faculty profile

Mary Carter-Orbke   DNP, PMHNP-BC



Dr. Carter-Orbke has been providing supervision for Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner students since 2009 and joined VUSN full-time in 2022. She completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in biology at Asbury University in 2006, her Master of Science in Nursing from Vanderbilt University School of Nursing in 2008, and her Doctor of Nursing Practice from Chatham University in 2018. Her doctoral evidence-based practice project was entitled Maladaptive Perfectionism: A Risk Factor for Eating Disorders, and her scholarly and clinical interests include eating disorders, substance use disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorders, and trauma-related disorders.

In addition to her teaching role, Dr. Carter-Orbke sees patients in her outpatient psychiatric private practice. Her clinical experience includes residential treatment for women with substance use disorders, partial hospitalization treatment for women with eating disorders, and outpatient community mental health.


  • BA, Asbury University
  • MSN, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing
  • DNP, Chatham University

Representative Publications


Carter-Orbke, M.E., Henry-Okafor, Q., & Moore, G. (2023). Trauma and substance use disorder: Breaking the cycle in women. The Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 20(1). doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nurpra.2023.104853


  • March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Award Nominee, 2014
  • TLPCA Guest Lecturer: The Effect of Substance Abuse on Women, 2014
  • Cal Turner Leadership Retreat, 2007