Joanne DeSanto Iennaco, PhD, PMHNP-BC, APRN
Joanne DeSanto Iennaco is an Associate Professor of Nursing and Psychiatry at Yale University, and Specialty Director of the Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program at Yale School of Nursing. Professor Iennaco holds a PhD in chronic disease epidemiology from Yale University’s School of Public Health. Her research focuses on the effects of aggression exposure on workers in inpatient psychiatric and hospital settings. Professor Iennaco is also a clinical interventionist leading CBT for insomnia groups for Professor Nancy Redeker’s Heart Sleep Study, a randomized controlled trial. In addition, she has worked with Yale’s Occupational and Environmental Medicine research team studying the effect of psychosocial aspects of the workplace on health.
Professor Iennaco is a psychiatric nurse practitioner with dual certification as both a family psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and an adult psychiatric mental health clinical nurse specialist. She was recently awarded the 2016 Nightingale Award for Excellence in Nursing. She was also honored with a Faculty Service-learning Award in 1998 from the Maine Campus Compact and with the St. Joseph’s College Outstanding Faculty Award in 1999. Professor Iennaco was a 2010-2012 YCCI Scholar, her project was on the Effects of Aggression Exposure in Psychiatric Settings on Employee Health and Work Outcomes.
She 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.
Research Interests/Clinical Practice
Dr. Iennaco’s research interests include psychiatric epidemiology and occupational mental health. Specific areas include depression, anxiety, stress, suicide, aggression and violence, and the interface between mental and physical health.
Professor Iennaco’s clinical work focuses on Young Adults and Adults with complex mental health needs. She has worked most recently in Acute Services at the Connecticut Mental Health Center and at the Fair Haven Community Health Center, in adult inpatient psychiatric, admissions, emergency department, and day treatment settings, and as a visiting mental health nurse.
Hamrin, V., & Iennaco, J.D. (2016). Evaluation of Motivational Interviewing to Improve Psychotropic Medication Adherence in adolescents. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology. PMID:27487472 DOI: 10.1089/cap.2015.0187
Iennaco, J.D., Tebes, J.K., & Jacobs, S.C. (2016). Public health concepts in public psychiatry. In S.C. Jacobs, & J.L. Steiner, J.L. (Eds.), The Yale textbook of public psychiatry, (pp. 97-114). New York: Oxford University Press.
Tsai, J., Iennaco, J.D., Giard, J., & Hoff, R.A. (2016). Evidence-based public psychiatry. In S.C. Jacobs, & J.L. Steiner, J.L. (Eds.), The Yale textbook of public psychiatry, (pp. 249-260). New York: Oxford University Press.
Fisk, D., Iennaco, J.D., LaPaglia, D., & Aniyizhai, A. (2016). Outpatient behavioral health care services. In S.C. Jacobs, & J.L. Steiner, J.L. (Eds.), The Yale textbook of public psychiatry, (pp. 185-196). New York: Oxford University Press.
Steiner, J.L., Bellamy, C., Hoge, M.A., Iennaco, J.D., Klee, A., Ponce, A.N., Rohrbaugh, R.M., Ross, D.A., Styron, T.H., & Jacobs, S.C. (2016). Education and workforce development in public psychiatry. In S.C. Jacobs, & J.L. Steiner, J.L. (Eds.), The Yale textbook of public psychiatry, (pp. 235-248). New York: Oxford University Press.
Xie, J., Zhou, J., Gong, L., Iennaco, J.D., Ding, S. (2014). Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy in the intervention of psychiatric disorders: A review. International Journal of Nursing Sciences, 1(2), 232-239.
Iennaco, J.D. (2015). Aggression and Violence. In M.L. Potter & M.D. Moller (Eds.), Psychiatric-mental health nursing: From suffering to hope (pp. 555-576). Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education.
Iennaco, J.D. (2015). The nursing process in psychiatric mental health nursing. In M.L. Potter & M.D. Moller (Eds.), Psychiatric-mental health nursing: From suffering to hope (pp. 161-177). Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education.
Iennaco, J.D. (2015). The nurse-patient relationship and therapeutic communication. In M.L. Potter & M.D. Moller (Eds.), Psychiatric-mental health nursing: From suffering to hope (pp. 130-160). 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 64(5), 423-430. 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.
The Role of the Psychiatric-Mental Health Advanced Practice Nurse in the Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) Model of Care. American Psychiatric Nurses Association Annual Conference. Orlando, FL (Paper Presentation with J. L. Tolarba 10/15).
When is Monitoring of Restraint Episodes Misleading? American Psychiatric Nurses Association Annual Conference. San Antonio, TX (Paper Presentation 10/13).
Understanding Aggressive Events Targeting Staff Members. Third International Conference on Violence in the Health Care Sector. Vancouver, British Columbia (Poster Presentation 10/12) www.oudconsultancy.nl/Resources/Proceedings_3rd_Workplace_Violence_2012.pdf.