PhD, University of Texas at Austin
Dr. Rhoads holds three board certifications as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner, and Clinical Nurse Leader. She is board eligible as a Psych/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She has more than 30 years of clinical experience in leadership, critical care, acute care and primary care nursing. Dr. Rhoads teaches in graduate and baccalaureate programs in acute and primary care and also in the family and adult nurse practitioner tracks. She has special interest in Advanced Health Assessment and Pharmacology.
Prior faculty positions included three Graduate program directorships at three major Universities, with rank of tenured professor.
She has authored five major advanced practice textbooks related to the clinical management of psych/mental health and advanced assessment, as well as numerous peer reviewed articles
She has held three research positions such as project director, principal investigator and project coordinator in three major Universities. Her areas of research include investigating PTSD post Viet Nam, Desert Storm and disaster related situations.
Dr. Rhoads earned her bachelor’s from University of the Incarnate Word, her master’s in Burns and Trauma at Texas Woman’s University, PhD in Nursing at University of Texas in Austin, four post-masters as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Adult Nurse Practitioner, Geronotology Nurse Practitioner, Psych/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She is especially proud of her service of 30 years in the United States Army Nurse Corps where she held strategic leadership positions as Chief Nurse, DEPMED Training Officer, NBC officer, Head Nurse.