Susan Wilkinson

PMHNP-BC

Susan Wilkinson

Susan S. Wilkinson earned her MSN (2014) from the Connell School of Nursing at Boston College and is an ANCC-board certified Family Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). In 2015, Susan completed a one year post graduate inter-professional (NP/MD) residency at the VA BHS/Harvard south shore psychiatry residency. Upon completion of her NP residency, she stayed on as a staff VA BHS prior to joining Boston Medical Center. As a family psychiatric nurse practitioner, she specializes in providing care in the outpatient setting. Previously Susan provided consultation services to the Family Medicine Clinic at Boston Medical through the integrated behavioral health in primary care model. Additional experience includes providing consultations to the Framingham CBOC which is part of the Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare systems. Throughout her work in various settings, Susan has advocated for improving care quality and outcomes, her current interests include addictions treatment, behavioral and physical health disparities experienced by individuals with a history of childhood maltreatment and trauma in general. Her goal is to study barriers to mental health services in underserved populations especially in low and middle income countries. She is a member of the Alpha Chi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International. Read about Susan in Voice magazine. Voice is published by the William F. Connell School of Nursing and the Boston College Office of Marketing Communications.

Robin Shannon

MSN, FNP-C, PMHNP-BC

Susan Wilkinson

 Robin is a dual certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner providing mental health services such as diagnosing, prescribing medication, and conducting therapy with patients across the lifespan. Evidence-based applications are the foundation of her practice along with striving to establish a sincere and honest therapeutic relationship with each of her clients. She wants to ensure clients are involved and in control of their treatment plan, and she looks forward to working with you. Robin graduated from the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing where she completed her RN as well as her FNP program. She subsequently practiced as an FNP in North Carolina for four years during which time she completed a one-year fellowship in urgent care. While on a temporary assignment in the Appalachian area of North Carolina, Robin discovered her passion for working with mental health issues and consequently enrolled in and graduated from the University of Cincinnati School of Nursing with her post graduate PMHNP certification. She is currently receiving training in Motivational Interviewing Techniques and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

Mary Barbato

APRN, PMHCNS-BC

Mary Barbato Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Mary is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who has been practicing for the last 20 years. She earned her Master’s degree from Northeastern University. Mary has experience working in outpatient clinics, private practice and inpatient unit (McLean Hospital for 6 years) and academic settings. She not only prescribes and manages psychiatric medications, she also encourages exercise /fitness balanced nutrition, yoga and meditation as part of holistic mental health care. She has experience working on multidisciplinary teams and practices using a team approach to medicine; works collaboratively with therapists, counselors, primary care and other community providers. Mary enjoys working with all ages including college students and geriatrics. She treats a wide spectrum of conditions including Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar, PTSD, mood disorders and substance use. She believes in the biopsychosocial model and believes that every person is a unique individual. As such, she integrates psycho education and an eclectic mix of psychotherapy modalities including CBT, modified DBT and Trauma focused therapy.

Don Elrod

PhD, MS, PA-C

Don Elrod Psychiatric Physician Assistant

Don is a board-certified physician assistant. He earned an M.S. in physician assistant studies from Towson University/CCBC Essex PA program in Baltimore, MD, in 2014. Don began his PA practice in the areas of primary and urgent care, and transitioned to psychiatry in 2016. He has treated patients in both outpatient and inpatient settings. He continued to practice in psychiatry after moving to Massachusetts in 2018.
As a psychiatric PA, Don has made it a priority to create a therapeutic environment where his patients feel like they are part of a collaborative effort during their treatment. Don also holds a PhD in Organic Chemistry- from Auburn University, Auburn Alabama. Prior to his career as a physician assistant, Don worked as a research scientist in various laboratories including NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX. He is currently booking private pay patients and is credentialed with Blue Cross Blue Shield.