Research Pre-Conference Program

Four pre-conference sessions and an interactive panel dedicated to psychiatric mental health nursing research to inspire new nurse scientists and re-energize established researchers. Chart your career pathway, talk with federal and private funders, explore PhD-DNP collaborations and hear about cutting-edge PMHN research findings on depression and trauma healing!


Welding Strong Connections Between Research and Practice: PhD and DNP Partnerships to Generate Knowledge and Improve Care
Wednesday, October 22  |  7:15am – 9:15am
Close collaborative relationships between PMH clinical nurse leaders (NPs and DNPs) and nurse researcher (PhDs) is essential to building new knowledge and translating knowledge into practice settings. This program explores role preparation, design options, and strategies to establish effective, collaborative working relationships to conduct research and implement findings in practice.  

Speakers: Marianne Smith, PhD, RN;  Andrea Kwasky, DNP, PMHCNS-BC, PMHNP-BC;  M. Jane Suresky, DNP, PMHCNS-BC;  Jaclene Annette Zausaniewski, PhD, RN-BC, FAAN

The Making of a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Scientist
Wednesday, October 22  |  9:30am – 11:30am
Are you dreaming about becoming a psychiatric nurse researcher? Studying to be one? Are one? Meet a Rock Star of Psychiatric Mental Health research and examine your needs at your point along the journey! You can network with established scientists and those who share your issues as well.  

Speakers: Linda S. Beeber, PhD, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN; Bernadette M. Melnyk, PhD, RN, CPNP/PMHNP, FNAP, FAAN

Understanding the Funding Landscape
Wednesday, October 22  |  1:15pm – 3:15pm
The session will provide words of wisdom to successfully navigate the challenging funding landscape of research. There will be opportunities to pose questions to representatives of federal and non-governmental organizations to highlight funding options that can be of direct support to research by psychiatric-mental health nurses. 

Speakers: Debra J. Barksdale, PhD, FNP-BC, ANP-BC, FAANP, FAAN;  Tonna Thomas, MS;  Valerie Maholmes, PhD, CPS

Depression Recognition, Assessment and Intervention: Emerging Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Research
Wednesday, October 22  |  3:30pm – 5:30pm
Depression and the depressive symptom spectrum affect more than 15 million American adults and constitute the leading cause of disability for adults aged 15-44 years of age. Three psychiatric mental health nursing researchers will present findings on new assessment approaches, innovative ways of avoiding stigma to intervene and woman-specific risks. 

Speakers: Linda S. Beeber, PhD, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN;  Carla J. Groh, PMHNP-BC, FAAN;  Jaclene A. Zauszniewski, RN-BC, PhD, FAAN

Interactive Panel

Research Council Interactive Panel – Trauma and Healing: Findings and Insights from Three Nurse Scientists
Friday, October 24  |  4:45pm – 6:15pm
Psychiatric nurses facilitate healing for those affected by trauma and abuse via the therapeutic relationship and theory-based healing interventions. In this interactive panel, three nurse scientists will present key findings from their programs of research on trauma and healing. Audience members will have a chance for discussion with the scientists.  

Speakers: Danny G. Willis, DNS, RN, PMHCNS-BC; Claire B. Draucker, PhD, RN, APRN, FAAN; Ursula A. Kelly, PhD, ANP-BC, PMHNP-BC