Susan (susie) M. AdamsPhD, APRN, PMHNP, FAANP, FAAN
Dr. Susie Adams is recognized for developing one of the first Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner programs in the nation; implementing distance learning strategies for building a workforce of PMHNPs in rural areas; consulting to other schools developing PMHNP programs including the University of Eastern Kentucky, Winston-Salem State University, NC, the University of Missouri in Columbia, MO, and the Louisiana Consortium of Nursing; and mentoring to more than 600 PMHNP students and alumni since 1997. She recently transitioned from her role of 18 years directing the PMHNP Program at Vanderbilt University to Nursing Faculty Scholar for Community Engaged Behavioral Health. In her new role, Dr. Adams will be able to devote time to collaborations with community partners to develop and evaluate integrative models of primary and mental health care services, mentor other faculty and doctoral students in practice innovations and evaluation of outcomes, and participate in health care policy initiatives through her activities in professional organizations.
Dr. Adams has been an active leader in advanced practice nursing organizations and served on numerous task forces related to advanced practice psychiatric nursing including the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties, the International Nurses Society on Addictions, the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, and the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She currently serves on the Institute of Medicine's Committee on Evidence-Based Standards for Psychosocial Interventions for Individuals with Mental Illness. As President-elect of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, representing nearly 10,000 members, Dr. Adams has identified the critical role that psychiatric nurses can play in integrated care models and will challenge members to engage in organizational initiatives to advance integrated care models within their agencies and communities.