Nia Josiah

BA, MSN, RN PMHNP , Doctoral (Current)

Nia Adimu-Ceja Josiah BA, MSN, RN PMHNP, is a second-year Doctor of Nursing (DNP) student at Columbia University School of Nursing (CUSON). She plans to explore the effects of prescription drug abuse among Black women in disadvantaged communities and the efficacy of trauma informed care for her DNP quality improvement project. Her research interests are racial and ethnic health disparities in disadvantaged minority populations.

Ms. Josiah is a registered neuropsychiatric travel nurse, geriatric skilled nursing long-term care supervisor, remote clinical instructor, research assistant (RA) at Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, and teaching assistant (TA) at Columbia University School of Nursing. With over a decade of experience in psychiatric mental health ranging from research to clinical practice, she prides her professional experience in climbing the ladder from a home health aide, certified nursing/gerontological assistant, special education assistant, medical assistant, medicine technician, Bachelor of Arts graduate, Master of Science in nursing graduate, to currently a doctoral student.

A Frederick, MD native, Ms. Josiah has provided psychiatric, and substance use direct care in urban Baltimore, MD and New York City, NY communities including homeless shelters and group homes. She has worked alongside health professionals in community settings missioned to provide free healthcare screenings, preventions, and recovery from mental health and substance use disorders.

A published author, Ms. Josiah's publications span creative writing, poetry, and prose to scientific nursing journals. Above all, as a single-mother, Ms. Josiah credits her daughter as her greatest achievement in life as well as her Divine purpose to serve, paving the way for her daughter and other Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) to climb the ladder to upward mobility.

She was recently appointed Columbia University Pathways to Leadership and Advancement in Nursing (PLAN) Scholar and Columbia Alumni Association distinguished scholar.