Patricia Howard PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN
Professor Emeritus

Patricia B. Howard is Executive Associate Dean for the College of Nursing-Norton Healthcare (NHC) Academic-Practice Partnership and serves as a consultant at NHC on nursing education and research. She holds the Marion E. McKenna Endowed Professorship in the College of Nursing. Dr. Howard received her undergraduate degree in nursing at the University of Louisville, School of Nursing and Master of Science in the psychiatric mental-health nursing clinical specialty from the University of Kentucky. In 1992, she completed a PhD in nursing science at the University of Kentucky, College of Nursing and joined the College faculty upon graduation. Her subsequent program of research about serious mental illness was funded by the American Nurses Foundation, the Kentucky Department for Mental Health and Mental Retardation Services and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Dr. Howard and her colleagues conducted research at all of Kentucky’s acute care psychiatric hospitals and many of the State’s community mental health centers. Research foci included informal caregiving, satisfaction with mental health services, trauma informed care, and medication management in the treatment of schizophrenia. Findings of their studies contributed to treatment and enhanced the validity of Dr. Howard’s translational research on quality, patient satisfaction, and treatment outcomes.

Dr. Howard is also recognized for her participation in development of the College’s DNP program, the first in the nation, and her continued leadership in advancing the DNP model of education for preparation of advanced practice nurses. Most recently, Dr. Howard and colleagues at the College and NHC are advancing understanding about the value of academic-practice partnerships for DNP education. The partnership, designed to prepare approximately 100 BSN NHC staff nurses at the practice doctorate level through the College’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program, is the first of its type reported in the literature.

Findings of her mental health services research and DNP education accomplishments have been disseminated in national and international presentations and publications. For their mental health services research, Dr. Howard and colleagues were recipients of the 2004 Editor Choice for the International Psychiatry Bulletin of the Board of International Affairs for the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the 2007 Editor’s choice from the Council of Science and Archives of Psychiatric Nursing. Dr. Howard was recognized by the International Society for Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing (ISPN) in 2002 with the Melva Jo Hendrix Lectureship award and in 2008 for the Jeanette Chamberlain Leadership award. She is a 2009 Distinguished Fellow and a 2014 Outstanding Alumni of the University of Louisville, School of Nursing and a 2010 Outstanding Alumni of the University of Kentucky, College of Nursing. In 2014, she received the Dean Janie Heath Puma Award for Outstanding Service. Dr. Howard is a founding board member of ISPN; a member of Sigma Theta Tau International honor society; an American Nurses Foundation Scholar; and an American Academy of Nursing Fellow.

Contact Information

Phone: (859) 323-6332

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