Elaine Walsh, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC

Elaine Walsh, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC
Associate Professor
Associate Professor
Psychosocial & Community Health
Box 357263
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195-7263


I am certified as a Clinical Specialist in Child and Adolescent Psychiatric/Mental Health and have experience designing, implementing, and evaluating preventive interventions. My general interest is in translating research-based suicide and drug abuse prevention interventions to community settings. I am the lead Evaluator for the Washington Youth Suicide Prevention Program's statewide program focusing on increasing awareness, referral, and access to treatment for young people at risk for suicide. I am also Principal Investigator on the WA State Department of Health-funded Suicide Assessment, Treatment and Management Study related to Washington State Legislation mandating training for certain health professionals (EHSB 2366). My other research activity involves collaboration between mental health and primary care providers to deliver maximally efficient and effective comprehensive health care, and I am Principal Investigator on a Health Resources and Services Administration-funded grant addressing this issue (Advancing Nursing Education: Collaborative Mental Health).


I currently teach courses in the graduate program. These include an advanced psychosocial assessment course and clinical seminar for Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner students, as well as a program evaluation/quality improvement course in the Doctor of Nursing Practice core curriculum. I have also taught psychosocial interventions and professional practice courses to undergraduate nursing students. I have chaired and been a member of numerous doctoral supervisory committees, and have worked with BSN honors students.

Practice, Service, Community Involvement

I have been a member of the American Association of Suicidology, the Association of Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses, and Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society of Nursing for a number of years. I am a member of the King County Suicide Prevention Coalition and an affiliate faculty member with Forefront: Innovations in Suicide Prevention (http://www.intheforefront.org/). My clinical, teaching, and research experience provides an important foundation for consultation and membership in community-based organizations. I am also a School of Nursing liaison with the Washington State Department of Corrections, collaborating with their staff to provide clinical and project/dissertation experiences for students.

Current Publications

  • Walsh, E., Hooven, C., & Kronick, B. (2013). School-wide staff and faculty training in suicide risk awareness: Successes and challenges. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing, 26, 53-61.
  • Hooven, C., Pike, K., & Walsh, E. (2013). Parents of older at-risk youth: A retention challenge for preventive intervention. Journal of Primary Prevention, 34(6), 423-438.
  • Rounds, K., McGrath, B.B., & Walsh, E. (2013). Perspectives on provider behaviors: A survey of sexual and gender minorities regarding quality of care. Contemporary Nurse Journal, 44(1), 99-110.
  • Hooven, C., Walsh, E., Pike, K.C., & Herting, J.R. (2012). Promoting CARE: Including parents in youth suicide prevention. Family and Community Health, 35(3),225-235.
  • Hooven, C., Walsh, E., Willgerodt, M., & Salazar, A. (2011). Increasing participation in indicated prevention research: Strategies for youth, parents and schools. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing, 24(3), 137-149.

Current Research Projects

  • Advanced Practice Education: Collaborative Mental Health Care (HRSA, 7/1/11-6/30-14), Principal Investigator
    This project is intended to prepare future Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners to contribute to effective health care services and outcomes for low income, disadvantaged populations. The focus is on care provision that is collaborative and patient-centered, using treatment approaches that integrate and coordinate mental health and primary care. There is also a focus on enhancing curriculum and clinical experiences in geropsychiatry.
  • From Classroom to Community: A Team Approach to Youth Suicide Prevention (SAMHSA, 8/1/11-7/31/14), Principal Investigator on Evaluation Subcontract
    The overall goal of the grant, awarded to the Youth Suicide Prevention Program, is to increase the number of community mental health and substance abuse providers and school personnel who are trained to assess, manage and treat youth at risk for suicide. The plan is to increase the number of youth who are identified as at risk of suicide, and the number of youth who are referred for behavioral health services and finally, to increase the number of youth at risk of suicide who receive behavioral health services.
  • Seattle VA Center of Excellence in Primary Care Education (Department of Veterans Affairs, PI-Wipf, 7/1/11-6/30-16), PMHNP Program Liaison
    The mission of this project, awarded to the Seattle VA, is to promote the advanced education of interprofessional teams, thereby creating clinical leaders able to deliver patient-centered care, transform delivery of healthcare services, and improve health outcomes.
  • ESHB 2366 Suicide Education Study (Washington State Department of Health, 11/16/12-4/30/14), Principal Investigator
    The purpose of this contract is to study the effectiveness of evidence-based suicide assessment, training and management on the ability of licensed healthcare providers to identify, refer, treat and manage patients with suicidal ideation. The project is related to the recent passing of ESHB 2366, which requires training in suicide assessment, treatment and management for specific health providers in Washington State.
  • School-based Suicide Prevention: Building Skills, Resources and Capacity (NICHD, 8/1/09-7/31/12)
    The goal of this developmental project is to implement a training program that will increase the capacity of selected schools to respond effectively to youth suicide risk behaviors, and to assess the feasibility and acceptability of this capacity-building program.
Research Interests: 
Suicidal behavior and drug abuse, high-risk behaviors in adolescents and young adults, school- and community-based prevention programs
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