Rose Mary Xavier, PhD, MS, RN, PMHNP-BC, FAAN, FAANP

Assistant Professor & Director, Biobehavioral Laboratory

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
School of Nursing
Carrington Hall, CB #7460
Office 4106
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7460

A Nurse Scientist and a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Dr. Xavier investigates the biological mechanisms of neuropsychiatric symptoms for clinical translation. A second but equally important interest is in research methodology and analysis guided by the philosophy and principles of open science. Clinically, she has a special interest in psychosis and the severely mentally ill population. Dr. Xavier is also a seasoned clinician with extensive experience working with the severely mentally ill and chemically dependent adult population in a variety of psychiatric care settings including involuntary and voluntary treatment facilities, large community hospitals, state mental health systems and outpatient psychiatry clinics.

Learn more about Dr. Xavier’s lab here.


Dr Xavier is a research scientist, an interdisciplinary scholar, and a highly experienced psychiatric nurse practitioner. Her expertise is in the neuropsychiatric basis of psychiatric disorders, psychiatric genetics, biobehavioral methodologies and symptom science. Dr. Xavier has considerable clinical experience as a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner working with individuals with psychiatric and mental health disorders in a variety of clinical care settings. Her interdisciplinary program of research cuts across the fields of nursing, psychiatry, genetics, and neuroscience, and focuses on the study of the neurobiological basis of psychiatric disorders for early identification, treatment, and prevention efforts.  

Specialization/Research Areas: Available for presentations: I am happy to talk about any of the topics listed above, and can develop more specialized programs within any of these categories: 

  • Psychiatric genetics including pharmacogenomics 
  • Neurobiological basis of severe and persistent mental illnesses  
  • Psychopharmacology 
  • Youth mental health