Peggy El-Mallakh PhD, PMHNP-BC, RN
Associate Professor and DNP Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Track Co-Coordinator

Peggy El-Mallakh received her undergraduate degree in nursing from Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, Conn. She received her Master’s Degree in Nursing from the University of Kentucky in 1998, and her Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing from UK in 2005. The focus of her doctoral studies was self-care management among people with comorbid schizophrenia and diabetes mellitus. She completed a three-year post-doctoral fellowship in evidence-based practice implementation in 2008. From 2003 to 2006, she was the program manager for the fidelity assessment team in the SAMHSA-funded Kentucky Medication Algorithm Project (KyMAP). This study implemented a medication management evidence-based practice in community mental health centers in Kentucky. In her most recent research project, she investigated the experience of family caregiving for people with co-morbid schizophrenia and diabetes mellitus. Dr. El-Mallakh’s research has been published in Psychiatric Services, Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, International Psychiatry, Issues in Mental Health Nursing, Journal of Psychosocial and Mental Health Nursing, and Nursing Clinics of North America. She has also presented research at conferences for the International Society for Psychiatric Nurses, the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, Southern Nursing Research Society, International Congress on Schizophrenia Research, and Sigma Theta Tau International.

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Phone: (859) 323-9619

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PhD, University of Kentucky College of Nursing, 2005
MSN, University of Kentucky College of Nursing, 1998
BSN, Central Connecticut State University School of Nursing, 1989
ADN, Triton College, 1982


Comorbid psychiatric and medical illnesses; evidence-based practice implementation; advanced practice psychiatric nursing


Dr. Peggy El-Mallakh's CV


El-Mallakh, P. Findlay, L. J. (submitted) Strategies to improve medication adherence in patients with schizophrenia: The role of support services. (2015), Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment 16 (11), 1077-1090.

Findlay, L. J. El-Mallakh, P. Howard, P. B. Clark, J. J. Hatcher, J. (submitted) Health behavior decision-making among African American adults diagnosed with schizophrenia. (2015), Mental Health Nursing 36 (7), 493-504.

Boling, B. Hart, A. Okoli, C. T. Halcomb, T. El-Mallakh, P. Use of social media as a virtual community and support group by left ventricular assist device (LVAD) patients. (2015), The VAD Journal

El-Mallakh, P. Kiran, K. El-Mallakh, R. S. Costs and savings associated with implementation of a police crisis intervention team. (2014), Southern Medical Journal 107 (6), 391-395.

Findlay, L. J. El-Mallakh, P. El-Mallakh, R. S. (in-press) Management of bipolar I depression: Clinical utility of Lurasidone. (2014), Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management 10 1-7.


Okoli, C. T., Mason, D. E., El-Mallakh, P., Roberston, H. 2016, October. Developing a tailored tobacco treatment program for individuals with schizophrenia: A mixed-methods study. 30th Annual American Psychiatric Nurses Association Conference, Hartford, CT United States.

Boling, B., Hart, A., Halcomb, T., Okoli, C. T., El-Mallakh, P. 2015, November. Use of Facebook as a virtual community and support group by left ventricular assist device (LVAD) patients. 25th Annual Nursing Research Papers Day, Lexington, KY .

El-Mallakh, P., Howard, P. B., Rayens, M. K., Roque, A. P., Adkins, S. 2013, July. Organizational Fidelity to a Medication Management Evidence-Based Practice in a Public Sector Treatment Setting. Sigma Theta Tau International Biennial Conference, Sigma Theta Tau, Prague, Czech Republic.

Howard, P. B., El-Mallakh, P., Rayens, M. K. 2012, May. Organizational Support for Implementation of a Medication Management Evidence- Based Practice in the Treatment of Schizophrenia. 3rd Annual Congress of NeuroTalk-2012, BIT Life Sciences, Beijing, China.

Chlebowy, D. O., El-Mallakh, P., Cloud, R., J, M., Kubiak, N., Wall, M. P., Graves, S. 2011, October. The effect of motivational interviewing on Type 2 diabetes management in African American adults: Preliminary findings. Research Louisville, Louisville, KY .