in 2013, post-graduate studies to board-certify as a PMHNP. In 2009, she began serving as faculty at the UAMS College of Nursing. She became coordinator of the PMHNP program in 2013.

Dr. Jones’s research has always been dedicated to individuals who experience trauma. Since 2016, her research has focused on improving mental health services for first responders. In 2019, the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) granted her an R21 for her research, “Building Partnerships with First Responders to Explore Strategies to Improve Delivery and Access of Mental Health Services.” With continued efforts, she hopes to obtain continued funding from NIMH or the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Dr. Jones also owns Journey Wellness Clinic, PLLC, in North Little Rock, where she sees individuals across the life span with varying mental health conditions. She specializes in pediatric populations and individuals that have experienced trauma.

Dr. Jones is a member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, was Member-at Large on the Board of Directors (2017-2020), and was the inaugural president of the Arkansas chapter (2013-2017). She is also a member of Sigma Theta Tau International, the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty, and the Southern Nurses Research Society. In 2019, Dr. Jones was inducted as a Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

Elizabeth Kuzma

DNP, FNP-BC

Elizabeth Kuzma, DNP, FNP-BC, is a Clinical Assistant Professor at University of Michigan’s School of Nursing (UMSN) in the Health Behavior and Biological Sciences department. She is the Family Nurse Practitioner Program Lead. As a Family Nurse Practitioner, she is committed to working with vulnerable and underserved populations, particularly at-risk, high-ACE youth. Dr. Kuzma is an expert in providing holistic, trauma-informed primary care, including health promotion, disease prevention, and management of minor acute and chronic conditions, with cultural humility. She has experience in nurse-managed care settings, in school-based settings, and in a local health department. She has also served as a faculty preceptor and mentor at the UM student-run free clinic. Her research and scholarship focus includes a variety of adolescent health issues, particularly related to trauma, sexuality, and gender identity. She is actively involved in and committed to professional and policy advocacy. Dr. Kuzma sees public policy advocacy at the organizational, local, state, and federal levels as the broadest form of patient advocacy for health promotion and disease prevention. She is the previous American Association for Nurse Practitioners (AANP) State Representative for Michigan. She currently serves on the AANP National Research Committee and the Michigan Council of Nurse Practitioners Finance Committee, and she is the Chair of the UMSN’s Faculty Practice Advisory Committee. She received the AANP State Award for Excellence in 2012.
Elizabeth Kuzma

Elizabeth Kuzma, DNP, FNP-BC, is a Clinical Assistant Professor at University of Michigan’s School of Nursing (UMSN) in the Health Behavior and Biological Sciences department. She is the Family Nurse Practitioner Program Lead.

As a Family Nurse Practitioner, she is committed to working with vulnerable and underserved populations, particularly at-risk, high-ACE youth. Dr. Kuzma is an expert in providing holistic, trauma-informed primary care, including health promotion, disease prevention, and management of minor acute and chronic conditions, with cultural humility. She has experience in nurse-managed care settings, in school-based settings, and in a local health department. She has also served as a faculty preceptor and mentor at the UM student-run free clinic.

Her research and scholarship focus includes a variety of adolescent health issues, particularly related to trauma, sexuality, and gender identity. She is actively involved in and committed to professional and policy advocacy. Dr. Kuzma sees public policy advocacy at the organizational, local, state, and federal levels as the broadest form of patient advocacy for health promotion and disease prevention.

She is the previous American Association for Nurse Practitioners (AANP) State Representative for Michigan. She currently serves on the AANP National Research Committee and the Michigan Council of Nurse Practitioners Finance Committee, and she is the Chair of the UMSN’s Faculty Practice Advisory Committee. She received the AANP State Award for Excellence in 2012.

Laura G. Leahy

DrNP, APRN, PMHCNS-BC, PMHNP-BC, PMHS, CARN-AP, FAANP, FAAN

Laura Leahy,  DrNP, APRN, PMHCNS-BC, PMHNP-BC, PMHS, CARN-AP, FAANP, FAAN, is the founder of APNSolutions, LLC, an advanced practice nurse (APRN)-managed private practice located in southern New Jersey. She maintains faculty positions at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and Fairleigh Dickinson University. Dr. Leahy is a graduate of Duke University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Drexel University. As an APRN, she is board-certified in child/adolescent and adult psychiatric-mental health care as well as addictions. She specializes in individual, couples, and family therapy in addition to pharmacogenetics and psychopharmacology, including medication-assisted management of substance use disorders. She maintains specialization as a Master Psychopharmacologist through the Neuroscience Education Institute. Dr. Leahy was inducted as a Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners in 2017 and of the American Academy of Nursing in 2020. She cochairs the American Psychiatric Nurses Association’s (APNA) Addictions Council and Steering Committee, and has represented APNA at the Nursing Community Coalition Congressional Briefing, educating legislators on the role APRNs play in combating the opioid epidemic. Dr. Leahy developed and produced APNA’s “Effective Treatments for Opioid Use Disorder,” a free webinar series for all nurses. Dr. Leahy was the lead author and editor of the American Psychological Association’s Manual of Clinical Psychopharmacology for Nurses. She served as the psychopharmacology section editor for the Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services, and she has frequently contributed to review courses and authored scholarly publications in her areas of specialization. As an invited lecturer, Dr. Leahy presents extensively at local, regional, and national events. She is a tireless advocate for full practice authority for APRNs at the state and federal levels.
Laura G. Leahy

Laura Leahy,  DrNP, APRN, PMHCNS-BC, PMHNP-BC, PMHS, CARN-AP, FAANP, FAAN, is the founder of APNSolutions, LLC, an advanced practice nurse (APRN)-managed private practice located in southern New Jersey. She maintains faculty positions at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Dr. Leahy is a graduate of Duke University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Drexel University. As an APRN, she is board-certified in child/adolescent and adult psychiatric-mental health care as well as addictions. She specializes in individual, couples, and family therapy in addition to pharmacogenetics and psychopharmacology, including medication-assisted management of substance use disorders. She maintains specialization as a Master Psychopharmacologist through the Neuroscience Education Institute.

Dr. Leahy was inducted as a Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners in 2017 and of the American Academy of Nursing in 2020. She cochairs the American Psychiatric Nurses Association’s (APNA) Addictions Council and Steering Committee, and has represented APNA at the Nursing Community Coalition Congressional Briefing, educating legislators on the role APRNs play in combating the opioid epidemic. Dr. Leahy developed and produced APNA’s “Effective Treatments for Opioid Use Disorder,” a free webinar series for all nurses.

Dr. Leahy was the lead author and editor of the American Psychological Association’s Manual of Clinical Psychopharmacology for Nurses. She served as the psychopharmacology section editor for the Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services, and she has frequently contributed to review courses and authored scholarly publications in her areas of specialization. As an invited lecturer, Dr. Leahy presents extensively at local, regional, and national events. She is a tireless advocate for full practice authority for APRNs at the state and federal levels.

Kammy McLoughlin

DNP, CPNP-PC, CPNP-AC

Kammy McLoughlin, DNP, CPNP-PC, CPNP-AC, works as a full-time faculty member in the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Program at the School of Nursing at Stony Brook University, where she served as Program Director from 2011 to 2019. She also works as a PNP in urgent care at PM Pediatrics in Selden, New York. Prior to working at the School of Nursing full time, she was a PNP in Pediatric Surgery at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital for 8 years, and taught as an adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor from 2010 to 2011, teaching undergraduate students in their clinical rotations. She also has experience in pediatric ICU, inpatient general pediatrics, and primary care. Dr. McLoughlin was an Assistant Director of Nursing at Northwell Health in Manhasset, NY. Her poster presentation for her DNP capstone project, Central Venous Catheter Infections in Pediatric Oncology: An Educational Strategy to Minimize Rate and Embed Practice Change, received a blue ribbon award from the National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions. Her research interests are in pediatric oncology and neonatal abstinence syndrome. Dr. McLoughlin has a special interest and has taken multiple international courses in global health. She is the Medical Director for Project Nicaragua and Beyond, Inc. and makes several international medical mission trips each year. She is currently President of the Kappa Gamma Chapter of Sigma. Dr. McLoughlin volunteers on the Medical Board of Long Island Head Start and is on the board of the Long Island Chapter of National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners. She was awarded the Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Teaching and Service at the Stony Brook University School of Nursing in May 2015 and May 2017. She also received the Health Services Advisory Award for Long Island Head Start and Disability Services in June 2017.
Kammy McLoughlin

Kammy McLoughlin, DNP, CPNP-PC, CPNP-AC, works as a full-time faculty member in the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Program at the School of Nursing at Stony Brook University, where she served as Program Director from 2011 to 2019. She also works as a PNP in urgent care at PM Pediatrics in Selden, New York. Prior to working at the School of Nursing full time, she was a PNP in Pediatric Surgery at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital for 8 years, and taught as an adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor from 2010 to 2011, teaching undergraduate students in their clinical rotations. She also has experience in pediatric ICU, inpatient general pediatrics, and primary care. Dr. McLoughlin was an Assistant Director of Nursing at Northwell Health in Manhasset, NY.

Her poster presentation for her DNP capstone project, Central Venous Catheter Infections in Pediatric Oncology: An Educational Strategy to Minimize Rate and Embed Practice Change, received a blue ribbon award from the National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions.

Her research interests are in pediatric oncology and neonatal abstinence syndrome. Dr. McLoughlin has a special interest and has taken multiple international courses in global health. She is the Medical Director for Project Nicaragua and Beyond, Inc. and makes several international medical mission trips each year. She is currently President of the Kappa Gamma Chapter of Sigma. Dr. McLoughlin volunteers on the Medical Board of Long Island Head Start and is on the board of the Long Island Chapter of National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners. She was awarded the Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Teaching and Service at the Stony Brook University School of Nursing in May 2015 and May 2017. She also received the Health Services Advisory Award for Long Island Head Start and Disability Services in June 2017.

Rachelle Nurse

PhD, WHNP-BC, ANP

Rachelle Nurse, PhD, WHNP-BC, ANP, has been a Nurse Practitioner for over 13 years and has spent her career as a nurse, nurse administrator and advanced practice nurse in the area of women’s health. Dr. Nurse holds a Bachelors of Science degree in nursing from the University of Texas Health Science Center-Houston School of Nursing. She received a Master of Science in Nursing with a subspecialty in Women’s Health Care from the University of Texas Health Science Center-Houston and is certified as a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner by the National Credentialing Corporation (NCC). Dr. Nurse also holds a Master of Science Degree in Health Care Administration from Houston Baptist University and obtained her PhD from Texas Woman’s University in Houston. In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Nurse is an assistant professor at Texas Woman’s University. She has held teaching appointments at University of Texas Health Science Center Houston and The University of Houston, Victoria. Dr. Nurse also speaks extensively on the topics of perinatal care and advanced nursing practice. She has been honored by the Texas Nurses Association, District 9 as a previous Nursing Celebration Honoree and by the Good Samaritan Foundation where she was nominated as an Outstanding Nurse. Recently, Dr. Nurse was honored by the Elnitra McLean Women’s Shelter for her service to women and families in the Houston Texas. Dr. Nurse has also held a board of director’s position with the Texas Medical Center Women’s Health Network.
Rachelle Nurse

Rachelle Nurse, PhD, WHNP-BC, ANP, has been a Nurse Practitioner for over 13 years and has spent her career as a nurse, nurse administrator and advanced practice nurse in the area of women’s health.

Dr. Nurse holds a Bachelors of Science degree in nursing from the University of Texas Health Science Center-Houston School of Nursing. She received a Master of Science in Nursing with a subspecialty in Women’s Health Care from the University of Texas Health Science Center-Houston and is certified as a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner by the National Credentialing Corporation (NCC). Dr. Nurse also holds a Master of Science Degree in Health Care Administration from Houston Baptist University and obtained her PhD from Texas Woman’s University in Houston.

In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Nurse is an assistant professor at Texas Woman’s University. She has held teaching appointments at University of Texas Health Science Center Houston and The University of Houston, Victoria. Dr. Nurse also speaks extensively on the topics of perinatal care and advanced nursing practice. She has been honored by the Texas Nurses Association, District 9 as a previous Nursing Celebration Honoree and by the Good Samaritan Foundation where she was nominated as an Outstanding Nurse. Recently, Dr. Nurse was honored by the Elnitra McLean Women’s Shelter for her service to women and families in the Houston Texas. Dr. Nurse has also held a board of director’s position with the Texas Medical Center Women’s Health Network.

Rick Ramirez

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

Rick Ramirez, DNP, APRN, AGACNP-BC, FNP-BC, ENP-C, CEN, CPEN, obtained his Bachelor’s of Science from Middle Tennessee State University, his Master of Science in Nursing with specialty emphasis in Emergency Care from Vanderbilt University, and his Doctorate of Nursing Practice with a focus on physical trauma in global health from Vanderbilt University. Dr. Ramirez is board certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner, Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, and Emergency Nurse Practitioner. With 20 years of nursing experience, 13 of which have been working in adult and pediatric emergency departments, Dr. Ramirez remains passionate about nursing, emergency, trauma, and point of care ultrasound use in the ED. In addition to his current position as a nurse practitioner in the Adult Emergency Department at Vanderbilt Medical Center, he serves as a lecturer at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. His previous nursing experience includes, among other specialties, ED, ICU, Med/Surg, and Cardiac Cath lab. He is an active member of the Association of Post Graduate APRN programs, American Academy of Emergency Nurse Practitioners, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, Sigma Theta Tau, Emergency Nurses Association, and the American Assembly for Men in Nursing. He enjoys spending time outdoors, surfing, running, and playing with his dog.
Rick Ramirez

Rick Ramirez, DNP, APRN, AGACNP-BC, FNP-BC, ENP-C, CEN, CPEN, obtained his Bachelor’s of Science from Middle Tennessee State University, his Master of Science in Nursing with specialty emphasis in Emergency Care from Vanderbilt University, and his Doctorate of Nursing Practice with a focus on physical trauma in global health from Vanderbilt University.

Dr. Ramirez is board certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner, Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, and Emergency Nurse Practitioner. With 20 years of nursing experience, 13 of which have been working in adult and pediatric emergency departments, Dr. Ramirez remains passionate about nursing, emergency, trauma, and point of care ultrasound use in the ED. In addition to his current position as a nurse practitioner in the Adult Emergency Department at Vanderbilt Medical Center, he serves as a lecturer at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. His previous nursing experience includes, among other specialties, ED, ICU, Med/Surg, and Cardiac Cath lab.

He is an active member of the Association of Post Graduate APRN programs, American Academy of Emergency Nurse Practitioners, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, Sigma Theta Tau, Emergency Nurses Association, and the American Assembly for Men in Nursing. He enjoys spending time outdoors, surfing, running, and playing with his dog.

Misty M. Richmond

PhD, PMHNP-BC

Misty M. Richmond, PhD, PMHNP-BC, is an Assistant Professor at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio in the College of Nursing and Health. She served as director of the Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program there for nearly five years. 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 35 years 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 Wright State faculty, 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, PhD, PMHNP-BC, is an Assistant Professor at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio in the College of Nursing and Health. She served as director of the Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program there for nearly five years. 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 35 years 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 Wright State faculty, 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.

Donna Rolin

PhD, PMHCNS-BC, PMHNP-BC

Donna Rolin, PhD, PMHCNS-BC, PMHNP-BC, is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Nursing and the Director of the Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner program at the University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing. She received her PhD in Nursing Research from New York University and Master’s of Science in Psychiatric Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania. Her clinical background as a Psychiatric Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (PMHCNS-BC) encompasses cognitive behavioral, group, and family psychotherapies as well as psychiatric evaluation and pharmacotherapy for persons with serious mental illness and cognitive disorders in inpatient, community, and forensic settings. Her research focuses on community psychiatry and substance use disorders. She is active in the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, where she serves as co-chair of the Education Council, and locally in the Psychiatric Advanced Practice Nurses of Austin organization. Her clinical and educational work regarding Substance Use Disorders began in 1998, when she was the Charge Nurse of the Dual Diagnosis Forensic Intensive Residential Program at North Philadelphia Health System until 2000 when she left for graduate school at the University of Pennsylvania and earned her Master’s of Science in Psychiatric Nursing in 2002. As a Research Interventionist and faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, she provided a medication adherence in-home intervention based on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to persons with serious mental illness and HIV. From 2008-2009, during her PhD education at New York University, she completed the Substance Abuse Research Education and Training (SARET) Fellowship supported by the National Institute of Drug Abuse R25 Grant. This included a Residency at New York University School of Medicine Behavioral Science and Substance Abuse Research Group and the Bellevue Hospital Division of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse. Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse (AMERSA) awarded her a scholarship in 2010. Her 2012 dissertation at New York University was a qualitative, phenomenological exploration of “The Lived Experience of Spirituality in Alcoholism Recovery.” Since coming to the University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing in 2012, she has collaborated with the School of Social Work in developing and presenting seminars at Austin Recovery Center (2013-2014) on “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-5 (DSM-5) Updates and Clinical Implications: Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders.” She has co-authored two articles on the DSM-5 changes and has held numerous DSM-5 presentations regionally. She is currently working on a pilot study that focuses on a web-based group psychotherapy intervention for smoking cessation.
Donna Rolin

Donna Rolin, PhD, PMHCNS-BC, PMHNP-BC, is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Nursing and the Director of the Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner program at the University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing.

She received her PhD in Nursing Research from New York University and Master’s of Science in Psychiatric Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania. Her clinical background as a Psychiatric Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (PMHCNS-BC) encompasses cognitive behavioral, group, and family psychotherapies as well as psychiatric evaluation and pharmacotherapy for persons with serious mental illness and cognitive disorders in inpatient, community, and forensic settings. Her research focuses on community psychiatry and substance use disorders. She is active in the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, where she serves as co-chair of the Education Council, and locally in the Psychiatric Advanced Practice Nurses of Austin organization.

Her clinical and educational work regarding Substance Use Disorders began in 1998, when she was the Charge Nurse of the Dual Diagnosis Forensic Intensive Residential Program at North Philadelphia Health System until 2000 when she left for graduate school at the University of Pennsylvania and earned her Master’s of Science in Psychiatric Nursing in 2002. As a Research Interventionist and faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, she provided a medication adherence in-home intervention based on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to persons with serious mental illness and HIV. From 2008-2009, during her PhD education at New York University, she completed the Substance Abuse Research Education and Training (SARET) Fellowship supported by the National Institute of Drug Abuse R25 Grant. This included a Residency at New York University School of Medicine Behavioral Science and Substance Abuse Research Group and the Bellevue Hospital Division of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse. Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse (AMERSA) awarded her a scholarship in 2010. Her 2012 dissertation at New York University was a qualitative, phenomenological exploration of “The Lived Experience of Spirituality in Alcoholism Recovery.”

Since coming to the University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing in 2012, she has collaborated with the School of Social Work in developing and presenting seminars at Austin Recovery Center (2013-2014) on “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-5 (DSM-5) Updates and Clinical Implications: Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders.” She has co-authored two articles on the DSM-5 changes and has held numerous DSM-5 presentations regionally. She is currently working on a pilot study that focuses on a web-based group psychotherapy intervention for smoking cessation.

Charlie Schreiner

MHA, MS, APRN, ACNP-BC, CRNFA

Charlie Schreiner, MHA, MS, APRN, ACNP-BC, CRNFA, is currently the lead acute care nurse practitioner in the Thyroid & Parathyroid Institute at Tampa General Hospital in Tampa, Florida. In this role, Charlie cares for perioperative thyroid surgical patients from their pre-operative ultrasound, to first-assisting during their surgeries, to post-operative evaluations, and finally to discharging. Prior to moving to Florida in 2017, Charlie held the position of Director of Head & Neck Survivorship Programs at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. During that time, he was also an adjunct professor at Texas Woman’s University in the Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program. Charlie has been nationally recognized by the Oncology Nursing Society as the 2016 recipient of the Excellence in Survivor Advocacy Award and locally as the 2014 recipient of the Excellence in Advance Practice Nursing Award from the MD Anderson Cancer Center.
Charlie Schreiner

Charlie Schreiner, MHA, MS, APRN, ACNP-BC, CRNFA, is currently the lead acute care nurse practitioner in the Thyroid & Parathyroid Institute at Tampa General Hospital in Tampa, Florida. In this role, Charlie cares for perioperative thyroid surgical patients from their pre-operative ultrasound, to first-assisting during their surgeries, to post-operative evaluations, and finally to discharging.

Prior to moving to Florida in 2017, Charlie held the position of Director of Head & Neck Survivorship Programs at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. During that time, he was also an adjunct professor at Texas Woman’s University in the Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program. Charlie has been nationally recognized by the Oncology Nursing Society as the 2016 recipient of the Excellence in Survivor Advocacy Award and locally as the 2014 recipient of the Excellence in Advance Practice Nursing Award from the MD Anderson Cancer Center.

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 Manager of Advanced Practice Providers 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) Program at the UAB School of Nursing. Dr. Tidwell is a founder and the Clinical Director of the Augmented Clinical Experience Program, a progressive clinical program for WHNP students completing their preceptorship at UAB Medicine. In addition, she serves as the Chair of the Advanced Practice Provider Executive Council for UAB Medicine and represents advanced practice providers on the Ambulatory Patient Experience Team. 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 both obstetrics and gynecology.
Bethany M. Tidwell

Bethany M. Tidwell, DNP, WHNP-BC, AGPCNP-BC, is the Manager of Advanced Practice Providers 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) Program at the UAB School of Nursing.

Dr. Tidwell is a founder and the Clinical Director of the Augmented Clinical Experience Program, a progressive clinical program for WHNP students completing their preceptorship at UAB Medicine. In addition, she serves as the Chair of the Advanced Practice Provider Executive Council for UAB Medicine and represents advanced practice providers on the Ambulatory Patient Experience Team.

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 both obstetrics and gynecology.

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.

Kristen Vandenberg

DNP, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC

Kristen Vandenberg, DNP, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC, received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Virginia and her Master of Science in Nursing Education from Mercer University. Dr. Vandenberg went on to receive first her Post-Master of Science as a family nurse practitioner and as a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner and then her Doctorate of Nursing Practice at the University of Tennessee. Dr. Vandenberg has over 25 years of experience in both family practice and psychiatric mental health treatment. As a board certified advanced nurse practitioner with a clinical doctorate, Dr. Vandenberg has extensive training providing psychiatric medication management and counseling for all ages. She has a private practice in Vail, CO and is the PMHNP Program Coordinator for the University of Colorado Colorado Springs Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences.
Kristen Vandenberg

Kristen Vandenberg, DNP, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC, received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Virginia and her Master of Science in Nursing Education from Mercer University. Dr. Vandenberg went on to receive first her Post-Master of Science as a family nurse practitioner and as a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner and then her Doctorate of Nursing Practice at the University of Tennessee.

Dr. Vandenberg has over 25 years of experience in both family practice and psychiatric mental health treatment. As a board certified advanced nurse practitioner with a clinical doctorate, Dr. Vandenberg has extensive training providing psychiatric medication management and counseling for all ages. She has a private practice in Vail, CO and is the PMHNP Program Coordinator for the University of Colorado Colorado Springs Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

Helene Vossos

DNP, PMHP-BC, ANP-BC

Helene Vossos, DNP, PMHP-BC, ANP-BC, is dually board-certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and an Adult Nurse Practitioner. She has worked in the medical field for 30 years and has served as a psychiatric nurse for 11 years and a nurse practitioner for 6 years. Dr. Vossos earned her Master’s in Nursing from the University of Michigan-Flint and her Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Concordia University-Wisconsin. She is a Clinical Excellence Award Recipient and has clinical experience with an Assertive Community Team serving the serious and persistently mentally ill population. In addition to helping students pass their board exams with Barkley & Associates, she has worked as a Professor of Nursing at the University of Michigan-Flint for the past 3 years teaching graduate nurse practitioner students with a concentration in mental health nursing. She was awarded the Golden Apple teaching award in 2014 and is a member of the Michigan Council of Nurse Practitioners, American Psychiatric Nurse Association, American Nurse Association, and Transcultural Nursing Society.
Helene Vossos

Helene Vossos, DNP, PMHP-BC, ANP-BC, is dually board-certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and an Adult Nurse Practitioner.

She has worked in the medical field for 30 years and has served as a psychiatric nurse for 11 years and a nurse practitioner for 6 years.

Dr. Vossos earned her Master’s in Nursing from the University of Michigan-Flint and her Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Concordia University-Wisconsin. She is a Clinical Excellence Award Recipient and has clinical experience with an Assertive Community Team serving the serious and persistently mentally ill population.

In addition to helping students pass their board exams with Barkley & Associates, she has worked as a Professor of Nursing at the University of Michigan-Flint for the past 3 years teaching graduate nurse practitioner students with a concentration in mental health nursing. She was awarded the Golden Apple teaching award in 2014 and is a member of the Michigan Council of Nurse Practitioners, American Psychiatric Nurse Association, American Nurse Association, and Transcultural Nursing Society.

Joetta DeSwarte Wallace

MSN, NP-C, CPON, CHPPN

Joetta DeSwarte Wallace, MSN, NP-C, CPON, CHPPN, is the Program Coordinator of the Pediatric Supportive & Palliative Care Service at Miller Children’s Hospital in Long Beach, California. She is an Associate Clinical Instructor at the University of Southern California. Ms. Wallace is also a nurse practitioner in a pediatric hematology/oncology private practice in Long Beach. Ms. Wallace is an expert in pediatric nursing, having served in the roles of nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, educator, manager, researcher and staff nurse for over 35 years. Her wealth of expertise caring for children spans from genetics through young adulthood and across the care continuum. She has a special interest in children and adolescents with cancer and blood diseases and she is a past President of the Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses. She is also a leader in the Society of Pediatric Nurses and the Children’s Oncology Group. Ms. Wallace has published over 30 articles and book chapters. Her down-to-earth, energetic and often humorous approach makes her a frequently invited speaker both nationally and internationally on a wide variety of pediatric topics.
Joetta DeSwarte Wallace

Joetta DeSwarte Wallace, MSN, NP-C, CPON, CHPPN, is the Program Coordinator of the Pediatric Supportive & Palliative Care Service at Miller Children’s Hospital in Long Beach, California. She is an Associate Clinical Instructor at the University of Southern California. Ms. Wallace is also a nurse practitioner in a pediatric hematology/oncology private practice in Long Beach.

Ms. Wallace is an expert in pediatric nursing, having served in the roles of nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, educator, manager, researcher and staff nurse for over 35 years. Her wealth of expertise caring for children spans from genetics through young adulthood and across the care continuum.

She has a special interest in children and adolescents with cancer and blood diseases and she is a past President of the Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses. She is also a leader in the Society of Pediatric Nurses and the Children’s Oncology Group. Ms. Wallace has published over 30 articles and book chapters. Her down-to-earth, energetic and often humorous approach makes her a frequently invited speaker both nationally and internationally on a wide variety of pediatric topics.

Daniel Wesemann

DNP, MSW, PMHNP-BC

Daniel Wesemann, DNP, MSW, PMHNP-BC, is an Assistant Clinical Professor and the Director of the Doctorate 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 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 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 Treasurer 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, PMHNP-BC, is an Assistant Clinical Professor and the Director of the Doctorate 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 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 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 Treasurer 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.

Kathleen P. Wilson

PhD, PNP-BC, FNP-BC, CPNP-PC

Kathleen P. Wilson, PhD, PNP-BC, FNP-BC, CPNP-PC, is a long-standing contributing member of the faculty for Barkley & Associates, Inc. Since 2003, she has been preparing NP students to successfully complete their certification exams while enriching those seeking an update for current advance practice in pediatric and family practice. As an engaging speaker and knowledgeable practitioner, she consistently receives superior ratings from those attending her sessions. Dr. Wilson is nationally dually certified as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (CPNP and PNP-BC), as well as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP–BC). She has held positions in education, practice (PNP and FNP), research, administration, and consultancies with extensive experience in adolescent health, behavioral health, management of children/youth with special needs, and community program development. She formerly coordinated graduate level nursing programs: the Pediatric Advanced Nursing Program (combined PNP and CNS roles) at Emory University/Atlanta followed by the Family Nurse Practitioner Program at Georgia State University/Atlanta. Her area of research is in adolescent risk behavior reduction, preventive health care modalities across the life span, and community participatory research. She has published articles in several journals, including Family & Community Health: The Journal of Health Promotion and Maintenance, Journal of Pediatric Nursing, and the Journal of Pediatric Health Care. She presents frequently at national and international conferences on adolescent and family health. She continues to mentor graduate (Master’s and PhD) students in the clinical and research arenas and serving on their master’s and doctoral committees. She recently contributed to the development of a DNP program at both Florida State University and Walden University. She joined Walden University in March 2009 as a contributing faculty member where she teaches a number of courses in the RN-MSN and MSN (Nursing Education and Leadership/Management programs) and the DNP program. Currently, she is in private practice at HCA’s Capital Regional Medical Group specializing in family practice and chronic care. She shares that her greatest teachers are her professional colleagues and patients from whom she learns the most.
Kathleen P. Wilson

Kathleen P. Wilson, PhD, PNP-BC, FNP-BC, CPNP-PC, is a long-standing contributing member of the faculty for Barkley & Associates, Inc. Since 2003, she has been preparing NP students to successfully complete their certification exams while enriching those seeking an update for current advance practice in pediatric and family practice. As an engaging speaker and knowledgeable practitioner, she consistently receives superior ratings from those attending her sessions.

Dr. Wilson is nationally dually certified as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (CPNP and PNP-BC), as well as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP–BC). She has held positions in education, practice (PNP and FNP), research, administration, and consultancies with extensive experience in adolescent health, behavioral health, management of children/youth with special needs, and community program development. She formerly coordinated graduate level nursing programs: the Pediatric Advanced Nursing Program (combined PNP and CNS roles) at Emory University/Atlanta followed by the Family Nurse Practitioner Program at Georgia State University/Atlanta. Her area of research is in adolescent risk behavior reduction, preventive health care modalities across the life span, and community participatory research. She has published articles in several journals, including Family & Community Health: The Journal of Health Promotion and Maintenance, Journal of Pediatric Nursing, and the Journal of Pediatric Health Care. She presents frequently at national and international conferences on adolescent and family health. She continues to mentor graduate (Master’s and PhD) students in the clinical and research arenas and serving on their master’s and doctoral committees. She recently contributed to the development of a DNP program at both Florida State University and Walden University. She joined Walden University in March 2009 as a contributing faculty member where she teaches a number of courses in the RN-MSN and MSN (Nursing Education and Leadership/Management programs) and the DNP program.

Currently, she is in private practice at HCA’s Capital Regional Medical Group specializing in family practice and chronic care. She shares that her greatest teachers are her professional colleagues and patients from whom she learns the most.