Carissa Tufano, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC


Carissa Tufano is a lecturer and clinical preceptor in the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program. She has an extensive background in adult and geriatric psychiatry as a certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. Throughout her career, she has taught both undergraduate and graduate level nursing students.

Carissa teaches Psychiatric Mental Health Clinical Across the Lifespan I and II and precepts PMHNP students during a geriatric-psychiatric intensive rotation.


BSN, 2006: Quinnipiac University

MSN, 2008: Yale School of Nursing 

Clinic​al Practice

Carissa’s clinical practice focuses on shared decision making with patients and families. Her previous work on the consultation liaison service within an acute care community hospital has allowed for vast experience with adults with medical and psychiatric complexities. She has worked with diverse populations in a federally qualified healthcare center. Throughout her career, she has been most passionate about caring and advocating for older adults residing in long-term care settings. She is currently a co-owner of a private practice providing onsite mental health services to residents of long-term care communities within Fairfield and New Haven counties. 

Research Interests

Carissa’s research interest includes the assessment of suicidal ideation in older adults. She also has interest in decision making and capacity in older adult and dementia populations.