faculty profile

Jessica Walker   DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC

Assistant Professor


Dr. Walker teaches in the Master of Science in Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs.  She previously taught psychiatric-mental health nursing in a Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.  Her psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner clinical experience includes adult consultation-liaison psychiatry and homeless health services.  Her nursing career started in inpatient psychiatry with a board certification in psychiatric-mental health nursing.  She serves as the Chair of the Practice Council for the American Psychiatric Nurses Association.  Her scholarly interests include health care for individuals experiencing homelessness and mental illness.


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

Professional Organizations

  • American Association of Nurse Practitioners
  • American Nurses Association/Tennessee Nurses Association
  • Academy of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry  
  • American Psychiatric Nurses Association  
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness
  • Neuroscience Education Institute  
  • Sigma Theta Tau International  
  • Street Medicine Institute