School of Nursing

Rebecca Schroeder DNP, MPH, RN, PMHNP, BC

Assistant Professor of Nursing
Faculty Portrait of Dr. Rebecca Schroeder

Office Location

217 Masterton Hall, Portland Campus



Academic Degrees

  • DNP, Regis College, MA
  • MPH, Columbia University, NY
  • BSN, Regis College, MA


 Dr. Schroeder joined the University of Southern Maine (USM) nursing faculty in 2016. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Health, a Master’s degree in Nursing with a certification as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) and a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree with a concentration in education. Dr. Schroeder’s nursing practice spans a long career working with adult psychiatric patients in acute, ambulatory and community settings with a specialization in adult/geriatric mental health.  She has broad experience and progressive achievement in nursing and the healthcare field. Her research and scholarly interests are focused on understanding the development and practice of therapeutic relationships, co-occurring medical and mental illness, and telemental health. In addition to her role as track coordinator for USM’s PMHNP program, she continues to practice as a PMHNP in an Assertive Community Treatment setting.  Dr. Schroeder teaches at the graduate level, including courses in Advanced Psychopharmacology, Behavioral and Psychosocial Health of the Family, and Advanced Practice Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing I and II.

Research Interests

  • Therapeutic communication
  • Telemental health
  • Co-occurring illness
  • Integrative care

Recent Publications

Schroeder, R.A. (2020). Adaptation or revolution: Telemental health and advanced practice psychiatric nursing during COVID-19. Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, first published on-line Nov 9, 2020, doi:10.1177/1078390320970638

Schroeder, R.A. (2018). Unique person, unique place: Exploring two assertive community treatment teams in Maine. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 39:6, 499-505, doi:10.1080/01612840.2017.1413460

Schroeder, R.A. (2016). Bearing witness: The lived experience of sitting with patients. Archives of Psychiatric Nursing. 30, 678-684. doi:10.1016/j.apnu.2016.03.005

Schroeder, R.A., et al. (2013). 26th Annual Conference of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, Pittsburgh, PA, Nov 7-10, 2012. Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, 19, 11-35. doi:10.1177/1078390312471805

Schroeder, R.A. (2013) The seriously mentally ill older adult: Perceptions of the patient-provider relationship. Perspectives in Psychiatric Care, 49, 30-40. doi:10.1111/j.1744- 6163.2012.00338.x

Cafarao, T., Jolley, C., LaValle, A. & Schroeder, R. (2012) Strategic Planning Reports on Key Issues for APNA. Workplace Violence Workgroup Report.