Yale School of Nursing, Yale University's Graduate Nursing Programs

Joanne DeSanto Iennaco, PhD, PMHNP-BC, APRN

IennacoAssociate Professor of Nursing and Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Specialty Coordinator

Division of Primary Care

Yale School of Nursing - Rm 22009
Yale University West Campus
P.O. Box 27399
West Haven, CT 06516
USA

joanne.iennaco@yale.edu

203.737.2595
203.737.5710 fax

About
Joanne DeSanto Iennaco is an associate professor and specialty coordinator in the Psychiatric-Mental Health specialty. She holds a PhD in Chronic Disease Epidemiology from Yale University's School of Public Health. Joanne is dually certified as both a Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and an Adult Psychiatric Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist. Joanne currently is studying the effects of aggression exposure on workers in the inpatient psychiatric setting. She has also worked with Yale's Occupational and Environmental Medicine research team where she studies the effect of psychosocial exposures in the workplace on health. 

Prior to pursuing her PhD, Joanne was a tenured Associate Professor of Nursing at St. Joseph's College in Maine, where she was the program director for the BSN Opportunities program. In addition to teaching psychiatric mental health nursing and community health nursing, she was instrumental in developing the College's successful service-learning program. As Project Director, she developed a college-wide service-learning infrastructure, community partnerships and promoted service-learning integration by faculty. She was honored with a Faculty Service-learning Award in 1998 from the Maine Campus Compact and with St. Joseph's College Outstanding Faculty Award in 1999. Joanne is a member of the Society for Epidemiologic Research, the American Public Health Association, the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, the Society for Occupational Health Psychology, and Sigma Theta Tau International. 

Clinical Practice
Her clinical work is in adult and community mental health. She has worked at the Connecticut Mental Health Center in New Haven, as a Visiting Mental Health nurse, and in Adult Inpatient Psychiatric, Admissions, Emergency Department, and Day Treatment settings.

Please visit Joanne's blog: Mental Notes by Joanne

Research Interests
Research interest include Psychiatric epidemiology and Occupational Mental Health.  Specific areas include Anxiety, Depression, Suicide, Violence, and the interface between mental and physical health.

Selected publications
Iennaco, J. D. (in press). Therapeutic nurse-patient relationship. In M. Potter & M. Moller (Eds.), Psychiatric-mental health nursing: From suffering to hope. Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education. 

Bowers, L., Stewart, D., Papadopoulos, C., & Iennaco, J.D. (2013). Correlation between levels of conflict and containment on acute psychiatric wards: The City-128 study.Psychiatric Services in Advance, February 1, 2013, doi:10.1176/appi.ps.201200328.

Iennaco, J., Dixon, J., Whittemore, R., Bowers, L., (January 31, 2013). Measurement and Monitoring of Health Care Worker Aggression Exposure. OJIN: The Online Journal of Issues in Nursing Vol. 18, No. 1, Manuscript 3.

Primich, C., & Iennaco, J. (2012). Diagnosing adult attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder: the importance of establishing daily life contexts for symptoms and impairments. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 19, 362-373.

Iennaco, J. D. (2011). Case 7.1: Bipolar disorder. In L. Neal-Boylan (Ed.), Clinical case studies in home health care (pp. 175-184). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.

Iennaco, J. D. (2011). Case 7.3: Schizophrenia. In L. Neal-Boylan (Ed.), Nursing case studies in home health care (pp. 195-201). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.

Iennaco, J. D. (2011). Case 7.4: Schizoaffective disorder. In L. Neal-Boylan (Ed.), Nursing case studies in home health care (pp. 203-213). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.

Iennaco, J. D. (2011). Section 2.10: Confusion. In L. Neal-Boylan (Ed.), Clinical case studies for the family nurse practitioner. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.

Iennaco, J. D. (2011). Section 2.9: Anxiety. In L. Neal-Boylan (Ed.), Clinical case studies for the family nurse practitioner. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.

Iennaco, J. D. (2011). Section 2.9: Depression. In L. Neal-Boylan (Ed.), Clinical case studies for the family nurse practitioner. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.

Iennaco, J.D., Cullen, M.R., Cantley, L., Slade, M.D., Fiellin, M., & Kasl, S.V. (2010). Effects of externally rated job demand and control on depression diagnosis claims in an industrial cohort. American Journal of Epidemiology, 171(3), 303-311. (Advance Access published December 24, 2009 doi: 10.1093/aje/kwp359). 

Hamrin, V., & Iennaco, J.D. (2010). Psychopharmacology of pediatric bipolar disorder. Expert Reviews in Neurotherapeutics, 10(7), 1053-1088.

Williams, E.C., Moriarty Daley, A. & Iennaco, J.D. (2010). Nurse practitioner assessment of non-suicidal self-injurious behaviors in adolescents. The American Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 14(6), 18-20, 23-26 .

Hamrin, V., Iennaco, J., & Olsen, D. (2009). A review of ecological factors affecting inpatient psychiatric unit violence. Implications for relational and unit cultural improvements. Issues in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing, 30(4): 214-226.

Redeker, N. S. & Iennaco, J. D. (2009). Sleep disorder. In W. K. Mohr (Ed.), Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing (pp. 397-421). Philadelphia: Lippincott. 

Cullen, M. R., Vegso, S., Cantley, L., Galusha, D., Rabinowitz, P., Taiwo, O., Fiellen, M., Weinberg, D., Iennaco, J. D., Slade, M. D. & Sircar, K. (2006). Use of medical insurance claims data for occupational health research. Journal of Occupational and Enviromental Medicine48, 1054-1061.