Sara J Edmund

Sara J Edmund , DNP, RN, FNP-C, PMHNP-BC

Associate Clinical Professor

Interim Coordinator, PMHNP

Sara J Edmund Portrait
Dr. Edmund's nursing career began by obtaining a Bachelor of Science in nursing from the University of North Dakota.  After years of nursing, her leadership skills developed in a corporate capacity by educating professional adult learners nationwide for many years.  After returning to higher education with the completion of a DNP, with a focus on family practice nurse practitioner, she practiced neurology and general practice, which culminated in owning and operating a primary care office.  The experience provided an opportunity to accept and train future nurse practitioners from all over the country.  During this time, it was clear that the number of psychiatric nurse practitioners was inadequate, so she returned to higher education again to obtain her certification in psychiatry as an NP.  Her research interests include emergency care of mentally ill patients, crisis care of dual-diagnosis patients, and rhabdomyolysis identification within the dual-diagnosis patient.  She is working clinically, providing crisis psychiatric care to patients in several underserved areas of Phoenix, AZ. Dr. Edmund joined the University of Arizona in 2016 as a Clinical Assistant Professor, where she is part of a team of expert educators and clinicians to prepare competent, highly dedicated psychiatric clinicians.  Since joining UA Faculty, she has been awarded the Suzanne Van Ort Award (peer award for teaching), the Daisy Award, and the Excellence in Teaching Award, which is awarded based on student feedback.  Given her background as both FNP and PMHNP, she has a clear understanding of the benefits of integrative care, especially in underserved communities. She wrote and was awarded 2 million dollars in funding from HRSA with the goal of expanding healthcare practitioner training in integrative and underserved areas.  The project will continue through 2025.  Dr. Edmund also currently serves on the Executive Board of the International Society of Psychiatric Nurses (ISPN).