The Ann Ottney Cain Lecture in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing

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The Ann Ottney Cain Lecture in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing

Exploring Substance Use and Mental Health for Transgender Youth: Implications for Advanced Practice Nurses

March 28, 2019, 4-6 p.m.
University of Maryland School of Nursing
Auditorium, Room 130
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  • Registration: no cost
  • Continuing Education: $20


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


This presentation will explore the intersection of substance use, mental health conditions, and associated health risks for transgender youth in the United States. The presenter will discuss risk factors linked to poor health outcomes including socioeconomic vulnerability, increase substance use, depression, anxiety, suicidality, self-harm, and risky sexual behaviors.

As part of the discussion and implications, the presenter will provide practical recommendations for primary care providers regarding culturally appropriate, compassionate, evidence-informed practices for engaging transgender youth and their families to promote greater well-being for all youth, regardless of their gender identity.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of the presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Define transgender youth and subgroups of transgender youth at greater risk for mental health and substance use disorders.
  • Describe risk factors for transgender youth that are linked to poor health outcomes.
  • Discuss advanced practice considerations, practical considerations, and challenges to recovery management for transgender youth.
  • Discuss advanced practice recommendations for providing culturally appropriate, compassionate, evidence-informed practices for engaging transgender youth and their families.


3:30 p.m. Registration
4 p.m. Welcome/Overview
4:15 p.m. Lecture
5 p.m. Questions and Discussion
5:30 p.m. Reception

Additional Information

Continuing Education (CE) for Nurses

Accredited Provider with Distinction from the American Nurses Credentialing Center

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

The University of Maryland School of Nursing is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

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


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


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

About the 2018-19 Dean's Lecture Series

The 2018-19 Dean’s Lecture Series focuses on Opioid and Substance Use Disorders: Destigmatizing the Issue and Responding to the Challenge.

Between January and June of this year, Maryland reported 1,185opioid relateddeaths, and Baltimore city represents one of the hardest-hit communities in the state. Individuals with substance use disorders face challenges from multiple sources, including stigma that they lack the will to overcome their addiction. Professionals providing care in all settings also face challenges in understanding the complexity of the issue and in establishing the collaborative network needed to provide effective care. There are promising developments in research and practice for improving outcomes. This lecture series considers these developments and invites you to participate in the dialogue. 

Maryland's legislature and administration have implemented major policy initiatives toward developing effective strategies and resources.  What has been the effect thus far and how much further do we need to go?