Sheila Swales, MS, RN, PMHNP-BC, is an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing at the MGH Institute of Health Professions. She is board certified as an Adult Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. 

Ms. Swales teaches theory and clinical practicum courses in the Direct Entry Nursing Program. She is a member of the Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) Curriculum Task Force and the JEDI Faculty Development Community of Practice.

In addition to teaching, Ms. Swales maintains a clinical practice providing psychotherapy and psychopharmacology services to a diverse patient population. Clinical interests include geriatric mental health, grief and bereavement and substance use disorders. 

Ms. Swales holds a certification in Mind Body Medicine from the Benson-Henry Institute at Massachusetts General Hospital. She has also completed extensive training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Internal Family Systems model of therapy. 

  • BS, Economics-Finance, Bentley University, Waltham, MA
  • MS, Nursing, MGH Institute of Health Professions, Boston, MA
  • DNP, University of Massachusetts, Lowell, MA (15 credits)


Sheila has published numerous papers - some titles are highlighted below. You can view a complete listing of Sheila's publications in her CV. 

Implementing a Telehealth Supportive Counseling Center with PMHNP Students. 

Understanding the mental health impact of human trafficking. 

Section 9: Anxiety. 


In addition, Sheila regularly presents at conferences and industry events. Please see her CV for a complete list of presentations.

JEDI curriculum integration: Bridging the gaps in nursing education programs at the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Conference.

Understanding the mental health impact of human trafficking at the Faculty Convocation MGH Institute of Health Professions. 

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