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Mental Health & Behavioral Interventions

The Missing Piece of the Mental Health Puzzle

The influx of newly insured people seeking mental healthcare puts the spotlight on a challenge that long preceded the Affordable Care Act.

A huge population of patients and a shortage of psychiatrists and other qualified professionals to treat them.

The 2010 U.S. National Survey on Drug Use and Health estimated that 46 million adults in the United States suffered from mental disorders but only 40 percent had received treatment in the previous year. Further, the Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence stated that in 2013, there were 90 million Americans in federally designated Mental Health Professional Shortage Areas.

It’s a complex challenge without a single solution, but it’s also an opportunity for nurses to emerge as leaders in helping to bridge that gap. At the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, faculty and researchers are doing just that, enhancing the role of the nurse in psychiatric care, and creating more nurses who can fill it.

Mental Health Puzzle
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At the School of Nursing, mental healthcare is at the heart of curriculum development starting with our pre-licensure options to advanced degree specialties to professional offerings.

Academic Programs

Professional Programs

Student Organization

  • Psych Mental Health Interest Group
    Dedicated to facilitating nursing opportunities and in promoting interest in psychiatric and mental health issues. Join their Facebook Group
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The Leonard and Helen R. Stulman Professorship in Mental Health and Psychiatric Nursing

The Leonard and Helen R. Stulman Professorship in Mental Health and Psychiatric Nursing

Given in 2003 by the Leonard and Helen R. Stulman Charitable Foundation. The Stulman Professor holds joint appointments on the faculty of the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and the School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

Meet Deborah Gross, DNSc, RN, FAAN



Pediatrics—Studying food environments and feeding behaviors in the home and child care settings to examine its implication on obesity and cardiovascular-related chronic diseases in children. PhD student Lucine Francis is investigating the influence of subsidy food reimbursement programs on child care providers’ purchase of nutritious food.

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The Chicago Parent Program

Designed in collaboration with parents of young children and supported by research, the program was created to address the needs of families from culturally and economically diverse backgrounds. The program listed on the National Registry of Evidenced-based Programs and Practices and can be used as part of a comprehensive prevention or treatment program for helping parents of young children with or at risk for developing serious behavior problems.

Learn More About The Chicago Parent Program at Johns Hopkins

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What's Happening

SON Nursing
December 3, 2014
pigWomen and families in rural areas of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have been beaten down physically and mentally by years of war, poverty, and violence, but a Johns Hopkins School of Nursing researcher and her team suggest that a baby pig has the power to turn despair into hope, even reducing symptoms of PTSD and depression....
December 1, 2014

Pick a holiday – any holiday – at this time of year, and thoughts turn to family, of bringing the generations together to re-live memories and make new ones. For many families, this means bringing a grandparent, a parent, an aunt, or a cousin with dementia home from a full-time care facility or assuring that persons with dementia living at home are able to meaningfully participate in festivities....

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