Patricia Kinser


Dr. Patricia Kinser, PhD, WHNP-BC, RN, FAAN, is an Endowed Professor and the Assistant Dean of Research at the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Nursing. Her biobehavioral program of research is focused on mental health in women and families across the lifespan. The main focus of Dr. Kinser’s work is to examine non-pharmacologic symptom prevention and management strategies for depression and related symptoms, including yoga-based approaches. She is the principal investigator of a NIH-funded study evaluating the effects and mechanisms of a yoga-based intervention for pregnant women with depressive symptoms within a multifaceted biobehavioral context. She is also the principal investigator of a NIH-funded large-scale, randomized controlled trial of a mobile-based self-management intervention to prevent perinatal depression, and a nationwide NIH initiative to understand the effects of long-COVID in children and families. Dr. Kinser is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. She maintains an active clinical practice as a board-certified Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner at a local free clinic in Richmond, Virginia, and teaches yoga to the local community. 

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