Kendra O. Delaney, PhD(c), MSN, PMHNP-BC, RN
Assistant Professor

(317) 625-7251 


Kendra Delaney is an Assistant Professor of Nursing at the Leighton School of Nursing and a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Nashville, TN. She is originally from Connecticut, but moved to Nashville where she received her BA in Psychology and MSN in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing from Vanderbilt University. She is currently a PhD Candidate at Vanderbilt University where she is studying the impact of anxiety on young adult binge drinking. Kendra also completed a fellowship in integrative psychiatry in 2020 through the Integrative Psychiatry Institute, and is actively pursuing Certification in Functional Medicine through the Institute for Functional Medicine. She is passionate about integrative (holistic) approaches to adolescent and adult mental health, and is the owner of Empowered Heart Integrative Mental Health Care, PLLC in Nashville where she practices as an Integrative Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Kendra teaches Introduction to Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing for Marian’s ABSN Program in Nashville and Indianapolis, and enjoys working with students to help them understand the importance of mental health nursing across clinical care settings. Kendra has published on ethanol induced oxidative stress in the vasculature, and presented several poster presentations at national conferences on the impact of affluence on depression and anxiety in adolescents. 


  • PhD (Expected May 2021): Vanderbilt University 
  • MSN: Vanderbilt University School of Nursing
  • Bachelor's of Art: Vanderbilt University 

Professional Affiliations​

  • Sigma Theta Tau, Iota Chapter
  • American Psychiatric Nurses Association
  • Southern Nursing Research Society

Area of Expertise​

  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing
  • Integrative/Holistic Nursing
  • Trauma-Informed Care

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