Rachel H. Adler, 2021


Rachel H. Adler, PhD, APRN, completed the Liberty PMHNP post-Master’s certificate program in August 2021. Upon graduation, she joined the UT Health San Antonio faculty as Professor of Nursing. She was formerly Professor of Anthropology at The College of New Jersey, where she taught and conducted research in anthropology, nursing, public health, and sociology. 

Dr. Adler practiced inpatient psychiatric nursing as an RN for almost a decade. She is currently an advanced practice nurse, board certified in Adult-Gerontology primary care, and, thanks to the Liberty program, will also be certified in Psychiatric Mental Health.

Dr. Adler’s research, teaching and clinical interests include medical and urban anthropology, community health, providing care to the severely mentally ill, correctional nursing, cultural competence, health disparities, race and ethnicity, men’s health, and immigration to the US.  Her book, Yucatecans in Dallas: Breaching the Border Bridging the Distance, studies a community of Mexican migrants in Texas.

The documentary she produced, “From the Burg to El Barrio” highlights her investigation of ethnic transition in the formerly Italian Chambersburg neighborhood of Trenton, NJ.

A recent publication, in The Journal of Men’s Studies, examines the relationship between homelessness and incarceration among inner-city men. She is currently researching gender appropriate strategies for primary health care providers to address the high rates of male suicide in the US.

Some of this work appears in the most recent issue of  Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and will be presented at the 2021 annual meetings of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association. The research allows her connect her expertise in primary care with her new skills in psychiatric advanced practice nursing.

After graduating from Liberty University, Rachel joined the UT Health San Antonio faculty as Professor of Nursing.

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