The Society of Psychiatric 
Advanced Practice Nurses 
           of New Jersey

Congratulations to our 

2017 Award Winners! 

Louise C Gabriele, DNP, APN-BC

Louise is an Assistant Professor of psychiatric nursing and communications. She serves as coordinator for undergraduate psychiatric nursing and the psychiatric NP programs. Dr Gabriele joined Fairleigh Dickinson University, Teaneck, New Jersey in 2007. She sits on the Curriculum, Graduate Studies and Library Committees. Dr Gabriele’s research interests include student success and retention. She has worked in higher education since 1995.

Dr Gabriele received a diploma from Mountainside Hospital School of Nursing, a BSN from Bloomfield College, a MSN from Kean University and a Post Master’s certificate in Psychiatric Nursing Practitioner from Farleigh Dickinson University. She is a graduate from UMDNJ SON, now Rutgers with a Doctor of Nursing Practice and is a board certified family psychiatric nurse practitioner. Dr. Gabriele’s is employed as a PMHNP with SERV Behavioral Health, Clifton, New Jersey.

Edwina Skiba-King, PhD, APN

Wendy began her undergrad studies at the Univ of Arizona as a Sociology major.

Received her BSN from Seton Hall where she met her first mentor, Dr Doris Collins.

She received her MS as a Psych CNS from Rutgers where her thesis chair was Hildegard Peplau and she met her 2nd mentor, Dr Shirley Smoyak.

When Wendy applied to the PhD Program in Communication at Rutgers, she was denied admission. When questioned, the Admissions committee stated “you’re a nurse. What do nurses have to do with communication?” So she told them.

She has taught in all types and levels of nursing programs as well as in the PhD Program in Interpersonal and Organizational Communication, and at Penn State School of Business.

A member of the American Herbalists Guild, Wendy has studied Herbal Therapeutics and Cherokee medicine. She is a Reiki practitioner and a PranicHealer and has developed courses integrating these complementary and alternative therapies into nursing practice.

Barbara A. Caldwell, PhD, APN-BC

After graduation from Rutgers University College of Nursing, Barbara had a year in UK studying at the London School of Economics, specializing in Russian History. Upon her return from London, she worked in the Pediatric intensive care unit at Children’s Hospital in Newark. She was recruited to help develop the Pediatric ICU unit at Elizabeth General Hospital and was the clinical instructor in Pediatrics and Psychiatric mental health units while she was attending New York University for a Master’s in Nursing Education.  

After being promoted to Educational Coordinator for the hospital, she was an Assistant Professor at Seton Hall University where she was the faculty coordinator in Pediatric Nursing. She attended University of Pennsylvania for a Master’s of Science in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and worked as a clinician at UMDNJ University Behavioral Health Care with the Family Support team for Children who had been sexually abused. She obtained a post master’s certificate from the Family Institute in Philadelphia. She was a faculty member at UMDNJ and was responsible for the development of the first Psychiatric Mental Health advanced nursing practice track.

Barbara received her PhD from Seton Hall University in Counseling Psychology and was appointed as the Director of the Urban Systems Program, a joint program with NJIT and Rutgers University. After 3 years, she was appointed Department Chair of the Acute and Continuing Care where she was responsible for 28 faculty members in Psychiatric Mental Health, Anesthesia and Acute Care nurse practitioner program.

She is an active researcher in collaboration with Dr. Nancy Redeker from Yale University and has received several grants to fund her sleep research with a focus on mental health issues in vulnerable children and families living in urban centers. She is a Research Associate at the US Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and Coatesville, PA. She has authored over 18 peer reviewed journal articles, 10 book chapters and over 50 state and national presentations.

For the past 3 years, she has been part of an interprofessional grant with a psychiatrist from the Rutgers New Jersey Medical School to integrate mental health services in a primary care community health setting. Screening and referral processes were established during that period.

She is currently working as family psychiatric nurse practitioner integrating child and adolescent mental health services in an inner city community primary care pediatric health care setting.

She is a train the trainer in the Attachment, Resiliency and Competency Model of Trauma Treatment for children 0 to 10 years.

Barbara is a Professor & Specialty Director of the Psychiatric-Mental Health Post BSN to DNP Program at Rutgers School of Nursing was just awarded at 1.9 million dollar HRSA grant to integrate behavioral health in primary care settings for the next 4 years in collaboration with the School of Social Work and the School of Health Professions.

Mary T. De Sane PMHNP-BC 

Mary has practiced nursing for a number of years including holding numerous Administrative Nursing positions in NJ. Certified by the Oncology Nursing Society and practicing as an Oncology Nurse, Mary received the Life-Saving Award from the American Cancer Society for developing multi-system cancer screening and educational programs.

Mary graduated from the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Thomas Edison 

State University and received her graduate degree in Psychiatric Nursing at Monmouth University. She has practiced for a number of years in psychiatric nursing including: Clinical Nurse Specialist in Nursing Education at Trenton Psychiatric Hospital, Adjunct Professor in Undergraduate Nursing Program at Mercer County Community Hospital and Adjunct Professor in the Graduate Psychiatric Nursing Program at Monmouth University.

Mary currently practices as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner at Preferred Behavioral Health and at the ARC of Monmouth.

Sandra DeGroat, MA, MSN, APN, PMHNP-BC 

Sandy is a Psychiatric Advanced Practice Nurse and an adjunct professor in the graduate nursing program at Monmouth University, Long Branch, NJ. She has a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry and is teaching bothDiagnosis and Treatment of Psychopathology and Family Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing I: Practice with Children and Adolescents. Ms. DeGroat received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Monmouth University in 1991 and her Master of Arts in Behavioral Science at Kean University in 1996. She worked for many years in the field of mental health and is skilled in group therapy, crisis intervention, case management and clinical research. She has worked as a psychiatric screener for many years before making the decision to advance her career by becoming a registered nurse in 2005 and returning to Monmouth University where she received her Master of Science in Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing in 2014. Sandra is not only an adjunct professor at Monmouth University, but she is a student as well, having decided to complete her education by working toward her Doctor of Nursing Practice and plans to graduate once more from Monmouth University with her DNP in 2020. Sandra is currently working full time at Ocean Mental Health Services in Bayville, NJ as an Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, and resides close by in Ocean Gate with her therapy-trained dog, Alaska. She can be contacted at

Lynn Pebole Shell, PhD, PMHNP – BC 


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