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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 leads the accelerated Post-graduate Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) certificate program designed to build a workforce of dually certified NPs who can provide integrated mental health care. Dr. Kverno is a practicing PMHNP who provides comprehensive psychiatric care to medically ill hospitalized patients, outpatients, and nursing home residents. Her expertise and scholarship focus on advanced practice education, mental healthcare delivery in designated workforce shortage areas, and identification and treatment of neuropsychiatric symptoms in elders with dementia. Dr. Kverno serves on local and national committees related to psychiatric nursing and rural mental health care and serves as the faculty liaison to the Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Student Interest Group at the School of Nursing. Whether psychiatric nurses are practicing at the basic or advanced level, she believes they are essential to helping people cope with the stress of illness and recover to maximum functioning. She has dedicated over 18 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

    Donnelly, M. K., Kverno, K. S., Belcher, A. E., Ledebur, L. R., & Gerson, L. (in press). "Applications of VoiceThread Technology in Graduate Nursing Education." Journal of Nursing Education.

    Kverno, K., & Kozeniewski, K. (in press). "Expanding Rural Access to Mental Healthcare Through Online Post-Graduate Nurse Practitioner Education." Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

    Kverno, K. 2016. "Promoting Access Through Integrated Mental Health Care Education." Open Journal of Nursing, 10(Suppl 1:M5), 50-53.

    Kverno, K., Black, B., Nolan, M., & Rabins, P. 2009. "Research on Treating Neuropsychiatric Symptoms of Advanced Dementia with Non-Pharmacological Strategies 1998-2008: A Systematic Literature Review." International Psychogeriatrics, 21(5), 825–843.