Board Certified Adult Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner & Clinical Assistant Professor, UF College of Nursing

portrait of karen ryePractitioner Karen Rye graduated with BS in Nursing from Northwestern State University in Louisiana in 1980 and completed Master’s Degree in Nursing from Northwestern State University in Louisiana in 1987 with an emphasis on nursing education and a clinical focus in high-risk perinatal nursing. After 16 years of practice in newborn intensive care and labor and delivery as a staff nurse, nursing instructor and clinical educator, she was employed for 13 years in the pharmaceutical industry, where she spent the last 11 years consulting with psychiatric providers regarding the use of antipsychotics.

In 2008 Ms. Rye completed post-graduate training at University of Florida for certification as a psychiatric nurse practitioner and was board certified in 2009. Her primary area of interest is psychopharmacology. She has practiced in community mental health outpatient clinics where she has developed a specific interest and expertise in the treatment of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. She has experience treating acute psychiatric disorders including, anxiety, mood disorders, and psychoses and providing maintenance medication management.

In addition to practicing part-time at the University of Florida Counseling and Wellness Center since 2010, she also holds a position as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing. In the College of Nursing she serves as a part-time clinical faculty preceptor for DNP students and provides mental health services in their nurse-managed rural health clinic, Archer Family Health Care.