The Ann Ottney Cain Lecture in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing

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The Ann Ottney Cain Lecture in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing

Lessons Learned from COVID-19: It Takes a Community to Support Youth Mental Health

This event occurred on May 6, 2024.

Nurses may receive 1.5 contact hours for participating in this educational activity. 

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COVID-19 left many mental health issues in its wake. It was a naturally occurring experiment that demonstrated what happens in the lives of children and adolescents when school and community support are taken away. COVID-19 also showed what occurs with family structure when additional stress is layered over parents and caregivers in underresourced communities. We are now tasked with rebuilding the structures that support child/adolescent well-being and resiliency. This presentation will examine some of the key research conducted during COVID-19 regarding the intersection of youth mental health and social connections. We are now unpacking some of this data, particularly the role of loneliness and uncertainty in youth dysphoria. The task ahead is building healing and supportive communities, neighborhoods, and schools and assisting families with developing and solidifying their children's resiliency skills. Model community programs and critical strategies will be presented. Understanding the relationship between stress, resiliency, and social connectedness is the basic platform for forging involvement in community programs that support youth mental well-being as well as extending that supportive focus within our own families.


  • Lecture Only: FREE; registration is required

  • Lecture with CE: $20


Kathleen R. Delaney headshotKathleen R. Delaney, PhD, APRN, PMH-NP, FAAN 
Professor Emerita 
RUSH University College of Nursing
Department of Community, Systems, and Mental Health

As a teacher/practitioner at RUSH University College of Nursing, Delaney has blended her academic, clinical, and research roles. Her clinical work focuses on child mental health and children with complex trauma. Her research has focused on creating safe and healing psychiatric environments. Delaney has authored policy statements on child mental health focused on reducing stigma, prevention, and bringing mental health services to the community settings. She is currently a professor emerita at the College of Nursing. For 10 years, she served as editor of the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing.


  • 4 p.m.  Welcome/Overview/Introductions
  • 4:15 - 5 p.m.    Lecture
  • 5 - 5:30 p.m.    Q&A

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this program, participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on youth mental health
  2. Explain the relationship between social support, resiliency, and mental health
  3. Identify how to rebuild essential supports for youth mental health

Learning Outcome:

70% of participants will report that this session provides information that enhances their knowledge on the impact and support needed for youth mental health.

Nursing Continuing Professional Development:

Nurses may receive 1.5 contact hours for participating in this educational activity.  Partial credit is not provided. Participants receive a CE certificate via email from UMSON approximately two to four weeks after submitting their completed evaluation form, plus a fee of $20.  All requests must be received within 60 days of the event.

The University of Maryland School of Nursing is accredited with distinction as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Organized by the 2024 Dean’s Lecture Planning Committee

Additional Information

Lecture History

Dr. Ann Ottney Cain (1934 - 2020), professor emerita 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."

Ann Ottney Cain Tributes

"Dr. Cain was a philanthropist of knowledge and invited each of us on a journey of knowledge to become therapists as well as educators. Additionally, she helped each of us to become better versions of ourselves. Ann was an educator, mentor, colleague and always our friend."

Julie (Klink) Callebret
Judy Duvall
Jodi Irving
Gena Lepage
Bea (Gillespie) Robbins
Susan Poulsen
Class of 1970

"Words cannot convey her tremendous influence over all of us. She was very serious about making sure we learned about Psychiatric Nursing, yet warm and kind to everyone equally. She was a born teacher. She was a mother and let us know she loved her son. Ultimately she became a friend and continued her influence throughout the years. Her values resonated throughout my long career, daily reminders of how systems work and how to put theories into practice. No other person helped shape my career and life as powerfully as Ann Cain. We miss her terribly and are so thankful for her presence in our lives. She will always be loved."

Gena Lepage, MS '70

"In my experiences with her as a teacher, mentor and colleague, Ann Cain combined nurturing qualities with clear eyed expectations and a demonstrable respect for theory.

She encouraged use of technology in the then newer idea of taping therapy for practitioner use in supervision as well as therapeutic review with clients.

Ann was so helpful with advice on navigating the earlier days of creating partnerships with colleagues in the other professions who often needed to reset their expectations of a "nurse’s role."

And finally, she was so warmly supportive personally to me during a difficult time in my life. She was a woman I admired and will never forget."

Barbara Barrett, MS '78

"She was the kindest, most compassionate woman I have experienced in my eight decades. She was loved and respected by all her students. Her caring came through in her teaching, individual guidance, and everyday contacts. She was a legend in psychiatric nursing, a true scholar, interested in all aspects effecting care for those with mental issues. A true champion of human rights and promoter of well-being for all. I learned more than course content and improved practice from Ann. I learned to be a caring person in all settings. Even in her busy academic and clinical practice schedules, she managed to lead advocating against restrictions for our clinical practice and to visit the Annapolis General Assembly legislative bodies to testify. My hero on so many levels. We who knew and learned from her are truly blessed. THANK YOU ANN."

Sally Raphel, BSN '78, MS '84

"Dr. Cain was a pioneer in psychiatric mental health nursing education. As an instructor, she challenged my pre-conceived notions about mental illness. She inspired my passion to provide stellar nursing care to those who lived in a world of depression, anxiety, and chronicity of delusions and hallucinations. She ignited my imagination of thinking 'outside the box' when choose nursing interventions that built trust in the nurse-client relationship and demonstrated true empathy and caring to those who were often marginalized and stigmatized.

Dr. Cain instilled a love of teaching and learning. I remember telling her I wanted to teach "psych." We had many discussions about my career trajectory. I remember when I called her to let her know I got a psychiatric -mental health nursing undergraduate teaching position and how excited she was. She was my mentor and I am forever grateful. I am now approaching 23 years of teaching psychiatric mental health nursing. I am because She was ..."

Crystal Day-Black, MS '95

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Past Lectures


Lessons Learned from COVID-19: It Takes a Community to Support Youth Mental Health
Kathleen R. Delaney, PhD, APRN, PMH-NP, FAAN 
Professor Emerita 
RUSH University College of Nursing
Department of Community, Systems, and Mental Health


Enhancing Nurse Well-Being and Building Wellness Cultures that Sustain Through Character-Building Times: Evidence-Based Tactics that Work!
Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk, PhD, RN, APRN-CNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN
Vice President for Health Promotion
University Chief Wellness Officer
Dean and Professor, College of Nursing
Executive Director, the Helene Fuld Health Trust National Institute for EBP
The Ohio State University


The Shocking Truth about Job-Related Issues Leading to Suicide Amongst Nurses
Judy Davidson, DNP, RN, MCCM, FAAN
Nurse Scientist, University of California San Diego

Marie Manthey, PhD (Hon.), MNA, FAAN, FRCN
Founder and President Emerita, Creative Health Care Management

2020  Shattering Silence: Clinical Perspectives on Sexual Violence 1970 – 2020
Ann Wolbert Burgess, DNSc, MS '59, APRN, FAAN
Professor of Psychiatric Nursing
Boston College Connell School of Nursing

Exploring Substance Use and Mental Health for Transgender Youth: Implications for Advanced Practice Nurses
Phyllis Raynor, PhD, PMHNP-BC, CARN-AP, APRN
Certified Psychiatric and Addictions Advanced Practice Registered Nurse
Interim Program Director, Psychiatric NP Program
Clinical Assistant Professor
University of South Carolina College of Nursing


Determinants of Health: New Directions in Trauma Informed Care
Linda Grabbe, PhD, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC
Clinical Assistant Professor
Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing
Emory University


Opioid Use Disorders: Implications for Advanced Practice Nurses
Certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
Former Clinical Professor and Director, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program
University of Texas at Arlington School of Nursing


How Nurses Can Improve Population Health: Positioning Matters
Kathleen R Delaney, PhD, PMH-NP
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
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing


UMSON Planning Committee

Lynn Marie Bullock

Kristin Bussell

Deborah Prout

Giordana Segneri

Sonia Smith

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Organized by the 2023 Dean’s Lecture Planning Committee