This position is responsible for assisting the president and overseeing other duties as assigned by the president or the board. In the absence of the president, the president-elect performs the duties of the president, and when so acting, has all the powers of and is subject to all the restrictions upon the president. The president-elect year serves as an orientation for the upcoming year as president.  Full Description


Matthew TierneyMatthew Tierney, MS, CNS, ANP, PMHNP, FAAN

Present Position
Associate Clinical Professor, UCSF School of Nursing
Clinical Director of Substance Use Treatment & Education, UCSF Office of Population Health

  • Masters in Science (Nursing), UCSF School of Nursing, 2000
  • Certificate, Master’s Entry Program in Nursing, UCSF School of Nursing, 1998
  • BA cum laude (Art), Oberlin College, 1988

APNA Contributions
  • Committee updating ANA, APNA, & ISPN’s "Scope and Standards of Practice: Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing" (2019)
  • Representative: National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine's "Forum on Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders" (2018-2019)Representative: Johnson and Johnson's "Nursing Advisory Council on Opioids" (2018)
  • Annual Conference Scholarly Review Committee (2017-2019)
  • JAPNA Peer Reviewer (2016-present)
  • Co-Chair Addictions Council (2013-2018)
  • Faculty/co-author of webinars: "Effective Treatment for Opioid Use Disorders " (2016, updated 2019)
  • Faculty/author/contributor to APNA Transition to Practice (ATP) program (2014, updated 2017)
  • Mentor (2013-Present)
  • Nominating Committee (2011)
  • Task Force on Licensure, Accreditation, Certification, and Education (2010-2011)
  • California Chapter CNS Prescriptive Authority Work Group (2007-2009)
  • Steering Committee, APRN Council (2008-2009)
  • APNA Annual Conference: 11 Presentations
  • CPI Conference: Plenary presentations at 3 conferences

Other Experience
  • Clinical:  21 years as nurse clinician to people with mental health and substance use disorders
  • Teaching: 15 years clinical faculty at UCSF; guest faculty nationwide
  • Program Director: nationally-recognized services; PMHNP residency program
  • Author: peer reviewed journal articles, book chapters, editorials
  • American Academy of Nursing: Psychiatric-Mental Health and Substance Use Expert Panel

APNA Members Should Vote for Me Because: PMH nursing has more opportunities than ever before to promote the health and wellness of all US citizens. We can and must take advantage of ongoing federal initiatives to increase access to behavioral health care, and also take advantage of local and national efforts to acknowledge and employ the strengths and skills of PMH nurses.  I value the opportunity to help advance our profession and our nation’s health as APNA President-Elect. If elected, I will bring my inclusive, harmonious leadership style to promote the individual and collective knowledge of the membership, ensuring that PMH nurses are at every table where decisions regarding mental health care are made.  I value a diverse and inclusive APNA membership reflective of the amazing variety of the communities where PMH nurses live and work.  I strive to help APNA continue growing in scope, diversity, and influence.


I Can Help Fulfill APNA’s Purpose As A Scientific and Education Organization By: My career has focused on providing educational resources from visible regional and national platforms that empower PMH nurses to promote mental heath for individuals, families and communities. My expertise as an educator and nurse scientist has led to the development of innovative PMH roles and nationally-recognized behavioral health programs.  I have also represented APNA in national efforts to shape behavioral health policy by acknowledging the essential contributions and leadership of PMH nurses.  If elected, I would leverage this expertise to ensure that APNA continues to be the premier platform for empowering and promoting the essential contributions of PMH nurses in advocating mental health and wellness.

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