Valerie Seney

Assistant Professor

College of Nursing & Health Sciences / Community

Curriculum Vitae



Dion 308F


2021Regis CollegePMHNP
2020Endicott CollegePhD
2007UMass DartmouthRN
2004UMass DartmouthMA psychology
2000Bridgewater State UniversityBA Psychology


  • Mental Health Nursing
  • Professional Nursing
  • Community Nursing
  • Health Assessment




Online and Continuing Education Courses

Introduction of the roles & functions of the advanced practice psychiatric nurse. A bio-psychosocial framework built on students' prior knowledge of health assessment, ethics and biological & social sciences guides students in identifying risk factors inherent in the development of psychiatric disorders & mental health problems. Students examine evidence-based research & clinical deadlines for assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of prevalent psychiatric disorders in children, adolescents & adults, with consideration to developmental, cultural & ethical factors. Students are introduced to biological & psychosocial treatment modalities that promote & maximize mental health for individuals & families.

Increased understanding of the role of the advanced practice psychiatric-mental health nurse by working with a preceptor. Students interview, assess, diagnose children, adolescents & adults presenting with psychiatric disorders & mental health issues. Treatment plans are developed that reduce risk and promote & maximize mental health. Over the semester, students' progress to an increasingly independent role as an advanced practice nurse. Clinical issues associated with transition to the advanced practice role are discussed.


Research interests

  • Mental Health caregivers
  • Mental Health Nurses
  • Psychiatric Nurse burnout related to stress
  • Emotional response to restraints of pediatric patients

Select publications

See curriculum vitae for more publications

  • Seney, V; Insana, J.; Alberto, A. & Hay, J. (2020).
    Development of Opioid Education Training for Pediatric Psychiatric Mental Health Nurses
    Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing, 33, 141-147.
  • Hay, J., Seney, V., Nappe, H., Alberto, A, & Lundsten, K. (2017).
    Rapid Response Team: Development and Implementation in a Pediatric Psychiatric Hospital
    American Nurse Today, 12, 47-48.

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