Faven Mesfin

MSN, RN , Masters (Alumni)

Faven Mesfin, MSN, RN, graduated from the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) program at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), in San Francisco, CA. She completed her final clinical placement at Bonita House, a community mental health clinic. Ms. Mesfin has also rotated through UCSF’s Osher Center assisting with integrative psychiatry in addition to an outpatient eating disorders program at Los Gatos Therapy Center (LGTC), a medical group practice specializing in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

During her time at UCSF, Ms. Mesfin was a member of White Coats for Black Lives and the Associated Students of the School of Nursing organizations. She has also served as a teaching assistant for an Effective Communications course. She is currently assisting with a research project that examines harm reduction treatment for tobacco use with individuals with serious mental health conditions and/or substance use disorders. In addition, Ms. Mesfin has been working part-time as a nurse conducting COVID-19 tests as well as administering vaccines to vulnerable communities in the Bay Area.

Prior to her enrollment at UCSF, Ms. Mesfin received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with a minor in Public Leadership at the University of Maryland, College Park, MD. During her undergraduate studies, she was involved in numerous communication organizations, most notable being the student government association’s diversity committee, College Park Scholars, and Alternative Breaks. Ms. Mesfin found strong fulfillment in giving back to her community. After graduation, she worked in a residential crisis facility and an alternative school for children and teens with behavioral problems. These experiences solidified her passion for mental health and led her to pursue her nursing career.

Ms. Mesfin is also strongly interested in immigrant mental health and plans to continue to provide care for vulnerable populations and to advocate for mental healthcare policy reform. She believes that true holistic care includes advocating for social change to best improve mental healthcare for all.