The Ann Ottney Cain Lecture in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing

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The Ann Ottney Cain Lecture in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing

Determinants of Health: New Directions in Trauma Informed Care

March 29, 2018
4-5:30 p.m. (reception to follow)
University of Maryland School of Nursing
Auditorium, Room 130

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headshot of Linda Grabbe, PhD, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BCLinda Grabbe, PhD, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC
Clinical Assistant Professor
Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing
Emory University

With 82.7 percent of U.S. respondents to an international population survey of 24 countries indicating that they have experienced some form of trauma — from threatened death, serious injury, sexual violence, or unexpected death of a loved one — our nation ranks among the highest of those surveyed.

Analysis of data from the National Survey of Children’s Health shows at least 38 percent of children in the United States have had at least one Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE), such as witnessing or being a victim of violence, death or incarceration of a parent, or living with someone with a drug or alcohol problem.

Exposure to adverse events can impact physical and mental health and well-being, derailing healthy development in children and increasing the long-term risks for smoking, alcoholism, depression, heart and liver diseases, and dozens of other illnesses and unhealthy behaviors.

Linda Grabbe, PhD, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC, this year’s distinguished lecturer, will focus on trauma's impact and on methods of delivering trauma-informed care.

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3:30 p.m. Registration
4 p.m. Welcome/Announcements
4:15-5:30 p.m. Lecture
5:30-6:30 p.m. Reception

About the Speaker

Dr. Linda Grabbe is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She has provided primary and mental health care to homeless populations in Atlanta for 20 years. She is a Certified Community Resilience Model (CRM) trainer and is blending this cutting-edge resiliency model with Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Skills training for homeless youth. Both models target self-regulation and wellbeing to increase the ability to live a satisfying life. CRM is particularly useful to those with addictions, mental health problems, and histories of trauma. The model is a body-based self-care program for mental well-being, which focuses on the neurobiology of trauma, stress, and resilience.

Dr. Grabbe is a healthcare provider with Community Advanced Practice Nurses, a nurse-led network of clinics for women, children, and youth in homeless shelters in Atlanta. Her current clinical practice is in community group settings offering CRM trainings to medically-underserved populations, including incarcerated youth and pregnant women. She and other CRM trainers are also training first-responders, public safety officers, and healthcare providers in Atlanta with the goal of preventing secondary traumatic stress.

A Clinical Assistant Professor at Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Dr. Grabbe teaches undergraduate psychiatric clinical education and trauma-informed care. Dr. Grabbe also mentors students and facilitates practice opportunities in the School's Nursing Workforce Diversity grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The "Building Nursing's Diverse Leadership at Emory" (BUNDLE) program focuses on racial and ethnic minorities, men, and first-generation college students, who are underrepresented among registered nurses and who are being supported to become leaders in public health. In 2017, Dr. Grabbe received the Excellence in Nursing Award from the School’s Alumni Association.

Current research includes:

  • The impact of the CRM training on the wellbeing and emotional state of women in substance abuse treatment
  • The impact of CRM on well-being, resiliency, burn-out, and secondary traumatic stress in nurses, 1st responders, emergency department staff, and nursing students.


As a result of participating in this learning activity, nurses will be able to:

  • understand the differences between trauma-informed care and resiliency-informed care
  • recognize secondary traumatic stress among front-line personnel and healthcare providers
  • understand the purpose of integrating resiliency training into programs for high-risk populations
  • apply basic self- and other-care resiliency techniques.

Continuing Education (CE) for Nurses

Accredited Provider with Distinction from the American Nurses Credentialing Center

Nurses who attended and signed in the day of the event may receive 1.5 contact hour for attending this activity. To receive CE,  attendees must:

All requests and required items must be submitted/completed within 60 days of the event. Participants receive a CE certificate via email from the University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) within 2-4 weeks after submitting their completed forms and fee. 

Please CE Verification of Attendance Form, complete it, and submit it via one of the following:

Lecture History

Dr. Ann Ottney Cain, professor emeritus at the University of Maryland School of Nursing, was a leader in psychiatric mental health nursing, specifically in family systems therapy. Her tenure at UMSON spanned more than three decades. Dr. Cain ultimately served as associate dean for graduate studies and research at UMSON. When she retired from the School of Nursing in 1994 after serving for 30 years on the faculty, her colleagues and students came together to create the Ann Ottney Cain Endowed Lecture in Psychiatric Nursing.

"I was overwhelmed. It was such a meaningful expression of high regard," Cain recalled. "Psychiatric nursing was the first specialty offered in the Master of Science program at the School, beginning in 1954." Cain says she loved working with graduate students at the School—"serving as teacher, mentor, advisor, and role model to them and to many other professionals in the field of mental health."

Cain made a planned gift to further support the lectureship. "I did this because psychiatric nursing is a wonderful and challenging field," she says, "and the lecture is a way of celebrating it on a yearly basis at a school of nursing with a long history of psychiatric nursing excellence. The lecture calls attention, in a very positive way, to the many contributions psychiatric nurses have made and currently make."

Past Lectures


How Nurses Can Improve Population Health: Positioning Matters
Kathleen R Delaney, PhD, PMH-NP
Professor, Rush College of Nursing


Preventing HIV, STI, and Teenage Pregnancy: Family Impact & Solutions
Loretta Sweet Jemmott, PhD, FAAN, RN
van Ameringen Professor in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing,
and Associate Director of the Center for Health Equity Research
at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

Sigma logo: Global Nursing ExcellenceWe are pleased to have the support of Sigma for this lecture. The mission of Sigma is advancing world health and celebrating nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service.