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Karan Kverno, PhD, PMHCNS-BC, PMHNP-BC

Associate 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-master’s 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, integrated care, nurse practitioner education and program development. She is the Psychopharmacology column editor for the Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services, 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 (ISPN), Dr. Kverno strives to improve mental health care through educational support of psychiatric nurses and students. She is dedicated 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. In 2021, she was recognized with the ISPN Excellence in Education Award.

Additional Resources

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  • Publications/Research

    *Kverno, K. & Frosch, E. (2022). Evaluation of the implementation of an online psychiatric nurse practitioner program for primary care nurse practitioners: Use of a participatory evidence-informed (PEPPA-Plus) framework. Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, 39, 59-65. doi:10.1016/j.apnu.2022.03.008

    Kverno, K. & Fenton, A. (2021). Specialization within a specialty: Evolution of the primary care psychiatric nurse practitioner. Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services, 59(10), 13-18. doi:10.3928/02793695-20210513-02

    *Fenton, A., Sharps, P., Kverno, K., RachBeisel, K., & Gorth, M. (2021). 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, 27(2), 134-142. doi:10.1177/1078390320902825 

    *Renda, S., Fingerhood, M., Kverno, K., Slater, T., Gleason, K., & Goodwin, M. (2021). What motivates our colleagues to precept the next generation? The Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 18 (1), 76-80. 1

    Kverno, K. (2022). A new treatment aimed at preventing Alzheimer’s Disease. Journal of Psychosocial and Mental Health Services, 60(5), 11-14. doi:10.3928/02793695-20220324-02

    Kverno, K. (2022). Lithium: Current clinical guidelines for nurse practitioners. Journal of Psychosocial and Mental Health Services, 60(1), 1-5. doi:10.3928/02793695-20211207-02

    Goodman, D., Pletch, A., Paul, P., Anderson, E., & Kverno, K. (2022). Non-suicidal self-injury: A nurse-led quality improvement project to address self-harm. Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services, 60(3), 7–10.

    Kverno, K. (2021). Brain fog: A bit of clarity regarding the etiology, prognosis, and treatment. Journal of Psychosocial and Mental Health Services, 59(11), 9-13.

    Kverno, K. (2021). Genetic and environmental contributions to mental illness with implications for evaluation and treatment. Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services, 59(1), 9-13 doi: 10.3928/02793695-20201210-03

    Rozenberg, I. & Kverno, K. (2021). Medication treatments for youth and young adults with opioid use disorder. Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services, 59(4). doi:10.3928/02793695-20210415-04

  • Awards/Honors

    2021   Excellence in Education Award, International Society of Psychiatric Nurses

    2020   Inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (FAANP)

    2020   Isabel Hampton Robb Faculty Fellowship

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