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Deborah Finnell: Faculty Directory

Deborah Finnell, DNS, PMHNP-BC, CARN-AP, FAAN

Associate Professor
Director, Master's & DNP Programs
Deborah Finnell
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“You begin with the belief that parties involved will gain more insight, and that the excitement of that mutual learning and insight will create a momentum toward more and more insights, learnings, and growth.”

Deborah Finnell has specialized in mental health and addictions for the majority of her career.  From her grounding as a registered nurse working in inpatient psychiatry, she expanded her role to that of a clinical nurse specialist and then a nurse practitioner. She brings her passion for the neurobiological bases of mental health and addictions to her clinical practice, teaching, research, and policy/advocacy. Her professional leadership roles range from chair of the New York State Peer Assistance Committee to president of the International Nurses Society on Addictions. She served as chair of the Addictions Nursing Certification Board and currently serves on the Committee on Nursing Standards for the American Nurses Association. She is associate editor of the journal Substance Abuse and on the editorial board of the Journal of Addictions Nursing. With a long-term appointment with the Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Hospital Administration, she has conducted funded research focusing on improving the health of veterans with mental and substance use disorders. 

Areas of Scholarly Expertise and Interest

High-risk alcohol use; medication taking behavior; patient-centered care; self-management of chronic mental health
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