Associate Professor
Community Mental Health

Research Interests
  • PTSD and Trauma related prevention/treatment

  • Education of PMH APNs in full scope of practice

  • Reflective Practice

  • Global health through community engagement


  • DNSc: University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, TN ((Family Psychiatric Nursing), 2006
  • Post Masters Certificate: University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, TN (FNP), 2004
  • MS: Stonybrook University, Stonybrook NY (Psychiatric Nursing: NP/CNS), 1993
  • BS: State University of New York at Albany (Nursing), 1992
  • ASN: Suffolk County Community College (Nursing), 1977

Current ANCC certifications

  • Family Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner: PMHNP-BC
  • Family Nurse Practitioner: FNP-BC
  • Adult Psychiatric & Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist: PMHCNS-BC

Specialized Training

  • Current: Center for Clinical and Translational Research Trainee (CCTS): University of Alabama (01/2 to 01/2018)
  • Quality Matters: Certified Online Instructor, Complete 12/2017
  • Cognitive Processing Therapy Trained: 12/2016-10/2017
  • Cognitive Processing Therapy Psychotherapist, Researcher, Trainee with STRONGSTAR Collaboration/ Military Health Institute Intradisciplinary Collaborative Practice to provide Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to Military and civilian victims of trauma suffering from trauma induced experiences and their sequelae.
  • 2012: Harvard-Macy Intradisciplinary System Approach for Healthcare Professional Workshop Scholar

Selected Publications
  • Costa, CB., McCoy, KT., Tran, J. (2018). Case Challenge: A 22-Year-Old Woman with Chronic Daily Headaches. JNP (14)1:e21-e22, e27-e29. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nurpra.2017.09.010
  • McCoy, KT.  Achieving Full Scope of Practice Readiness Using Evidence for Psychotherapy Teaching in Web and Hybrid Approaches in Psychiatric Mental Health Advanced Practice Nursing Education Perspectives in Psychiatric Care 2016 Nov:1-10.
  • Giovannoni, J., McCoy KT, Mays, M., Watson, J. Probation Officers Reduce Their Stress by Cultivating the Practice of Loving Kindness with Self and Others. International Journal of Human Caring 2015 May;8(2):325-344.
  • Jenson, M., Pease, E., Lambert, K., Hickman, D., Robinson, 0., McCoy KT, Barut, J., Musker, K., Olive, D., Noll. C., Ramirez, J., Coglister, D, King, J. Championing Person-First Language: A Call to Psychiatric Mental Health Nurses Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (JAPNA) 2013 May
  • Weber, M., Delaney, K., McCoy KT, Snow, D., Scharf, M., Brackley, M. Development of lifespan Psychiatric Mental Health NP competencies. Archives of Psychiatric Care 2012; 26(5):350-357.
  • McCoy KT, Story, E.E., Gaffney, K., Cunningham, P. Academic Toolbox for Primary Care for PMH presentations. The Journal for Nurse Practitioners (JNP) 2011 Feb.
  • McCoy KT, Carter, M., Cunningham, P., Speck, P., Rector, C. A case study of changes in an APN behavioral health practice following Medicare program changes. The Journal for Nurse Practitioners
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  • Cookeville Regional Medical Center and Pfizer

01/2011 - 12/2011

Smoking Cessation Readiness to Quit Survey: An Employee Health Service Response to Apparent   

Community Need

Role: Co-Investigator

  • DSRIP Grant Project #: 121775403.1.6

06/2015 - 09/2016

Title: Expand Specialty Care Capacity-Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Christus Spohn Hospital  


Role: Co-Investigator

  • ISPN Foundation

01/2013 - 08/2015

Title: Reflections upon Long Term Volunteer Commitment Experience to a Professional Organization during a Time of Rapid Change.

Role: Principal Investigator


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Dr. McCoy teaches Graduate Nursing students, both Masters and DNP program students in acquisition of skill and proficiency in PMH clinical practice. She also mentors DNP students through their projects. She has over a decade of experience in building, administrating and running online and F2F nursing graduate programs across specialty populations.

Honors and Awards
  • 05/2017 Appointed as MACRA Subcommittee Member (Neuro-Psychiatric): Center for Medicare Services MACRA Episode-Based Cost Measures Neuropsychiatric Disease Management Clinical Subcommittee. Intradisciplinary Sub-committee member representing Nurse Practitioners as an AANP delegate.
  • 10/2016 Class of Leadership Texas: Leadership Women Board of Directors
  • 09/2016-current Appointed: Co-Chair, PMH AANP Special Practice Group: Lead discussion of specialty pertinent to promotion of the NP role in the American Association of Nurse Practitioners
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