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Kathryn R. Puskar, DrPH, RN, FAAN

Professor, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education
Health and Community Systems

    School of Nursing
415 Victoria Building
3500 Victoria St
Pittsburgh, PA 15261

Phone: 412-624-6933
Fax: 412-383-7293


Her behavioral health research interests examine stress, coping, substance use, depression, and medication adherence in adolescent and young adult populations.

She is currently the project director of a study funded by the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA), US Department of Health & Human Services on Inter-professional Collaborative Practice (IPCP): Targeting Substance Use in Rural Populations She was also project director of a (HRSA) funded grant on Addictions Training for Nurses Using Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT). The Addictions Training Manual is available for distribution and copyrighted by the University. Her past research on adolescence includes principal investigator for the grant NIH NINR RO1 NR03616 Intervention To Promote Mental Health in Rural Youth and principal investigator for the grant, NIH NINR R01 NR008440 Anger Assessment and Intervention in Rural Youth. Her behavioral intervention Teaching Kids to Cope was accepted for inclusion in the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) by the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). She has had funding from Staunton Farm Foundation to study Adolescent Coping and from the Eli Lilly Company for Medication Adherence in Young Adults with Schizophrenia Using Relational Agent Technology. She is a past recipient of the Pennsylvania Nightingale Award for Research and the American Psychiatric Nurses Association Research Award.


She teaches undergraduate, masters, and doctoral students. She has taught research, psychiatric nursing, and health promotion courses. She serves as a mentor to international scholars and is designated a Distinguished Lecturer by the International Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau. She has a secondary appointment as Professor of Psychiatry in the School of Medicine.


She is the Past President of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and a Fellow of the National Academies of Practice. She has served as a reviewer for NIMH grants and was a past member of the University Institutional Review Board (IRB). She is a national consultant to inpatient and outpatient behavioral health programs.


DrPHUniversity of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
Health Services Administration
MPHUniversity of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
Community Mental Health
MNUniversity of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
Psychiatric Nursing
BSNDuquesne University , Pittsburgh, PA
DipolmaMercy Hospital, Johnstown, PA

Professional Experience

Clinical Nurse Specialist, Mental Health Administrator, Private Practice Psychotherapist, Mental Health Consultant


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