Pam is a board-certified Psychiatric / Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and currently practices as the integrated behavioral health provider in a large rural pediatric practice. As a PMHNP, Pam provides evidence-based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and trauma focused therapy (EMDR) with children, adolescents and young adults. The pediatric practice employs the SBIRT model of integration of behavioral health into primary care. In addition to teaching and mentoring PMHNP and PNP graduate students in the College of Nursing, Pam is the Director of the KySS Online Child and Adolescent Mental Health Fellowship. The KySS online continuing education course has enrolled pediatric primary care providers from all over the country who want to increase their knowledge and skills in screening, assessing, and managing common pediatric mental health concerns. Pam also is invited to train PMHNP students in graduate programs all over the country to provide CBT for children and adolescents.
- Integration of behavioral / mental health and primary care
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) with children, adolescents young adults
- Teaching and supervision of evidence-based psychotherapy for advanced practice nurses (overarching theme: trauma informed psychiatric / mental health care)
- Adaptation of child / teen CBT and trauma focused therapies (EMDR) to maximize telehealth delivery
- Lusk, P. & McGuinness, T. (2020), Youth suicide risk screening for primary care, JNP The Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 16(5).
- Frye, L., Lusk, P., Van Cleve, S., Heighway, S. & Johnson-Smith, A. (2020). NAPNAP Position statement on the integration of mental health care in pediatric primary care settings.
- Lusk, P. (2020). Working with adolescents: A cognitive-behavioral case study approach. In Knight, C. & Wheeler, K. (Eds.). Case Study Approach to Psychotherapy. Springer Publishing (in press).
- Lusk, P. & Kozlowski, J. (in press). Chapter 20 - Cognitive Behavioral Interventions in Child & Adolescent Mental Health Treatment. In Yearwood, E., Pearson, G., & Newland, J. Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health: A Resource for Advanced Practice Psychiatric and Primary Care Practitioners in Nursing (2nd Edition), Ames, IA: Wiley-Blackwell.
- Lusk, P. & Roberto, A. (in press). Chapter 21: Psychotherapeutic Approaches with Children and Adolescents in Wheeler, K. Psychotherapy for the Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurse: A How-to Guide for Evidence-Based Practice (3rd Edition). New York, NY: Springer Publishing Co.
- Lusk, P. (2019). Increasing timely access to psychiatric/mental health care: Meeting children and adolescents where they are. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing. 32(4). 169-170.
- Spehr, M., Zeno, R., Warren, B., Lusk, P, & Masciola, R. (2019). Social-Emotional screening protocol implementation: A trauma-informed response for young children in child welfare. Journal of Pediatric Health Care. 33(6). 675-683.
- Lusk, P., & Melnyk, B. (2019). Evidence-Based Assessment of Mental Health. In K. Gawlik, B. Melnyk, & A. Teall (Eds.), Evidence-Based Physical Examination: Best Practices for Health and Well-Being Assessment. Springer Publishing (in press).
- Hart, B., Lusk, P., Hovermale, R. & Melnyk, B.M. (2019). Decreasing depression and anxiety in college youth using the Creating Opportunities for Personal Empowerment Program (COPE). CE Article. Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association. 25(2). 89-98, https://doi.org/10.1177/1078390318779205
- Lusk, P. & Kahn-John, M., (2019). Integrative nursing management of anxiety (Chapter 16). In Kreitzer, M. & Koithan, M. (Eds) Integrative Nursing (2nd edition). New York: Oxford Press.
- Delaney, K.& Lusk, P. (2018). Potential impact of DNP projects on child mental health services. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing. 31(2-3). 46-47.
- Lusk, P., Hart, B., & Melnyk, B.M. (2018). A successful model for clinical training in child/adolescent cognitive behavior therapy for graduate psychiatric advanced practice nursing students. Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association. https://doi.org/10.1177/1078390317723989
- Costa, C. & Lusk, P. (2017). Perceptions of interdisciplinary communication among correctional health care providers. Journal of Correctional Health Care. 23(1). 122-130.
- Lusk, P. (2015). Guest Editorial: Special Edition, Anxiety in Children and Adolescents (invited). Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing. 28(3).119-120.
- Kozlowski, J., Lusk, P. & Melnyk, B. M. (2015). Pediatric nurse practitioner management of child anxiety in a rural primary care clinic with the evidence-based COPE program. Journal of Pediatric Health Care. 29(3).274-282.www.jpedhc.org
- Lusk, P. (2015). Making EBP Real: A Success Story: Improving outcomes for depressed adolescents with the brief cognitive behavioral COPE intervention delivered in 30-minute outpatient visits. In Melnyk, B.M. & Fineout-Overholt, E. (Ed). Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing & Healthcare (3rd Ed.). Baltimore, MD: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
- Lusk, P. (2014). Clinical scholarship: Let’s share what we are doing in practice to improve outcomes. Guest Editorial (invited). Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing. 27(1).1-2.
- Lusk, P. (2013). Section 7: Disruptive Behaviors in Children and Adolescents. In B.M. Melnyk & P. Jensen (Eds.) Practical guide to child & adolescent mental health screening, early intervention and health promotion 2nd edition. Cherry Hill, NJ: National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP).
- Lusk, P. & Melnyk, B.M. (2013). Section 18: Brief evidence-based interventions for child and adolescent mental health disorders. In B.M. Melnyk & P. Jensen (Eds.) Practical guide to child & adolescent mental health screening, early intervention and health promotion 2nd edition. Cherry Hill, NJ: National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP).
- Albury, R., Coehlo, D., Donohoe ML, Gaffney, K., Lusk, P., Van Cleve, S., Petersen-Smith, A., Keesing, H. (2013). NAPNAP Position Statement on the Integration of Mental Health Care in Pediatric Primary Care Settings. Journal of Pediatric Health Care.27:15A-16A.
- Melnyk, B.M. & Lusk, P. (2013). Opportunities and challenges in treating adolescents and young adults with major depressive disorder. Psychiatric Times. 30(9).
- Melnyk, B.M., Kelly, S. & Lusk, P. (2013). Outcomes and feasibility of a manualized cognitive-behavioral skills building intervention: Group COPE in school settings for depressed and anxious adolescents. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing. 27(1). 3-13.
- Lusk, P. & Melnyk, B.M. (2013). COPE for depressed and anxious teens: A brief cognitive –behavioral skills building intervention to increase access to timely, evidence-based treatment. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing. 26(1).
- Lusk, P. & Melnyk, B.M. (2011). COPE for the treatment of depressed adolescents: Lessons learned from implementing an evidence-based practice change. Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association. 17(4), 297-309.
- Lusk, P. & Melnyk, B.M. (2011). The brief cognitive-behavioral COPE intervention for depressed adolescents: Outcomes and feasibility of delivery in 30 – minute outpatient visits. Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association. 17 (3), 226-236.
- Funded Research Grants
Integrating Adolescent Substance Abuse Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) throughout Nursing Education Track F: Adolescent SBIRT Academic- Community Partnership Implementation Program.
Hilton Foundation/ NORC @ University of Chicago (Ohio State is one of four universities nationally in Track F.)
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