Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (Lifespan)

Specialty Director

Rene Love

Rene Love, DNP, PMHN/CS-BC, FNAP
Assistant Professor of Nursing

Dr. Love has taught at VUSN for nearly 20 years, including courses in the MSN and DNP programs. She has secured grants focusing on mental health and crisis postvention in public schools, playing a role in the development of state guidelines for mental health for the Tennessee State Board of Education. She is an invited speaker for national conferences on topics such as how to prepare school systems for post-crisis responses and advocating for change in the psychiatric nursing workforce.  Her current practice interest includes women exiting the lifestyle of prostitution. In 2012, she was awarded the Jeanette Chamberlain award for service from the International Society of Psychiatric Nursing. She is an active member of Sigma Theta Tau International and was recently elected to Distinguished Fellowship in the National Academies of Practice and the Nursing Academy as a Distinguished Scholar and Fellow.  Her scholarly interests include Dialectical Behavior Therapy, trauma, school crisis/disaster postvention, and prostitution.


Dr. Love has earned the following degrees:

  • DNP, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing
  • Family Psychiatric Mental Health Post-Master’s, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing
  • MSN, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing
  • BSN, Valdosta State University

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