Amanda J. Simonton, PhD, APRN, PMHNP-BC is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at CARMA Health and the Texas Child Study Center at Dell Children’s Medical Center. She has been a Registered Nurse since 2013 and previously worked in the Intermediate Care Unit at Seton Medical Center Austin and in the Psychiatric Emergency Department at University Medical Center Brackenridge. As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, she has primarily worked with adults with dual-diagnosed (substance use and mental health) disorders and with children and adolescents. 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. She is active in presenting at the annual conferences for the American Psychiatric Nurses Association and Texas Nurse Practitioners. She is currently the President of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association Texas Chapter Board of Directors, is on the Policy Council for Texas Nurse Practitioners, and is the Vice President of the Psychiatric Advanced Practice Nurses of Austin. Dr. Simonton is an active consultant and educational content creator for leading healthcare education platforms. Her research has primarily focused on understanding the unique attitudes and motivations of individuals with opioid use disorder toward physical activity. Dr. Simonton is passionate about providing knowledge and support to other healthcare providers, students, and the patients she serves.