Marie A. Smith-East, PMHNP-BC, MSN, MS, EMT-B, is a PhD nursing student at the University of Central Florida. Marie is board-certified as a Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and has worked in the community mental health setting over the past six years. In education, she has been a nursing clinical instructor and facilitator, contributing to curriculum and policy development. Marie's research interests include factors that contribute to medication adherence, particularly in minority populations with schizophrenia spectrum disorders. Her focus includes metabolic side effects and caloric intake as it relates to the use of psychotropic medications. In her spare time, Marie enjoys volunteering with the "On-Call Team" of the Schizophrenia and Related Alliance Disorders of America and serving on the Addictions Council of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association.