Biography

The head of Integrated Mental Health Services, Jeannie Pasacreta, PhD, APRN received a bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Villanova University (1978), a Masters from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons (1982), and a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania with an emphasis on differentiating and treating stress related versus clinical depression in complex cases. Dr. Pasacreta was a full time Associate Professor & Director of the graduate program in psychiatric nursing at Yale University (1997-2004).

 

In 2006, she transitioned a full time private practice offering clinical and consultation services, mental health advocacy and research. She continues her affiliation with Yale as an Associate Clinical Professor. At the same time, Integrated Mental Health Services LLC, serves as both a clinical site where the next generation of mental health professionals receive mentoring and a place where comprehensive psychiatric advocacy and health care can be delivered to those who need it most.

 

Dr. Pasacreta has served the Newtown area since 2006 and has a strong desire to promote a long overdue paradigm shift for conceptualizing, preventing and treating mental health problems, especially among the disenfranchised who may not have otherwise received treatment.

Education & Training

1974-1978

Villanova University

BS Nursing

1980-1982

Columbia University

MS Clinical specialization in adult psychiatric nursing

1989-1993

University of Pennsylvania

PhD clinical and research psychology with an emphasis on the measurement, assessment & treatment  of depression within the context of a concurrent chronic medical illness

1993-1995

University of Pennsylvania

Post doctoral fellowship in palliative care and symptom management in patients with advanced cancer; research emphasis on differentiating physical & psychological symptoms from a conceptual and clinical perspective 

Associate Professor
Yale University, Columbia University, University of Connecticut

Selected Research Publications

Distress management training for oncology nurses: Description of an innovative online educational program

McCorkle, R., Pasacreta, JV Tang, S. and Holland J.C., Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing -1/1/2007

Psychosocial sequelae to genetic testing for breast and ovarian cancer risk: An integrative review

Pasacreta JV, Cancer Investigation - 1/1/2003

Genetic testing for breast and ovarian cancer risk: the psychosocial issue.

Pasacreta JV, Jacobs L, Cataldo JK 

AM J Nurs 2002 Dec

More investment in mental health services needed

Pasacreta JV

New Haven Register 2001 Oct

Role diversification in the education of advanced practice psychiatric nurses

Pasacreta JV, Minarik PA, Cataldo J, Muller B, Scahill L

Archives of Psychiatric Nursing 1999 Oct

Nurses' reports of psychiatric complications in patients with cancer

Pasacreta JV, Massie MJ

ONF 1990

Enhancing quality of life of cancer caregivers through the use of a family caregiver cancer education program

Pasacreta JV, Barg FK

Quality of Life - A Nursing Challenge

Our response to child abuse must transcend entertainment and profit

Pasacreta JV

Managing distress in oncology patients: description of an innovative online educational program for nurses.

 

Pasacreta, J. V.,Kenefick, A. L.,McCorkle, R.

Cancer Nurs 2008 Nov 07

Psychological Issues in Ovarian Cancer: An Overview and Successful Nursing Intervention

McCorkle, R., Pasacreta, JV Tang, S, Holistic Nursing Practice - 1/1/2003

Review: psychoeducational interventions reduce depressive symptoms in cancer.

Pasacreta JV

Evid Based Nurs 2002 Oct

Recent events highlight importance of mental Health services

Pasacreta JV, The Hartford Courrant - 1/1/2003

Psychological distress and functional dependency in colorectal cancer patients

Barsevick AM, Pasacreta JV, Orsi A

Cancer Practice 1995 Mar-Apr

Measuring depression

Pasacreta JV 

In Instruments for Assessing Health and Function 2003 

Frank-Stromberg M & Olsen S Eds.

Depression: is society taking the wrong approach?

Pasacreta JV

2007 Oct

Enhancing caregiver outcomes in palliative care

McCorkle R, Pasacreta JV

Cancer Control 2001 Jan-Feb