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APNA Personality Disorders Task Forces

This initiative established by the APNA Board of Directors will develop clinical pearls for working with individuals with personality disorders and identify best practices that will help prepare nurses to better address the challenging behavioral response patterns of individuals with various personality disorders. These pearls will be created within an overarching framework that is trauma informed and stigma defeating. Each task force will represent one of the clusters of personality disorders, Cluster A, Cluster B and Cluster C.


APNA Personality Disorders Cluster A Task Force

(Paranoid, Schizoid, and Schizotypal Personality Disorder)

Diane Esposito – Chair

Steering Committee

John Chovan, PhD, DNP, RN, CNP, CNS
Angela Delgrande, PhD, PMHNP-BC, CNS
Paula Alexander-Delpech, PhD, PMHNP-BC, APRN
Roxanne England, MS, RN
Dr. Dawn Goldstein, PhD, RN, PMHNP-BC, CCM
Dr. Camellia Ann Herisko, RN, MSN, CRNP, DNP
Kevin Ann Huckshorn, PhD, MSN, RN, ICRC
Lindsey Irwin, RN, BSN
Joseph Keifer, PsyD, BSN, RN
Diana Christine Krishnan, LCSW
Edna Lewin, PhD, RN
Devin Leishman, CMSRN
Jennifer Lucy Lamb, PMHNP-BC, MN
Fern Ellen Malloy, RN, MSN
Margaret W. Miller, MSN-RN, LMSW
Heather A. Muxworthy, DNP(s), PMHNP-BC, LLC
Alyssa Anne Nadolny, RN
Joyce T. Olagoke, RN-BC, BSN, MSN
Julene Dorothy Smith, RN, ARNP, PMHNP-BC
Janet R. Thelen, MSN, PMHNP-BC
Jessica Ann Whelan, FPMHNP-BC, RN, BSN, MSN, FMHNP

Advisory Panel

Sally Alexander, DNP, PMHNP-BC
Sarah Bryant, BSN, RN, PHN-BC
Cheyanne Burns, BSN, RN, PMHNP-BC
Alicja Cebulak, PMHNP
Emily Cervantes, BSN, RN
Kevin DiGuglielmo, MSN, PMHNP-BC
Susan Evans, MSN
Joanne Ford, RN, BSN
Michelle Fuhrmann, RN, BSN
Jenette Gerst, MSN, RN-BC, NE-BC
Ivan Giannou, RN-BC
George Gilchrist, MSN, MHRN
Deanna Golden, DNP, MBA, RN
Angela Goodson, RN, MSN
Christopher Gossett, RN
Cheryl Gray, RN
Dee Dee Hecht-Hewit, BSN, RN, PCC-s, CRC, LSW, PMHNP
Erica Hinds-Campbell, APRN, MSN, RN
Komi Kokou-Abi, PMHNP-BC

Blessing Lawski, PMHNP, RN-BC
Donna Linette, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, HN-BC, NEA-BC
Deanna Ludwig-Bos, MSN, RN
Rachel Matz, RN
Haley Meier, BSN, RN
Megan Merwin, BSN, RN
Renae Milhoan, RN, MSN
Libby Nichols, MSN, RN, PMH-BC
Evelyn Nwaigwe, DNP, MSN, PMHNP-BC
Tammi Packer, BSN, RN-BC
Mary Pushchak, BSN, BC, RN
Ria Rivera , RN
Olivia Schaefer, RN, BSN
Lexxus Soristo, BSN, RN
Jacinda Stanton, RN
Michael Steele, Jr, MSN, RN-BC
Richard Sullivan, BSN, RN, CMSRN
Mary Ann Tipanero, BSN, RN, CRRN
Robyn Welch, RN, MSN


APNA Personality Disorders Cluster B Task Force

(Borderline, Narcissistic, Histrionic, and Antisocial Personality Disorders)

Nanci Feltner – Chair
Sherry J. Lindsay – Co-chair

Steering Committee

Maryam Adebayo, PMHNP-BC
Elizabeth Blondeau, BS, RN-BC
Brynne Delaney Calleran, MSN, BSN, BS, RN-BC
Maryanne F. Fournier, PMHNP-BC
Dana Frank, RN
Todd B. Hastings, PhD, MS, RN
Rachael Hovermale, DNP, APRN
Anita Iyengar, PMHCNS-BC, RN
Sofiya Kagna, BSN, MA, RN
Kerry M. Kennedy, RN, MA
Kathryn Kieran, MSN, PMHNP-BC
Debra Jane Livingston, RN, MS, NE-BC
Pamela E. Marcus, RN, APRN, PMH-BC
Courtney McCallum, RN, BSN
Christine Moran, RN, MSW
Maria T. Olivier, MSN, RN
Melanie Jane Parker, RN, PMHNP
Susan A. Phillips, CNS, MSN, PMHCNS/NP-BC
Judy Rice, DNP, MSN, PMHNP, FNP, CS
Caroline Roberts, RN, BSN
Jill Session, RN
Margrett Simpkins, RN
Will Swanson, BSN
Rosanne Visco, PhD, RN
Benjamin R. Zumwalt, RN

Advisory Panel

Gwendolyn Abadom, RN
Kinsey Airhart, RN
Ramona Balsdon, RN, MSN
Desta Biratu, BSN, RN
Sarah Bryant, BSN, RN, PHN-BC
Theresa Calderone, EdD, MEd, MSN, RN-BC
Barbara Caldwell, PhD, APN-BC
Emily Cervantes, BSN, RN
Lorraine Chiappetta, RN, MSN, CNE
Lynda Creighton-Wong, APRN, RN, PMHNP-BC, PMHCNS-BC
Leslie Evers, RN, MSN, CS, LMFT, PMHCNS
George Gilchrist, MSN, MHRN
Christopher Gossett, RN
Sharon Haight-Carter, PMHNP-BC
Stephanie Hancock, DNP, PMHNP-BC,CNP
Olanike Idowu, RN
Khairunnissa Jooma, APN, RN, LPC, MHSP, CART, MSN, PMHNP-BC
Sooksai Kaewbua, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC
Sandra Krotman, RN MSN
Deborah May, PhD, PMHCNS-BC
Haley Meier, BSN, RN
Renae Milhoan, RN, MSN
Barbara Morgan, PhD, PMHNP-BC

Libby Nichols, MSN, RN, PMH-BC
Tammi Packer, BSN, RN-BC
Kathleen Patusky, PhD
Sharvette Philmon, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, CNE
Amie Riddle
Tracee Ridley-Pryor, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC
Ria Rivera , RN
Luanne Sadowsky, ARNP, BC
Olivia Schaefer, RN, BSN
Lexxus Soristo, BSN, RN
Jacinda Stanton, RN
Sylvia Stevens, APRN, MS, BC
Pamela Stover, DNP, ARNP, PMHNP-BC
Susan Sullivan, Psychiatric NP
Richard Sullivan, BSN, RN, CMSRN
Gloria Wilson, NP
Lisa Woodworth, APRN


APNA Personality Disorders Cluster C Task Force

(Avoidant, Dependent, and Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorders)


Shirlee Davidson – Chair

Steering Committee

Florence Cristina Brooks, RN
Grashika Devendra
Ayako Garduque
Brayden Nicole Kameg, BSN, RN, CARN
Shirley Levenson, APRN
Lynne Sparks Mann, MSN, RN, CNE
Nicole Mori, APRN
Roberta Lesli Mowdy, PMHNP-BC
Cynthia Neill, RN
Raul Alex Padilla, DNP, APRN-BC, CARN-AP, CRNI
Gwendolyn Porche, RN
Maria Puscas, ARPN, MSN, NP, MBA
Sonia Griffin Riley, MSN-Ed, RN
Traci T. Sims, DNS, RN, CNS/PMH-BC
Robin B Trivette, MSN, RN
Farid Uddin
Carol L. Wahlstrom, RN, MS, LCPC
Sharon Wengier, DNP, MS, CNS-APRN

Advisory Panel

Gwendolyn Abadom, RN
Ablavi Agomessou
Kinsey Airhart, RN
Sally Alexander, DNP, PMHNP-BC
Eudaldo Aponte III , MSN, APRN
Devin Bailey, DNP, NP-BC
Ramona Balsdon, RN, MSN
Desta Biratu, BSN, RN
Amanda Borup, APRN
Linsey Broadbent, RN, BSN
Sarah Bryant, BSN, RN, PHN-BC
Theresa Calderone, EdD, MEd, MSN, RN-BC
Alicja Cebulak, PMHNP
Emily Cervantes, BSN, RN
Teresa Chancellor, RN
Lorraine Chiappetta, RN, MSN, CNE
Lynda Creighton-Wong, APRN, RN, PMHNP-BC, PMHCNS-BC
Theresa Damien, PMHNP-BC, RN
Tracy Davies, DNP, APRN, AGNP, PMHNP-BC
Janette Espinoza, DNP, PMHNP-BC, MSN, BSN, RN
Juliana Estrada, BSN, RN
Leslie Evers, RN, MSN, CS, LMFT, PMHCNS
Karen Federspiel, DNP, MS, RN-BC, GCNS-BC
Ayako Garduque
Susan Gell, DNP, RNBC
George Gilchrist, MSN, MHRN
Deanna Golden, DNP, MBA, RN
Christopher Gossett, RN
Caitlin Gregorio
Sharon Haight-Carter, PMHNP-BC
Stephanie Hancock, DNP, RN
Ria Harris, RN
Erica Hinds-Campbell, APRN,MSN, RN
Felicia Hwung, RN
Mackenzie Ice, MS, APRN, PMHNP-BC
Olanike Idowu, RN
Eudora Jones, APRN
Khairunnissa Jooma, APN, RN, LPC, MHSP, CART, MSN, PMHNP-BC
Sooksai Kaewbua, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC
Brayden Kameg, DNP, PMHNP-BC, CARN, CNE
Lois Konzelman, MSN, EdD, RN

Sandra Krotman, RN MSN
Ashley Lockhart, MSN, RN, DNPc
Deanna Ludwig-Bos
Deborah L. May, PhD, PMHCNS-BC
Renae Milhoan, RN, MSN
Mary D. Moller, DNP, ARNP, APRN, PMHCNS-BC, CPRP, FAAN
Barbara Morgan, PhD, PMHNP-BC
Libby Nichols, MSN, RN, PMH-BC
Haley Olson, BSN, RN
Tammi Packer, BSN, RN-BC
Kathleen Patusky, PhD
Sharvette Philmon, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, CNE
Amie Riddle
Tracee Ridley-Pryor, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC
Megan Rogers, MSN, RN, PMHRN-BC
Luanne Sadowsky, ARNP, BC
Olivia Schaefer, RN, BSN
Krista Scorsone, MS, RN, PMHNP-BC
Edna Smith, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC, APRNRx, DNP
Lexxus Soristo, BSN, RN
Sarah Spruill, RN
Jacinda Stanton, RN
Sylvia Stevens, APRN, MS, BC
LaKeshia Stewart, MSN, RN-BC
Pamela Stover, DNP, ARNP, PMHNP-BC
Richard Sullivan, BSN, RN, CMSRN
Susan Sullivan, Psychiatric NP
Mary Sullivan, APRN
Sheelagh Tallman, RN,MS
Andrea Tharpe, RN
Margaret Touw, DNP, MS, RN
Shiori Usami, CNS
Gloria Wilson, NP
Lisa Woodworth, APRN
Kristerra Yawea, DNP, MBA, APRN, PMHNP-BC