William Nicholson, PMHNP-BC, RN-BC

University of Alabama-Birmingham PhD

I am first year academic faculty member in the university setting who is also seeking my PhD at the University of Alabama-Birmingham (UAB) after receiving my MSN in 2013. Currently, I am investigating the role of the vagus nerve in HIV neurocognitive disorders. Furthermore, I am exploring biopsychological determinants in gender dysphoric populations. My current faculty practice is through the Veterans Association as a psychiatric nurse practitioner at an outpatient clinic in Bessemer, Alabama. The faculty practice was developed through a partnership with UAB where I have serve as a clinical preceptor and instructor in the psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner program. The partnership is one of only four in the country. I am a recent recipient of the Sigma Theta Tau Rising Research Star award. Formerly, I served as the president of the psychiatric nursing congress and it was in this this role where I developed a nutritional model at UAB hospital which was adopted by other major university hospitals. For this work, I received an innovation award along with an award of clinical excellence. Furthermore, I served as the primary committee member of the psychiatric patient satisfaction team where we improved our overall scores from the 20th percentile to the 90th percentile. Additionally, I have published in the arenas of addiction, Ambien induced psychosis, game theory and healthcare, and personality disorders. Prior to nursing, I received a bachelor of biology and psychology where I researched in the field of clinical psychology and worked as an associate addiction counselor.


Research/Clinical Practice Area: Jonas Veterans Healthcare – Neurocognition and Physiology
Dissertation: Vagus Nerve, Neurocognition, and HIV

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