Lander WY United States
Postpartum depression is often overlooked and undertreated in rural healthcare areas primarily due to shortages of providers and access issues. Heather Judkins’ goal is to prevent, meet, identify, and treat postpartum depression by making mental health care a standard in discharge planning. Heather is a first year Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) student at the University of Wyoming. Heather’s journey into health care started by chance that was disguised as fate, she was offered an opportunity to work side-by-side with a surgeon in the operating room. During this time Heather found her passion for healthcare and sought to further her career in the field. She returned to school completing her Associate in Applied Science in 2015 and Bachelor’s of nursing degree in 2017. In her nursing career Heather has worked in the labor and delivery, medical surgical, and emergency departments. Through her work experience Heather realized that there is a need for mental health evaluations after hospital discharge, especially for postpartum mothers. Heather plans to create a post-discharge program that would utilize Tele-Health and Smart phone capabilities to assess the postpartum mother, establish trusting relationships, connect mothers to local resources, and ultimately treat postpartum depression and anxiety.
Research/Clinical Practice Area: Jonas Scholar – Psych-Mental Health
Dissertation: Reducing Postpartum Depression in Rural Communities Through the Implementation of Telehealth Programs Create a post-discharge program that would utilize Tele-Health and Smart phone capabilities to assess the postpartum mother, establish trusting relationships, connect mothers to local resources, and ultimately treat postpartum depression and anxiety
Thomas Julian is a lifelong resident of New England, born in Springfield, Massachusetts in April 1985. After graduating from Wilbraham Monson Academy, Thomas enrolled as an undergraduate at Clark University. He later transferred to the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in May 2007. Thomas obtained employment in Circulation Services at American International College in Springfield, Massachusetts, wherein he pursued graduate coursework in clinical psychology. Electing to return to school and obtain a nursing education, Thomas was enrolled in the inaugural cohort of twelve students within the Accelerated Second Bachelor’s Degree Program at Elms College, in Chicopee, Massachusetts, in September 2011. Areas of research scholarship undertaken at the undergraduate level included addiction and pain control, and geriatric psychopharmacology. Thomas graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing, Summa Cum Laude, in May 2013. He was admitted into the Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society, and awarded the Academic Prize from the Department of Nursing for graduation with the highest cumulative grade point average. During this time period, he was employed within the mental health profession, serving as a Forensic Counselor, and later as a Psychiatric Nurse. Thomas is currently enrolled in the PhD Program at the University of Connecticut Storrs, with the intention of pursuing teaching and research as a member of an academic university faculty.
Research/Clinical Practice Area: Jonas Nurse Leader – Pathophysiology and neuroscience
Dissertation: Biological basis of neuropsychiatric illness