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College of Nursing

Faculty and Staff

Kathrene  Carter Berger, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC

Assistant Director of PMHNP Program
Clinical Assistant Professor
College of Nursing

Phone: 803-777-2327
Fax: 803-777-0550

College of Nursing 
University of South Carolina
1601 Greene Street, Room 519
Columbia, SC 29208-4001 
United States



2014 Post Master's Certificate – Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Vanderbilt
2011 DNP, University of South Carolina
2008 BSN, University of South Carolina
1987 BA Berea Collge


2012-Present – Clinical Instructor: Psychiatirc Mental Health Nurse, Nursing 411
2008-2010 – Graduate Instructor: Facilitative Communication, Nursing 210 and Sociocultural Variations in Health and Illness, Nursing 226
2008: Teaching Assistant: Emerging Issues in Nursing Practice, Nursing 420.


Childhood sexual abuse
Post-traumatic stress disorder
High school drop-out Interventions 

2011-2012 – T-32 Predoctoral Fellowship: University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
2010-Present – Project Success: Implementation of an evidence-based behavioral treatment for students at risk of dropout.
2006 - 2009 – Research Assistant: University of South Carolina


Berger, K. & Kelchner, V. (2014, March 28). Project Success: An Innovative Collaboration between Nursing and Counseling to Address High School Dropout in a Higher At-Risk Population [Presentation]. International Society of Psychiatric Mental-Health Nurses 14th Annual Conference, Greenville, South Carolina.

Berger, K. & Kelchner, V. (2014, March 26-28). Evaluation of Project Success, a Nursing/Counseling Collaborative Intervention to Prevent High School Dropout [Poster Session]. International Society of Psychiatric Mental-Health Nurses 14th Annual Conference, Greenville, South Carolina.

Berger, K. & Hein, L. (2010, April 16). The Psychiatric Nurse and Gender-Discordant Youth: Are You Prepared? International Society of Psychiatric Mental-Health Nurses 12th Annual Conference, St. Louis, Missouri

Berger, K. (2010, February 12). Comparing the Efficacy of Treatment Modalities in the Treatment of Adult Female Survivors of Sexual Abuse. Mary Ann Parsons Lectureship, Columbia, South Carolina

Berger, K. (2009, April 8). In Adult Female Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse What is the Effect of Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT-SA) on functioning When compared with Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT-SA). University of South Carolina College of Nursing Ninth Annual Research Day

Berger, K., Fender, S., Hartman, C., Long, J., Sellers, D. & Smith D. (2008, April 23). Examination of the Relationships between Work Place Setting, Kolcaba's Four Comfort Domains and Job Satisfaction. University of South Carolina College of Nursing Eighth Annual Research Day

Berger, K.C., Boyd, M.R. (2007, April 18, 2007). Predictors of Alcohol and Drug Abuse in Rural African-American Women. University of South Carolina College of Nursing Seventh Annual Research Day.

Professional Service

Aug 2013 – Present Manuscript Reviewer. Perspectives in Psychiatric Care. Manuscripts Reviewed: 3; Journal of Homosexuality: 1.

Aug 2012 – Present Co-Director, Project Success, Intervention Services, Richland Two School District, Columbia, South Carolina.

March 2013 - Grant Evaluator. International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health.

March 2012 - Judge, Poster Presentations. International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses 14th Annual Conference. Atlanta, Georgia.

Sep 2009 – 2011, Community-based Outpatient Clinics Planning Committee, Patient Representative, Dorn VA Regional Medical Center, Columbia, South Carolina.

May 2009 – 2010, Richland Community Health Care Association Board of Directors.

May 2009 – 2010, Quality Assurance Committee, Richland Community Health Care Association.

April 2009 – Present Diversity Committee, International Society of Psychiatric Nurses.

Fall 2008 - Make A Difference Day – Co-coordinator project benefitting Sistercare.

Fall 2008 - Volunteer, Teacher's Assistant, University of South Carolina. Professor: Kate Chappell, MSN, RN. Course: Clinical Reasoning.

Fall 2008-2011 - Student Affairs Committee, Graduate Representative, University of South Carolina.

Professional Practice

2012 - Present, Eau Claire Behavioral Medicine, Columbia, SC.

Publications (selected)

Hein, L.C. & Berger, K.C. (2012). Commentary: Gender dysphoria in children: Let's think this through. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing, 25(4), 237-240.

Berger, K.C. & Scharer, K. (2012). Can anesthesia trigger delayed onset PTSD in veterans? Perspectives in Psychiatric Care, 48(2), 170-175.

Berger, K.C. (2011). A research utilization project: Implementation of an evidence-based behavioral treatment for students at risk of dropout at Richland Northeast High School (Doctoral Dissertation, University of South Carolina, 2011).

Boyd, M.R., Berger, K.C., Baliko, B. & Tavakoli, A. (2009). Predictors of alcohol and drug abuse in rural African-American women. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 30(6), 383-391.