Janene L. Szpak, D.N.P., PMHNP-BC, RN
Associate Professor of Nursing (Nursing)
412-397-5246 phone (M)
412-397-3277 fax
Scaife Hall 124

Educational Background

  • Doctor of Nursing Practice, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Robert Morris University, 2011
  • Master of Science in Nursing, Nurse Practitioner, Robert Morris University, 2011
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Nursing, Carlow University, 2000
  • Associate in Science, Nursing, Community College of Beaver County, 1995

Professional Background

  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse
  • Certified School Nurse
  • Pediatric Nurse

Area of Expertise/Research

  • Addiction
  • Anxiety
  • Domestic Violence
  • Mentoring
  • Simulation


  • Kameg, K.M., Richarson, L., & Szpak, J.L. (2015). Pediatric obsessive compulsive disorder: an update for psychiatric advanced practice nursing. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing, 28(2). 84-91. doi 10.1111/jcap.12.1111
  • Kameg, K. & Szpak, J.(2014). Utilization of Standardized Patients as a Teaching Methodology for Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Education. Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, 20(1). 68.
  • Kameg, K.M.,  Szpak, J.L., Cline, T.W., & McDermott, D.S. (2014). Utilization of standardized patients to decrease nursing student anxiety. Clinical Simulation in Nursing, 10(11). 567-573.

  • Kameg, K.M.,  Szpak, J.L.,  Woods, A., & McCormick, M.  (2013). Identifying and managing nonsuicidal self-injurious behavior in the primary care setting.  Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners,(25),4. 167-172.

  • Szpak, J. L., Kameg, K. M. (2011).  Simulation Decreases Nursing Student Anxiety Prior to Communication with Mentally Ill Patients. Clinical Simulation in Nursing. On-line article September 7, 2011


  • 2015 - The Sixth Annual Rita M. McGinley Symposium, Duquesne University: Exploring Social Justice for Vulnerable Populations: The Face of the Person who has Experienced Violence. Podium and poster presentations: Educating Nursing Students on Intimate Partner Violence: Knowledge Integration from Classroom Theory and a Standardized Patient Simulation Experience. Presented with Cora Koller, JD, Kirstyn Kameg, PMHNP-BC, and Janet Barber, MSN, RN. October 22-23, 2015. Pittsburgh, PA.
  • 2015 - Magee Womens Hospital of UPMC-Domestic Violence Task Force-Speaker. Strategies for Assessment and Management of Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence with Traumatic Brain Injury. Presented with Kirstyn Kameg, PMHNP-BC. Pittsburgh, PA. October 20, 2015. Created simulation training video on IPV and TBI shown to nurses, physicians, and social workers.
  • 2015 - AWHONN PA Section Conference. Educating Nursing Students on Intimate Partner Violence (IPV). Presented poster with Kirstyn Kameg, PMHNP-BC, Cora Koller, JD, and Janet Barber, MSN, RN. September 26, 2015. Robert Morris University, Moon Township, PA.
  • 2014 - Universidad Politecnica de Nicaragua (UPOLI), Managua, Nicaragua. Psychiatric Mental Health presentation on depression, suicide, and anxiety. Provided for nursing students, faculty, physicians, and community. Spoke at request of President Lydia Zamora. November, 2014.
  • 2014 - Pennsylvania State Nurses Association (PSNA) Region #6. Speaker for meeting: Overview of Alcohol and Drug Use Disorder Assessment and Options in Primary Care Setting. Presented with Kirstyn Kameg, PMHNP-BC and Luann Richardson, PhD., FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC. October 7, 2014. Pittsburgh, PA.
  • 2014 - American Psychiatric Nurses Association, Pennsylvania Chapter. Podium presentation: Utilization of Standardized Patients as a Teaching Modality for Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Education. Presented with Kirstyn Kameg, DNP,PMHNP-BC. The State of the State: Current Issues in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing in PA. April 4, 2014. Friends Hospital, Philadelphia, PA.
  • 2013 - American Psychiatric Nurses Association, National Conference. Podium presentation: Utilization of Standardized Patients as a Teaching Modality for Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Education. Presented with Kirstyn Kameg, DNP, PMHNP-BC. Leading Change, Advancing Mental Health . San Antonio, TX. October 10-12, 2013
  • 2013 - Elsevier Faculty Development Conference. Podium Presentation: Psychiatric Nursing: It's Not About the TraumaI; It's All About the Drama! Overview on the use of standardized patients as a teaching methodology in the psychiatric nursing specialty. Presented with Kirstyn Kameg, DNP, PMHNP-BC. MGM Grand Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada. January 2-5, 2013.
  • 2012 - International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL) Conference. Poster Presentation: The Effect of High-Fidelity Simulation in Nursing Students Anxiety related to Communicating with Patients Experiencing Mental Illness. Received 2nd Place Award for poster. Saddle Up for Simulation: Lasso the Best Simulation Ideas. San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter, San Antonio, TX. June 20-23, 2012.

Schedule of Courses
Schedule Book for All Active and Available Future Terms, Janene

Fall 2016
  • NURS4025-C2
  • -APPTMSzpak5 (10/24-12/17/16)0 Seats
  • NURS4025-C1
  • -APPTMSzpak3 (08/29-10/21/16)0 Seats
  • NURS4026-H
  • 07:00-03:00 PM TMSzpak5 (10/24-12/17/16)0 Seats
  • NURS4026-E
  • 07:00-03:00 PM TMSzpak3 (08/29-10/21/16)0 Seats
  • NURS4026-F
  • 02:30-10:30 PM TMSzpak5 (10/24-12/17/16)0 Seats
  • NURS4026-G
  • 02:30-10:30 PM TMSzpak5 (10/24-12/17/16)0 Seats
  • NURS4026-I
  • 07:00-03:00 PM TMSzpak5 (10/24-12/17/16)0 Seats
  • NURS4026-B
  • 02:30-10:30 PM TMSzpak3 (08/29-10/21/16)1 Seats
  • NURS4026-A
  • 02:30-10:30 PM TMSzpak3 (08/29-10/21/16)1 Seats
  • NURS4026-D
  • 07:00-03:00 PM TMSzpak3 (08/29-10/21/16)0 Seats

    Fall 2016: Doctorate
  • NURS9110-A
  • 03:00-05:50 PM RMSzpak12 (08/29-12/17/16)4 Seats