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University of Nebraska Medical Center

Margaret Emerson, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC

Clinical Associate Professor, UNMC College of Nursing

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Margaret Emerson, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC

Dr. Margaret Emerson is a Clinical Associate Professor and an ANCC board certified Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She received her Bachelor of Science, Master of Science and Doctorate in Nursing Practice degrees all from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She has worked both in and out of state as a nurse practitioner since 2011. Dr. Emerson specializes in the delivery of Integrated Care. She completed Integrated and Collaborative Care training and has served as a consultant, advisor, and presenter related to her integrated work. She was one of the first Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners to serve as an Integrated Psychiatric Consultant in a local Primary Care Clinic. She joined UNMC College of Nursing as an Assistant Professor in 2018. In 2019, she was appointed the Director of Workforce Development for Advanced Practice Providers with UNMC Department of Psychiatry. Prior to becoming a nurse practitioner in psychiatry, she worked as an RN in the level I trauma center, Adult Intensive Care Unit at the Nebraska Medical Center.

Education
  • 2006, BSN, UNMC
  • 2011, MSN, UNMC
  • 2017, DNP, UNMC
Research Interests
  • Integration of psychiatric access to care outside of the traditional psychiatric settings
  • Maternal postpartum depression identification
  • Integrated care to improve access to psychiatric treatment
  • Leveraging technology
  • Incorporation of mobile apps to promote depression related self-management
Grant Support
  • January 2023-December 2025 Title: Development of an Immersive Interprofessional Integrated Care Training Hub, Award Amount: $492,191, Role: Emerson, M. (PD).
  • December 2021-December 2023 Title: Using Mobile Technology to Address the Trauma Mental Health Treatment Gap, Award Amount: $25,000, Role: Emerson, M. (PI).
  • October 2019- February 2020 Title: Innovative Delivery Methods for Improving Access to Psychiatric Care, BHECN- Core Topics Training Webinar Series (1 of 3 Part Series), Award Amount: $10,000, Role: Emerson, M.R. (Co-PI), Mathews, T. (Co_PI), & Meier, N. (Co-PI).
  • May 2019 Title: Feasibility of Using Smartphone Apps in Primary Care to Manage Underserved Patients with Mental Illness. UNMC Internal Grant: Health Disparities VCR Pilot Grant., Award Amount: $44,158, Role: Emerson, M.R. (PI), Watanabe, S. (Co-I), Dinkel, D. (Co-I), & Harsh, J. (Co-I).
  • March 2019 Title: Developing a State-Wide Primary Care NP Residency through an Academic-Practice Partnership: HRSA (19-001) Advanced Nursing Education Nurse Practitioner Residency (ANENPR) Program., Award Amount: $1,670,000, Holmes, L. (PI), Finadt, K., Buchannan, L., Barry, T., Kovur, N., Belieu, M., Role: Emerson, M. (preceptor), Darby, M., & Ford, A.
  • October 2018 Title: HRSA ANEW- NE ALIGN APP T94HP30901 Award: T94HP30901-02-00 NE ALIGN APP Grant - Telehealth Pilot Study, HRSA, Pilot Grant, Award Amount: $100,000, Buchanan, L. (PI), Role: Emerson, M.R. (Consultant).
Publications
  • Emerson, M.R., Mathews, T., & Struwe. L. (2018). Postpartum Depression Screening for New Mothers at Well Child Visits. MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing, 43(3), 139-145.
  • Emerson, M. R. (2019). Implementing a Hybrid-Collaborative Care Model: Practical Considerations for Nurse Practitioners. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 1-6.
  • Kinnan, S., Emerson, M. R., Kern, J., & Ratzliff, A. (2019). How a health center eliminated the waiting list for psychiatric services. Psychiatric Services, 70(12), 1176-1179.
  • Mathews, T. L., Emerson, M. R., Moore, T. A., Fial, A., & Hanna, K. M. (2019). Systematic Review: Feasibility, Reliability, and Validity of Maternal/Caregiver Attachment and Bonding Screening Tools for Clinical Use. Journal of Pediatric Health Care. 33(6). 633-638.
  • Emerson, M.R., Buchanan, L., & Golden, A. (2020) Telehealth Simulation with Graduate Nurse Practitioner Students. Nurse Educator: April 20, 2020 - Volume Publish Ahead of Print - Issue - doi: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000843

Articles published in scholarly peer reviewed journals (+ co-authored with student)

  • Emerson, M.R., Mathews, T., & Struwe. L. (2018). Postpartum Depression Screening for New Mothers at Well Child Visits. MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing, 43(3), 139-145.
  • Emerson, M. R. (2019). Implementing a Hybrid-Collaborative Care Model: Practical Considerations for Nurse Practitioners. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 1-6.
  • Kinnan, S., Emerson, M. R., Kern, J., & Ratzliff, A. (2019). How a Health Center Eliminated the Waiting List for Psychiatric Services. Psychiatric Services, 70(12), 1176-1179.
  • Mathews, T. L., Emerson, M. R., Moore, T. A., Fial, A., & Hanna, K. M. (2019). Systematic Review: Feasibility, Reliability, and Validity of Maternal/Caregiver Attachment and Bonding Screening Tools for Clinical Use. Journal of Pediatric Health Care. 33(6). 633-638.
  • Emerson, M.R., Buchanan, L., & Golden, A. (2020). Telehealth Simulation with Graduate Nurse Practitioner Students. Nurse Educator: April 20, 2020 - Volume Publish Ahead of Print - Issue - doi: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000843
  • Emerson, M.R., Watanabe-Galloway, S., Dinkel, D., Kotcherlakota, S., & Fok, L. (2020). Lessons Learned in Selection and Review of Depression Apps for Primary Care Settings. Journal of Technology in Behavioral Science. https://doi.org/10.1007/s41347-020-00156-5. +
  • Torous, J., Aquino, P., Emerson, M.R. & Fortuna, K. (2020). Actionable Health App Evaluation: Translating Expert Frameworks into Objective Metrics. NPJ Digital Medicine 3, article 100. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41746-020-00312-4
  • Lagan, S., Emerson, M.R., Gratzer, D., Myrick, K., Chan, S., Fortuna, K., Benson, N., Tatro, N., Aquino, P., Tartaglia, J., Dirst, M., King, D., Matwin, S., Proctor, S., & Torous, J. (2021). Mental Health App Evaluation: Updating the American Psychiatric Association’s Framework with a Modified Delphi Process. Psychiatric Services. 72(9), 1095-1098.
  • Emerson, MR. Caspari-Harsh, J. Notice, M., Dinkel, D., & Kabayundo, J. (2021). Mental Health Mobile App Use: Considerations for Serving Underserved Patients in Integrated Primary Care Settings. General Hospital Psychiatry. 67-75. +
  • Dinkel, D.M., Caspari, J.H., Fok, L., Notice, M., Johnson, D.J., Watanabe-Galloway, S., & Emerson, M.R. (2021). A Qualitative Exploration of the Feasibility of Integrating Mental Health Apps into Integrated Primary Care Clinics. Translational Behavioral Medicine. 11(9), 1708-1716.+
  • Watanabe-Galloway, S. Emerson, MR, Doyle, M., Harsh Caspari, J, & Johnson, D. (2021) How to Effectively Transition Patients Back from Psychiatric Care to PC: Access Initiative Protocol Development. Psychiatric Services. appi-ps. https://doi.org/10.1176/appi.ps.202100107
  • Edwards, L., Emerson, MR., Cates, D. & Steel, R. (2021). COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate Exemption Requests for Anxiety: Ethical and Practical Considerations. Psychiatric Times. 39(2). 8-9.
  • Emerson, M.R., Huber, M., Mathews, T., Kupzyk, K., Walsh, M., & Walker, J. (2022). Improving Integrated Mental Health Care Through an Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioner Led Program: Challenges and Successes. Public Health Reports. Accepted for publication
  • Emerson, M.R., Buckland, S., Watanabe-Galloway, S., Dinkel, D., Mickles, M., Fok, L, & Lawlor, M. (2022). Addressing and Evaluating Health Literacy in mHealth: A Scoping Review. mHealth. Accepted for publication
  • Emerson, MR, Dinkel, D, Watanabe-Galloway, S., Torous, J., & Johnson, D.J. (submitted 11.14.2022) Adaptation of Digital Navigation Training for Integrated Behavioral Health Providers: Interview and Survey Study. Translational Behavioral Medicine. (In Review).

Articles published in non-peer reviewed platforms

Digital Navigation Training

Service
  • American Psychiatric Association App Expert Panelist, Washington, DC.
  • BHECN-Subcommittee Nursing Education member, Omaha, NE
  • Sigma Theta Tau
  • American Psychiatric Nurses Association-NE Chapter