Betty Kohal

Core Faculty
College of Nursing
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

I have been a Nurse Educator for many years. I earned my diploma in Nursing from Methodist College of Nursing in Peoria, IL, I earned my BA in Nursing at Western Illinois University in McComb, IL, the MSN in Adult Mental Health Nursing from Vanderbilt University, in Nashville, TN and the Doctor of Nursing Practice from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH. I have taught at Methodist College of Nursing, Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, IL, and University of Hawaii, as well as Hawaii Pacific University in Honolulu, Hawaii. I have worked as Assistant Dean of Nursing at Cumberland University in Lebanon, TN.

I started my independent practice as a Nurse Psychotherapist in 1979 in Washington, IL, which is a suburb of Peoria, IL. I have also practiced as a Clinical Nurse Specialist for the Queens Medical Center in Honolulu, HI, as well as, for the Adult Mental Health Division for the State of Hawaii.

I have won the Best Practice Award from Astra-Zenica Pharmaceuticals in 1999 for developing a care path for the inpatient treatment of patients with schizophrenia. In 2009, I was chosen as candidate for the American Psychiatric Nurses Association for President. In 2015, I was chosen for the Alumni of the Year Award for the Methodist College of Nursing in Peoria, IL.

I have presented at over 75 nursing research conferences both nationally and internationally. I am currently, in addition to teaching for Walden University, I am also in private practice as a Nurse Psychotherapist in Brentwood, TN since 2015.

Courses Taught

NURS 6600 - Capstone Synthesis Practicum

NURS 6050 - Policy & Advocacy for Population Health


DNP, Case Western Reserve University

MSN, Vanderbilt University

BA, Western Illinois University

Diploma, Methodist Hospital School of Nursing

Public Service

Crisis Response Team, Member - Nashville

Safe Haven Board of Directors, Board Member - Ashland City

Awards / Honors

Best Practice Award for In-Patient Treatment of Sc, APNA, 1999

Nominated for National President APNA, APNA, 2009

Alumni of the Year, Methodist College of Nursing, 2015


Dulko, D., Kohal, B. J. (2022). How Do We Reduce Burnout in Nursing? . The Nursing Clinics of North America

Kohal, B. (2019). Supporting a Woman with Psychosis During Childbirth: A Case Study. International Journal of Childbirth Education

Kohal, B. (2018). Pregnancy and Support for Mental Illness. International Journal of Childbirth Education