420A Victoria Building
3500 Victoria Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15261
I am an Assistant Professor in the Health and Community Systems (HCS) Department. My research focuses on my interest in mental health care, nursing education, and simulation. I conducted research as part of my DNP project entitled "Voice Simulation in Nursing Education: Improving Attitudes Toward and Self-Efficacy Related to Care for Patients with Auditory Hallucinations." Now published, this research aimed to simulate distressing voices for undergraduate nursing students in an effort to improve future nurses' quality of care for patients who experience auditory hallucinations. Currently, I am leading the piloting of a mental status video game simulation aimed at enhancing the nursing student learning experience.
As a registered nurse, I worked at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic (WPIC) with various patient populations across the lifespan, though the majority of my practice as an RN was with patients suffering from chronic and refractory mental illness on the Transitional Recovery Unit at WPIC and eating disorders on the Center for Overcoming Problem Eating (COPE) unit. Since becoming a nurse practitioner, I have been working at a psychiatric private practice treating adult patients with an array of mental health conditions including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, psychosis, substance use disorders, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
I teach the undergraduate psychiatric nursing didactic course, instruct clinical for the co-requisite psychiatric nursing clinical course, and teach the psychiatric diagnostic management course for primary care DNP students.
I serve on the BSN Council at Pitt and am the current BSN Council Representative for the HCS Department. I also serve on the Faculty Practice Council. I have served on a task force within the School of Nursing to advance educational excellence as well as a committee to examine BSN learning outcomes. Additionally, I have spoken at several student organizations' meetings about the stigma of mental illness of suicide. Outside of Pitt, I am a member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) and the Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science.