DC Whitfield, MS, PhD(c), PMHNP-BC, APRN-BC, has joined the School of Nursing as a visiting professor.
Relocating from Aspen, Colo., Whitfield joined the Norwich staff this fall to teach Care of the Adult II (Med Surg 2) at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center and co-teach Clinical Mathematical Methods.
Specializing in psychiatry, she has worked publically and privately as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner in New Hampshire and Colorado for the past seven years.
Providing both traditional psychotherapy and medication management for children, adolescents and adults, Whitfield also offers alternative/integrative psychiatric services. These include the use of mindfulness meditation for stress reduction, eye movement desensitization reprocessing (EMDR) for trauma treatment, supportive lifestyle counseling, genetic testing/counseling and herbal/high potency vitamin supplementation.
Whitfield began her nursing career working as an RN in maternal labor and delivery, antepartum/post-partum care and neonatal intensive care. She earned her master’s with honors in nursing from the University of Colorado Denver College of Nursing and is nationally certified as a family psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner.
Her master’s praxis explored the use of EMDR as a trauma-informed treatment modality for individuals suffering from PTSD. She has two bachelor’s degrees; a BA in World Arts and Cultures with an emphasis on Native American Art and Culture from the University of California in Los Angeles, and a BS Cum Laude in Nursing from Colorado Mesa University.
Whitfield is currently pursuing a PhD in Nursing from the University of Colorado Denver College of Nursing. Her research examines resilience promotion in youth with a history of trauma. Specifically, her dissertation explores the modifying epigenetic effects of psychosocial relationships on serotonin and dopamine neurotransmitter polymorphisms that increase the risk of individuals with a history of childhood trauma for developing depression and PTSD.
When not working or studying, Whitfield enjoys photography, gardening, drawing, travel with friends and the outdoors.