Marie Smith-East, PhD, DNP, PMHNP-BC, EMT-BClinical Assistant Professor
Director, Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program
School of Nursing
Education:PhD, Nursing, University of Central Florida
DNP, Nursing Practice, University of North Florida
GIS Graduate Certificate, University of Central Florida
MSN, Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, University of Florida
MS, Health Education and Behavior, University of Florida
BSN, Nursing, University of Miami
BS, Health Education and Behavior, Minor in Gerontology, University of Florida
Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)
Dr. Marie Smith-East is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and nurse scientist. Her research focuses on geographic access to health care utilizing Geographic Information Systems (GIS), particularly for individuals with schizophrenia spectrum disorders.
In addition to running her own telemedicine practice, she has extensive experience working in community mental health settings. She has experience as a nursing clinical instructor and facilitator, where she has contributed to curriculum and policy development for several years. Dr. Smith-East is an alumna of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Minority Fellowship Program. She has presented for the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) on the "Next Big Thing" in mental health services research and has shared her expertise for what nurses need to know regarding "Teen Vaping on the Rise" for the American Psychiatric Nurses Association.
In her spare time, Dr. Smith-East enjoys volunteering with the "On-Call Team" of the Schizophrenia and Related Disorders Alliance of America (SARDAA) and was the recipient of its 2019 "Volunteer of the Year" award in recognition of her four years of volunteer work assisting individuals and their families from all over the world. She also serves on the Addictions Council of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association and The Salvation Army Advisory Board in her local community.
- Geographic Information Systems
- Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders
- Access to Mental Healthcare
- Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems
Principal Investigator: "Geographic Access to Community Mental Healthcare and Adherence to Treatment Among Patients with Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders." Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Minority Fellowship Program, Grant Award: $22,000. Funding Period: 2017-2020.
Principal Investigator: "Understanding Access to Mental Health Care Using Geographic Information Systems." MFP/ANA Susan B. Robinson Doctoral Research Scholarship: $2,000.
Powers, L. & Smith-East, M. (2020). Handbook of geropsychiatry for the advanced practice nurse. New York, NY: Springer Publishing Company. ISBN: 9780826157492.
Smith-East, M. & Starks, S. (2021). COVID-19 and mental healthcare delivery: A digital divide exists for youth with inadequate access to the internet. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jaac.2021.04.006
Smith-East, M., Conner, N.E., & Neff, D.F. (2021). Access to mental healthcare in the 21st century: An evolutionary concept analysis. Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association. https://doi.org/10.1177/10783903211011672
Smith-East, M., & Neff, D. (2020). Mental health care access using Geographic Information Systems: An integrative review. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 41(2), 113-121. https://doi.org/10.1080/01612840.2019.1646363
Powers, L. & Smith-East, M. (2020). Teen vaping on the rise: Contributing factors and what nurses need to know. Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, 26(4), 398.
Smith-East, M. (2019). Medications with food: What does it really mean? American Nurse Today. Retrieved from https://www.americannursetoday.com/blog/medication-with-food-what-does-it-really-mean/
Smith-East, M., Powers, L., & Vossos, H. (2018). Management of schizophrenia spectrum disorders in the outpatient setting: A quality improvement project. Journal of Doctoral Nursing Practice, 11(1), 72-78.
Smith-East, M. (2018). Response to "Nurse engagement: What are the contributing factors for success?" by Christy Dempsey and Barbara Reilly. OJIN: The Online Journal of Issues in Nursing. Retrieved from http://ojin.nursingworld.org/MainMenuCategories/ANAMarketplace/ANAPeriodicals/OJIN/LetterstotheEditor/Response-by-Smith-East-to-Dempsey-and-Reilly.html
Essenmacher, C., Naegle, M., Baird, C., Vest, B., Spielmann, R., Smith-East, M., & Powers, L. (2017). Electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS): What nurses need to know. Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, 24(2), 145-152.
Smith-East, M. (2020). More than Maps: Applications of Geospatial Analyses to Improve Access to Healthcare During a Pandemic. 2020 Florida Nurses Association Membership Assembly "Re-Imagine FNA: Creating an Amazing Future," Virtual [podium presentation].
Smith-East, M. (2020). Access to Mental Health Care in the 21st Century: An Evolutionary Concept Analysis. Florida Nurses Association 6th Annual Nursing Research & Evidence-Based Practice Conference, Virtual [poster presentation].
Powers, L., & Smith-East, M. (2019). Teen Vaping on the Rise: What Nurses Need to Know. American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) 33rd Annual Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana [podium presentation].
Smith-East, M., Neff, D.F., Hawthorne, T., Conner, N.E., & Edwards, J. (2019). Understanding Access to Mental Health Care Using Geographic Information Systems. International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses (ISPN) 21st Annual Conference, Charlotte, North Carolina [poster presentation].
Smith-East, M. (2018). Using Geographic Information Systems Research to Transform Mental Healthcare Delivery into Personalized Practice. National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) 24th Mental Health Services Research Conference, Rockville, Maryland [podium presentation].
Smith-East, M., Neff, D.F., Hawthorne, T., Conner, N.E., & Edwards, J. (2018). Using Geographic Information Systems to Understand Mental Health Care Access. Florida Nurses Association (FNA) 4th Annual Nursing Research & Evidence-Based Practice Conference, Orlando, Florida [poster presentation].
Smith-East, M., Neff, D.F., & Hawthorne, T. (2018). Access to Crisis Mental Health Facilities for Children in Florida. University of Central Florida 2018 "Big Data" Series on Healthcare, Orlando, Florida [poster presentation].
Recent Media Interviews
Schizophrenia and Related Disorders Alliance of America Sandy Says Series. Barriers to Care for Minorities Part 1: Provider Perspective. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-tfcMkH0hUw
2019 Volunteer of the Year
Schizophrenia and Related Disorders Alliance of America
2019 Board of Directors Student Scholar
American Psychiatric Nurses Association
2019 Fellow of the Month: July
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Minority Fellowship Program Coordinating Center
2019 Nominated by the College of Nursing for Order of Pegasus Award (university's highest award)
University of Central Florida
2017 Annual Conference Award for the Advanced Practice Nurse
American Psychiatric Nurses Association, Florida Chapter
2015 Ruth Finamore Scholarship
Florida Nurses Association
2015 Wilder Sisters Scholarship
College of Nursing at the University of Florida
2008 Allen, Holyoak, & Varnes Graduate Scholarship
College of Health & Human Performance at the University of Florida
2007 President's Honor Roll
University of Florida
2005 Above and Beyond Award
The Salvation Army