Richard Pessagno

Clinical Assistant Professor & Specialty Director, Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing Program
Contact Information

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
College of Nursing
Ackerson Hall, Room 210
180 University Avenue
Newark, NJ 07102

Richard Pessagno CV


DNP: Chatham University
Post-Masters: Vanderbilt University
MSN: University of Cincinnati
BSN: The Catholic University of America

Research and Clinical Interests: 

Dr. Richard Pessagno's scholarship and clinical interest include end of life care, grief and traumatic loss, postpartum depression, and group psychotherapy.

Professional and Community Activities: 
  • President, Society for Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses/NJSNA, 2013-present.
  • Treasurer, Board of Trustees, American Psychiatric Nursing Foundation 2012-present.
  • Member, American Nurses Association/New Jersey State Nurses Association, 1984-present.
  • Member, American Psychiatric Nurses Association, 2002-present
  • Member, American Association of Nurse Practitioners, 2009-present.
Honors and Awards: 
  • Beck Institute Summer Faculty Training Scholarship, 2012.
  • National League for Nursing, Scholarly Writing Retreat Award, 2012.
  • Sigma Theta Tau, International Nursing Honor Society, 1989-present.
  • Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society, 2010-present.
  • Blue Key Honor Society, 2010-present.