Edilma L Yearwood


Associate Professor
Interim Chair, Department of Professional Nursing Practice


School of Nursing and Health Studies (SNHS)
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+1 202-687-3214

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(202) 687-2323


265 St Mary's Hall


Edilma L. Yearwood, PhD, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN is a tenured Associate Professor of Nursing at Georgetown University School of Nursing & Health Studies where she is the course coordinator and lecturer for undergraduate Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing. She developed a graduate elective on Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health for family nurse practitioner and senior level undergraduate nursing students. She is an ANCC certified Clinical Nurse Specialist in Child & Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing with over 3o years of experience. She is a member of the American Academy of Nursing and President of the International Society of Psychiatric Nurses (ISPN). She also holds membership in the American Nurses Association, the Eastern Nurses Research Society, and Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI). As Chair of the Diversity and Equity Committee of ISPN (2007-2012), she led national and international organizational initiatives to advance the mission of the organization. She served as the Director for the Child and Adolescent Division of the organization from 2013-2015. A qualitative researcher, her research interests include the mental health of minority and immigrant youth, vulnerable families, cultural factors impacting mental health symptomatology and treatment, and youth empowerment strategies. In 2015 she became an Associate Editor of Archives of Psychiatric Nursing. She serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Child & Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing and serves as a manuscript reviewer for 12 other professional journals. She was selected as a Fulbright Senior Specialist and served from 2007-2012. Her first Fulbright assignment occurred at the University of the West Indies School of Nursing (UWISON), Mona campus in Kingston, Jamaica in 2008. As a content expert in mental health, Dr. Yearwood was invited to UWISON to teach mental health content to undergraduate and graduate students and faculty; tour psychiatric treatment programs; develop a policy statement on nursing students with disabilities, and to develop a graduate course in child and adolescent mental health. She is one of the editors and chapter contributors to the textbook titled 'Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health: A Resource for Advanced Practice Psychiatric and Primary Care Practitioners in Nursing' which was published by Wiley-Blackwell in spring 2012. She is currently working on a Global Mental Health Nursing textbook for Routledge due in Fall 2016.


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  • Post Doctoral Research Fellow (2001-2003) New York University,
  • PhD (1998) Adelphi University, Nursing
  • Master of Arts (1977) New York University, Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science (1974) University of Connecticut, Nursing