Online Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program faculty

Excellence in advanced practice nursing roles begins with learning from the experts. At Yale School of Nursing, online Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner students learn firsthand from faculty members who are practicing clinicians. 

“Having clinicians as educators is understanding what the 21st century needs.” 

Carmen Portillo, PhD, RN, FAAN Executive Deputy Dean and Professor of Nursing, Yale School of Nursing

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Interim co-director

Susan J. Boorin


Dr. Boorin has worked in both outpatient and inpatient mental health services in New York and Connecticut over the past several decades; with clinical experiences ranging from work in acute psychiatric ICU units to community outpatient settings.

Faculty spotlight

Christine M. Berté


Christine M. Berté is a Family Nurse Practitioner with a Post-master certificate as a Psychiatric/Mental Health N.P. She also holds an EdD in Nursing Education and is certified by the National League of Nursing as a Nurse Educator.

Her clinical specialty is Adolescent Medicine, and for over 20 years, her practice consisted of providing health care for juveniles in detention centers throughout Connecticut. She provided clinical precepting for various advanced practice programs and the Yale School of Medicine residency program.

Academically, Chris has taught and developed curricula for all levels of nursing education, including courses that were held in London, Dublin, and various cities in Italy. She has held numerous administrative positions in her academic career, including the position of Dean of a School of Nursing, but is excited to return to her true passion, which is teaching. One of her most treasured accomplishments is receiving the Daisy Award for Academic Excellence in 2019. Her research interests are varied, including issues specific to Advanced Practice education and the impact spirituality has on healthcare. On occasion, she guest lectures at the Holy Family Passionist Center in Hartford, Connecticut.

Allison Cable


Allison Cable is a Senior Lecturer in the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner specialty. She teaches first specialty year acute care students in advanced assessment and advanced diagnostics of the acutely and critically ill, critical care pharmacology and AG ACNP clinicals. She was the recipient of the Daisy Faulty Award and Nightingale Aware for Excellence in Nursing for her teaching.

Elizabeth Cohen

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Cohen’s clinical expertise and research interests include immunosuppression optimization in solid organ transplants, and using data analysis to improve quality assurance and processes in health care.

Mary-Ann Cyr


Cyr’s clinical expertise includes over thirty years of experience in the management of critically ill patients, particularly those requiring advanced hemodynamic monitoring and mechanical circulatory support.

Meghan McClain Garcia


Meghan McClain Garcia is a Family Nurse Practitioner and board certified HIV specialist. She currently works at the Community Health Center, Inc as a primary care provider and a provider for their Center for Key Populations. Her expertise includes HIV care, gender-affirming care, healthcare for the homeless, substance use disorders, viral hepatitis, social determinants of health and diabetes management.

Katy Maggio


Maggio has practiced as a psychiatric nurse practitioner since 2016. She has worked with clients across the lifespan in various settings including a community mental health clinic, a day treatment program in a New York City high school, a college student health center, as well as her own private practice. Maggio’s research interests include the clinical evaluation of ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorder in adults, complementary treatments for mental health disorders, and the role of the therapeutic alliance in psychiatric treatment.

Jennifer McIntosh


Prior to joining Yale School of Nursing, Dr. McIntosh taught at several universities and held progressive leadership positions in the emergency department and behavioral health settings. Her experiences in the emergency department and inpatient behavioral health settings have sparked a passion for scholarly inquiry on the nursing care of individuals with mental illness. Dr. McIntosh’s doctoral dissertation focused on the relationships of emergency nurses’ perceptions of stigma, attribution, individualized care and caring toward persons with mental illness.

Lindsay Powell


With over thirty years of experience in the field of psychiatric nursing working with marginalized populations, Dr. Powell’s clinical interests include global health, the social determinates of disease, concepts of shared decision-making, the neurologic basis of psychiatric and addictive disorders, public health care and policy, and HIV/AIDS. Powell has directed the clinical services for numerous Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) and Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grants that target the homeless population, those recently released from incarceration who struggle with substance use, mental health and HIV difficulties.

Allison Underwood


Underwood has been in the mental health field for almost 15 years with a focus on serving vulnerable populations and communities. Her doctoral research has focused on using health information technology, measurement-based care, and quality improvement initiatives to improve patient and population outcomes in mental health.