Amanda J. Simonton, PhD, APRN, PMHNP-BC is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Austin, TX. She has been a Registered Nurse since 2013 and previously worked as a bedside nurse on the Intermediate Care Unit at Seton Medical Center Austin and Psychiatric Emergency Department at University Medical Center Brackenridge. She has been a nurse practitioner since 2018 and has primarily worked in outpatient, residential, and medically monitored withdrawal facilities to treat individuals with dual-diagnosed – substance use and mental health disorders. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing ('13), Master of Science in Nursing (’18), and Doctor of Philosophy (’20) through the School of Nursing at the University of Texas at Austin. Since. She is active in presenting at the annual conferences for Texas Nurse Practitioners and the American Psychiatric Nurses Association. She is currently involved on the Policy Council for Texas Nurse Practitioners and the Board of Directors – Texas Chapter for the American Psychiatric Nurses Association. Her research and clinical interests are to improve the lives of individuals with substance use disorders, particularly opioid use disorder, by utilizing evidence-based care and best-practices in the field of psychiatry and psychology. She is passionate about educating students in evidence-based practice for patients with psychiatric and substance use disorders and mentoring through their professional growth.