Cassie Wardlaw, APRN, MSN, MSW is currently working as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in an inpatient hospital setting. She is also an Adjunct Instructor of Nursing at the University of Cincinnati. Prior to becoming a psychiatric nurse, she served children and families as a social worker. She completed her BSN and MSN at the University of Cincinnati. She is currently a PhD student in her final year of study.
Her research focuses on depression in African Americans. She is specifically interested in exploring how African American women communicate about depressive symptoms during the clinical encounter for her dissertation work. Communication problems related to cultural differences can result in failure to detect and adequately treat depression. This contributes to the persistence of disparities in mental health care. Her career goals are to conduct research regarding depression in minority populations, teach future nurses about emotional wellness in minority populations, and provide leadership regarding health disparities and recovery from mental illness.
Ms. Wardlaw is a member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, the American Nurses Association, and Sigma Theta Tau - Beta Iota Chapter.