Margaret Emerson, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC

Clinical Associate Professor


University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC)
College of Nursing - Omaha Division
985330 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-5330

Phone: 402-559-6625



  • 2006, BSN, UNMC
  • 2011, MSN, UNMC
  • 2017, DNP, UNMC


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.


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 (Previous 5 years)

January 2023-December 2025
Development of an Immersive Interprofessional Integrated Care Training Hub, $492,191, Emerson, M. (PD).

December 2021-December 2023
Using Mobile Technology to Address the Trauma Mental Health Treatment Gap, $25,000, Emerson, M. (PI).

October 2019- February 2020 
Innovative Delivery Methods for Improving Access to Psychiatric Care, BHECN- Core Topics Training Webinar Series (1 of 3 Part Series), $10,000, Emerson, M.R. (Co-PI), Mathews, T. (Co_PI), & Meier, N. (Co-PI).

May 2019
Feasibility of Using Smartphone Apps in Primary Care to Manage Underserved Patients with Mental Illness. UNMC Internal Grant: Health Disparities VCR Pilot Grant., $44,158, Emerson, M.R. (PI), Watanabe, S. (Co-I), Dinkel, D. (Co-I), & Harsh, J. (Co-I).

March 2019
Developing a State-Wide Primary Care NP Residency through an Academic-Practice Partnership: HRSA (19-001) Advanced Nursing Education Nurse Practitioner Residency (ANENPR) Program., $1,670,000, Holmes, L. (PI), Finadt, K., Buchannan, L., Barry, T., Kovur, N., Belieu, M., Emerson, M. (preceptor), Darby, M., & Ford, A.

October 2018
HRSA ANEW- NE ALIGN APP T94HP30901 Award: T94HP30901-02-00 NE ALIGN APP Grant - Telehealth Pilot Study, HRSA, Pilot Grant, $100,000, Buchanan, L. (PI), Emerson, M.R. (Consultant).


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

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American Psychiatric Association App Expert Panelist, Washington, DC.

BHECN-Subcommittee Nursing Education member, Omaha, NE

Sigma Theta Tau

American Psychiatric Nurses Association-NE Chapter