Victoria Soltis-Jarrett, PhD, PMHCNS/NP-BC, FAANP, FAAN

Carol Morde Ross Distinguished Professor of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
School of Nursing
Carrington Hall, CB #7460
Office: 5109
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7460

Victoria Soltis-Jarrett, PhD, PMHNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN is the Carol Morde Ross Distinguished Professor of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing and is board certified by the ANCC as a Family Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Dr. Soltis-Jarrett has practiced psychiatric nursing for over 35 years and continues to focus her clinical practice (as a PMHNP), teaching (emancipatory pedagogy) and scholarship on rural mental health care, integrating behavioral health into primary, acute, and long-term care settings, participatory research, and community engagement. She actively practices as a NP (Durham, NC) and provides psychiatric-mental health consultation-liaison with a variety of agencies and organizations.

Since 2005, Dr. Soltis-Jarrett has built a program of scholarship, education and training which culminated in her role as the Ross Distinguished Professor of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing (2015). She has been successful in obtaining over 14 million dollars from various funding sources (Federal, State and Private Foundations) to create and transform curriculum, provide ongoing tuition assistance for NP students and to expand community outreach and engagement to improve the health and well-being of North Carolina communities. This is best exemplified in her strong partnerships with organizations, health care leaders and employers who seek out to hire our NP graduates. She is a Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (FAANP) and a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN).

The Carolina Program of Nursing Excellence in Whole Health Care was established in 2015 to focus on the notion that there is no health without mental health and to increase access for Whole Health Care in rural and underserved populations in North Carolina. To meet these critical needs, this HRSA funded initiative supports, and mentors’ NP students seeking additional education and training in behavioral health integration and substance use disorders (PEER NC: NP-BHI/PC-4E) as well as to assist new NP Graduates to transition into rural and/or underserved primary care practices to provide clinically competent and culturally sensitive whole health care (Carolina NP Residency Program: Behavioral Health Integration in Rural Primary Care using the TANDEM3-PC Model (NPR:BHI-Rural PC/TANDEM3-PC). This robust and sustainable program endeavors to promote all NPs to work to the highest level of their scope of practice. For more information about this program, see the Carolina Nursing Excellence in Whole Health Care Website: