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Visiting Assistant Professor
Areas of Interest: Roles and functions of multidisciplinary teams in psychiatry; social networks of persons having severe and persistent mental illness; experiential approaches to health profession student's education regarding SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment)
Kathleen Plum

Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric
Registered Nurse


Ph.D., Nursing (Health Psychology and Mental Health), University of Rochester
M.S., Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing, University of Rochester
B.A., Psychology, University of Rochester
AAS, Nursing, Bronx Community College

Dr. Kathleen Plum is a nurse practitioner in psychiatry with over 40 years of experience as a nurse, therapist, administrator, and educator in the behavioral health arena. She began her career at the University of Rochester, holding joint appointments in the School of Nursing as assistant professor, and in the Department of Psychiatry as director of the Extended Care Clinic. She then became director of the Capitation Payment System (CPS) Demonstration Program, which led to her becoming the founding director of Strong Ties, a program providing a range services to persons with severe and persistent mental illness. From there, she went to Wyoming County, where she served first as the director of clinical services for the contract provider agency's mental health and substance abuse programs, and later as the Wyoming County mental hygiene commissioner. In the latter position, she established a county-wide substance abuse prevention coalition and a vocational training program for persons with serious mental illness. In 2003, she returned to Monroe County as mental hygiene commissioner.

She retired from her position as mental hygiene commissioner for Monroe County in December 2013. Her responsibilities included planning, coordination, funding, and oversight of the local public mental hygiene system with services in three disability areas: mental health, alcohol and substance abuse, and developmental disabilities. In this role, she collaborated with the U of R Department of Psychiatry in their suicide prevention initiative and natural helpers program. She applied for and received a six year federally funded grant to transform services and support in Monroe County for children with mental health challenges and their families. As principal investigator on the grant, her primary goals were to make mental health services more available to children and families while reducing cross system disparities related to race/ethnicity. She followed up on the local experience by serving as principal investigator for NY Success, a four year federally funded grant to expand systems of care for children with mental health challenges and their families across the 55 counties of Upstate NY.

Since her retirement, Dr. Plum has held a part-time faculty appointment at St John Fisher College in the Wegmans School of Nursing, where she designed the psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner program, served as a consultant to the Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency on behavioral health and workforce issues, and continues to teach graduate level psychiatric nursing and health policy. She has been the principal investigator on the SBIRT interprofessional grant and serves as the health integration coordinator and co-PI with Dr. Rice on the Wegmans School of Nursing Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training grant. She is also co-PI with Dr. Moscicki on the recently funded grant to provide DATA waiver training for nurse practitioner students, which will enable all NP graduates to apply for a waiver to deliver medication-assisted treatment for opiate addiction, upon graduation.


  • Grape, A.C., Plum, K., & Fielding, S. L. (2015). Strain among caregivers of youth designated as seriously emotionally disturbed: Do place of residence and race matter? Journal of Applied Social Science. 9:83-97
  • Grape, A.C., Plum, K., & Fielding, S. L. (2013). Disparity in SED recovery during a system of care mental health transformation. Journal of Applied Social Science. April 8
  • Plum, K. C. & Meeker, E. (2012). The psychosocial impact of disaster, In Disaster Preparedness and Bioterrorism, T. G. Veenema, Ed. NY: Springer Publishing.
  • Meeker, E., Plum, K.C. & Veenema, T. G. (2012). The management of psychosocial effects, In Disaster Preparedness and Bioterrorism, 3rd Edition. T. Veenema, Ed. NY: Springer Publishing.
  • Plum, K. (2009). Community-driven case management services: Monroe County’s Recovery Connection Program. NYSAC News, 330(1): 38-9.
  • Chiverton, P, Lindley, P, Tortoretti, D. & Plum, K C (2007). Well Balanced: 8 steps to Wellness for adults and mental illness and diabetes. Journal of Psychosocial Nursing (45) 11:46, 54.
  • Plum, K.C. (2006). A nursing perspective, In Compeer: Recovery through the healing power of friends. B. Skirboll, Ed. Rochester, NY: Meliora Press.
  • Editor/Author (2003): A Compendium of Evidenced-Based Initiatives,
  • Plum, K.C. (1989). Analysis of a capitation plan for the chronically mentally ill. Nursing Economics, 7 (5), 250-256.
  • Plum, K.C. (1989). Moving forward with deinstitutionalization: Lessons of an ethical policy analysis. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 57 (4), 508-514.
  • Plum, K.C. (1987). How patients view recovery: What helps, what hinders. Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, 1 (4), 285-293.
  • Gift, T., Plum, K., and Price, M. (1985). Depot fluphenazine and plasma prolactin. Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry, 9, 407-412.
  • Shapiro, R.M., Possidente, S.M., Plum, K.C., and Lehman, A.F. (1983). Evaluation of a support group for families of chronically mentally ill. Psychiatric Quarterly, 55 (4), 236-241.
  • Plum, K.C., (1980). A community mental health center approach to aftercare: Plans, problems, promises. Journal of the New York State Nurses Association, 11 (4), 28-33.