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Rustic Beach Path

Experienced Psychiatric-Mental Health Registered Nurse

Kristen Myers



(515) 412-4110



2714 Aspen Rd, Suite 101

Ames, Iowa, 50010


Hello! My name is Kristen Myers and I am the founder and CEO of Joyful Mind Institute. I am an experienced Psychiatric-Mental Health Registered Nurse with the following qualifications:

19 years of professional nursing experience

Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (Ph.D)

Master of Science in Nursing Education (MSN)

Master of Public Health (MPH)

Graduate Certificate in Survey Research Methods

Board Certified in Psychiatric-Mental Health (PMH-BC)

Board Certified in Nursing Education (CNE)

Board Certified in Public Health (CPH)

Certified Autism Specialist (CAS)

Certified Provider of PEERS®

Certified Safe & Sound Protocol® Provider


About Me

I began my nursing career as a staff nurse and journeyed through several areas of nursing practice until I realized my true passion and calling was teaching and psychiatric-mental health. Since 2011, I have served as a professor of nursing and public health, teaching undergraduate- and graduate-level courses in psychiatric-mental health nursing, community health nursing, and public health. While teaching, I maintained my practice as a psychiatric-mental health nurse by working with children, adolescents, and adults in residential treatment centers, hospital inpatient units, emergency departments, homeless shelters, and crisis centers. 

As a mom to two neurodivergent children, I have over a decade of experience raising complex kids in a world that was not built for their uniquely-wired brains. I understand the complexities of mental health and parenting special kids and I am here to support you and your family on this journey.

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