June Andrews Horowitz, PhD

Associate Dean / Professor

College of Nursing & Health Sciences / Community

Curriculum Vitae




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1982New York UniversityPhD
1975Rutgers UniversityMS
1973School of Nursing, Boston CollegeBS


  • Psychiatric-mental health nursing
  • Research methods
  • Research advisement
  • Evidence-based practice & research
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice scholarly project advisement





Management of crisis and other emergent situations in individuals, families, and at-risk groups. Students extend knowledge from prior course to include high acuity situations. Students analyze the impact of social, political, and economic challenges that impact the current mental health care system. Students identify psychiatric-mental health problems, analyze risk & protective factors, and integrate knowledge of health promotion, risk, reduction, and the human response to illness. The transition from student to psychiatric nurse practitioner is discussed.


Research Activities

  • Mother-Baby Interaction/ Interpersonal Psychotherapy via mhealth
  • Perinatal mental health treatment outcomes using telehealth
  • Cortical Hemodynamic Response (CHR) among infants of mothers with postpartum depression
  • Mother-infant interaction quality treatment outcomes
  • Treatment access for low resourced childbearing women


Research Interests

  • Family mental health
  • Perinatal mental health
  • Mother-infant interaction
  • Psychotherapy intervention research
  • Technology and intervention research

Select publications

  • DiSanza CB, Geller PA, Bonacquisti A, Posmontier. B, Horowitz JA, Chiarello LA (2020).
    A stepped care model of patient navigation to enhance engagement with perinatal mental health care
    Health Equity, 4:, 484-488.
  • Horowitz, J.A., & Posmontier (2020).
    A Call to Action: Reclaiming Our PMH APN Heritage
    Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, 34, 351-354.
  • Horowitz, J. A. Posmontier, B., Chiarello, L. A., & Geller, P. A. (2019).
    Introducing mother-baby interaction therapy for mothers with postpartum depression and their infants.
    Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, 33, 225-331.

Dr. June Andrews Horowitz joined UMass Dartmouth in 2016 as Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research, and Professor at the College of Nursing. She is also Professor Emerita at Boston College, where she served on the faculty of the William F. Connell School of Nursing for most of her career. Immediately prior to joining UMass Dartmouth, she served as Associate Dean for Research at the College of Nursing, Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia.  Dr. Horowitz received her BS in nursing from Boston College, her MS in psychiatric-mental health nursing from Rutgers—The State University of New Jersey, and her PhD in nursing research and theory development from New York University. In her scholarship, she has made significant scientific contributions regarding family mental health, most notably from investigations concerning postpartum depression (PPD) and maternal-infant interaction quality. Additionally, she has conducted school-based research, and has expertise in quantitative and qualitative research methods. She has published and presented extensively. Dr. Horowitz is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and a board certified Clinical Specialist in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing. In addition, she is an Executive Board member for Mother-Baby Connections, an intensive out-patient program in Philadelphia for women who experience perinatal mental health disorders and their infants, and member of the Board of Directors for the International Family Nursing Association and current co-chair of its Conference Planning Committee.

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