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Adams named to new VUSN community engagement post

Jan. 23, 2014, 9:44 AM

Susie Adams, Ph.D., R.N., has been named to the newly created position of Nursing Faculty Scholar for Community Engaged Behavioral Health at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing.

Susie Adams, Ph.D., R.N.

As the Faculty Scholar, Adams will partner with existing and/or new agencies affiliated with VUSN to evaluate evidence-based health practices, analyze program outcomes and disseminate findings.

“Susie is the ideal person to lead scholarly contributions in this new way,” said Linda Norman, DSN, R.N., Valere Potter Menefee Professor of Nursing and dean of VUSN.

“She is viewed as a consummate collaborator and partner within the local, regional and national behavioral health community, and she is respected for her own work, particularly in the health and well-being of women with substance abuse and co-occurring mental health disorders.”

Adams has served as program director for the school’s Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) program for almost two decades, growing the program and making it one of the most popular specialty tracks at the school.

Since 1997, she has served on the board of the Mental Health Cooperative, a multi-site network that provides a continuum of services for individuals and families with serious mental illness.

She is the president-elect of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association and will serve as president in 2014-2015.

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