Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (Lifespan)

Specialty Director

Rene Love

Dawn Vanderhoef, PhD, DNP, PMHNP/CS-BC
Assistant Professor of Nursing

Dr. Vanderhoef is board certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with over 15 year experience as an APRN. Her current practice and research interest is working with persons diagnosed with a severe mental illness, cardiometabolic side effects from antipsychotic medication, and integrated care models. She has an active practice working in a local community mental health center. She is an active member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) and National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF). Dr. Vanderhoef has experience working with the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) serving on the PMHNP expert panel and as an item writer. She is currently a speaker for ANCC delivering the PMHNP review course content in both webinar and live review formats, as well as has edited the 3rd Ed. of the review manual and is working on editing the 4th edition which will be published in 2016. She has published and presented extensively at a variety of conferences. She has a passion for clinical education and incorporating technology into the classroom. Her work has been recognized by a variety of organizations, most recently by APNA as the recipient of the Award in Education.

Dr. Vanderhoef has earned the following degrees:

  • Post Master’s Certificate – PMHNP Lifespan, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing
  • PhD, University of Tennessee Health Science Center
  • DNP, University of Tennessee Health Science Center
  • MSN, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing
  • BSN, University of WI Milwaukee
  • ADN, Western WI Technical College

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