Association of Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses
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Meet Our Scholars


Ebony Humphrey receiving her scholarship award

Ebony Blackmon Humphrey

Ebony is a student in the Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing DNP program at Washington State University. In addition to maintaining a three-point-eight grade point average in her studies, Ebony works with the Psychiatric Services Department at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle on increasing care satisfaction and reducing length of stay for patients with severe and persistent mental illness. 

Ebony has more than 10 years of experience as a nurse in behavioral medicine, dedicating her professional life to serving the disadvantage and underserved. And her plans for the future include not just doing the work, but advocating for the profession.

She is an exemplary student. She embodies the qualities of a professional nursing leader with her vision and ability to conceptualize complex issues in psychiatric nursing. Her achievements in nursing are—I believe—just beginning. – Anne Mason, Washington State University DNP Program Director

Ebony’s desire is to to work with legislators around the country to help heal our nation from mental disturbances that are impacting communities and families. We are honored to help Ebony in that effort.

Melanie Kristoferson

Melanie Kristoferson receiving her scholarship award

Melanie is a student in Seattle University’s Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program. For her scholarly project, Melanie designed and implemented a crisis management plan for middle school students in crisis. She implemented this project in partnership with NeighborCare Health, which operates 12 school-based health centers, including one at Madison Middle School. Madison reported a high incidence of 911 calls. Staff identified the need for a coordinated, patient-centered process to support these students.

Melanie’s project resulted in her making a presentation at the Annual National Conference on Advancing Mental Health. She said that participating in this conference contributed to her decision to pursue a DNP degree. She said it also helped her see how involvement in research can be accessible and exciting.

Melanie’s project is exemplary of quality improvement research to achieve goals of secondary prevention for at-risk youth. Melanie exemplifies the intentions of the (Lois Price Spratlen Foundation) founders and the goals of this scholarship. – Janiece DeSocio, Seattle University faculty member

We couldn’t agree more, and we are honored to award a Lois Price Spratlen Foundation Scholarship to Melanie Kristoferson.

Jenny Palisoc

Jenny Palisoc receives her scholarship award

Jenny is a DNP student in the University of Washington’s Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program. Her graduate research project proposes to examine the effectiveness of a continuing education training program for registered nurses, designed to enhance their knowledge and skills to prepare in the assessment, treatment, and management of suicide risk.

As with each of our scholarship recipients, Jenny’s accomplishments go far beyond her academic work. Jenny is a Board Member for NAMI-Washington, she serves as a volunteer nurse with the Teeth and Toes Clinic for Homeless Youth and Adults, and she is a member of the UW School of Nursing Diversity Committee. She has also volunteered with the Refugee Women’s Alliance and the King County Public Health Needle Exchange program.

Jenny is a hard worker, a quick learner, and an enthusiastic participant in all of her endeavors. Her passion for improving the lives and care of others is clear in her work and her interactions. – Elaine Walsh, UW faculty member

We are honored to award a Lois Price Spratlen Foundation Scholarship to Jenny Palisoc.


Emma Cyders

Emma Cyders Oswald

Emma is a student in the Masters of Science, Advanced Practice Nursing Immersion program at Seattle University in the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner track. She was recently accepted into Seattle University’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program. In addition to maintaining a three-point-eight grade point average in her studies, Emma also works as a floor nurse and charge nurse on an inpatient psychiatric unit at Fairfax Hospital in Kirkland. 

Seattle University faculty member Janiece DeSocio served as Chairperson for Emma’s graduate scholarly project, a systematic review of literature on adverse childhood experiences applied to the practice of school nursing. 

Janiece wrote that after finding a limited base of studies and literature on the subject, Emma took the initiative to interview school nurses regarding their knowledge of the ACE study and how it impacts their work with children. Janiece concludes that Emma’s research and the implementation of an educational intervention for school nurses has great potential to improve child mental health

She also designed and delivered an in-service for school nurses of the Seattle school district to educate them about adverse childhood experiences, the effect of ACEs on school performance and health, screening tools, local resources, and interventions.  Emma hopes to someday publish their literature review in the Journal of School Nursing.

We are honored to award a Lois Price Spratlen Foundation Scholarship to Emma Cyders.

Grace Martin

Grace Martin

Grace is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner student entering her final two quarters of the program at the University of Washington’s School of Nursing. Apparently, maintaining a three-point-eight grade point average and working as a Teaching Assistant at the UW School of Nursing CENE Learning Lab does not keep Grace busy enough.

A look at Grace’s résumé is a study in what it means to volunteer to help those in need.  Grace has worked with children as a volunteer with Seattle Children’s Hospital, Union Gospel Mission’s Hope Place, Mara Farm’s Giving Garden, Spurs and Spokes Therapeutic Riding Program, Aletheia Riding Center, Camp Korey, and she also completed a study abroad program in Kenya.

Grace’s capstone project involves partnering with Spruce Street Inn, a safe house for runaway youths.  Her academic advisor, Elaine Walsh, writes that this project exemplifies Grace’s desire to provide care to underserved and vulnerable populations, and reflects a commitment to collaborative relationships. 

When we invest in the staff on the front lines, then we will be investing in the youth they serve. – Grace Martin

Those of us working in the health care field couldn’t agree more. We are honored to award a Lois Price Spratlen Foundation Scholarship to Grace Martin.


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