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Research Council

The Research Council supports APNA collaboration, development, and dissemination of psychiatric nursing research and to advance evidence-based practice as a core competency of professional psychiatric nurses.

The Research Council’s Strategic Plan is consistent with the APNA Strategic Direction, Goal I: To develop and disseminate knowledge to advance evidence-based psychiatric mental health practice.

Research Council Objectives

  • Promote research focused on issues of relevance to psychiatric mental health nursing
  • Assist members in developing skills needed to successfully move a research agenda forward and apply for and receive funding
  • Encourage exchange among nurse scientists studying psychiatric mental health issues, psychiatric nurse clinicians and psychiatric nursing educators
  • Support the dissemination of research focused on psychiatric mental health issues
  • Assist members to conduct, understand and apply scientific evidence to practice

RESEARCH COUNCIL MEMBERS

Chair

Brandy Mechling, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC

Associate Chair

Karen Jennings Mathis, PhD, CNP, PMHNP-BC

Steering Committee

Nancy Ahern, PhD, RN, FNAP
Andrea Bostrom, PhD, PMHCNS-BC
Genevieve Chandler, PhD, RN
Nadia Ali Charania, PhD, RN
Frances Hodgkins, EdD, MSN, RN-BC
Heather Leutwyler, RN, FNP-BC, PhD
Linda Lewin, PhD, PMHCNS-BC
Kathleen McCoy, DNSc, APRN-BC, PMHNP-BC, PMHCNS-BC, FNP-BC, FAANP
Mercy Mumba, PhD, RN, CMSRN
Kosuke Niitsu, PhD, ARNP, PMHNP-BC
Olimpia Paun, PhD, PMHCNS-BC
Kimberly Williams, RN, DNSc, APN-BC, PMHNP-BC
Danny Willis, RN, DNS, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN

Advisory Panel

James Adams, MSN, PMHCNS-BC
Susie Adams, PhD, APRN, PMHNP-BC, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN
Pamela Adamshick, PhD, RN, PMHCNS, BC
Christine Agenor, MPH, RN-BC
Relindis Akwanga, RN, BSN, MSN student
Beth Ananda-Stout, PhD, APRN
Lorraine Anderson, PhD, RN, MPA
Paula Anderson, MS, PMHNP-BC
Heike Barnett, MSN, RN
Aimee Bensimhon, RN, BSN
Jill Bormann, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN
Nancy Bowllan, EdD, CNS, RN
Hilary Boyd, MSN, RN, APNP, PMHNP-BC
Kaleen Boyd, PMHNP, MS, RN-BC
Lugenia Bracero, DNP, RN
Tammy Bradford, CNS, MSN, BC-APRN
Susan Brammer, PhD, RN, CNE
Nancy Buccola, MSN, APRN, PMHCNS-BC
Rebecca Casarez, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC
Kristin Circle, BSN, RN-BC
Kathleen Clark, PhD, RN, MSN, PMHCNS-BC
Jeanne Clement, EdD, APRN, PMHCNS- BC, FAAN
Eileen Cormier, BSN, MN, MScN, PhD
Malachy Corrigan, RN, MSN, NPP-BC
Sarah Cox, MSN, PMHNP-BC
Laura Dayton, RN
Joanne Dedowicz, RN
Della Derscheid, RN, PhD, CNS
Joanne DeSanto Iennaco, PhD
Nancy Dillon, PhD, RN, CNS
Mary Ellen Donovan, MA, RN, CRSS
Kenneth Drummond, RN
Sandra Dukes, CNS
Helene Durham, MSN, CNS, RN-BC
Maureen Dwyer, APRN
Patricia Ealy, PhD, RN-BC
J. Carol Elliott, PhD, RN, PMHCNS, BC
Carol Essenmacher, DNP, C-TTS
Cindy Estes, DNP, MHA, RN, NE-BC
Linda Evinger, RN, MSN, WHNP
Janefrances Ezimorah, MSN, RN, APRN
Tamara Falk, RN
Sarah Farwick, DNP, PMHNP-BC
Karen Federspiel, DNP, MS, RN-BC, GCNS-BC
Loraine Fleming, DNP, PMHNP-BC
Brenda Fore, MHA, BSN, RN-BC, PMHN, CLNC
Beverlee Furner, FNP
Mary Gagne, MSN, PMHCNS, BC
Lucille Gambardella, PhD, APN-BC, CNE, ANEF
Debra Geiger, EdD, RN
Suzanne Goetz, APRN
Janice Goodman, PhD, PMHCNS-BC
Sonya Green, MSN, RN
Susan Gretzinger, RN, MSN
Nicholas Guenzel, PhD, APRN-NP
Audra Hanners, RN, FNP
Bonnie Harmer, PhD, RN, CNE, CHSE
Judith Hauck, RN, PMHCNS-BC
E. Claire Heilman, MSN, PMH, CNS-BC
Kimberly Hemphill, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC
Kayla Herbell, BSN, RN
Edward Herzog, MSN, APRN
Diane Hickman, PhD, APRN, PMHCNS-BC
Jennifer Holiman, RN, BSN
Rebecca Horn, MSN, RN-BC
Patrick Hosey, RN
Julia Houfek, PhD, APRN-CNS, BC
Elizabeth Hutson, APRN, RN, PMHNP-BC
Mary Joseph, PhD, MSN, RN, AHN-BC, APP
Kelley Kauffman, MSN, APRN-CNP
Cathleen Kealey, BSN, RN-BC
Saissy Kendig, PMHNP
Claire Ketteler, RN, BC
Beth King, RN, PhD, PMHCNS-BC
Mary Kozy, RN
Andrea Kwasky, NP, DNP, PMHCNS-BC, PMHNP-BC
Kristen Lambert, PhD, MSN, RN
Judy Lark, MS, RN, PMHCNS-BC
Patricia Latham, RN, PhD, PMHCNS-BC
Kathleen Lehmann, EdD(c), RN-BC, PMHN, EdS, MEd, BSN, BA
Debra LeMasters-Parzel, MSN, APRN
Andrea Lerma, MSN, RNCS, APRN
Mary Leveillee, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC
Janie LeVieux, PhD, LPC-S, RN-BC, NHDP-BC

Liberty Olive Macias, DNP, PMHNP-BC, RN-BC, CFN
Tara Mariolis, MS, RN
Ernestina Martin, RN, BSN, MSN
Margherite Matteis, PhD, RN
Debra Mayers, APRN, NP
Linda Mays, DNP, PMHNP-BC
Graham McDougall, PhD, RN, FAAN
Teena McGuinness, PhD, PMHNP-BC, FAAN
Kyle McKinley, CRNP-PMHNP-BC
Kris McLoughlin, DNP, APRN, PMHCNS-BC, CADC-ll, FAAN
Joanne McNeal, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC
Mary Meiselman, CNS, NP
Martha Metcalf, BSN, RN
Sandy Mishkin, RN, BC, MSN, MEd
Betty Morgan, PhD, PMHCNS, BC
Amy Murdoch, RN
Lakshmi Nair, RN, MS, PMHNP
Lisa Naugle, MSN RN, BC
Pamela Nelson, PhD, PMH, CNS, RN
Kosuke Niitsu, PhD, APN, PMHNP-BC
Jennifer Nolan, RN, BC
Vareen O’Keefe-Domaleski, MSN, EdD, NEA, BC
Chizimuzo Okoli, PhD, MSN, MPH, RN
Joyce Olagoke, RN-BC, BSN, MSN
Robin Osterman, PhD, RNC-OB, CNS
Paul Panakal, MSN, RN-BC
Kindra Parks, RN
Sudha Patel, DNS, MN, RN, MA
Pamela Pepper, PMH, CNS, BC
Eula Pines, PhD, DNP, PMHCNS, BC
Michael Polacek, MSN, RN-BC
Karen Pounds, PhD, APRN, BC
Leigh Powers, DNP, MSN, MS, APRN, PMHNP-BC
Judy Rice, DNP, MSN, PMHNP, FNP, CS
Kelly Rock, DNP, CRNP
Jezel Rosa, BSN, RN
Karen Schepp, PhD, APRN, BC
Nancy Scheutz, MSN, RN
Krista Scorsone, MS, RN, PMHNP-BC
Daryl Sharp, PhD, PMHCNS-BC, NPP
Margaret Sherlock, MA, PMHCNS-BC
Sylvia Simeone, DNP, PNHNP-BC, PMHCNS-BC NEA-BC
Marianne Smith, PhD, RN, ARNP, BC, FAAN
Marsha Snyder, PhD, APRN-BC, PMHCNS-BC, CADC
Allison Stafford, PhD, RN
Shaquita Starks, APRN
Debbie Steele, MFT, PhD, RN
Sylvia Stevens, APRN, MS, BC
Gail Stuart, PhD, RN, CS, FAAN
Kimberly Swartz, RN
Peter Taulbee, APRN, FPMHNP-BC
Helen Thamm, APRN, PMHCNS-BC
James Theiss, RN, BSN
Sandra Thomas, PhD, RN, FAAN
Michelle Tsai, DNP, PMHNP-BC
Michael Valenti, RN, PhD
Debra Van Dyke, MSN, MA, BSEd, BSN, RN
Blake Vaughan, RN
Renee Vives, PMHNP-BC
Kelly Voll, ADN, RN
Andrea Warner Stidham, PhD, RN
Barbara Warren, PhD, RN, APRN-CNS, PMH-BC, FNAP, FAAN
Carolyn Wellford, RN
Gerry Wieder, RN, MBA
Diane Wieland, PhD, MSN, RN, PMHCNS-BC
Barbara Wolfe, PhD, APRN, BC, FAAN
Choochart Wong-Anuchit, PhD, RN
Cathi Zillmann, NPP
Sarah Zimmerman, PMHNP-BC
Cynthia Zolnierek, PhD, MSN, RN
Rick Zoucha, PhD, PMHCNS-BC, CTN-A, FAAN