Lisa Marie Persad

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

Lisa Persad, MSN, RN, PMHNP-BC, received her Ph.D. at the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center in New York City, NY. Her research focused on trauma-related outcomes in homeless women. A board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, she provides community-based mental health services for underserved people of color, including homeless women and children.

Dr. Persad is actively addressing the profound impact of intergenerational trauma, early childhood trauma, racial and other interpersonal traumas that often drive anxiety and depressive disorders. She is particularly excited about the changing mental health landscape and eager to observe the effect of the World Health Organization (WHO) inclusion of the Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (CPTSD) diagnosis in the International Classification of Diseases (ICD)-11. Dr. Persad is optimistic that the diagnosis will facilitate greater awareness of the sequelae of trauma among mental health providers, innovative, evidence-based treatment, and increased access to trauma-focused recovery services among Medicaid enrollees.
Dr. Persad's teaching philosophy is influenced by a combination of humanism and adult learning theory, for she regards honesty and compassion just as important to her pedagogy as learning objectives derived from learning cognitive and psychomotor domains. Dr. Persad is committed to adhering to an inclusive teaching and learning model that is student-centered, emphasizes respect for learners and instructors, and focuses on mutual inquiry. Dr. Persad prioritizes creating a safe learning environment by modeling deep listening, nonjudgement, curiosity, and non-defensive behaviors when challenged.
Dr. Persad has witnessed the consequences of trauma within her community, professional practice, and personal family history. Through her research, role as an educator, and community engagement, she is deeply committed to reducing mental health disparities and ongoing cycles of trauma, poverty, and homelessness.

Courses Taught

PRAC 6645 - Psychthrpy Mult Modalities


MS, Hunter College

MSN, Western Governors University

BSN, Western Governors University

AAS, Helene Fuld College of Nursing

Postbaccalaureate Certificate, VEEB School of Nursing,

BA, Queens College