Kennedy LaVille Thoren

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

Kennedy L. Thoren received her Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) at the University of Iowa in May 2020. She holds a specialty advanced practice certification from the ANCC in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing and licenses in both Iowa and Minnesota. She currently works full-time as a Behavioral Health Consultant with Landmark Health and as Contributing Faculty in Walden’s MSN-PMHNP program. Dr. Thoren has several years of experience teaching mental health nursing. She has taught mental health nursing didactic and clinical courses, psychopharmacology, pharmacology, health promotion, and community health. Dr. Thoren completed her doctoral evidence-based practice project on the Collaborative Care Model (CoCM) and has both a publication and history of successful presentations affiliated with this.

Courses Taught

NRNP 6635 - Psychopathology and Diagnostic Reasoning

PRAC 6635 - Psychopathology and Diagnostic Reasoning Practicum


DNP, University of Iowa

Advanced Practice Provider Leadership Certification, University of Pittsburgh

BSN, Mercy College of Health Sciences

AS, Mercy College of Health Sciences

Public Service

Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa, Volunteer -

Awards / Honors

Principal Charity Classic Healthcare , , 2021


LaVille Thoren, K. (2021). The collaborative care model: Improving access to children’s mental health care. .


LaVille Thoren, K. (2022). Prescribing Pearls and Population-Specific Considerations in Geriatric Psychiatry.

LaVille Thoren, K. (2021). In Their Own Words COVID-19 Pandemic Series– UnityPoint Eyerly Ball.

LaVille Thoren, K. (2020). The Collaborative Care Model: Improving Access to Children’s Mental Health Care.