Our Scholars

 
Jane has an excellent understanding of how social, cultural, economic and political factors affect access to health and mental health care.
— Kathy Kroening, University of Washington Clinical Instructor
 Jane Nwankwookoye

Jane Nwankwookoye

Jane Nwankwookoye

2018-19 Scholarship Recipient

Jane is a DNP student in the University of Washington’s Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program.

She points to a particular moment which sparked her passion to help others. During an intake behavioral health assessment, a 30-year-old male patient related that his life changed when his wife left with their young son. A spiral of depression, alcohol, job loss, homelessness, and suicide attempts ensued. Jane saw the needs in her community and she responded, as an advocate, a volunteer, and a professional.

With her doctoral project, an integration of PMHNP into Behavioral Health System at Country Doctor Community Health Centers and Carolyn Downs Family Medical Center, she hopes to educate, empower and create more awareness that will help normalize mental health and reduce the shame and stigma.

Vincent’s personal journey speaks to his abilities and determination in overcoming significant challenges. He is a dedicated student with great enthusiasm and capacity for learning.
— Janiece DeSocio, Seattle University Professor of Nursing
 Vincent Otundo

Vincent Otundo

Vincent Otundo

2018-19 Scholarship Recipient

Vincent is in the Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing DNP program at Seattle University.

His path has not been an easy one. He came to the United States right after high school. Soon afterward, his father passed away, leaving Vincent alone in a new country. Over time, he found work, went back to school, and now maintains a 3.8 grade point average.

Vincent has drawn upon his experiences in his academic work. His scholarly project focuses on the critical need for culturally-relevant mental health services for immigrant populations; a need that continues to grow in our region.

Zion’s work exemplifies the Lois Price Spratlen Foundation mission in promoting a community of caring. Her prior and current work demonstrates her commitment and leadership in mental health.
— Jean Tang, University of Washington Assistant Professor

Zion Shekinah

2018-19 Scholarship Recipient

Zion is a student in the University of Washington’s Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program.

She has dedicated her life to justice and equality through global advocacy for human rights. She served as an invited speaker at the United Nations Anti-Human Trafficking Conference. She also served as a consultant for child soldier-related issues for an international committee. In addition, she worked as a Hospital Administrator in Uganda.

Zion currently works at the Downtown Emergency Service Center Inpatient Crisis Solutions Center in Seattle. She works tirelessly to connect her clients with available services. She is passionate about advocating for people and their families who are impacted by mental disorders.

Her educational goal is to implement a research project on the elevated risk of metabolic syndrome in persons taking atypical antipsychotics and how it contributes to an increase in health risks. Her goal is to create patient-centered, customizable interventions for treatment plans

Ebony embodies the qualities of a professional nursing leader with her vision and ability to conceptualize complex issues in psychiatric nursing.
— Anne Mason, Washington State University DNP Program Director
 Ebony Blackmon Humphrey receiving her scholarship award

Ebony Blackmon Humphrey receiving her scholarship award

Ebony Blackmon Humphrey

2017-18 Scholarship recipient

In 2017, Ebony was a student in the Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing DNP program at Washington State University. In addition to maintaining a 3.8 GPA in her studies, Ebony worked with the Psychiatric Services Department at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle on increasing care satisfaction and reducing length of stay for patients with severe and persistent mental illness. 

Ebony has more than 10 years of experience as a nurse in behavioral medicine, dedicating her professional life to serving the disadvantage and underserved.

Her plans for the future also include advocating for the profession, working with legislators to help heal our nation from mental disturbances that are impacting communities and families.

Melanie’s project is exemplary of quality improvement research to achieve goals of secondary prevention for at-risk youth.
— Janiece DeSocio, Seattle University faculty member
 Melanie Kristoferson receiving her scholarship

Melanie Kristoferson receiving her scholarship

Melanie Kristoferson

2017-18 Scholarship recipient

In 2017, Melanie was a student in Seattle University’s Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program. For her scholarly project, Melanie designed and implemented a crisis management plan for students in crisis at Madison Middle School. She implemented this project in partnership with NeighborCare Health. Madison reported a high incidence of 911 calls. Staff identified the need for a coordinated, patient-centered process to support these students.

Melanie’s project resulted in her making a presentation at the Annual National Conference on Advancing Mental Health. She said that participating in this conference contributed to her decision to pursue a DNP degree. She said it also helped her see how involvement in research can be accessible and exciting.

Jenny’s passion for improving the lives and care of others is clear in her work and her interactions.
— Elaine Walsh, University of Washington faculty member
 Jenny Palisoc receiving her scholarship

Jenny Palisoc receiving her scholarship

Jenny Palisoc

2017-18 Scholarship recipient

In 2017, Jenny was a DNP student in the University of Washington’s Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program. Her graduate research project proposed to examine the effectiveness of a continuing education training program for registered nurses, designed to enhance their knowledge and skills to prepare in the assessment, treatment, and management of suicide risk.

Jenny’s accomplishments go far beyond her academic work. Jenny was a Board Member for NAMI-Washington. She also served as a volunteer nurse with the Teeth and Toes Clinic for Homeless Youth and Adults, and she was a member of the UW School of Nursing Diversity Committee. She has also volunteered with the Refugee Women’s Alliance and the King County Public Health Needle Exchange program.

 

Emma’s research and the implementation of an educational intervention for school nurses has great potential to improve child mental health.
— Janiece DeSocio, Seattle University faculty member
 Emma Cyders Oswald

Emma Cyders Oswald

Emma Cyders Oswald

2016-17 Scholarship recipient

In 2016, Emma was a student in the Masters of Science, Advanced Practice Nursing Immersion program at Seattle University in the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner track. In addition to maintaining a 3.8 GPA in her studies, Emma worked as a floor nurse and charge nurse on an inpatient psychiatric unit at Fairfax Hospital in Kirkland. 

Emma’s graduate scholarly project was a systematic review of literature on adverse childhood experiences applied to the practice of school nursing.

She also designed and delivered an in-service for school nurses of the Seattle school district to educate them about adverse childhood experiences, the effect of ACEs on school performance and health, screening tools, local resources, and interventions. 

Grace’s project exemplifies her desire to provide care to underserved and vulnerable populations, and reflects a commitment to collaborative relationships.
— Elaine Walsh, University of Washington faculty member
 Grace Martin receiving her scholarship

Grace Martin receiving her scholarship

Grace Martin

2016-17 Scholarship recipient

In 2016, Grace was a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner student entering her final two quarters of the program at the University of Washington’s School of Nursing.

A look at Grace’s résumé is a study in what it means to volunteer to help those in need.  Grace has worked with children as a volunteer with Seattle Children’s Hospital, Union Gospel Mission’s Hope Place, Mara Farm’s Giving Garden, Spurs and Spokes Therapeutic Riding Program, Aletheia Riding Center, Camp Korey, and she also completed a study abroad program in Kenya.

Grace’s capstone project involved partnering with Spruce Street Inn, a safe house for runaway youths.