New York University College of Nursing (NYUCN) announces a new doctoral program scholarship, the Barbara Jonas Psychiatric-Mental Health Scholars Program, a first – of – its-kind initiative funded with a $250,000 grant from the Jonas Center that will support 20 PhD and DNP candidates through 2018. The program is named for Jonas Center co-founder Barbara Jonas, a former psychotherapist and lifelong mental health advocate.

New York University College of Nursing (NYUCN) announces a new doctoral program scholarship, the Barbara Jonas Psychiatric-Mental Health Scholars Program, a first – of – its-kind initiative funded with a $250,000 grant from the Jonas Center that will support 20 PhD and DNP candidates through 2018.  The program is named for Jonas Center co-founder Barbara Jonas, a former psychotherapist and lifelong mental health advocate.

The program builds on the successful Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholars Program and Jonas Veterans Healthcare Program, established in 2008 and 2012 respectively.  The Jonas Center currently supports nearly 600 doctoral scholars nationwide with a goal of 1,000 scholars by 2016.

“Over many years in private practice I saw firsthand the debilitating effects of poor mental health on all aspects of peoples’ lives including their physical health and careers,” said Mrs. Jonas.  “Donors tend to sweep mental health issues under the rug because they are uncomfortable.  We hope that this program will send a strong signal while also increasing the number of faculty and researchers specializing in mental health.”

Tammy Cohen Fetterman, Maureen McSwiggan-Hardin, and Karina Santibanez, have been selected as the first of the cohort.  Their scholarship will focus on issues such as neurobiological treatments for depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and anxiety disorders and other psychiatric problems in need of more research and evidence-based interventions.

“Mental health problems are highly prevalent nationally and globally,” said Judith Haber, Associate Dean for Graduate Programs and an advanced practice psychiatric-mental health nurse.  “One in four adults, approximately 61 million Americans, experience mental illness in a given year; 13.6 million of these patients live with serious mental illness such as schizophrenia, major depression and bipolar disorder.  Approximately half of the problems that present in primary care settings are behavioral health in nature.”

Why Doctoral Nursing Candidates?

In addition to increasing the number of registered nurses and psychiatric nurse practitioners specially prepared to address the mental health needs of the population, this program is one answer to the shortage of qualified faculty able to prepare the next generation of registered nurses and psychiatric nurse practitioners who work with people with mental health problems in primary care and psychiatric settings.

In the course of a 30 year career, one nurse faculty member could teach approximately 7,500 nurses who, in turn, would touch the lives of a potential 3.6 million patients in their care per year, according to a 2010 impact assessment by the Jonas Center and NYUCN.  The return on investment (ROI) for these Scholars is considerable,” said Darlene Curley, executive director of the Jonas Center.

“The importance of supporting nursing education cannot be overstated and we are proud to have partnered with the Jonas Center on this and other scholar programs for nearly a decade,” said Eileen Sullivan Marx, Dean and Erline Perkins McGriff Professor of Nursing at NYUCN.  “In addition to a dearth of faculty, there is a lack of funding for nurses wanting to study at the doctoral level.  The Jonas Center’s programs play an important role in helping grow the quality and quantity of our nation’s faculty and scholars, and this latest effort furthers this goal.”

About the New York University College of Nursing

NYU College of Nursing is a global leader in nursing education, research, and practice. It offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, a Master of Arts and Post-Master’s Certificate Programs, a Doctor of Philosophy in Research Theory and Development, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. For more information, visit nursing.nyu.edu.

About the Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare

In 2006, Barbara and Donald Jonas established the Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare (formerly known as the Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence), the leading national philanthropic funder dedicated to improving healthcare by advancing nursing scholarship, leadership and innovation. Its two main programs are the Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholar Program, which aims to address the dire shortage of nursing faculty by preparing nurses with doctoral degrees to step into this critical role, and the Jonas Veterans Healthcare Program, which seeks to improve the health of veterans by supporting doctoral-level nursing candidates committed to advancing veterans’ healthcare. These programs currently support nearly 600 doctoral scholars nationwide, with a goal to support 1,000 Scholars by 2016.

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