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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.”
— Patricia Kinser, PhD
Career Highlights
  • Assistant Dean of Research, Scholarship, and Innovation at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, 2021–present
  • Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, School of Nursing, 2012–present
  • Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner at Health Brigade, Richmond, VA, 2007–present
  • Co-chair of the Perinatal Mental Health Research group at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Institute for Women’s Health, 2017–present
  • Governor-appointed member of the Board of Health for the Commonwealth of Virginia, 2017–present
  • Published 58 articles in peer-reviewed journals, four book chapters, and one book
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and active member of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, the Virginia Council of Nurse Practitioners, the Southern Nursing Research Society, the Marce Society, the Academy of Women’s Health, and the American Academy of Nursing
  • 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
  • Frequent guest speaker about women’s health issues and mindfulness-based interventions around the U.S. and worldwide
  • Board-certified Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner
  • PhD in Nursing Research from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
  • Master’s degree in Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner from Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Bachelor of Science in Biology, Neural and Behavioral Science, and Feminist and Gender Studies from Haverford College, PA
Featured Publications
  • “Mindful Moms: Motivation to Self-Manage Depression Symptoms.” The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing, vol. 45, no. 4, Jul/Aug 2020, doi: 10.1097/NMC.0000000000000625
  • “Treatment Fidelity in Mind-Body Interventions.” Journal of Holistic Nursing, vol. 37, no. 2, Jun 2019, doi: 10.1177/0898010118800573
  • “​​Physical Activity and Yoga-Based Approaches for Pregnancy-Related Low Back and Pelvic Pain.” Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing, vol. 46, no. 3, May–June 2017, doi: 10.1016/j.jogn.2016.12.006
My Journey in Medicine

I entered the field as a women’s health nurse practitioner because I wanted to provide high-quality, compassionate care to women. Through my experiences in clinical practice, I discovered the need for more research that would enhance the quality of care that we provide to women across their lifespan, which inspired me to become a researcher and a university professor.

My approach to care is holistic, with an emphasis on mindfulness and self-management. I’ve focused my research on the promotion of positive health behaviors and interventions for mental and physical wellness. 

I have found that mindful physical activity is particularly helpful for women experiencing symptoms of depression (particularly for pregnant and postpartum mothers), and I am eager to contribute new knowledge to the topic through my studies. In my triple role as a professor, researcher, and clinician, I conduct high-impact research that can advance the overall health and wellness of women across their lifespan.

As I’m passionate about advancing women’s health, I’m delighted to work alongside many talented practitioners who share this vision. I believe that Flo is a wonderful tool to help women take an active role in managing their well-being, and I appreciate that everything on the platform is evidence-based and backed by top experts in the field. 

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