Dr. Margaret (Peggy) J. Halter joined Ashland University as Associate Dean in July. She has 21 years of academic experience as an associate professor at the University of Akron and a full professor at Malone University. She received a BSN at the University of Akron in 1986, an MSN in psychiatric mental health nursing from Kent State University in 1990, and a PhD from Duquesne University in 2003.
Her teaching expertise includes graduate health policy and advanced practice psychiatric mental health nursing. Research, publication, and speaking interests include nurses’ political involvement, health policy education, the influence of stigma on help seeking for depression, professional stigma, and men’s mental health.
She is the editor of Varcarolis and Halter’s (2010) Foundations of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing, co-edited (2009) Essentials of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing, and contributed numerous chapters to both texts. She has served on the editorial panel and review board of Journal of Psychosocial Mental Health Nursing since 2005.
Dr. Halter received the American Journal of Nursing 2009 Book of the Year Award for Essentials of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing, an Excellence in Media Award from the American Psychiatric Nurses Association in 2009, an Outstanding Faculty Engagement Award from the University of Akron in 2008, and an Excellence in Political Action Award from the Ohio Nurses Association in 2007.
She is an appointed member of the Ohio Nurses Association’s Health Policy Council, and is a member of the Board of Directors and chairs the Legislative Committee for the Summit and Portage District. She serves as co-commissioner of the Institute for Mental Health Advocacy for the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, and is a past president of the Ohio Chapter.