Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner


Educator. Consultant. Clinician.

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More than 25 years of Mental Health Experience

Andrew Penn was trained as an adult nurse practitioner and psychiatric clinical nurse specialist at the University of California, San Francisco. He is board certified as an adult nurse practitioner and psychiatric nurse practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. He has completed extensive training in Psychedelic Assisted Psychotherapy at the California Institute for Integral Studies and recently published a book chapter on this modality.  He is a cofounder of OPENurses, a professional organziation for nurses interested in psychedelic research and practice and is a study therapist in the MAPS sponsored Phase 3 study of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD. Currently, he serves as an Associate Clinical Professor at the University of California-San Francisco School of Nursing and is an Attending Nurse Practitioner at the San Francisco Veterans Administration. He has expertise in psychopharmacological treatment for adult patients and specializes in the treatment of affective disorders and PTSD.


As a steering committee member for Psych Congress, he has been invited to present internationally on improving medication adherence, cannabis pharmacology, psychedelic assisted psychotherapy, grief psychotherapy,  treatment-resistant depression, diagnosis and treatment of bipolar disorder, and the art and science of psychopharmacologic practice. He also keeps regular blogs on all things psychiatric. 


Associate Clinical Professor, UC San Francisco School of Nursing

Andrew has been teaching at UC San Francisco since 2007, first as a volunteer Assistant Clinical Professor, currently appointed to a full time, Associate Clinical Professor position in the School of Nursing, Department of Community Health Services. He is faculty of record for the Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner  Psychopharmacology course (N232.04C).

Additionally, Andrew is an internationally invited speaker for continuing education conferences, having provided over 100 lectures on contemporary issues in psychaitry. See button below for a full list of available topics. 




Education. Legal. Pharmacology. Practice.

Andrew brings over 25 years of mental health professional expertise to clients as an expert consultant. He has served as a steering committee member for Psych Congress, a large, national continuing education meeting since 2010. 

He has testified as an expert witness in nurse practitioner malpractice cases. 

He is available for consultation for matters considering medication and psychotherapy treatment of patients. 



Integrated Psychopharmacology and Psychotherapy

Andrew brings over 25 years of mental health professional expertise to clinical practice, most recently working in outpatient psychiatry with Kaiser Permanente for 13 years.  He has taught and has expertise in cases of treatment resistant depression, PTSD, and the use of psychedelic assisted therapies such as ketamine, psilocybin, and MDMA in the treatment of psychiatric illness. He is a study therapist in the MAPS sponsored study of MDMA-assisted therapy for PTSD.


At this time, his clinical practice is limited to his work with the University of California, San Francisco and he does not maintain a private practice.



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I get many requests for informational interviews about the PMHNP profession, training, and career opportunities and am happy to talk with potential future members of the profession. Before contacting, I ask that you please read this interview first, as it answers many frequently asked questions.   If you're especially interested in learning to be a psychedelic assisted therapist, I'd encourage you to read this first. 


Andrew Penn, NP


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