Kate Pfeiffer

Kate Pfeiffer

Assistant Professor, clinical track, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program Assistant Director | DNP, APRN, PMHCNS-BC, PMHNP-BC


Dr. Kate Pfeiffer is aboard-certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and a Psychiatric Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist. Dr. Pfeiffer graduated with a BS in Nursing from Emory University in 2004, an MS in nursing from Georgia State University in 2009, and received her DNP from Emory University in2021. Dr. Pfeiffer's early clinical practice in mental health focused on severe illness in vulnerable populations, with a focus on outpatient management of psychiatric disorders in adults.

Areas of Expertise

Mental Health
Teaching And Learning
Vulnerable Populations
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Selected  Articles

Cunningham, T. & Pfeiffer, K. (2022). Posttraumatic growth as a model to  measure and guide implementation of COVID-19 recovery and resiliency. Nurse  Administration Quarterly, 46(1), 81-87. http://DOI:0.1097/NAQ.0000000000000509
Wands, L.M., Pfeiffer, K., Pelkmans, J. (2022). Demonstration of caring and  motivational interviewing in online simulation: A cross-sectional  observational study. Nurse Education in Practice, 63, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nepr.2022.103370
Pfeiffer, K., & Grabbe, L. (2022). An approach to trauma-informed  education in prelicensure nursing curricula introduction. Nursing Forum,  57(4), 658–664. https://doi-org./10.1111/nuf.12726
Pfeiffer, K., Wands, L.M. (2021). Setting the stage for psychiatric mental  health nursing education: Outcomes of a simulated patient pilot program.  Clinical Simulation in Nursing. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecns.2021.06.001
Pfeiffer, K., & Cunningham, T. (2021). Posttraumatic growth and  compassion: Tools to navigate the pandemic. American Nurse. https://www.myamericannurse.com/ptg-post-traumatic-growth-and-compassion-tools-to-navigate-the-pandemic/
Cunningham, T., & Pfeiffer, K. (January 2021). Posttraumatic growth  during the pandemic. Georgia Nursing, 81(1), 12.

Nicholson, W.C., Pfeiffer, K. (2021). Sleep disorders and mood, anxiety, and  post-traumatic stress disorders: Overview of clinical treatments in the  context of sleep disturbances. In Cody, S. (Ed.) Sleep Disorders. Nursing  Clinics of North America, 56,(2), 229-247. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cnur.2021.02.003.  
Pfeiffer, K., Baker, H.F., & Mascorro, A. (2021). Service learning in a  pandemic: The transition to virtual engagement. Journal of Nursing Education,  60(6), 362-363. https://doi.10.3928/01484834-20210520-12
Grabbe, L., Higgins, M., Baird, M., Pfeiffer, K. (2021). Impact of a  resiliency training to support the mental well-being of front-line workers:  Brief report of a quasi-experimental study of the Community Resiliency Model®.  Medical Care. http://doi.10.1097/MLR.0000000000001535.  
 Baker, H.F., Pfeiffer, K., Field, M., Nasatir-Hilty, S., Doiev, J., Worland,  B.J., Clark-Youngblood, E., Harrell, K., & Mascorro, A. (2021).  Developing a substance use disorder service-learning immersion experience for  pre-licensure nursing students. Nurse Educator, 46(5), 273-275. http://doi:  10.1097/NNE.0000000000000952
Selected Book Chapters
Pfeiffer, K., & Reilly, C. (2023). Coping, resilience, and posttraumatic  growth. In Reilly, C.M., Porter-O’Grady, T., & Kaplan, B. The leading  edge: Insights guiding leaders from the Covid pandemic. Sigma.
Pfeiffer, K., & Nicholson, W.C. (2022). Legal Issues. In Keltner, N. L.,  & Steele, D. Psychiatric nursing. (9th ed.). Elsevier.

Nicholson, W.C., & Pfeiffer, K., (2022). Sexual Disorders. In Keltner, N.  L., & Steele, D. Psychiatric nursing. (9th ed.). Elsevier.
Grabbe, L., & Pfeiffer, K. (2021). The community resiliency model  approach to mental wellness for nursing students and new graduates. In  Fontaine, D.K., Cunningham, T., & May, N.B. Self-Care for New and Student  Nurses. Sigma.


Dr. Pfeiffer enjoys teaching psychiatric/mental health nursing and communication across prelicensure, postlicensure, and doctoral programs.


Dr. Pfeiffer's research expertise is in mental health teaching and learning with a focus on post-traumatic growth's effects on working and learning among nurses and nursing students.