Janet Passley-Clarke


Janet Passley-Clarke, Ph.D., DNP, MS, CRNP, RN, PMH-BC, is an experienced leader, healthcare executive, and clinician who has immersed herself in the behavioral health specialty.  Born in Jamaica, West Indies, and immigrated to the United States as a child, Dr. Passley-Clarke values inclusivity, inclusion, diversity, and belonging within the healthcare environment. She is the Vice Chair, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at Penn State Health-Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. Along with her managerial and clinical duties, she is involved in educational ventures within and outside the organization. She currently serves as a member of the MFP’s National Advisory Committee. 

Dr. Passley-Clarke has advocated for the welfare of psychiatric patients and the underserved. Toward that end, she has worked in various academic and healthcare organizations. Her research and quality improvement interests are in recovery-oriented care. Dr. Passley-Clarke is passionate about raising the public’s awareness of the needs of the mentally ill while providing a role model for psychiatric nurses. 

Dr. Passley-Clarke obtained her A.A. degree from the Community College of Baltimore City; her B.S.N. from Coppin State College; her M.S. from the University of Maryland-Baltimore, D.N.P. from York College of Pennsylvania, and her Ph.D. from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She is board-certified as an adult psychiatric nurse practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Most recently, the Hospital Association of Pennsylvania chose Dr. Passley-Clarke as a Nurse Ambassador, which entails educating state and congressional lawmakers on pressing nursing and hospital community issues.