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
MS Clinical specialization in adult psychiatric nursing
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
In Instruments for Assessing Health and Function 2003
Frank-Stromberg M & Olsen S Eds.
Depression: is society taking the wrong approach?
Enhancing caregiver outcomes in palliative care
McCorkle R, Pasacreta JV
Cancer Control 2001 Jan-Feb