Emily is a Board-Certified, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with a focus on treatment-resistant depression, anxiety, PTSD, and substance use disorders. She has been working to help patients in a variety of mental health disciplines for over thirteen years.
Emily knew she wanted to work in mental health since high school. She has always loved listening and connecting with others, but it took her a few years to figure out her specialty. She initially worked for over eight years in clinical research, with the idea of pursuing a doctorate in Clinical Psychology. After working with veterans at the San Francisco VA Medical Center, she found herself especially drawn to psychiatric nursing. She was able to see how compassionate, holistic care can impact patient health and wanted to provide such care to those in need. She went back to school to specialize in nursing and psychiatry.
She has a strong belief that the patient knows their body the best. When treating patients, she creates a collaborative partnership where the patient is truly the driver, and she is there to help guide and support them. She recognizes that seeking mental health treatment can be a vulnerable act, and she wants to honor and respect that in her treatment. She has a special interest in how the mind-body connection impacts overall health and may use a complementary treatment such as meditation and mindfulness in her practice.
Emily is interested in interventional psychiatry therapies such as Electro-Convulsive Therapy (ECT), Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), esketamine nasal spray, and ketamine infusions to help her patients. She has helped patients in the past with these treatments and has witnessed the incredible impact they have in alleviating a patient’s suffering and helping a patient find relief. She has also seen the promising durability of these treatments, and how they may keep working long after the treatment has ended.
Emily joins Mindful Health Solutions in early 2021.
Emily recently relocated to Sacramento from the Bay Area with her husband. She enjoys having family close by and the ease of daily living- especially the parking! She loves spending time with her husband and mini Aussie as well as the extended family who live close by. On the weekends, you’ll find her taking a walk with her dog in the park, trying out a new restaurant or brewery, or making dinner with her family (post-quarantine of course!) She also likes comedies and true crime podcasts.
Emily received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley.
While completing her undergrad, Emily was an active volunteer in organizations such as Bay Area Women Against Rape, where she became a state-certified Rape Crisis Counselor. She also worked as an intern for the Gender Equity Resource Center and facilitating workshops on diversity and sexual assault.
Following graduation, she began her professional foray into mental health working in research at the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Research projects included clinical assessments with adolescent and young adult female participants along with their caregivers, administering clinical interviews with research participants to help determine ADHD diagnosis, and conducting participant assessments for a mobile phone-based diabetes prevention program for low-income and ethnic/minority populations.
She continued clinical research at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center, where projects included conducting clinical assessments for participants with co-occurring PTSD and Alcohol Use Disorder.
She returned to school for her Master of Science at the UCSF, Master’s Entry Program in Nursing (MEPN) Program. She graduated from the program as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP).
During her studies, she worked as a Psychiatric Nurse at Willow Rock Center Crisis Stabilization Unit in San Leandro, California, where she performed medical and psychiatric assessments for adolescents in acute crisis.
She also completed an internship at the San Francisco VA Medical Center with the Mental Health Intensive Case Management Program. During this time, she assessed and provided medication management for patients with severe mental illness including schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder with chronic suicidality. She also facilitated group psychotherapy treatment and worked with interprofessional team members in the Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Center.
Most recently, she served as a nurse practitioner resident at the San Francisco VA Medical Center. She provided outpatient and inpatient care across various specialty areas including mental health intake services, inpatient addiction consultation, ketamine infusion treatments, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), outpatient medication-assisted treatment for addiction, PTSD clinic, general outpatient psychiatry, psychiatric emergency services, and in the transgender clinic. She also performed individual psychotherapy and medication management services.
Hinshaw, S. P., Owens, E. B., Zalecki, C., Huggins, S. P., Nevado, A., Schrodek, E., & Swanson, E. N. (2012). Prospective follow-up of girls with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder into early adulthood: Continuing impairment includes high risk for suicide attempts and self-harm. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 2012 Dec;80(6):1041-1051. doi: 10.1037/a0029451. Epub 2012 Aug 13.
Heinz, A., Pennington, D.L., Cohen, N., Schmeling. B., Lasher, B., Schrodek, E., Hong, E., Batki, S. Relations between cognitive functioning and alcohol use and craving: An examination among military veterans with alcohol use disorder and trauma exposure. Military Medicine. 2016 Jul;181(7):663-71. doi: 10.7205/MILMED-D-15-00228.
Boeding M, Schrodek E, Peacock A, Brady K, Borden S. (2018, October). Tobacco Talk: Nurse Practitioner-Led Intervention for Tobacco Education in the Residential Treatment Setting. Poster presented at the American Psychiatric Nurses Association 32nd Annual Conference, Columbus, OH.
Schrodek E, Ahmad S, Hinshaw S. (2011, October). Mediators of the Association Between Childhood ADHD and Higher Body Mass Index in Young Adult Females. Poster presented at the American Psychological Association Inequity to Equity Conference, Washington D.C.
Batki; S.L., Pennington, D.L., Lasher, B.A., Herbst, E., Schrodek, E., Hong, E., Waldrop, A., Williams C., Abrams, G., Neylan, T.C., Seal, K., Carney, C., Besterman, A. (2014, June) Alcohol Use Disorder and PTSD Severity in Veterans with and Without Comorbid TBI: Baseline Subject Characteristics in Topiramate Treatment Trials. Poster presented at the Annual Research Society on Alcoholism, Bellevue, WA.
Pennington, D.L., Lasher B.A., Herbst, E., Schrodek, E., Hong, E., Waldrop, A., Williams,C., Abrams, G., Neylan, T.C., Seal, K., Carney, C., Besterman, A., Batki, S.L. (2014, June). Cognition and Self-Regulation in Veterans with Alcohol Use Disorder, PTSD and TBI: Baseline Subject Characteristics in Topiramate Treatment Trials. Poster presented at the Annual Research Society on Alcoholism, Bellevue, WA.
Schrodek, E., Pennington, D.L., Lasher, B.A., Herbst, E., Yohannes, S., McDonald, J., Schmeling, B., Wong, T., Batki, S. (2015, June). An Evaluation of Topiramate Treatment: Secondary Health Outcomes for Veterans with Alcohol Use Disorder and Comorbid PTSD. Poster presented at the Research Society on Alcoholism, San Antonio, TX.
Schmeling, B., Heinz, A. J., Pennington, D. L., Cohen, N., Lasher, B. A., Schrodek, E., Yohannes, S., McDonald, J., & Batki, S. L. (2015, June). An Examination of Relations Between Cognitive Functioning and Alcohol Use and Craving Among Veterans with Alcohol Use Disorder and Trauma Exposure. Poster presented at the 38th annual meeting of the Research Society on Alcoholism, San Antonio, TX.