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Karan Kverno, PhD, MSN, RN

Assistant Professor
Karan Kverno
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Specialties and Expertise

  • Dementia
  • Education
  • Mental Health
  • Psychiatric / Mental Health


Karan Kverno is recognized nationally and internationally as an expert in advanced practice psychiatric and mental health nursing education. She founded and led the planning and implementation of the innovative online Post-graduate Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) certificate program, designed to build a workforce of dually certified NPs who will provide mental health care in collaborative or integrated health care settings. Her practice earlier as a PMHCNS psychotherapist and over the last 15 years as a PMHNP in hospital-based outpatient psychiatry informs her teaching and scholarship. Her most recent scholarship focuses on advanced practice education and program development, increasing access to mental health care in rural communities, and the psychiatric care of older adults. She serves on working committees of national advanced practice and psychiatric professional organizations and collaborates with educators to influence practice. As a member of the Foundation Board of the International Society of Psychiatric Nurses, Dr. Kverno strives to improve mental health care through educational support of psychiatric nurses and students. She has dedicated over 20 years to psychiatric nursing education and is always enthusiastic to develop the next generation of nurses and other health professionals who will deliver high-quality mental health care.

Additional Resources

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  • Publications/Research

    Kverno, K. (2020). First do no harm: Psychotropic prescribing principles and guidelines for older adults. Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services, 58(8), 12-16. doi: 10.3928/02793695-20200722-01.

    Fenton, A., Sharps, P., Kverno, K., RachBeisel, K., & Gorth, M. (2020). A 12-week evidence-based education project to reduce cardiovascular and metabolic risk in adults with serious mental illness in the integrated care system. Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association. Advance online publication.

    Kverno, K., & Velez, R. (2018). Comorbid depression and dementia: The case for integrated care. The Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 14(3), 196-201. doi: 10.1016/j.nurpra.2017.12.032

    Donnelly, M., K., Kverno, K. S., Belcher, A. E., Ledebur, L. R., & Gerson, L. (2016). Applications of VoiceThread technology in graduate nursing education. Journal of Nursing Education, 55(11), 655-658. doi: 10.3928/01484834-20161011-09

    Kverno, K., & Kozeniewski, K. (2016). Expanding rural access to mental healthcare through online post-graduate nurse practitioner education. Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1002/2327-6924.12397

    Kverno, K. (2016). Promoting access through integrated mental health care education. Open Journal of Nursing, 10, 73-77. doi: 10.2174/187443460160101073

  • Awards/Honors

    2020   Isabel Hampton Robb Faculty Fellowship

    2019   Top 10 Reviewer, Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services