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Patricia G. O’Brien

Associate Professor of Nursing

Diploma, St. Vincent’s Hospital School of NursingM.A., New York UniversityPh.D., Adelphi University


I am an advanced practice psychiatric nurse, board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Prior to joining the faculty at the Brooklyn Campus’ School of Nursing in 2008, I was director of nursing at an academic medical center in NYC and held leadership positions at New York Hospital’s Payne Whitney Clinic. In my position as associate vice president at the Greater New York Hospital Association (GNYHA), I worked directly with regulatory and accrediting agencies on health policy issues related to mental health practices in hospitals.

My dissertation focus was on communication competence and nursing expertise, and I am currently pursuing a research interest in the role of the psychiatric nurse, specifically as it relates to patient education. I completed a clinical fellowship in cognitive-behavioral therapy at the Institute for Behavior Therapy in New York City and studied behavior therapy at the Cornell University College of Medicine’s School of Continuing Education. A cognitive-behavioral theoretical framework continues to shape my nursing interventions with clients, and I find it particularly relevant for clients with anxiety and/or substance abuse.


Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing


  • Co-editor, “Psychiatric Nursing: An Introduction to Theory and Practice”
  • Author, chapters on “Substance-Related Disorders,” “Personality Disorders,” and “Clients with a Dual Diagnosis”
  • Co-author, “Anxiety and Dissociative Disorders”
  • Co-author, “Psychiatric Nursing, an Integration of Theory and Practice” (1999)
  • Author, “Working with Manipulative Patients,” published in The American Journal for Nurse Practitioners (1997)
  • Co-author, “Administrator's Influence on Staff's Management of Aggressive Patient Behaviors” (letter), published in the Journal of Psychosocial Nursing (1991)
  • Author, “Manipulation: A Behavioral Conceptualization,” published in “Applied Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing Standard in Clinical Practice” (1988)

Lectures & Presentations

  • Author, “The Relationship of Female Nurses' Expertise to Empathic Concern, Perspective Taking, Cognitive Complexity and Analytic Interactive Style,” poster presented at Sigma Theta Tau International Scientific Sessions


  • Member, Sigma Theta Tau, National Honor Society for Nursing
  • Elected to Who's Who in American Nursing
  • Recipient, The Elizabeth Ann Seton Education Award, St. Vincent's Hospital School of Nursing Alumni Association
  • Recipient, Certificate of Recognition for doctoral dissertation, Sigma Theta Tau International
  • Appointed to the New York State Department of Education Task Force on the Nursing Shortage

Professional Affiliations

  • Licensed Nurse Practitioner in Psychiatry with Prescriptive Privileges, New York State
  • Registered Professional Nurse, New York State
  • Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Adult Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing, American Nurses Credentialing Center
  • Board-Certified Adult Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, American Nurses Credentialing Center
  • Former Clinical Fellow, Institute for Behavior Therapy
  • Member, Educational Council Steering Committee, American Psychiatric Nurses Association
  • Consultant to the Task Force on Standards for Use of Restraint and Seclusion, American Psychiatric Nurses Association
  • Consultant to the Task Force on Violence, American Psychiatric Nurses Association
  • Member, New York State Organization of Nurse Executives
  • Member, Sigma Theta Tau, National Honor Society for Nurses
  • Board Member, Alpha-Upsilon Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau, National Honor Society for Nurses
  • Chapter Member and Former Board Member, Upsilon Chapter
  • Former Item Reviewer, National Council of State Boards of Nursing