Jessica N. McCullough


Jessica N. McCullough, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC, FNP-BC, is a third-year PhD student at Case Western Reserve University, at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, in Cleveland, OH. Her research focuses on co-occurring substance abuse 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 BSN from the University of Akron and an MSN from the University of Cincinnati to become a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP). In 2014, during the opioid epidemic, as an FNP in primary care at a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in downtown, Cleveland, OH, she was able to develop and lead an office-based 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 & Mental Health Services  and expanded substance abuse treatment and access to the downtown Cleveland area. Developing the OBOT program sparked a passion for mental health and substance abuse treatment; as a result, Ms. McCullough returned to the University of Cincinnati to obtain her PMHNP certification. After graduating, she was accepted into the University Hospitals Addiction Medicine Fellowship. During her fellowship, she was also trained and certified as an Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist, which is a complimentary treatment method for addiction, trauma, and behavioral health. 

Ms. McCullough provides mental health and substance abuse treatment at an FQHC in her community, where she serves a disadvantaged and minority adult population. She is also passionate about teaching, which is evident from her substantial teaching history in undergraduate and graduate nursing programs and her podium presentations. She is a MAT champion in the Master of Science in Nursing program at Ursuline College. The Utilizing Interdisciplinary Training to Educate and increase Access to MAT Project expands current student knowledge of substance abuse and promotes students to obtain a DATA waiver for medication-assisted treatment after graduation.

Ms. McCullough is a member of several organizations, including the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, the American Nurses Association, the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing Alpha Mu Chapter at Case Western Reserve University, and the American Society of Addiction Medicine.