Skip to main content

About Mona Shattell

Mona Shattell, PhD, RN, FAAN is professor and chair of the department of community, systems, and mental health nursing. Prior to joining the faculty at Rush University College of Nursing, Dr. Shattell served at DePaul University as associate dean for research and faculty development in the College of Science and Health, and as professor of nursing in the School of Nursing; associate professor at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro; assistant professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham; and lecturer at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Dr. Shattell is an internationally recognized and frequently cited expert on inpatient mental health nursing. She conducts research on the mental health of vulnerable populations and serves as board member for several community non-profit mental health advocacy and service organizations. She currently is working on a study of patient and primary care provider perspectives on recreational and therapeutic cannabis use within the changing sociocultural and political context. She is associate editor of Advances in Nursing Science and Issues in Mental Health Nursing, a regular blogger for the Huffington Post, and the author of more than 100 journal articles and book chapters. She is a former Public Voices Fellow with the OpEd Project, which is a media fellowship program that develops thought leaders from traditionally underrepresented groups. She is active in a number of professional organizations and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.
Dr. Shattell received a PhD in nursing from the University of Tennessee Knoxville, a Master of Science degree in psychiatric mental health nursing from Syracuse University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing, also from Syracuse University.
We are excited to have found this highly qualified and transformative individual to lead the department and college into the future. Please join us in welcoming Dr. Shattell to Rush.


January 2016 - Present Professor and Chair, Rush University ‐ College of Nursing
September 2011 - January 2016 Associate Dean of Research and Faculty Development and Professor, DePaul University ‐ College of Science and Health

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

Mental Health of Vulnerable Populations, Therapeutic Relationships, Psychiatric Treatment Environments, Nursing Education, Truckers/Trucking Work Environments, and Psychosis

Enter a valid date range.

Enter a valid date range.

Honors and Awards

  • Fellow, American Academy of Nursing
  • Researcher of the Year Award from the International Society of Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurses (2009)
  • Outstanding Nursing Alumni Award, University of Tennessee at Knoxville (UTK), College of Nursing (2012)
  • “Women of Sprit and Action” Honoree, DePaul University, Chicago, IL. (2012)
  • Member Scholar, International Institute for Qualitative Methodology
  • Named One of the Great 100 Nurses of North Carolina, The Great 100, Inc. Greensboro, NC (2008)
  • Golden Chain Award, University of North Carolina at Greensboro (award for significant service to the University community) (2007)


  • Nursing Research
  • Nursing Theory
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing

Acute Care Psychiatry and Psychiatric Nursing (26)