New Podcast Episode Discusses the Impact of Behavioral Health Training in Nursing

October 4, 2023

In the latest episode of Disruptors at Work: an Integrated Care Podcast hosts Dr. U. Grant Baldwin, Jr., DBH, Director of the Doctor of Behavioral Health (DBH) program at Cummings Graduate Institute for Behavioral Health Studies (CGI), and Dr. Larry Ford, DBH, Member of the CGI Board of Directors, explore the importance of behavioral health training for psychiatric nurses, the significance of integrated behavioral health in primary care and how psychiatric nurse practitioners obtaining a Doctorate of Behavioral Health can strengthen those efforts.

Thank you to our panel of experts:

  • Jennifer Wims-Madden, MSN, PMHNP-BC
  • Selena Schmidt, MSN, MJ, PMHNP-BC, HNB-BC

Listen to the episode below.

About the Panelists:

Jennifer Wims-Madden, MSN, PMHNP-BC

Jennifer Wims-Madden is an Adult Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who obtained her Board Certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) in 2013 after completing her Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) from Wayne State University. She began her mental health nursing career in 2007 after obtaining her Associate in Applied Science Degree in Nursing from Oakland Community College (OCC). She then went on to complete her Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree at University of Michigan- Flint in 2009 before completing her MSN in 2012.

Jennifer has experience treating patients with various psychiatric disorders across the lifespan and across practice settings, from inpatient hospitals to outpatient clinics, including community mental health facilities and integrated health programs in primary care practices. She enjoys her role as an educator, serving as mental health nursing faculty at OCC for several years, providing hundreds of students with rewarding mental health clinical experiences, and she continues to precept PMHNP and MD students regularly. Jennifer strives to provide a holistic, individualized, personalized, and comprehensive experience for every patient she cares for.

Selena Schmidt, MSN, MJ, PMHNP-BC, HNB-BC 

Selena Schmidt is the VP of Behavioral Health Service Line for Ascension Michigan and has been appointed to the Governance Board for the Behavioral Health service line at Ascension’s national level. Selena’s responsibilities include overseeing the mental health and substance use disorder services for the state of Michigan, consisting of acute care hospitals, outpatient clinics, Telehealth, school-based clinics, substance abuse hospital and residential. In addition, she has over 17 years of working with the mentally ill and physically challenged at all levels of care.

Selena volunteers and advocates for the mentally ill and physically challenged at the local, state and national level. Currently she is a board member for Macomb Community Mental Health, One Voice Suicide Prevention, Southwest Counseling and Disability Rights of Michigan formally Michigan Protection and Advocacy. She recently was appointed to the Michigan Hospital Association (MHA) as Chair of MHA Behavioral Health Council. She is assigned to the Michigan Integration of Care Council, Michigan Medical Clearance Council, 988 Crisis Line, and the Governors Suicide Prevention Council. She has become very involve in Suicide Prevention partnering with Kevin’s Song, Know Resolve and One Voice. She is the recipient of a $5 million dollar Tri-State Zero Suicide grant, $35 million-dollar Behavioral Health Capacity Expansion grant and a $7 million dollar grant for Subsidized Housing for the chronically homeless in Detroit from the State of Michigan.

Selena is a board certified Holistic Nurse and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She currently holds a Bachelor of Nursing degree from Oakland University, Master of Nursing degree from Wayne State University, Master of Law in Health Care Law and Policy from Loyola University and is currently work towards a Doctor of Behavioral Health (DBH) from Cummings Graduate Institute for Behavioral Health Studies.