Andrew Penn, RN, MS, NP

Title(s)Professor, Community Health Systems
SchoolSchool of Nursing
Address2 Koret Way, #511Q
San Francisco CA 94143
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    California Institute of Integral Studies, Center for Psychedelic Therapies and ResearchCertificate2017Psychedelic Assisted Psychotherapy
    UC San Francisco, School of NursingMS, Nursing2005Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (Psychiatric CNS/Adult NP)
    UC San Francisco, School of Nursing RN2003Masters Entry Program in Nursing
    UC Santa CruzBS1994Psychology
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    UC San Francisco2022Teacher of the Year, School of Nursing
    UC San Francisco Academic Senate2021  - 2022Distinction in Teaching Award (<5 years)
    UC San Francisco2020UCSF Haile T. Debas Academy of Medical Educators Excellence in Teaching
    American Psychiatric Nurses Association, California Chapter2018Ann M. Wilknson Memorial Nurse Psychotherapy Award
    American Psychiatric Nurses Association2005APNA-Janssen Scholar
    National Student Nurses Association2003The Promise of Nursing Scholar
    UC San Francisco2002Robert Jean Lindberg Scholar
    UC San Francisco2002Davis Nursing Scholar
    UC San Francisco2003Sigma Theta Tau
    UC Santa Cruz1994Psi Chi

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    As a Clinical Professor in the Community Health Systems department in the UCSF School of Nursing, I am passionate about teaching trainees about the art and science of advanced practice psychiatric nursing, both in the classroom and with NP residents at the San Francisco VA. My contributions to the field have been recognized with several awards, including the Teacher of the Year at the School of Nursing and the Distinction in Teaching Award from UC San Francisco Academic Senate. I hold a Certificate in Psychedelic Assisted Psychotherapy from the California Institute of Integral Studies and earned an MS in Nursing from UC San Francisco, School of Nursing and am a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner.

    In my research I have been involved in groundbreaking studies on psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy including FDA registry trials of MDMA and psilocybin assisted therapies. I am a cofounder of the Organization of Psychedelic and Entheogenic Nurses, advocating for the perspective and contributions of nursing to psychedelic assisted therapies.

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    1. A Pragmatic, Person-Centered View of Cannabis in the United States: Pursuing Care That Transcends Beliefs. Subst Abus. 2023 10; 44(4):337-347. Bosley HG, Peña JM, Penn AD, Sorensen JL, Tierney M, Flentje A. PMID: 37902034.
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    2. Single-Dose Psilocybin Treatment for Major Depressive Disorder: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA. 2023 09 05; 330(9):843-853. Raison CL, Sanacora G, Woolley J, Heinzerling K, Dunlop BW, Brown RT, Kakar R, Hassman M, Trivedi RP, Robison R, Gukasyan N, Nayak SM, Hu X, O'Donnell KC, Kelmendi B, Sloshower J, Penn AD, Bradley E, Kelly DF, Mletzko T, Nicholas CR, Hutson PR, Tarpley G, Utzinger M, Lenoch K, Warchol K, Gapasin T, Davis MC, Nelson-Douthit C, Wilson S, Brown C, Linton W, Ross S, Griffiths RR. PMID: 37651119; PMCID: PMC10472268.
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    3. The Pharmacology and Clinical Applications of Psychedelic Medicines Within Midwifery Practice. J Midwifery Womens Health. 2022 05; 67(3):373-383. Stein CA, Penn A, Van Hope S, Dorsen CG, Mangini M. PMID: 35522087; PMCID: PMC9322528.
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    4. Effects of Naturalistic Psychedelic Use on Depression, Anxiety, and Well-Being: Associations With Patterns of Use, Reported Harms, and Transformative Mental States. Front Psychiatry. 2022; 13:831092. Raison CL, Jain R, Penn AD, Cole SP, Jain S. PMID: 35370864; PMCID: PMC8965278.
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    5. Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy: Emerging Treatments in Mental Health Disorders Am J Nurs. 2021 06 01; 121(6):34-40. Penn A, Dorsen CG, Hope S, Rosa WE. PMID: 33993135; PMCID: PMC8574982.
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    6. Psychology today blog. 2021. Andrew Penn. . View Publication.
    7. An episode of mania following self-reported ingestion of psilocybin mushrooms in a woman previously not diagnosed with bipolar disorder: A case report. Bipolar Disord. 2021 11; 23(7):733-735. Hendin HM, Penn AD. PMID: 33934465.
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    8. Psychedelic-Assisted Psychotherapy Practices and Human Caring Science: Toward a Care-Informed Model of Treatment. Journal of Humanistic Psychology. 2021. Andrew D. Penn, Janis Phelps, William E. Rosa, Jean Watson. View Publication.
    9. Fostering Nurse Engagement in Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies for Patients with Serious Illness. J Palliat Med. 2020 10; 23(10):1288-1289. Rosa WE, Dorsen CG, Penn A. PMID: 33001753; PMCID: PMC8024366.
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    10. Cannabinoids and Mental Health, Part 2: The Search for Clinical Applications. J Psychosoc Nurs Ment Health Serv. 2019 Oct 01; 57(10):7-11. Penn A. PMID: 31573659.
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    11. Cannabinoids and Mental Health, Part 1: The Endocannabinoid System and Exogenous Cannabinoids. J Psychosoc Nurs Ment Health Serv. 2019 Sep 01; 57(9):7-10. Penn A. PMID: 31461513.
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    12. Casebook of Positive Psychiatry, American Psychiatric Press, Summers RF, Jeste DV (Eds). MDMA Assisted Psychotherapy for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. 2018; 57-77. Penn, AD, Ot’alora, M, Raison, CL . View Publication.
    13. Listening to nurses. Am J Nurs. 2013 Jul; 113(7):12. Penn A. PMID: 23803909.
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    14. Andrew Penn, NP Psych Congress Blog. Penn, Andrew. View Publication.
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