Jessica N. McCullough


Jessica N. McCullough, MSN, RN, APRN, PMHNP-BC, FNP-BC, is a fourth-year PhD student at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, in Cleveland, OH. Her research focuses on co-occurring substance use and mental health factors that impact treatment outcomes in underserved populations. Her other research interests are mental health stigma in the African American community, mental health disparities in minority communities, and barriers to mental health and medication-assisted treatment in underserved populations.

Ms. McCullough graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from the University of Akron and a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) from the University of Cincinnati to become a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP). 

In 2014 during the opioid epidemic, as a FNP nurse in primary care at a federally qualified health center (FQHC) in downtown Cleveland, OH, she was able to develop and lead an office base opioid treatment (OBOT) program with an interdisciplinary team of social workers, nurses, and medical assistants. This program was funded for two-years by the Cuyahoga County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services and expanded substance use treatment and access to the downtown Cleveland area. Developing the OBOT program sparked Ms. McCullough’s passion for mental health and substance use treatment. Therefore, she returned to the University of Cincinnati to obtain her Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) certification. After graduating, she was accepted into University Hospitals Addiction Medicine Fellowship. During her fellowship, she was also educated and certified as an Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist which is a complimentary treatment method for addiction, trauma, and behavioral health. Ms. McCullough currently provides mental health and substance use treatment at a FQHC in her community, where she serves a disadvantaged and minority adult population.

Her professional memberships include the American Nurses Association (ANA), American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA), the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing Alpha Mu Chapter at Case Western Reserve University, and the American Society of Addiction Medicine.