Governor appoints Angela McNelis to development board for mental health and addiction services

IU School of Nursing professor Angela McNelis, PhD, RN, ANEF, CNE, has been appointed by Gov. Mike Pence to serve on the statewide Mental Health and Addiction Services Development Program Board.

Established in 2014, the board oversees a loan-repayment program for eligible addiction psychiatrists, psychiatrists, psychologists, psychiatric nurses, addiction counselors and mental-health professionals who are licensed, or on a licensure track, and accepting a new position or establishing a new practice in Indiana.

The program was designed to expand Indiana's workforce, within the specified practice areas, by the recruitment and retention of mental-health and addiction professionals.

The board appointment reflects McNelis' work to advance the science of, and evidence-based practice in, the area of mental health and addiction and in teaching the next generation of psychiatric practitioners.

A faculty member since 2001, McNelis has been a leader in the school's Psychiatric Mental Health program and has received extensive funding from, among others, the Health Resources & Service Administration and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Her work has been acknowledged through numerous honors, including induction as a fellow in the National League for Nursing Academy of Nursing Education as well as receiving the International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses Education Award, the Midwest Nursing Research Society Advancement of the Science Award, and the P.A. Mack Award for Distinguished Service to Teaching at Indiana University. Most recently, McNelis was selected for induction as a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.

William Kronenberger, with Riley Hospital for Children, also was appointed to the board.

Kronenberger's primary background and work are in child clinical and pediatric psychology. Clinically, his areas of focus are psychological testing, ADHD, learning disorders and physical conditions in childhood, especially when they affect executive functioning or learning.

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