Kayj Nash Andersen, PhD, MSN, LP, PMHNP

Clinical Assistant Professor



The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
School of Nursing
Carrington Hall, CB #7460
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7460

Office: 514

Kayj Nash Andersen brings a unique background to UNC’s SON. She first worked as a licensed psychologist, having earned a PhD in Counseling Psychology. She then went back to school for nursing and practiced as an ICU nurse and psychiatric nurse for 5 years before becoming a psychiatric nurse practitioner. She has taught college courses for various institutions for the past 23 years and joined UNC’s faculty in January 2018, where she is a clinical assistant professor. She currently teaches two core courses for the PMHNP program and serves as an instructor/supervisor for clinical courses in the department. Her passion is treating children and adolescents with psychiatric disorders. She has specialized interests in ADHD, eating disorders, mood disorders, and anxiety disorders.

2015–2017 Merit Scholar, UNC, Chapel Hill
2002 Outstanding Achiever, Innovative Programming, & Cornerstone Awards (MAGIC – Making A Greater Impact Campus Wide), UNCW
1996–1999 Regents Scholar, ASU
1997 Recognition for Contribution to Students, ASU
1996  Recognition for Commitment & Service to Students, UMBC



Okine, KN (2017, April & May). Children and adolescents with ADHD: Pharmacotherapy options and treatment challenges. Presented for the psychiatric residents and fellows in the UNC’s Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Clinic & the nursing staff on UNC’s Child & Adolescent Psychiatric Unit

Okine, KN (2017, April). Autism Spectrum Disorder: A primer for psychiatric providers. Presented for the psychiatric residents & fellows in the UNC’s Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Clinic & the clinical staff & fellows at the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disorders.

Okine, KN (2016, February). Promoting sleep: Nursing implications and interventions. Presented at the Center for Lifelong Learning ANCC Accredited Conference, Catching ZZZs: Promoting healthy sleep, Chapel Hill, NC.

Okine, KN (2015, November). Psychopharmacology. Presented for UNC Hospital’s Psychiatric Certification Review Class, Chapel Hill, NC.

Relf, M, Eisbach, S, Okine, KN, & Ward, T (2013, January). Evidence-based clinical practice guidelines for managing depression in people living with HIV. Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, 24 (1), S15-S28.

Okine, KN, & Robinson, SK (2000, August). Is there an interpersonal basis for eating disorders among college students? Poster session presented at the Annual Conference of the American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.