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Mélinda “May” McCusker, PMHNP | Instructor in Clinical Nursing

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Phone: 471-7861

Office: NUR 4.140
The University of Texas at Austin, School of Nursing
1710 Red River Street
Austin, TX 78701

May is an Instructor in Clinical Nursing, specializing in psychiatric nursing. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in anthropology and psychology from Western Kentucky University and a Master of Science in Nursing degree from Vanderbilt University. She is currently a doctoral student at the Medical University of South Carolina. Her research interest is developing a weight reduction program for individuals with a severe mental illness.

She is working as a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner at the Baylor Scott & White mental health clinic in Temple, TX. She is also an Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry for Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine. 

  • McCusker, M. (2015, May – provisional). Neutropenia induced by mirtazapine in the treatment of major depressive disorder: A case study. Poster presentation at the 168th American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting, Toronto, Canada.
  • McCusker, M. (2015, March – provisional). Obesity and persons with severe mental illness: A theoretical integrated approach to weight management. Concurrent presentation at the International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses Psychopharmacology Institute and 17th Annual Conference, Seattle, WA.
  • McCusker, M. (2014, November – upcoming). Ethical informed consent considerations for research in severe mental illness. Poster presentation at the Neuroscience Education Institute, Colorado Springs, CO.
  • McCusker, M., & Vanderhoef, D. M. (2014, October – upcoming). The Chronic Care Model and persons with severe mental illness: An integrated approach to care. Concurrent presentation at the American Psychiatric Nurses Association 28th Annual Conference, Indianapolis, IN. 
  • McCusker, M., & Gregoski, M. J. (2014, September – upcoming). Instruments Measuring Readiness to Lose Weight: An Integrative Review. Poster presentation at the 4th Annual Student Research Day, Medical University of South Carolina College of Nursing, Charleston, SC.
  • McCusker, M., & Boyce, A. M. (2014, May). Mental health in the workplace. Poster presentation at the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses 2014 National Conference, Dallas, TX.
  • McCusker, M. (2014, May). Assessing readiness to change in obese adults with severe mental illness. Poster presentation at the 167th American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting, New York, NY.
  • McCusker, M., & Wallis, R. D. (2014, February). Assessing mental health in family practice. Podium presentation at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, Belton, TX.
  • McCusker, M., & Newman, S. D. (2014, February). Social ecological model of obesity interventions with severe and persistent mental illness. Poster discussion presented at the Southern Nursing Research Society, San Antonio, TX.
  • McCusker, M. (2013, November). Apathy: Who cares? An evolutionary concept analysis. Poster presentation at the Neuroscience Education Institute, Colorado Springs, CO.
  • McCusker, M. (2013, October). Chronic care model of obesity interventions for severe mental illness. Poster presentation at the 1st Annual Scott & White Health Care Quality Improvement in Healthcare and Patient Safety Symposium, Temple, TX.
  • McCusker, M., & Newman, S. D. (Student Poster Award Recipient: 2013, October). Social ecological model of obesity interventions with severe and persistent mental illness. Poster presentation at the 3rd Annual Student Research Day, Medical University of South Carolina College of Nursing, Charleston, SC.
  • McCusker, M., & Wallis, R. D. (2013, April). Psychiatry in primary care. Podium presentation at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, Belton, TX.