Dawn Bounds


Dawn Bounds, PhD, APRN, PMHNP-BC, earned her PhD in Nursing Science in 2015 from Rush University College of Nursing in Chicago. Her dissertation focus was on exploring the early developmental determinants of high-risk behaviors among African American female youth living in urban environments. Based on Dr. Bound’s clinical and community work, her research will help to unravel complex issues related to the sexual and emotional exploitation of children, cumulative trauma, and their related health behaviors. Her advisors are Wrenetha Julion, MPH, PhD and Kathleen Delaney, PhD, PMHNP-BC, FAAN.

Dr. Bounds is certified by the American Nurse's Credentialing Center (ANCC) as a Family Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She is also certified with distinction by the Neuroscience Education Institute's Master Psychopharmacology Program. Dr. Bounds has extensive professional experiences with youths and their families. For example, she has practiced at Cook County Juvenile Detention Center where she supervised their overall day-to-day treatment. She has also worked in an acute in-patient child and adolescent psychiatric service at Rush University.

Dr. Bounds is currently Assistant Professor at Rush University in Chicago in the College of Nursing and Department of Psychiatry Section of Population Behavioral Health. She is the secretary for the Board of Directors of the Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health, a social justice non-profit organization that focuses on reproductive issues and youths. Finally, Dr. Bounds is a Street Yoga instructor, a wife, and a mother.  

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Dr. Bounds is an assistant professor at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago where she serves in the College of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry, Section of Population Behavioral Health and the College of Nursing’s Department of Community, Systems, and Mental Health Nursing. Her clinical practice includes developing and delivering community based mental health care to youth on the west side of Chicago. Her program of research is the exploration of youth risk and resilience. Dr. Bounds’ current research is focused on preventing recurrent sexual exploitation by working with minority homeless youth and their families. She is the first nurse at her institution to secure support from the Institute of Translational Medicine’s CTSA K12 (funded by NCATS), Cohn Family Fellowship, and the UCLA HIV/AIDS, Substance Abuse and Trauma Training Program.

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