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Psych and Mental Health Specialty Practice Group

Engage, Learn, Network and Progress Practice in Psych and Mental Health

Mental illness is one of the largest health issues facing America, and nurse practitioners (NPs) must come together to be part of the solution. The Psych and Mental Health Specialty Practice Group (SPG) offers a unique opportunity to interactively collaborate with colleagues who share interest or clinical expertise in mental health. As an SPG member, you’ll have access to a cutting-edge, online forum where you can engage in discussions, document sharing and knowledge exchange with fellow NPs. Come learn, share and help progress the development of theory and practice in mental health.

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A Message From the Psych and Mental Health SPG Co-chairs

Lisa Anderson DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC
Lisa Anderson DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC

My name is Lisa Anderson, and I am honored to be a new co-chair for the AANP Psych and Mental Health SPG. I am a psychiatric mental health NP in an outpatient psychiatric clinic as well as an assistant adjunct professor for the psych mental health NP DNP program at UT Health San Antonio. My area of interest in clinical practice includes attention-deficit/ hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism.

Other than my career, my interests include reading the next psychological thriller on my Kindle, assembling a jigsaw puzzle with my teenage daughter and spending time with my husband.

My goals for this SPG include promoting active discussions related to psychiatric and mental health topics, disseminating relevant psychiatric research and sharing our collective expertise to further enhance our image and growth across the nation in the field of advanced practice psychiatric nursing.


Hello all.

I am Susanne Fogger and I am looking forward to getting to know you as the new co-chair of the Psychiatric Specialty Interest Group. I have been a psychiatric NP for 20 years and a psych nurse since 1978. In addition, I have 12 years on active duty in the Air Force Nurse Corps, so I am a veteran as well. I am a clinical expert/educator in psychiatric and addictions nursing, and I have been at the University of Alabama at Birmingham for the past 10 years. I have a clinical practice taking care of individuals with HIV, substance use disorders and mental illness. I provide telemedicine for substance use and mental health disorders in persons living with HIV. In addition to pharmacotherapy, I provide counseling, motivational interviewing, and/or cognitive behavioral therapy, and EMDR when indicated. My practice is integrated into the Infectious disease clinic which support patients manage their chronic illness.

In my spare time, I enjoy growing orchids. I am attracted to color and consider myself a pastel artist. I enjoy cooking especially anything with shrimp.

The Psych SPG is ideal for sharing concerns and issues around professional and practice issues. With COVID-19, many of us are operating from home providing telemedicine visits and no longer have the mentoring and support of other practitioners in the day to day work.

I hope we can explore how to best support each other as peers and fellow psych NPs in this time of social distancing and isolation. I wholeheartedly believe there is “no health without mental health”.

Psych and Mental Health SPG Forums

Join this growing SPG community and engage with other like-minded NPs with an interest in psych mental health. Take part in interactive discussion and debate, gain support and explore Q&As and always be on top of the latest available news, education and information.

Psych and Mental Health SPG Details and Eligibility

  • Annual Dues: $20.
  • Available exclusively to current AANP members.
  • Open to all AANP members with specialty practice or interest in psych and mental health, particularly those with board certification.