Douglas A. Reed, MS, FNP-C, PMHNP-BC, is enrolled at Johns Hopkins University’s DNP program. He is interested in exploring factors that contribute to successful engagement and adherence in patients of color with mental illness. In his current role at Brightpoint Health, a federally qualified health care center, he provides full scope psychiatric services across the lifespan in an outpatient mental health setting in Brooklyn and Manhattan. Additionally, he provides consultative psychiatric services to sex offenders under the auspices of the New York State Office of Mental Health and The Federal Bureau of Prisons.
Mr. Reed obtained his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Howard University located in Washington, D.C. He began his nursing career in the intensive care unit for several years before transitioning into community health nursing. He worked at Whitman Walker Clinic as a HIV adherence nurse responsible for providing direct nursing care to individual living with HIV, teaching public health and nursing student’s content around infectious disease, and overseeing a night STD clinic. Realizing that he wanted to enhance his engagement in direct patient care, he earned his Master of Science from The University of Maryland, becoming certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner. He worked several years as the primary care provider for homeless individuals with severe mental illness under a grant sponsored by SAMHSA titled “health works” with the sole aim to integrate primary and behavioral health care. Realizing the importance of integrative care, Mr. Reed pursued additional training at The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, followed by board certification as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.
Mr. Reed is a member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) and Chi Eta Phi. He is passionate about a range of topics pertaining to developmental psychology, forensics, psychopharmacogenetics, and health equity. Mr. Reed is elated to have been selected as a Minority Fellow in a coveted program known to impact change through research, policy, and direct practice. He is looking forward to expanding his professional network among other mental health professionals and further strengthening his knowledge and leadership skills.