Assistant Professor and Program Director of the PMHNP Program


P (949) 274-6461

16355 Laguna Canyon Rd, Irvine, CA 92618
Kathleen Mccoy

The Psychiatric & Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program Director is Kathleen McCoy DNSc PMHNP-BC PMHNP-BC FNP-BC, FAANP. She hails from Long Island, NY and is an alumni of The State University of New York at Stony Brook's dual PMHNP/CNS Program (93). She went on to attain a Post-Masters FNP and FPMHNP as well as her Doctorate in Nursing Science (parent degree of the DNP) from The University Of Tennessee Health Science Center Memphis TN (2006). Kathleen relocated from NY to TN immediately after her MS and raised her two youngest children in Middle TN. With exception of a brief position In S Central Nebraska, Kathleen has resided in Middle TN, in the beautiful Upper Cumberland Plateau; an outdoor paradise for the last two decades of her APRN life. With all of her children finally finished with their undergraduate degrees, she anticipates enjoying life with her husband Tom. Currently, she practices in a local regional medical center in the Employee Health Services where she sees walk ins, scheduled appointments, all H & P's, post positive drug screen employees as she coordinates and operates the Nicotine Free-Lifestyle program. Employees reside as far north as Southern KY and as far south as North GA. Her passion is integrated care, reflective practice and the power of genuine care. She humbly hopes to impart these attributes to contemporary PMHNPs as they are prepared to help the patients, their families and communities in which they reside.


Family Psychiatric & Mental Health NP



  • Doctor of Nursing Science; Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing, and Post Masters FNP
  • University of Tennessee Health Science Center Memphis TN
  • DNSc
  • Dissertation: Case Study of Changes in an APN Practice Following Changes in TennCare and Medicare     


  • MS in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing: State University of New York at Stonybrook, Stonybrook NY
  • MS
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Opening Gulf War Theatre Veterans


  • BS Nursing: State University of New York at Albany
  • BS
  • General Nursing
Scholarly Activities

International Society of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing Foundation Research Grant
Principle Investigator: McCoy, K. T., Lusk, P. (2013).  Reflections upon Long Term Volunteer Commitment
Experience to a Professional Organization during a Time of Rapid Change

2010 - 2013
Cookeville Regional Medical Center, Cookeville, TN
McCoy, K. T., Cobb, M., Auberson, M., Collins, M,. LeFranc, R., Joseph, W. (2011). Smoking Cessation
Readiness to Quit Survey: an Employee Health Service Response to Apparent Community Need.

Cookeville Regional Medical Center, Cookeville, TN. In progress

2007 - Present
Chair and Member of the American Nurses Credentialing Center ANCC) Family Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) Certification Exam


Professional Experience

2010 - present
Brandman University School of Nursing and Health Professions, Irvine CA
Assistant Professor: Director of the PMHNP-DNP Program
Directs all aspects of the program from developing courses and simulation to training faculty and recruiting students and respective faculty.

2007 - 2010
University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Nursing, Memphis TN
Assistant Professor: Faculty of the PMH Program
Directs all aspects of the syllabus delegated including integration of PMH aspects to FNP and ACNP Programs. Training of faculty.

2006 - 2007
Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital, Hastings NE
Direct patient care in inpatient, outpatient and geriatric long term care settings; across the lifespan, included psychotherapy, psychopharmacologic management, crisis intervention and student perception.