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Patricia Kinser, PhD
Patricia Kinser, PhD
Assistant dean of research, scholarship, and innovation, Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia, US
“My clinical practice keeps me grounded in the realities of the high-quality health care women need. My students keep me flexible, and my research helps push for progress in women’s health issues.”
Areas of expertise
  • Mindfulness
  • Perinatal mental health
  • Female health
“My approach to care is holistic, with an emphasis on mindfulness and self-management.”
— Patricia Kinser, PhD
  • Virginia Commonwealth University – Assistant dean of research, scholarship, and innovation, since 2021
  • Virginia Commonwealth University – Professor, since 2021
  • Virginia Commonwealth University’s Institute for Women’s Health – Cochair of the perinatal mental health research group, since 2017
  • Board of Health for the Commonwealth of Virginia – Governor-appointed member, since 2017
  • Health Brigade – Women’s health nurse practitioner, since 2007
  • Board-certified women’s health nurse practitioner
  • University of Virginia – PhD in nursing research
  • Virginia Commonwealth University – Master’s degree in women’s health nurse practitioner
  • Virginia Commonwealth University – Bachelor of Science in nursing
  • Haverford College – Bachelor of Science in biology, neural and behavioral science, and feminist and gender studies
Awards and achievements
  • Recipient of many awards, including an endowed professorship from Nursing Alumni Endowment, 2021; Excellence in Research Writing Award from the Journal of Holistic Nursing, 2019; Excellence in Nursing Research Award from Sigma Theta Tau, 2019; DAISY Faculty Award from VCU School of Nursing, 2016; and Distinguished Practitioner and Fellow from the National Academies of Practice, 2015
  • Published 58 articles in peer-reviewed journals, four book chapters, and one book
  • Frequent guest speaker about female health issues and mindfulness-based interventions around the United States and worldwide
Academic memberships
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing 
  • Active member of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, the Virginia Council of Nurse Practitioners, the Southern Nursing Research Society, the Marcé Society, the Academy of Women’s Health, and the American Academy of Nursing
Appearances and publications in other media
The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing, vol. 45, no. 4, pp. 233–39.,
03 Aug 2020
Mindful Moms: Motivation to Self-Manage Depression Symptoms
Journal of Holistic Nursing, vol. 37, no. 2, pp. 189–99.,
10 Jun 2019
Treatment Fidelity in Mind-Body Interventions
Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing, vol. 46, no. 3, pp. 334–46.,
05 Jun 2017
Physical Activity and Yoga-Based Approaches for Pregnancy-Related Low Back and Pelvic Pain
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