Dawn Bounds, MSN, PMHNP-BC is a full-time PhD student at Rush University College of Nursing in Chicago, IL. Her research will explore the early developmental determinants of high risk behaviors among African American female youths living in urban environments. Based on her clinical and community work, the research will help to unravel complex issues related to the sexual and emotional exploitation of children, cumulative trauma, and their related health behaviors. Her advisors are Wrenetha Julion, MPH, PhD and Kathleen Delaney, PhD, PMHNP-BC, FAAN.
Ms. Bounds is certified by the American Nurse's Credentialing Center (ANCC) as a Family Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She is also certified with distinction by the Neuroscience Education Institute's Master Psychopharmacology Program. Ms. Bounds has extensive professional experiences with youths and their families. For example, she has practiced at Cook County Juvenile Detention Center where she supervised their overall day-to-day treatment. She has also worked in an acute in-patient child and adolescent psychiatric service at Rush University.
Her acumen in psychiatric nursing is shared with students at Rush University where she works as a part-time faculty member in the School of Nursing, teaching in the psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner program and practicing with a faculty group that provides mental health services in the Chicago Public Schools. She is the secretary for the Board of Directors of the Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health, a social justice non-profit organization that focuses on reproductive issues and youths. Finally, Ms. Bounds is a Street Yoga instructor, a wife, and a mother.
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