Barbara Trueman Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Post-Graduate Fellowship

Barbara Trueman Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Post-Graduate Fellowship

Nationwide Children’s Hospital offers a one-year post-graduate fellowship for new graduate psychiatric nurse practitioners who are interested in building upon their knowledge base in order to treat children and adolescents with complex psychiatric disorders.

Nationwide Children’s Hospital is committed to transforming the delivery of pediatric mental health care in Central Ohio. To this end, the Barbara Trueman Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Post-Graduate Fellowship will train expert psychiatric nurse practitioners to meet the complex needs and improve the outcomes of the acute and chronically ill child and adolescent mental health population. The program will accept two fellows for the 2022 - 2023 academic year.

This fellowship program provides evidence-based practice curriculum and a variety of specialty clinical rotations, resulting in both breadth and depth of experience. Fellows will become well-rounded clinicians, engage in weekly educational sessions, and gain the knowledge and tools to improve patient care outcomes through participation in a mentored evidence-based project.

national nurse practitioner residency and fellowship training consortium

The Barbara Trueman Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Post-Graduate Fellowship at Nationwide Children's Hospital was accredited by the National Nurse Practitioner Residency and Fellowship Training Consortium in September 2019 and will be up for re-accreditation in 2022. Visitors to our site are encouraged to provide public comment as part of our accreditation process. Please visit the Accreditation Status and Public Comment website.

This fellowship program was the first of its kind to be developed and accredited in the United States.

What You Need to Know

Program Mission Statement

The mission of the Barbara Trueman Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Post-Graduate Fellowship Program is to transform the delivery of pediatric mental health care in Ohio and contiguous states through the expansion and development of expert psychiatric nurse practitioners to meet the complex needs and improve the outcomes of the acute and chronically ill child and adolescent mental health population.

Program Goals

  • Provide advanced training for novice psychiatric nurse practitioners in order to achieve confidence, mastery and competency in all domains of full scope of practice when caring for children and adolescents with highly complex acute and chronic mental health disorders.
  • Improve retention of child and adolescent psychiatric nurse practitioners at Nationwide Children's Hospital.
  • Investigate and integrate evidence-based and culturally sensitive care into clinical practice.
  • Develop the future child and adolescent psychiatric nurse practitioner workforce to increase access to behavioral health services and apply quality improvement science to improve quality care outcomes.
  • Develop clinical leadership skills to lead interprofessional teams and identify opportunities to promote quality patient care outcomes.
  • Recognize the unique needs of the underserved population and integrate into the plan of care to promote quality patient care outcomes.
  • Identify and incorporate concepts of equity, inclusion, and diversity to provide comprehensive patient care.

Program Objectives

  • Provide advanced psychopharmacology training to gain expertise in medication management of children and adolescents with co-morbid psychiatric and/or medical disorders.
  • Cultivate and develop clinical leadership skills through community education, care coordination and an evidence-based QI project.
  • Develop advanced assessment and diagnostic skills necessary to treat children and adolescents with complex acute and chronic mental health disorders.
  • Provide opportunities for ongoing professional development and promote an environment of respect, support and collaboration.

Clinical Rotations

During this one-year fellowship program, the psychiatric nurse practitioner fellow will develop their own caseload of patients in general psychiatry and complete clinical rotations in the following specialty areas:

Fellows will also have the opportunity to observe the Consult Liaison (Med/Psych) Service, Youth Crisis Stabilization Unit, Partial Hospitalization Program, Electroconvulsive Therapy and The PAX School-Based Behavioral Program.

Didactic Lectures

Weekly lectures will include the following topics:

  • Psychopharmacology
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Comprehensive diagnostic assessment and diagnosis
  • Clinical leadership
  • Clinical decision-making
  • Care coordination
  • Psychotherapies
  • Quality improvement project development

Evidence-Based Fellow Project

Fellows will have the opportunity to work with a nurse science mentor to develop an evidence-based project of clinical interest.

Application and Selection

Thank you for your interest in the Barbara Trueman Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Post-Graduate Fellowship. The program will recruit two qualified fellows for the 2022-2023 fellowship year.


Applicants selected for employment in the program must:

  • Have graduated from an accredited Master’s PMHNP or DNP program within the past 12 months
  • Be licensed as an APRN in the state of Ohio
  • Hold a PMHNP certification through the ANCC
  • Hold a permanent DEA license
  • Commit to practice as a PMHNP at Nationwide Children’s for two years after completion of the fellowship program

PLEASE NOTE: One need not be fully licensed at the time of application; however, selected applicants must obtain all licenses before the start of the program.

Compensation and Benefits

  • Competitive salary
  • Competitive benefit package
  • Paid time off
  • Financial support to attend national conference
  • License reimbursement
  • Access to wellness programs


The following items will be required to complete the application process:

If you wish to submit a hard copy of the application, please contact Heather Hawkins and Shojuana Perry for application and instructions.

Application Timeline and Interview Process

  • Application deadline is Friday, February 11, 2022 by 10 p.m. (All materials, including letters of recommendation, must be submitted as outlined above)
  • Interviews will take place in March
  • Positions will be offered in early May
  • Program start date: August 22, 2022

The application review team will consist of the fellowship program director, core faculty and other members of the Behavioral Health team. Please contact the program coordinator with questions.

Core Faculty

Meet Our Faculty

Hear From Our Current Fellows

“I grew up going to 'take your child to work days' with my mom who was a nurse at Nationwide Children’s. When I started my personal journey towards becoming a psychiatric nurse practitioner, I knew I wanted to work at Nationwide Children’s and I started as a mental health technician working with inpatient psychiatric patients and loved working with the children and adolescents in this population. I also volunteered at the suicide prevention hotline and learned some key skills that I now use as a nurse practitioner. After becoming a nurse, I decided to transition to the Psychiatric Crisis Department. This nursing job really helped to solidify my passion for working with the pediatric population at Nationwide Children’s. During this time, I was also completed my master’s degree at The Ohio State University. Upon graduation, I still had a desire to learn more clinical skills to enhance both my confidence and competence as a psychiatric nurse practitioner which led me to the Psychiatric NP Fellowship at Nationwide Children’s. This fellowship program will allow me to rotate through several different psychiatry subspecialties with my goal of finding the subspecialty that is perfect for me. This program also allows me to continue learning while working in a supportive environment with a patient population that I love.”

Megan Gerberick PMHNP-BC
Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Fellow

“I received my B.S. in biology from The Ohio State University and continued my education there to obtain my M.S. in nursing through their Graduate Entry Program. During that time, I continued to volunteer at the Columbus Suicide Prevention Hotline, answering calls from individuals in crisis. I also started working at the College of Nursing as a graduate research assistant to Dr. Jodi Ford whose research was focused on social determinants of health and the impact of stress in homeless and transient youth population. From there, I worked as a RN and charge RN at the Nationwide Children’s Psychiatric Crisis Department for about 1.5 years with children from a wide range of ages and backgrounds. It has been my pleasure to work with children and their families and continue to advocate for the unique mental health needs within the pediatric population. I am particularly passionate about reducing care gaps and increasing access to mental health services for children. I chose to apply for the fellowship program because it offers the unique opportunity for new providers to enrich their practice through exploration of an array of diverse specialization areas and work alongside a world-class interdisciplinary team with unique strengths and insights.”

Lia Pinkus, PMHNP-BC
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Fellow


For more information regarding the program, please contact:

Program Director
(614) 722-4190

Heather Hawkins
Administrative Support II
(614) 938-0476

Shojuana Perry
Administrative Support III
(614) 722-2255