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Maureen McSwiggan-Hardin

New York University DNP
Home New York NY United States


The primary goal for entering the Doctor of Nursing Program at New York University College of Nursing is to develop leadership skills as an advanced practice nurse in mental health in the areas of clinical care, policy development, clinical research and teaching. As the Deputy Director of the Developmental Neuropsychiatry Program at Columbia University Medical Center from 2003 to 2012, I had the opportunity to develop a new program for children, adolescents and adults with neuropsychiatric disorders, including Autism Spectrum Disorder. The opportunities involved creation of evidenced-based guidelines for clinical care, providing direct clinical care, coordination of clinical research programs and lecturing in the Columbia University School of Nursing. Currently, since 2012, I have been a consultant and practitioner at the Center for Discovery, a residential and day treatment program that is developing a statewide out-patient assessment and short term in-patient evaluation program for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder. My role will be as Director of the Manhattan based Assessment Center. The focus of this new initiative is to provide integrated care for children with developmental neuropsychiatric problems, allowing them to remain in their homes and communities. The role of the Director will be to develop, coordinate, and sustain multiple disciplines in the assessment and intervention of children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder and other neuropsychiatric disorders. The focus is on multidisciplinary evaluation and integrative care. The program is a joint effort of the Center, the State OPWDD and the Department of Education.


Research/Clinical Practice Area: Barbara Jonas Psychiatric Mental Health Scholar – Mental Health
Dissertation: Identification through a reliable assessment measure for children through adults with an autoimmune disease the presence of a developmental disorder and level of severity