Emily Keyes

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

Dr. Keyes has been in the nursing profession at various levels for over 40 years. She holds several educational degrees and certifications that impact the manner of her presentation in all of her classes! She began her nursing education with a BSN and later on, she added her MS in Nursing, Psychiatry Theory and Clinical Track. During that time, she also realized her passion for both teaching and mentoring others, in addition to writing! Along those same lines, she holds an interest in Health Policy and Politics, Clinical BioEthics, and Psychiatric Mental Health Advanced Practice! Concerning the latter, she earned both her Psychiatric Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner credentials! As she progressed, she chose to focus her interests on being a professor and researcher as well, and so she earned her Ph.D. at the University of Virginia, simultaneously adding a Master's Degree in Clinical BioEthics while there. Within this same timeframe, she began teaching and mentoring students at the university level, both undergraduate and graduate, and she completed a two-year Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the University of Virginia. Her research and academic interests currently involve the concepts of trust and justice among all human beings, positive change in healthcare, and more recently, mediating the aging process, in addition to epigenetics as these scientific fields relate directly to preventing, halting, or reversing chronic illnesses. She maintains her interest in mental health-human adaptation in those who have survived war.

Courses Taught

NRHL 6052 - Essentials of Evidence Based Research and Practice


Poct-Doctoral Fellowship, University of Virginia

PhD, University of Virginia

MS, Medical College of Virgina- VCU

MA, University of Virginia

MA, Regent University

Public Service

Virginia Literacy Council , Volunteer - Richmond

ReSettle Richmond, Volunteer - Richmond


Keyes, E. (2000). Mental Health Status in Refugees: An Integrative Review of Current Research . Issues in Mental Health Nursing

Keyes, E. (2000). Refugees: An Overview. Mind and Human Interaction

Keyes, E. (2004). Keyes, E. & Kane, C. (2004). “Belonging and Adapting: Mental Health of Bosnian Refugees Living in the United States.” Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 25 (8), 809-831. Keyes, E. (2000). “Mental health status in refugees: An integrative review of current research.” Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 21 (4), 397-410. Keyes, E. (2000). “Refugees: An Overview.” Mind & Human Interaction. Keyes, E. (2000). The Experience of Bosnian Refugees Living in the United States. Issues in Mental Health Nursing


Keyes, E. (2000). Refugees in community: Adaptation after resettlement..