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Helen (Trez) Buckland PhD, MEd

Assistant Clinical Professor
Program Operations Director
UW School of Nursing Continuing Nursing Education, Annual Mental Health Program Planning Team
UW Foundations of Interprofessional Practice Series, Facilitator
Member, UWEO - UW in the High School
Member, National Alliance on Mental illness (NAMI)

After graduation from the UW in Health Education and Community Health Services in 1974, I worked as a junior high and high school teacher (science and health) for 22 years. I went back to school to get a Masters in Education in Counseling from Seattle University (1982), early in my teaching career. I transitioned to part time teaching and part time work on training grants with middle school teachers at the UW in the early 1990s and have continued to work in BNHI in a variety of capacities. It was the Decade of the Brain!

I worked with this committed team of trainers under the leadership of Dr. Susanna Cunningham as a program manager and project director through 2014, and continue to assist with her current project, “How Do I Learn: Neuroscience Advances Inform Learning” as well as provide support for the UW in the high School program that continues to provide teacher support which began through a grant on Addiction and the Brain. I also work with Margaret Heitkemper and Monica Jarrett, assisting with their IBS research programs.

In addition to my work in BNHI I began work with the School of Public Health in 1995 teaching Adult Learning Theory for the Extended MPH Degree Program and teaching in the problem-based learning focused Community Oriented Public Health Practice Program in that Department and continue to advise Masters students there. I have taught college students at numerous universities and colleges (Health education Methods) and nursing undergraduates and graduate students for the past twenty years in the Greater Seattle area.

In 2005 I returned to school in the PhD Nursing program at UW, and also earned a certificate in Complementary and Alternative Medicine, with a focus on Therapeutic Touch. I completed my degree in 2009 and received funding to run a pilot study to determine the best way to run support groups for young adults with psychotic disorders. My research focus continues to be working with young adults with mental health conditions, specifically schizophrenia, and their families, to help them build social support, decrease stigma, and increase recovery.

I volunteer for National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) running social support groups for young adults who have experienced psychosis, provide clinical experience for students at the universities in the Seattle area within this group, conduct training programs for outreach to middle and high school students regarding mental health conditions and run family and friend support groups for those who have loved ones with mental illness.



  • BA, University of Washington, 1974
  • MEd, Seattle University, 1982
  • PhD, University of Washington, 2009

What classes do you teach?

NMETH 403 Introduction to Research in Nursing – Lead
Nursing 410 Legal and Ethical Issues in Clinical Practice with Sarah Shannon (lead)

What do you love about the UW School of Nursing?

I love the collaborative spirit of the staff, faculty, and students here at the School of Nursing. It is exciting to work in an environment where colleagues share their work: ideas for what might work better, interesting articles, inspiring events, potential partners. It is also a place that is fun: Spring Tea, BNHI Auction, picnics, lunches together in the break room, mid day short walks to get energized, food sharing,recognition of personal life events and milestones and willingness to share hard times and consolation as well.


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