Dr. Michael Terry
Clinical Associate Professor
University of San Francisco - DNP
California State University, Long Beach - MSN
California State University, Sonoma - BSN
Michael Terry, DNP, APRN, is a Clinical Associate Professor of Nursing at USD and a nationally certified Family and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. Dr. Terry teaches in the Master’s Entry and Psychiatric Advanced Practice Nursing Programs, and was recently honored with the American Psychiatric Nurses Association Innovation Award.
Dr. Terry completed his undergraduate work at UCLA, received his Master of Science in Nursing degree from California State University at Long Beach, and his Doctorate in Nursing Practice from the University of San Francisco. Clinically, Dr. Terry has practiced in sites as diverse as Death Valley, Eastern Sierras, rural Sonoma County, and throughout the state of Alaska. He comes to USD from the University of California San Francisco, where he was the Lead Faculty in their Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program.
Dr. Terry has received over 3 million dollars in grants to develop telemedicine systems in remote sites for support and consultation to health care providers, health care services for federal health care recipients, and to support health care services, training, and management for communities along the Aleutian Chain. He served as the Clinical Director of the Alaska Federal Health Care Access Network, which held a Congressional Budget Designation of $30 million. Most recently, he received a HRSA Advanced Education Nursing Training Grant to improve access and quality of treatment for clinical depression. He has received the Helen Nahm Award from the California Nurses Association for increasing nurses’ involvement in community affairs, and was featured in the Los Angeles Times and on NBC World News Tonight and CNN for his work in the Death Valley, California health crisis.
Dr. Terry has been instrumental in curricular work that assures our Psychiatric Advanced Practice Nursing graduates will be eligible to take the American Nurse Credential Center Certification exam. In addition, he is building a broad network of clinical sites to accommodate our growing program.
Dr. Terry’s background and interests include the integration of primary care and behavioral health, public/community mental health, and military mental health. He is particularly interested in the application of narrative and storytelling in clinical practice and incorporates his background as a professional clown to focus on improvisation and humor in health care settings.
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