Rhonda Schwindt DNP, RN, PMHNP-BC, PMHCNS-BC

Director, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
Assistant Professor

The research of Rhonda Schwindt, DNP, RN, PMHNP-BC, PMHCNS-BC, is focused on reducing the disproportionate impact of tobacco use among high-risk populations. Dr. Schwindt has received external funding to advance multidisciplinary education for Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT), to explore the use of standardized patients to assess competency in tobacco cessation counseling and to reduce smoking rates among pregnant women.

She is a nationally certified psychiatric/mental health clinical nurse specialist and nurse practitioner with extensive experience teaching graduate nursing students. Dr. Schwindt has developed an innovative online module that prepares clinicians to engage in motivational interviewing, a state-of-the-art interprofessional tobacco cessation training program targeting smokers with serious mental illness and a web-based tool to assist busy clinicians with screening and brief intervention for substance use disorders.

  • Outstanding Nurse Educator — International Society of Psychiatric Nurses (2016)
  • Excellence in Education Award — Sigma Theta Tau, Alpha Chapter (2016)
  • Dr. Schwindt has also been recognized for clinical excellence in the care of persons with mental illness and for outstanding scholarship in teaching and learning.
  • Reducing the disproportionate impact of tobacco use among high-risk populations
  • Case Western Reserve University, Doctor of Nursing Practice (2013)
  • Indiana University School of Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing (1993)
  • Purdue University, Bachelor of Art (1986)
  • St. Elizabeth School of Nursing, Diploma in Nursing (1987)
  • Schwindt, R., McNelis, A., & Agley, J. (2016). Curricular innovations in tobacco cessation education for pre-licensure baccalaureate nursing students. Journal of Nursing Education, 55(8), 425-431.
  • Schwindt, R., McNelis, A., Lay, K., & Bentley, M. (2016). Student perceptions of a tobacco educational intervention. Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, 30(2), 167-169.
  • Schwindt, R., & McNelis, A. (2015). Integrating simulation and reflective pedagogies into a psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner course. Nursing Education Perspectives, September/October. http://dx.doi.org 10.5480/15-1614.
  • McNelis, A., Agley, J., Carlson, J., Schwindt, R., Gasman, R., Lay, K., Clark, C., & Kent, K. (2016). If you teach it, they will screen: Advanced practice nursing students use of screening and brief intervention in the clinical setting. Journal of Nursing Education, 55(4), 231-235.
  • Schwindt, R., & McNelis, A.M., & Sharp, D. (2014). Evaluation of a theory-based, hybrid tobacco education program to motivate nursing students to intervene with their seriously mentally ill clients who use tobacco. Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, 28(4), 277-283.