faculty profile

Jessica Walker   DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC

Instructor in Nursing


Jessica Walker teaches in the Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner specialty. She also works for Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Homeless Health Services program and adult psychiatric consultation-liaison service. She previously taught psychiatric-mental health nursing in a Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. Her nursing career started as a RN-BC at Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital. She is the president of the National Alliance on Mental Illness at Vanderbilt and is on the American Psychiatric Nurses Association’s Advanced Practice Council. Her scholarly and research interests include attitudes of healthcare providers toward patients who are homeless. She has received Vanderbilt University’s Founder’s Medal, the March of Dimes Behavioral Health Nurse of the Year honor, and Belmont University’s Kathleen B. Horrell Scholarship award.


  • DNP, Vanderbilt University
  • MSN, Vanderbilt University
  • BSN, Belmont University