UTHSCSA Faculty Profiles v1.0

McCoy, DNSc, RN, APRN, PMHNP-B, Kathleen T

School of Nursing
Office of Faculty Affairs and Diversity
(210) 567-1987

Dr. McCoy promotes inter-professional collaboration, in dual roles: Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), supporting physiological/mental health. She leads as a recent inductee as Fellow in the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (FAANP) and as the immediate past Chair of the American Nurses Credentialing Center`s (ANCC) PMHNP Content Expert Panel (CEP). As senior member of the ANCC CEP, contributing to the exam formation, she has guided the role/knowledge/skill of the new PMHNP upon graduation. Dr. McCoy has also participated in multiple CBT workshops including the Beck Institute of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), once, as Scholar participant in the Workshop for Graduate Faculty for Teaching/Supervising CBT. Dr. McCoy is well prepared to launch a project augmenting a curriculum by supporting a sustainable means to bring behavioral health professionals into a fuller scope of practice upon graduation, as opposed to waiting years for full practice to emerge, as if often the case. With paucity of psychiatrists, communities are in sore need of fully prepared team players who can provide care emerging from well-rounded curricula supporting inter-professional collegiality, optimizing every team member`s functioning, taking advantage of a fuller set of clinical armamentarium. She has well developed psychotherapeutic skills while also well versed in physiological healthcare, knowing the interface. In this, she promotes the full scope of practice for advanced practice nurses (APN), including physiological/psychotherapeutic approaches. Unfortunately, most positions open to new PMHNPs, only include the medication management responsibilities. This conundrum can be penetrated by graduates being prepared with psychotherapeutic skills before graduation instead of after the fact. One such skill set is that of CBT; an evidence based modality, and the most researched therapy which is also largely reimbursed and highly portable across populations/patient needs. As an educator and immediate past Program Director of the PMHNP-Doctor of Nursing Practice Program at Brandman University, a subsidiary of Chapman University, she has designed, taught, promoted and actively practices CBT, as do her students. She has taught face to face, on-line and has developed scenarios using CBT in simulation. She has presented CBT workshops/presentations to national/international organizations. Her goal is to promote health, through healthy thought life and NP role in collaborative practice. She accomplishes this through by academic means of teaching as an Associate Professor and in collaboration with the Military Health Institute as a trainee in Cognitive Processing Therapy. She will treat/research military trauma victims using this modality, integrate CPT into the PMHNP Curriculum, expanding practice skill for graduates. She envisions bringing military generated trauma care to the general population.

9/2016 - Present Associate Professor / Clinical UT Health San Antonio, School of Nursing, San Antonio, TX