I work as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner for MHMR of Tarrant County where I manage severe mental illness in patients with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and major depression. I am a clinical assistant professor in the Master's Psychiatric Mental Health program at UTA. My education includes a BSN from Berea College in Berea, Kentucky and MSN from the University of Texas at Arlington with certifications as a pediatric nurse practitioner in 1997 and a certification as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner in 2009. I also have a PhD May 2012 from The Unversity of Texas at Arlington and a Master's in Theological Studies from Ave Maria University of St. Mary's College in Ipsilanti, Michigan, 2001. My research interests are depression issues and concerns of the mentally ill mother.
I provide spirtual formation for three portions of secular Franciscans in the state of Texas and serve on the regional board for Los Tres Companeros region
Presentation on new DSM at national chapter of CPA in Nov 2013
Screening for adolescent depression among nurse practitioners
Mothers with mental illness
Non suicidal self injurious behaviors among adolescents
Prescribing psychotropics for adolescent depression among family and pediatric nurse practitioners
Provides spiritual formation for Secular Franciscans in the state of Texas, a group of about 350 Franciscans.
An elected position that involves attending two meetings of directors and committee leaders as well as Faculty Assembly Meetings three times an academic year. I develop agenda, take minutues, determine presence of quorum for business activities and am depositiory for committee notes and placement of all activity of the College of Nursing in the hands of faculty and on the university k drive.
Once each semester I review all applications for students who have applied for scholarships and then meet with a committee to determine who receives the scholarships and the amount of funding for each recipient.
I serve as a committee member with monthly meetings and development of faculty development programs for each semester.