Joe Garcia, RN, is a first year Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner(PMHNP) student at Yale University School of Nursing. Joe currently works for Yale Child Study Center as part of the Intensive In-Home Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Services (IICAPS) team that addresses the comprehensive needs of children with psychiatric disorders whose families need assistance in managing their behaviors to keep them safe in the home and community. At the Yale Department of Psychology, Joe also works as a research clinician in a study that focuses on the effects of CBT and behavioral weight loss in patients who have undergone bariatric surgery.
Prior to his enrollment at Yale, Joe served a clinically diverse range of people in the healthcare field. He graduated from UCLA with a B.S. in psychobiology. While on campus, Joe volunteered at Ronald Reagan hospital on the pediatric and pediatric oncology units. He worked as a resident assistant for UCLA’s office of residential life and developed programs that focused on social justice awareness, leadership, and health. Joe also conducted research at UCLA’s Department of Neurobiology that focused on estrogen effects on the brain. He also has experience tutoring youth and community outreach in underprivileged areas around California.
Mr. Garcia enjoys participating in sports in his spare time. As a Health and Wellness Student Government Leader at Yale, Joe started the first official intramural sports team in Yale School of Nursing’s history.
Mr. Garcia hopes the combination of his passion, education, and experience will help him become a well-known leader in the psychiatric mental-health community so that he may have the platform to advocate for under-represented populations throughout the world.