On episode 319 of The Nurse Keith Show nursing and healthcare career podcast, Keith interviews psychiatric clinical nurse specialist, adult nurse practitioner, and UCSF Associate Clinical Professor Andrew Penn regarding the growing field of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy and how nurses can be involved in this cutting-edge science.

Andrew Penn, RN, MS, NP, CNS, PMHNP-BC was trained as an adult nurse practitioner and psychiatric clinical nurse specialist at the University of California, San Francisco. He is board certified as an adult nurse practitioner and psychiatric nurse practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and completed extensive training in Psychedelic-Assisted therapy and research at the California Institute for Integral Studies.

Currently, Andrew serves as an Associate Clinical Professor at the University of California-San Francisco School of Nursing where he teaches psychopharmacology, clinical interviewing, and psychopathology. Mr. Penn is also an attending psychiatric nurse practitioner with the San Francisco Veterans Administration Psychiatric NP Residency program where he provides medication and psychotherapeutic treatment for adult veterans and specializes in the treatment of affective disorders and trauma.

He was recently currently a study therapist in the phase III study of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD. He currently a Co-Investigator and study therapist in a phase II study of a psilocybin-facilitated therapy treatment for depression and is assisting to design a study of a psilocybin-assisted therapy protocol for bipolar depression in the BAND lab at UCSF.

Andrew is a former board member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, California Chapter, and for the last decade has been a national leader in psychiatry, serving on the steering committee for Psych Congress/Elevate where he has presented nationally on improving medication adherence, the science of cannabinoids in clinical practice, emerging psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy modalities, treatment-resistant depression, diagnosis and treatment of bipolar disorder, and the art and science of psychopharmacologic practice.

Andrew Penn, RN, MS, NP, CNS, PMHNP-BC
Associate Clinical Professor University of California, San Francisco, School of Nursing
Attending Nurse Practitioner, San Francisco Veterans Administration Hospital


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