Dr. Andrea Kwasky is dual certified as a Child/Adolescent Psychiatric/Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist and Family Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner through the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She received her Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Nursing from Western Michigan University, Master of Science in Nursing from Wayne State University with an emphasis on psychiatric/mental health nursing, and Doctorate in Nursing Practice from Oakland University.
Dr. Kwasky is a Clinical Professor of Nursing in the McAuley School of Nursing at the University of Detroit Mercy where she primarily teaches undergraduate nursing students and guest lectures within the Emergency Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner graduate programs. She has 20 years of advanced practice experience in the specialty area of mental health, treating children, adolescents, and adults in outpatient, inpatient, and residential settings. She is involved in several local, national, and international professional organizations and holds board positions with the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Michigan chapter and the International Society of Psychiatric Nurses. Her areas of research include suicide prevention, integration of classroom and clinical teaching pedagogy, health economics and improving efficiencies within healthcare systems.
As an educator, author, advocate and leader, Dr. Kwasky was recognized as a 2016 Nightingale Award winner, named 2017 Educator of the Year by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (Michigan chapter), and awarded the 2017 Clinical Practice Award and 2019 Presidents Award by the International Society of Psychiatric Nurses. Most recently, she was an invited member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association and International Society of Psychiatric Nurses collaborative work group that revised the American Nurses Association: Scope and Standards for Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing Practice which will be published in later in 2022.