UTHSCSA Faculty Profiles v1.0

McCoy, Kathleen T

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

Dr. McCoys career has led to promoting inter-professional collaboration, in these three roles: Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), Psychiatric Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist 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 Centers (ANCC) Content Expert Panel (CEP). As senior member of the ANCC CEP, contributing to the certification exam formation, she guides the role/knowledge/skill of the new PMHNP upon graduation. Dr. McCoy has also participated on 2 workshops provided by the Beck Institute of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), once, as Scholar participant in the Workshop for Graduate Faculty for Teaching/Supervising CBT. The Beck Institute for CBT is accepted and celebrated as the state of the art and science organization to teach, provide and promote CBT globally.
Dr. McCoy educates PMHNPs and is well prepared to launch projects augmenting a curriculum by supporting a sustainable means to bring behavioral health professionals into full 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 well-prepared team players who are able to provide care emerging from well-rounded curricula supporting inter-professional collegiality, optimizing every team members functioning. In this, the team can take advantage of fuller sets of clinical armamentarium. PMHNPs are in a key position to contribute to teams that provide PMH care in any setting, especially where there is a dearth of providers. A former practice owner prepared as both a PMHNP and Clinical Nurse Specialist, she has well developed psychotherapeutic skills. She is also well versed in physiological healthcare, knowing that one will affect the other. In this, she believes in promoting 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 and patient needs. As an educator and immediate past Program Director of a PMHNP-Doctor of Nursing Practice Program, she has designed, delivered/ taught, promoted and actively practices in the full scope of the PMHNP, 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 Clinical Professor and in Faculty Practice through the UT Nursing Enterprise.

1/2015 - Present Clinical Associate Professor The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Family and Community Health Systems, San Antonio, TX