Dr. Patricia Kinser

Patricia Kinser, PhD, WHNP-BC, RN, FAAN is an Associate Professor at the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Nursing. She received a bachelor’s degree from Haverford College, a bachelor’s and master’s degree at VCU, and a PhD at the University of Virginia. Her biobehavioral program of research is focused on mental health in women across the lifespan. The main focus of Dr. Kinser’s work is to examine mechanisms of perinatal depression and non-pharmacologic symptom management strategies for depression and related symptoms. Given that depression is a significant world health problem, projected to be a leading cause of global illness and disability by 2030, and that nearly 20% of pregnant and postpartum women experience depressive and related symptoms, this focus on perinatal depression has significant impact. Her previous NIH-funded study was one of the first to evaluate the potential effects of a self-management approach involving mindful physical activity for women with chronic perinatal depressive symptoms within a multifaceted biobehavioral context. Her current NIH-funded study is a large-scale multi-site randomized controlled trial of a self-management intervention to prevent and intervene with perinatal depression. Knowledge gained from this line of study could lead to paradigm-shifting strategies for the identification, management, and evaluation of treatment responses of chronic depressive and related symptoms in women. She is also the principal investigator of a study to evaluate the experience of pregnant women during the COVID-19 pandemic, in collaboration with researchers across the globe focused on this important and timely issue. Finally, in collaboration with colleagues in the Southern Nursing Research Society and the Midwest Nursing Research Society, she has been actively engaged in studies that evaluate challenges faced by mid-career nurse scientists and explore methods to support this essential cohort of academe in order to advance nursing science overall. Dr. Kinser is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and maintains an active clinical practice as a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner.

Dr. Kinser enjoys living and working in Richmond, VA. She loves to hike, cycle, run, garden, do yoga, and enjoy the outdoors with her husband and energetic dog. She enjoys teaching in numerous capacities: educating nurse practitioners and Ph.D. students at the VCU School of Nursing as well as students in other health professions at VCU. She also mentors undergraduate and graduate students with their research projects and teaches yoga in the community.

Contact Dr. Kinser at kinserpa@vcu.edu

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