Psychiatric-Mental Health

The Psychiatric–Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) specialty prepares students for advanced practice in the provision of psychiatric–mental health services to individuals across the lifespan and their family members in a variety of settings and roles.

Application of classic theories, research evidence, and a holistic bio-psycho-social-spiritual-cultural approach to clinical management application provides a comprehensive framework to care that also emphasizes health promotion and risk prevention.

Clinical practice takes place across a variety of health care systems including acute emergency psychiatric services, community mental health centers, office-based and private practice, home-based care, integrated psychiatric and primary care, substance abuse and forensic sites, and acute and long-term care facilities.  Clinical experiences, required and elective courses provided opportunities to meet all psychiatric-mental health population competencies required by the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties. 


Thepsychiatric–mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) specialty curriculum prepares students to be eligible for the Certification Examination of the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).


The master’s degree program in nursing at Yale School of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

Faculty practice

All faculty are in active clinical practice in a variety of settings across the lifespan including federally qualified health centers, community mental health centers, and private practice.

Meet the Specialty Director

Joanne DeSanto Iennaco, PhD, PMHNP-BC, APRN

Associate Professor of Nursing and Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Specialty Director
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