Shawna Mitchell Sisler, PhD, RN, NP
  • Assistant Professor (Clinical), College Of Nursing

Research Summary

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry ~ Suicidology ~ Wellness ~ Behavioral Health Integration ~ Social Determinants of Mental Health


  • Bachelor of Business Administration, Mason School of Business, College of William and Mary
  • Master of Applied Positive Psychology, Psychology, University of Pennsylvania
  • Master of Arts, Department of Counseling Psychology, Counseling Psychology
  • Master of Science, School of Nursing, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), College of Nursing, University of Utah. Project: Contextualizing Suicidal Ideation in College Students: A Partial Least Squares Structural Equation Model


Shawna M. Sisler, PhD, MS, MA, MAPP, RN, C-PNP-PC, is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Nursing at the University of Utah. Dr. Sisler is passionate about nursing education and transdisciplinary training across health professions. She currently teaches Global Health, Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing, and Professional Roles (Policy & Health Equity) in the undergraduate programs. Dr. Sisler’s scholarly contributions focus on behavioral health integration and social determinants of mental health, particularly in the field of suicidology and workforce wellness. She also serves as an Advanced Wellness Practitioner in the PROMIS2U program at the School of Medicine at the U.

Dr. Sisler received her Ph.D. in nursing science from the University of Utah and her RN and MS in Nursing from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She holds two additional Masters degrees in Applied Positive Psychology and Counseling from the University of Pennsylvania and Santa Clara University, respectively. Prior to her nursing education and research career, Dr. Sisler practiced as a pediatric nurse practitioner at UCSF in both child psychiatry and developmental medicine.