Melanie Yousefi, DNP, PMHNP-BC

Melanie Yousefi
Titles and Organizations

Term Assistant Professor, Nursing

Contact Information

Email: myousefi@gmu.edu
Phone: 703-993-5288
Building: Peterson Hall
Room 3040

Biography

Dr. Melanie Yousefi is an Assistant Professor for the College of Health and Human Services School of Nursing and serves as Program Coordinator for the Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner graduate program. Yousefi is a leading expert in the delivery of psychiatric mental health care using evidence-based methods in psychotherapy and psychopharmacology. Her work includes interprofessional collaborations in developing behavioral health services in the community, especially the underserved, vulnerable populations. Before coming to Mason as faculty, she’s worked in the psychiatric field for several years across a variety of clinical settings, including psychiatric inpatient, partial hospitalization, and outpatient behavioral health areas. Yousefi’s clinical expertise includes the psychiatric management of individuals with serious mental illness in the setting of rural community mental health areas utilizing telehealth services.

Publications

Alemi, F., Aljuaid, M., Durba, N., Yousefi, M., Hua, M.Sylvia, L.G, Nierenberg, A. (2021). A surrogate measure for patient reported symptoms remission in administrative data. BMC Psychiatry.   https://doi.org/10.1186/s12888-021-03133-1

University Service

  • Chair, Search Committee, 2020-2021
  • Chair, Program Evaluation Committee, 2021-current
  • Faculty Consultant, Sigma Theta Tau, 2021-current
  • Member, Wellbeing and Mental Health University Task Force, 2021-current
  • Member, Population Health Center Clinical Services Working Group, 2021-current

Affiliations

Presentations and Performances

  • Assessment and Management of Delirium in the ICU
    July 2015 | Inova Fair Oaks Hospital
  • Adult-Geriatric NP Didactic
    January 2016 | George Mason University
  • Interprofessional Learning Modules
    December 2015 | Mason and Partners (MAP) Clinic
  • Interprofessional Learning Modules
    February 2016 | Mason and Partners (MAP) Clinic

Community Service

  • Psychiatric Consultant, Loudoun Free Clinic (LFC), 2019-Current

Consulting Experience 

  • Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA)
    Mason UNITE, George Mason University
    01/01/2018-6/20/2020             

    The purpose of this project is to expand access to care for the vulnerable through the development of an integrated care team involving behavioral health services in an underserved clinic population. As a consultant of the project, Yousefi served as a psychiatric expert to the primary care team and behavioral health care manager, proposing treatment changes for vulnerable clients with mental health needs.  At completion of the grant, the clinic underwent staffing changes; however, Dr. Yousefi continued to serve the clinic in the capacity of an academic faculty consultant, facilitating operational principles of the Collaborative Care Model.

  • 204431, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
    Comparative Effectiveness of Antidepressants
    09/15/2019-09/15/2020

    The aim of this project is to analyze the comparative effectiveness of antidepressants using data on 113 million lives (approximately 20 million depressed patients) available through OptumLabs.

    Dr. Yousefi served as Psychiatric Consultant to the research team, providing clinical expertise on psychopharmacologic decision-making concerning antidepressant use in the standardized treatment of patients diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder. 

Degrees

  • DNP, Psychiatric Mental Health, George Mason University
  • BSN, George Mason University
  • AAS, Applied Science, Northern Virginia Community College