School ofNursing

Mary Moller

Mary Moller

Associate Professor of Nursing

253-535-8327 (office)



Mental health


DNP in Nursing, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, 2006

MSN in Nursing, University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing, 1982

BSN in Nursing, Mount Marty College, Yankton, SD, 1971



Associate Professor of Nursing

Dr. Mary D. Moller, DNP, APRN, PMHCNS-BC, CPRP, FAAN was an Associate Professor at Yale School of Nursing. She is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse dually certified as a clinical specialist in adult psychiatric-mental health nursing and a psychiatric rehabilitation practitioner. Dr. Moller received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Mount Marty College, Yankton, SD in 1971; her master’s degree in Psychiatric-Mental Health nursing from the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing in 1982; and, the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Case Western Reserve University in 2006. She received the Case Western Dean’s Legacy Award for her research entitled The Lived Experience of the Patient with Schizophrenia in the Postpsychotic Adjustment Phase of Recovery from Psychosis. 

From 1992-2008 she was the Clinical Director of The Suncrest Wellness Center, an outpatient psychiatric clinic in Spokane, WA that was featured with Patty Duke on "Good Morning America." In addition to her administrative duties, she carried an ongoing caseload of over 250 patients where she was responsible for primary mental health care including assessment; diagnosis; prescribing and monitoring psychotropic medications; 1:1, family, and group psychotherapy; and, ongoing program outcomes research. She is also President of NurSeminars, Inc, an international consulting and lecture firm related to psychiatric nursing. From 2008-2009 she was Adjunct Associate Professor at Kansas University School of Nursing in Kansas City, Kansas, where she developed their first web-based psychopharmacology course for psychiatric nurse practitioner students. Dr. Moller has served as consultant to both the Israeli and Singapore Ministry of Health Division of Psychiatric Nursing. 

Research Interests
Schizophrenia -psychoeducation, symptom management, post-psychotic psychological adjustment
PTSD -group approach to psychoeducation and symptom management
Wellness -improved patient care and outcomes through promotion of psychiatric wellness 

Current Research Grant
QUET0472 AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals Investigator Sponsored Study, 2010: Principal Investigator: Outcomes of Psychiatric Case Manager Training on Medication Adherence, Progression through the Four Phases of the MAPP Recovery Model, and Quality of Life in Patients with Schizophrenia, $109, 588.

Training Grants
Recovery to Practice: A Curriculum for Psychiatric Nurses. 350,000 funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and administered by the American Psychiatric Nurses Association 4/1/2009-9/30/2013

Published Past Clinical Research
Co-investigator of the development of a wellness program for trauma recovery. Suncrest Wellness Center, Spokane, WA. Resulted in development of the Be Smart Trauma Reframing Model, 1999-2001, outcomes published in 2006, presented internationally.

Primary investigator of qualitative study to identify of spiritual needs of hospitalized adult psychiatric patients. Suncrest Wellness Center, Spokane, WA. Published in 1999.

Co-investigator of outcome study of training program in simultaneous patient-family-provider education regarding schizophrenia. Comprehensive Mental Health Center, Tacoma, WA 1996. Published in 1997.

Co-investigator of program development of a psychiatric wellness rehabilitation program for symptom management, 1990-1993. Suncrest Wellness Center, Spokane, WA. Published in 1996.

Co-investigator of qualitative study to develop the Murphy-Moller Wellness Model, 1991-1993. Suncrest Wellness Center, Spokane, WA. Published in 1996.

Co-investigator of tool development research to develop a comprehensive symptom assessment tool resulting in development of the Moller-Murphy Symptom Management Assessment Tool, 1990-1992. Suncrest Wellness Center, Spokane, WA. Published in 1993.

Current Clinical Practice 
APRN with Prescriptive Authority: Fair Yale Behavioral Health Services of Hamden in Hamden, CT.  She is providing psychiatric assessment, diagnosis, and clinical management in a nurse-managed community mental health center.

Videotape Productions
Mary is producer of the award-winning "Understanding and Communicating With . . ." videotape series which has four videos/DVDs with international circulation. 
• "Understanding and Communicating With a Person Who is Hallucinating" is a recipient of the 1991 Commendation Award from Superfest XVI--International Film Festival on Disabilities and Telecommunications 
• “Understanding and Communicating With a Person Who has Mania”
• “Understanding Relapse: Managing the Symptoms of Schizophrenia”
• “Understanding and Communicating with a Person Who Has Delusions”—Recipient of the Silver Telly Award as the Best Medical Video for 1996. 

Selected Honors and Awards

2012-Distinguished Alumnus Award-College of Nursing, UNMC, 2012
2012-Distinguished Service Award-The American Psychiatric Nurses Association, 2012
2012-2013: Invited member, JCAHO Behavioral Health Professional and Technical Advisory Committee
2011-Delegate to UN advisory committee regarding inclusion of mental health as a non-communicable disease
2010-Elected to four-year term on the American Nurses Association Congress on Nursing Practice and Economics
2010-2011-Immediate Past President American Psychiatric Nurses Association
2009-2014-Steering Committee member, chair Curriculum Committee, SAMHSA Recovery to Practice Grant Award to American Psychiatric Nurses Association2010-Honorary PhD, Mount Marty College, Yankton, SD
2010-Commencement Speaker-Mount Marty College, Yankton, SD
2009-2010-President, American Psychiatric Nurses Association
2008-2009-President-Elect, American Psychiatric Nurses Association
2009-APNA representative to the Carter Center Annual Conference on Mental Illness
2008-Invited member of SAMSHA Obama transition team advisory task force on mental health reform
2008-Inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing
2006-Dean’s Legacy Award, Doctor of Nursing Practice Program, Case Western Reserve University
2006-Award for Clinical Excellence, Association of Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses, WA State
2005-Sigma Theta Tau, Delta Chi Chapter Scholarship for Graduate Research
2005-Invited Panel Member: APNA/ANCC Logical Job Analysis for the PMH-APRN
2002-2006-Chair, NAMI Curriculum, Training, and Practice Consortium, (committee ended)
2001-Leadership and Management Award from Washington State Nurses Association
2001-Delegation Leader-People to People Ambassador Program: Psychiatric Nursing in Cuba
2000-Delegation Leader-People to People Ambassador Program: Spirituality in Nursing, Israel
1999-Delegation Leader-People to People Ambassador Program: Psychiatric Nursing in China
1998-Distinguished Visiting Lecturer, NYU Division of Graduate Schools, Psychiatric Nursing
1996-Washington State Representative to 1st Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nursing Congress
1996-Professional of the Year: National Alliance for the Mentally Ill
1995-Chairperson, Global Schizophrenia Forum, Jannsen Pharmaceuticals, London, England
1995-National Task Force (CMHS) on Advanced Practice Nursing and Managed Care
1994-Award for Clinical Excellence Award, American Psychiatric Nurses Association
1994-95-NIMH Planning Committee regarding families and mental illness
1994-Model Training Program selection by the Center for Mental Health Services of SAMHSA 

Selected Publications
Moller, M. D. (in press). Neurobiological responses and schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders. In G. Stuart (Ed.), Principles and practices of psychiatric nursing (10th ed.). St. Louis, MO: C. V. Mosby.

Moller, M. D. (in press). Psychopharmacology. In W. K. Mohr (Ed.), Psychiatric-mental health nursing (8th ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Moller, M. D. (in press). Schizophrenia. In J. Fitzpatrick & M. Wallace (Eds.), Encyclopedia of nursing research (3rd ed.). New York, NY: Springer.

Moller, M. D., & McLoughlin, K. (in press). Guest editor special issue: Recovery in psychiatric nursing. Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association.

Potter, M., & Moller, M. D. (in press). Psychiatric-mental health nursing: From suffering to hope. Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education.

Fleischhacker,W., Arango, L.,  Arteel, P.,  Barnes, T., Carpenter, W., Duckworth, K., Galderisi, S., Halpern, L., Knapp, M., Marder, S., Moller, M., Sartorius, N., Woodruff, P. (2014). Schizophrenia: Time to commit to policy change.   Schizophrenia Bulletin. In press.

Rosedale, M.T., Jacobson, M., Moller, M.D., Opler, M.G.A., Buccola, N., Strauss, S.M., & Malaspina, D. (2014).  Transcranial direct current stimulation to enhance cognition and functioning in schizophrenia.  Journal of Electroconvulsive Therapy. (In press).

Farrington, E. & Moller, M.D. (2013).  The relationship of Vitamin D3 deficiency to depression in older adults. The Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 9, 506-515. 

Moller, M.D. (2013). Reimbursement and documentation. In Wheeler, K. (ed). Psychotherapy for Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses, 2nd Edition, Chapter 5. New York: Springer Publishing Company.

Jones, T., & Moller, M. D. (2011). Role of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis functioning in post-traumatic stress disorder. Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, 17, 393-403.

Jones, T. & Moller, M.D. (2011). Role of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis functioning in post-traumatic stress disorder.Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association. 17(6):393-403

Moller, M.D. & Zauszniewsky, J. (2011). Psychophenomenology of the post-psychotic adjustment process. Archives of Psychiatric Nursing. 25 (4):253-68. Available online 28 December 2010 DOI: 10.1016/j.apnu.2010.10.005 Advanced Publication.

Moller, M.D. (2010). Treatment decisions in bipolar disorder: Nursing perspective. MedscapeCME in Psychiatry and Mental Health. Posted 03/15/2010.

Rice, M.J. & Moller M. (2009). APRN-PMH Licensing Manual. American Psychiatric Nursing Association.

Moller, M.D. (June 10, 2009). Side effects of antipsychotics: Understanding the variables. Medscape CME. Access at

Moller, M.D., Rice, M.J., & Schwartz, M.E. (June, 2009). Diagnostic dilemmas in the treatment of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Continuing Education Monograph. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Nurses Association.

Rice, M.J. , Moller, M.D., DePascale, C., & Skinner, L. (2007). APNA and ANCC collaboration: Achieving consensus on future credentialing for advanced practice psychiatric and mental health nursing. Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association. 13, 153-159. 

Selected Presentations
 (She has made over 900 presentations since 1978)

Moller, M.D. (July, 2009). “Update in Psychiatric Illness and Psychiatric Nursing: A 10-day training program”. Ministry of Health, Institute for Mental Health, Singapore.

Moller, M.D. (February, 2008). Making Private Practice Happen. Keynote Address: Australian College of Mental Health Nurses Inaugural Conf on Private Practice-Canberra, Australia

Moller, M.D. (October, 2006). PostPsychotic Adjustment Process: The Road from Cognitive Dissonance to Ordinariness. Research presentation. World Psychiatric Association Division on Psychiatric Rehabilitation, Athens, Greece. 

Moller, M.D. (October, 2006). Improving Psychiatric Recovery. Staff Training. Israeli Ministry of Health, Jerusalem, Israel.

Moller, M.D. (October, 2006). Be Smart Trauma Reframing Program: 3 Day International Training. Israel Psychiatric Nurses Association, Tel Hashomer, Israel.

Moller, M.D. (June, 2003). Psychiatric Wellness: A Family Affair.-Keynote Address, Canadian Schizophrenia Fellowship Annual Meeting, Toronto, ON

Moller, M.D. & Goldberg, R. (June, 2001). Outcomes of Training in Psychiatric Wellness in Israel: Collaboration with the U.S. Research presentation. International Congress of Nursing, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Moller, M.D. (August, 1999). Psychiatric Wellness. Mental Health Research Institute of Beijing Medical University, Beijing, China.

Moller, M.D. (August, 1999). Psychiatric Wellness. New Life Rehabilitation Institute, Hong Kong, China.

Moller, M.D. (October, 2000). Relapse Prevention in Mental Illness: It Is Possible! All-day training, Israeli Ministry of Health, Tel Hashomer, Israel.

Moller, M.D. & Murphy, M.F. (June, 1999). International Training in the Three R’s Psychiatric Rehabilitation Program. Three day intensive training. Israeli Ministry of Health, Tel Hashomer, Israel. 

Selected Presentations
United States

Moller, M.D. (2012, June). Recovery: A multidisciplinary affair. (Invited). SAMHSA Recovery to Practice Grant session at the National Alliance on Mental Illness, 2012 Annual Conference, Seattle, WA.

Moller, M.D. (2012, June). All SSRIs are not created equal. (Invited). The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Annual Conference, Orlando, FL.

Moller, M.D., Clements, J., McLoughlin, K. (2012, June). Acute care psychiatric-mental health nurses: Preparing for recovery-oriented practice. SAMHSA Training Grant Field Trial. Dallas, TX.

Moller, M.D. (June: 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007) Those Pesky Personality Disorders: Getting to the Heart of the Matter. Annual Meeting of American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, Phoenix, AZ; Nashville, TN; Washington, DC; Fort Lauderdale, FL.
Moller, M.D. (October, 2008). The MAPP Recovery Model: Milestones of Adjustment Post-Psychosis Research. American Psychiatric Nurses Association Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN.

Moller, M.D. (October, 2008). Differential Diagnosis: Schizophrenia/Bipolar Disorder. American Psychiatric Nurses Association, Minneapolis, MN.

Moller, M.D. (June, 2008). Putting the Fizz in NeuroPhysiology. APNA-Clinical Psychopharmacology Institute Washington, DC

Moller, M.D. (June, 2008). The MAPP Recovery Model-(Milestones of Adjustment Post-Psychosis. United States Psychiatric Rehabilitation Ass’n. Chicago, IL

Moller, M.D. (May, 2008). Wellness: Choice Not Cliché. Keynote Address: National Parish Nurse Annual Conference: Concordia University, Milwaukee, WI.

Moller, M.D. (October, 2007). Be Smart Trauma Recovery Program. Institute for Psychiatric Services Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA

Moller, M.D. (October, 2007). Milestones of Adjustment Post-PostPsychosis. Institute for Psychiatric Services Annual Meeting , New Orleans, LA.

Moller, M.D. (September, 2006). The ABC’s of Neurobiology. 5th Nat’l Psychopharmacology Institute, Philadelphia, PA.

Moller, M.D. (June, 2005). Anosgnosia-Lack of Awareness of Illness. Mosby Annual Psychiatric Update. Las Vegas, NV

Moller, M.D. (May, 2005). Physiology of Fear. Contemporary Forums Annual Psych Update. Philadelphia, PA.

Moller, M.D. (September, 2005). Religion & Mental Health. 4th Nat’l Psychopharmacology Institute, Philadelphia, PA.

Moller, M.D. (October, 2003). Psychosis as a Traumatic Event. Hope and Recovery Annual Conference. Tacoma, WA.

Moller, M.D. (October, 2002). New Therapies for Schizophrenia. 2nd Nat’l Psychopharmacology Institute. Philadelphia, PA

Selected Memberships
For the past 20 years she has been a very active member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association In 2008 she was elected President-elect and assumed the Presidency in October, 2009. Dr. Moller served as Chair of the Advanced Practice Committee from 2000-2002. She was a panel member of the December, 2005 meeting of the Logical Job Analysis with the American Nurses Credentialing Center, and has been elected to the Nominations Committee twice.

Dr. Moller has been a member of Sigma Theta Tau, the National Nursing Honor Society since 1982 when she was inducted into Gamma Pi Chapter in Omaha, Nebraska. In 1986 she served as Chair of the Chapter Formation Committee of Theta Omega Chapter housed at Midland Lutheran College in Fremont, Nebraska. She transferred to Delta Chi Chapter in Spokane in 1992 and to Delta Mu in New Haven in 2009.

She has been a member of the American Nurses Association since 1976 and was honored as a Fellow in 2008.

She has served on two task forces at the National Institute of Mental Health. 

Personal Information
Mary was born in Omaha, NE on 6/16/1949 and was raised on a farm north of Blair, NE. She has been married to Chuck Moller from Blair, NE since December 19, 1970 and they have two grown sons. Brock was born 11/14/1972 and is married to Ellen. They live in Bremerton, WA. Scott was born 10/30/1974 and is married to Erica. Their first grandson, Braden Larson Moller was born to Scott and Erica on 1/14/2008.

Dr. Moller has keynoted conferences for the National Association of Ambulatory Behavioral Health, the Assertive Community Treatment Association, the Menninger Foundation, Ohio State University, the Medical College of Pennsylvania, the Mayo Clinic, UCLA and for 38 State Alliance for the Mentally Ill conferences. She has led workshops for the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill annual conventions, the International Association of Psychosocial Rehabilitation Services, the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, the Society for Education and Research in Psychiatric Nursing, Contemporary Forums, and Nursing Transitions. In 1992 she was a presenter at the 2nd International Conference on Schizophrenia in Vancouver, BC and at the Hospital and Community Psychiatry International Institute in Toronto. She has made over 900 professional and research presentations in 44 states and internationally since 1980.