Margaret Johnson, APN, PMHNP-BC

Margaret’s clinical path to her current career wound through music – her original course of study.   She was a Magna Cum Laude undergraduate at Vanderbilt, double majoring in child development as well as music.  She then completed courses toward a Doctorate of Clinical Psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA prior to returning to her Vanderbilt roots and completing her nursing studies.

Following her background in clinical psychology, Margaret served as a research therapist for The Center for Psychotherapy Research and Policy at Vanderbilt University as a research therapist in Multisystem Therapy.  She is certified as a Multisystemic Therapist for the treatment of adolescent youth and families struggling with behavioral problems. 

It was during this time that she co-authored a paper with Weiss, Bahr, et al. on the “Iatrogenic Effects of Group Treatment of Antisocial Youth” which was published in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology in 2005.

Margaret completed her RN, BSN, and MSN, ultimately graduating from the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing in 2006 with a specialty as an Adult Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.  For her academic and professional excellence, she was awarded the Laura Catherin Rankin Memorial Scholarship, a full merit scholarship.  While completing her studies, she continued to accrue awards and honors including the School of Nursing Specialty Award / Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, (2006 Recipient) as The most outstanding graduate based on academic achievement, clinical practice, leadership, and community service.    She was also awarded the  Vanderbilt University School of Nursing Alumni Association Award for Student Excellence in Service & Leadership to the School & Community, (2006 Recipient).

Since graduation Margaret has pursued her passion for understanding a holistic approach to mental health among various populations, particularly PTSD, complex PTSD, TBI (traumatic brain injury), depression, and anxiety disorders. Margaret’s interests include the treatment of the whole person in functional and integrative medicine.  Increasingly, this has broadened to include the use of nutraceuticals and bio-identical hormones when indicated.

Margaret’s dedication to the men and women of the US Military is evident in her past locations of clinical practice.    She served as a psychiatric nurse practitioner at the Ft. Campbell Army Post, Blanchfield Army Community Hospital, supporting the Warrior Transition Unit by providing psychiatric evaluations, diagnoses, medication management, and coordinated care with multidisciplinary teams.  In addition to her work as a psychiatric nurse practitioner at Centerstone in Clarksville, TN, she was also named to the National Health Service Corps in 2011.  From 2013 through June of 2016, she worked at a psychiatric nurse practitioner at a Veterans Affairs Community based outpatient clinic in Hopkinsville, KY and then later in Clarksville, TN.

She was named as an adjunct instructor and mentor at the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing in 2014 and continues those duties to the present.

True to her musical roots, she has taught piano throughout the years and believes in integrating various modalities in practice. During the course of her work as a research therapist, Margaret learned to master evidence-based practice therapies such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectal Behavioral Therapy. Her quest for knowledge continues with new training in bio-identical hormone replacement therapy – both in continuing education workshops with Neal Rouzier, MD, as well as being mentored by CWI’s own Dr. Whitney Gabhart, ND, and Dr. Cady.

Margaret’s commitment to an integrated practice model, coupled with her comprehensive psychopharmacological and psychotherapeutic background, brings more talent to the clinical staff at Cady Wellness Institute and we are thrilled to have her here practicing with us!