Journal of Clinical Nursing and Practice

Dr. Kimberly Kepner Garcia

Dr. Kimberly Kepner Garcia, PhD
Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Advanced Practice Nursing
Drexel University, USA


Kimberly Garcia, DNP is the director of the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Track and assistant clinical professor at Drexel University. She is board-certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) as a family, gerontological and family psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She is board-certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners as a family nurse practitioner. She is also a Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) and Certified Addictions Registered Nurse-Advanced Practice (CARN-AP).

Dr. Garcia received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Duquesne University (summa cum laude), where she also received her Master of Science in Nursing with a specialization in nursing education and post-master’s certificates in Transcultural/International Nursing and Family Nurse Practitioner studies. She received her post-master’s certificate as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Across the Lifespan from the University of Virginia. Garcia received her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Columbia University in the City of New York, where she was named a Faculty Scholar. She completed clinical residencies in the specialties of general psychiatry, addictions and palliative medicine during her DNP program.

Dr. Garcia maintains active clinical practice at a community mental health center and at an addiction treatment facility in Allentown, Pennsylvania. She has more than ten years of experience working in psychiatry. Her clinical interests include meeting the mental health needs of Spanish-speaking individuals, particularly those from the Dominican Republic. She is a DATA 2000 waived practitioner and prescribes buprenorphine at her outpatient practice.

Research Interest

She has research interest in Quality of life following gastric bypass surgery; borderline personality disorder; long-term impact of phencyclidine use; clinical management of body packers syndrome, and the integration of emotional intelligence education in graduate psychiatric nurse practitioner programs