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Joanne Iennaco

Associate Professor of Nursing; Psychiatric-Mental Health Specialty

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Joanne Iennaco, PhD, PMHNP (BC), APRN



Joanne DeSanto Iennaco is an Associate Professor of Nursing and Psychiatry at Yale University, and Specialty Coordinator of the Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program at Yale School of Nursing. Professor Iennaco holds a PhD in Chronic Disease Epidemiology from Yale University's School of Public Health. Her research focuses on the effects of aggression exposure on workers in inpatient psychiatric and hospital settings. Dr. Iennaco is also a Clinical Interventionist leading CBT for Insomnia groups for Dr. Nancy Redeker's Heart Sleep Study, a randomized controlled trial. In addition, she has worked with Yale's Occupational and Environmental Medicine research team studying the effect of psychosocial aspects of the workplace on health. Her research interests include occupational mental health, aggression, anxiety, depression, suicide, violence and the interface between physical and mental health.

Dr. Iennaco is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with dual certification as both a Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and an Adult Psychiatric Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist. She was recently awarded the 2016 Nightingale Award for Excellence in Nursing. She was also honored with a Faculty Service-learning Award in 1998 from the Maine Campus Compact and with the St. Joseph's College Outstanding Faculty Award in 1999.Joanne is a member of the Society for Epidemiologic Research, the American Public Health Association, the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, the Society for Occupational Health Psychology, and Sigma Theta Tau International. She works clinically at the Connecticut Mental Health Center in New Haven, CT, and has prior experiences in many settings including FQHC Behavioral Health services, Adult Inpatient Psychiatry, Psychiatric Admissions and Emergency Department, Day Treatment, and as a Community Health Nurse.

YCCI Scholar 2010

Project: 07/01/10 - 06/30/12

Effects of Aggression Exposure in Psychiatric Settings on Employee Health and Work Outcomes

Education & Training

  • PhD
    Yale University, Epidemiology (2009)

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