Justin R. White


College Associate Professor


Dr. Justin R. White is a board certified family psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, licensed clinical social worker, registered yoga teacher, and certified nurse educator. His clinical practice has included providing comprehensive psychiatric care focusing on psychopharmacology in a variety of settings. He has served as the Director of Psychiatry for the State of New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD) providing psychiatric care and oversight to Juvenile Justice Services and Child Protective Services. He continues to provide consultation on complex cases for children involved with protective services to ensure safe and evidence based psychiatric care. He also provides inpatient psychiatry attending services on an acute inpatient psychiatric unit in a local hospital treating severely mentally ill patients additionally leading the consultation liaison team of interdisciplinary clinicians focused on treating patients with medical and psychiatric co-morbidities. He also provides psychiatry services to adolescent forensic and residential treatment facilities in New Mexico.

Dr. White educates graduate nurse practitioner students and facilitates doctoral student work. He co-developed a combined family nurse practitioner / psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner program, assuming responsibility for development and delivery of all courses in the psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner program. He served as the concentration coordinator for a PMHNP program for several years while also serving on (and chairing) multiple college and university committees.

He has several peer reviewed publications focusing on issues in family practice, psychiatry, and substance use disorders. He is routinely presenting on topics related psychiatry, often presenting lectures on treating children and adolescents with complex, developmental trauma histories. He has a long history of providing expert testimony in courts and has been admitted as an expert on issues related to psychiatry and mental health. Dr. White has been featured on local news segments focused on educating the community on prevalent mental health issues. White has been the recipient of numerous professional awards and is actively engaged with multiple professional organizations.


DNP, Doctor of Nursing Practice, University of Alabama
MSN, Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, University of Utah
Grad Cert, Gerontology, University of Utah
MSW, Clinical Social Work, NM Highlands University
BSN, Nursing, University of New Mexico
BA, Psychology, NM State University

Awards & Honors

  • New Mexico Nursing Excellence, Nominee, Advanced Practice, 2011, 2019
  • American Psychiatric Nurses Association, Janssen Ortho-McNeil 2011 Scholar
  • New Mexico Nursing Excellence, Nominee, Behavioral Health, 2011
  • Gordon and Betty M. Browning Endowed Scholarship In Nursing, University of Utah, Fall 2011/Spring 2012
  • Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Fellowship Trainee, University of Utah, Fall 2010/Spring 2011
  • Hartford Scholar, Geriatric Center for Nursing Excellence, University of Utah, 2011-2012
  • Clinical Excellence in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing - University of New Mexico, Spring 2010
  • De-Groot-Atkins Nursing Scholar (Rio Rancho Rotary), Spring 2010
  • John Meredith Endowed Scholarship, University of New Mexico, Fall 2009

Clinical Focus

  • Psychiatric Mental Health: Acute inpatient, emergency, consult liaison, forensic / correctional, residential treatment, obstetric psychiatric-mental health
  • Legal Consulting: psychiatric-mental health, substance use, competency

Research Interests

  • Mental health care in primary settings
  • Trauma in the juvenile justice / protective services involved child/adolescent
  • Interdisciplinary psychophmarcology

Selected Publications

  • Brannock, C. L., White, J., & Baker, J. A. (2020). Reducing Opioid Bias is Necessary (ROBIN): An Educational Program to Reduce Addiction Stigma. Journal of addictions nursing31(1), 2–8. https://doi.org/10.1097/JAN.0000000000000319
  • Cross, R. L., White, J., Engelsher, J., & O’Connor, S. S. (2017). Implementation of Rocking Chair Therapy for Veterans in Residential Substance Use Disorder Treatment. Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association,24(3), 190-198. doi:10.1177/1078390317746726
  • Lavin, D., White, J., Medrano, M., & Ranieri, A. (2017). Behavioral Health Appointment Attendance Following Implementation of an Automated Appointment Reminder System. Journal of Doctoral Nursing Practice,10(2), 113-120. doi:10.1891/2380-9418.10.2.113
  • Love, S., White, J. R., & Vestal, B. (2019). Using compression therapy in a primary care setting to treat complications of chronic venous insufficiency. Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, 10.1097/JXX.0000000000000350. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1097/JXX.0000000000000350
  • Nickle T, White JR, Costa CB (2018). Feedback-informed treatment and autonomy supportiveness: Effects on children s psychological outcomes. J Child Adolesc Psychiatr Nurs. 2018;31:127– 135. https://doi.org/10.1111/jcap.12215