Sheila Swales, MS, RN, PMHNP-BC

Assistant Professor
(617) 643-3910
Office Location: 
B39 - 128

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. 


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


Brown, M., Swales, S. & Sabo, K. (2021). Implementing a Telehealth Supportive Counseling Center with PMHNP Students. Journal of nursing education. 60(11): 651-654. Doi: 10.3928/01484834-20210914-02 

Stevens, S.,Acker, S., Green, K., Swales, S., Fulmer, H. M., Fortinsky, R. & Nicholas, P. K. (2019). Understanding the mental health impact of human trafficking. Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, 31(12):699-704.

Swales, S. (2020). Section 9: Anxiety. In Neal-Boylan, L. The family nurse practitioner: Clinical case studies (2nd edition). (239-240). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley Global Research.

Swales, S., Sakai, K., King, C., Kanazawa, C., Reidy, P. JEDI curriculum integration: Bridging the gaps in nursing education programs. American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Conference, Poster Presentation. December 2021

Swales, S. Understanding the mental health impact of human trafficking. Faculty Convocation, MGH Institute of Health Professions. 2018


BS, Bentley College, Waltham, MA
MS, Nursing, MGH Institute of Health Professions