Rush PhD Student Wins First Place in Poster Competition

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Teresa Yambo, MSN, Ed, RN, was recently honored at the American Psychiatric Nurses Association Annual Conference in San Antonio, Texas. Yambo, a PhD in nursing science student, won first place in the student research poster category for her poster titled, “An Integrative Review of the Mental Health of Partners Living with Veterans with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.”

Yambo explained of her research, “An integrative review was conducted to examine studies related to the impact of combat-related posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) on the mental health of partners living with veterans. Three themes emerged to describe the mental health of military partners living with veterans with PTSD: secondary traumatic stress, partner burden and general psychological stress. Findings support the need to join military and community research efforts to explore partner-specific interventions, create community support networks and construct sustainable mental health services.”

The manuscript for this poster, co-authored by Yambo’s faculty advisor, Mary E. Johnson, PhD, RN, PMH-CNS, was accepted for publication and is in press:

Yambo, T. & Johnson, M. (in press). An integrative review of the mental health of partners of veterans with combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder. Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association.

Yambo started the Rush PhD in nursing science program in the fall of 2009. Currently, she is conducting a phenomenological pilot study and interviewing spouses of veterans with PTSD.