Patricia Howard PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN
Executive Associate Dean UK CON-Norton Healthcare Partnership, Marion E. McKenna Professor of Nursing

Patricia Howard received her undergraduate degree in nursing from the University of Louisville and her master's degree in nursing from the University of Kentucky. In 1992, she completed the Doctor of Philosophy in nursing at UK. The focus of her doctoral research, partially funded by an American Nurses Foundation grant, was maternal caregiving of adult children with schizophrenia. This research was extended in a University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center grant in which she investigated the extent to which fathers participated in caregiving for their adult children diagnosed with schizophrenia. Dr. Howard is a member of the university’s graduate school and is the executive associate dean for academic operations and partnerships and the Marion E. McKenna Professor of Nursing. She also teaches in the PhD, DNP and MSN programs. Since 1996, she has been engaged in research funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Kentucky Department for Mental Health and Mental Retardation Services. Currently, she is co-principal investigator of the SAMHSA-funded Kentucky Medication Algorithm Project (KyMAP). The overall goal of the KyMAP initiative is to implement, train, and evaluate the evidence-based practice called medication algorithms. In addition, Dr. Howard participated in a national study designed to evaluate the psychometric properties of KyMAP research instruments. Her previous research included funded projects that investigated consumer and family satisfaction with mental health services in Kentucky’s public mental health system, part of Kentucky's development of a statewide plan for measuring outcomes of mental health care. She was also an investigator in a SAMHSA-funded study designed to implement the Trauma Informed Care model to reduce use of seclusion and restraints in Kentucky's public psychiatric hospitals. Her research focus has a direct relationship to contributions in these programs. Her clinical area is psychiatric-mental health nursing, with an emphasis on informal caregivers and public mental health service delivery systems. Dr. Howard's research has been published in Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, International Psychiatry, Issues in Mental Health Nursing, and  Psychiatric Services. She has presented the results of her research at regional, national and international levels, including Sigma Theta Tau International, the American Nurses Association Council of Nurse Researchers, the International Society for Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing (ISPN), the Southern Nursing Research Society, and the National Association of Mental Health Program Directors Research Institute. In 2005 she was appointed to a three-year term on the editorial board of Archives of Psychiatric Nursing. The College is grateful to Dr. Howard for serving as interim dean from fall 2012 to summer 2014. Her credentials and experience in teaching, research and service enhanced her leadership style as the interim dean and led to new opportunities both internal an external to the College. Immediately prior to her appointment, she was associate dean for MSN and DNP studies. She now serves as the executive associate dean for academic operations and partmnerships and the Marion E. McKenna Professor of Nursing. In 2010, Dr. Howard was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. She is a 1991 American Nurses Foundation Scholar, a fellow of the University of Kentucky, and a founding board member of the International Society of Psychiatric Mental Health Nurses. Since 1995, she has served as a research consultant and on various committees for the Kentucky Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation Services. In recognition of her contribution to the mental health profession, Dr. Howard received the 2002 Melva Jo Hendrix Lectureship Award from the International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses. In 2008 she received the Nursing Education Cabinet Research Utilization Award from the Kentucky Nurses Association and the Jeanette Chamberlain Award from the International Society for Psychiatric Mental-Health Nurses. Dr. Howard is recognized national and internationally for her expertise and program of research in mental health service evaluation research that focused on improved access and quality of care for those with serious and persistent mental disorders. Her innovative approach to expand the multi-disciplinary research team to include the voice of consumers of mental health services has enhanced the validity of her translational research on quality, patient satisfaction, and treatment outcomes. Findings from her body of work have contributed to treatment and enhanced the validity of her translational research on quality, patient satisfaction, and treatment outcomes. She has published in highly recognized nursing and health services journals and presented at numerous national and international forums.

Contact Information

Phone: (859) 323-6332

Fax: (859) 323-1357

Email: pb.howard@uky.edu



Executive Leadership Certificate Program, Gatton School of Business and Economics University of Kentucky, 1999
PhD, University of Kentucky, 1992
MSN, University of Kentucky, 1980
BSN, University of Louisville , 1979


Family caregiving; persistent mental illness; advanced practice psychiatric-mental health nursing


Dr. Pat Howard's CV


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.

El-Mallakh, P. Howard, P. B. Bond, G. Roque, A. Challenges of implementing a medication management evidence-based practice in a community mental health setting: Results of a qualitative study. (2014), Mental Health Nursing 35 (7), 517-525.

El-Mallakh, P. Howard, P. B. Rayens, M. K. Roque, A. P. Adkins, S. Organizational fidelity to a medication management evidence-based practice in the treatment of schizophrenia. (2013), Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services 51 (11), 35-44.

Howard, P. B. El-Mallakh, P. Preface: Mental health across the lifespan . (2010), Nursing Clinics of North America 45 (4), ix-x.

El-Mallakh, P. Howard, P. B. Inman, S. Medical and psychiatric co-morbidities in children and adolescents: A guide to issues and treatment approaches. (2010), Nursing Clinics of North America 45 (4), 541-554.


Howard, P. B., Williams, T., Lock, S. E., Tharp-Barrie, K. 2014, January. Transforming Practice through an Academic Partnership. American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Naples, FL .

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.

Hardin-Pierce, M. G., Hill, K., Howard, P. B. 2011, September. Academic practice partnership: Collaborating to improve quality in acute care services. 4th National Doctors of Nursing Practice Conference, Doctors of Nursing Practice, New Orleans, LA .

Howard, P. B., Prevost, S. S. 2011, July. Advancing Evidence- Based Practice: Outcomes from a Sample of Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Graduates 2005-2010. Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Research Conference, Sigma Theta Tau International, Cancun, Mexico.