Special Interest and Research: Dr. Burkhart has a professional background that includes work experience and expertise in psychiatric nursing, counseling, nursing and health care administration, staff development, and education. Her experience as an educator includes a three year college/university teaching assignment in East Africa and several years as a nursing faculty in the United States, most recently at New Mexico State University (NMSU). Ruth holds professional licensures as a Registered Nurse, Board Certified Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse, and as Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor.
Professional Experience: professional appointments to local, state, national and international councils and coalitions, including a past appointment to the NM Governor’s Mental Health Planning Council, and a two-year appointment to the Council of an international university in East Africa. Ruth is a past White House appointee as Native American Representative to the Binational Substance Abuse Coalition (US/Mexico border). Ruth has experience in public speaking in the areas of mental health, substance abuse, and cultural competency. She has been a faculty advisor of the SNA. She is a Sigma Theta Tau and Pi Omega board member, member of the ANA, past president of District 14 and state board member of the New Mexico Nurses Association, member of the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI), and co-founder and faculty advisor for NAMI on Campus NMSU. She holds masters degrees in counseling and nursing administration, and was recently awarded the Doctorate of Nursing Practice in 2018.