Emily J. Hauenstein, PhD, LCP, RN, FAAN

Professor
Emily J. Hauenstein

I am a nurse and clinical psychologist and am committed to development of new knowledge that supports the mental health of diverse populations including women and rural and impoverished people. My research has included innovation in mental health services design and delivery, especially development of culturally and gender sensitive interventions. I am particularly interested in narrative methods and technological strategies that can be creatively applied to the development of personal healing stories. As a teacher, I support the integration of knowledge from the social sciences, the arts, and science to facilitate an informed, creative and effective practice of nursing and psychotherapy.

Dr. Hauenstein's research program focuses on the causes and treatment of major depressive disorder among disadvantaged women. Working primarily with rural and impoverished populations, Dr. Hauenstein's research has examined individual, family, and community factors that contribute to depression, services disparities that exist for rural and disadvantaged populations, and the development and testing of novel, gender and culturally specific treatments that can be implemented in environments with few formal physical and mental health services. Most recently, Dr. Hauenstein has explored physical, social, and cultural commonalities among rural and remote communities nationally and internationally and how environmental characteristics in these communities can support the development and maintenance of depression among women. Her future research will use mixed methods and multilevel analysis to discern how certain rural environments encourage depression among women. Findings from these studies will inform the design of pubic health interventions that support healthier communities for disadvantaged women.

Dr. Hauenstein received a diploma in nursing from the E.J. Meyer Memorial Hospital School of Nursing, a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing from the University of Rochester School of Nursing, a Master's of Science in Nursing from the University of Wisconsin School of Nursing and a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the Institute of Clinical Psychology at the University of Virginia. She has been a practicing nurse and psychologist in settings providing acute and chronic health care services including 20 years in private practice. Dr. Hauenstein has been certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a psychiatric clinical nurse specialist and by the American Board of Medical Psychotherapists and Psychodiagnosticians as a diplomate in medical psychotherapy.

Dr. Hauenstein is currently funded by the National Institute of Mental Health to examine the effects of narrative therapy on depressive symptoms in rural women. Using storytelling methods, nurses work with women who have depression to develop their personal story, help them to narrate and illustrate their story using a computer platform, and then assist them to create a short movie that is burned permanently on a CD for them to keep and share with others. Storytelling helps women to recreate a sense of personal history, strengthens their sense of self, and improves their ability to relate to others. Psychotherapy process research methods are used in this study so that nursing actions that effect narrative change can be identified. Conventional psychotherapy outcome methods also are used to link narrative change to improvement in depressive symptoms. Should the intervention prove successful, it will be one of the public health approaches that Dr. Hauenstein will test in future research with depressed, rural women.

See Emily J. Hauenstein's curriculum vitae.