Deena Nardi PhD, PHMCNS-BC, FAAN

Deena Nardi, PhD, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN, is an early intervention specialist, a nurse educator, and a licensed psychiatric clinical nurse specialist in Illinois.  She is a psychotherapist at Cathedral Counseling Center, Chicago, Hyde Park Campus, providing telecounseling services during the COVID 19 pandemic. She is an advocate for universal health care that is not connected with current employment status, for gun and weapons control, and for dismantling systemic racism in nursing, medicine, and in the U.S. health care systems. She has published and presented over 100 papers on healthcare practice and policy; her latest white paper, “Achieving Health Equity Through Eradicating Structural Racism in the U.S.: A Call to Action for Nursing’ will be published in the Sigma Theta Tau Journal of Nursing Scholarship. Another paper on nursing colonialism and its implications for nursing leadership appears in the 2019 Journal of Professional Nursing. 

She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing (AAN), and past co-president of its Expert Panel on Global Nursing and Health.  She was a co-founder of the Luke IV Free Clinic in Gary, IN. and the Gary Community Health Center in partnership with the City of Gary and Indiana University Northwest, co-founder, therapist, and consultant, the University of St Francis Health and Wellness Center, practice included its   Student Health Program, and co-founder, Professor, and Director of its Doctor of Nursing Program. Before that, she practiced as Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Indiana University Northwest School of Nursing, and was the developmental therapist for Project Hope, a perinatal addiction treatment center affiliated with Columbus Hospital in Chicago.  Her work to improve access to quality healthcare, nursing practice and education has been recognized over the years, with federal and state grant funding, the AAN Fellowship, the International Society of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing Diversity Award, Rozella Schlotfeldt Leadership Award from the Midwest Alliance in Nursing, and Indiana University’s Teaching Excellence (TERA) award.  She continues to focus her practice on uninsured and under-insured populations who cannot access sustained, quality healthcare and follow-up, especially now during the COVID-19 pandemic that makes shelter in place restrictions in work, education and housing just that more difficult to function and stay well.