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Candice Knight


Clinical Associate Professor
Program Director, Psychiatric-Mental Health NP

1 212 998 5666

433 First Avenue
Room 536
New York, NY 10010
United States

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Professional overview

Dr. Knight is both a licensed psychiatric nurse practitioner and a licensed clinical psychologist. She directs the Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program at NYU. She has a long history working as both an academician and clinician. Dr. Knight has a private practice where she conducts psychiatric evaluations, prescribes psychiatric medication, and provides psychotherapy for children, adolescents and adults. Dr. Knight is certified in Structural Family Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, Emotion-Focused Therapy, Redecision Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Expressive Arts Therapy, and Trauma-Focused Therapy, including EMDR and Cognitive Processing Therapy. She has special interests in humanistic-existential psychotherapy training and supervision (gestalt therapy and emotion-focused therapy); mental health public policy; clients diagnosed with anxiety, trauma, and psychophysiological disorders; and integrating music and the creative arts in depth psychotherapy and healing practices.


Post-Master's, Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Rutgers University, 2011
PhD, Clinical Psychology, Fielding University, 2005
MA, Clinical Psychology, Fielding University, 1998
EdD, Social & Philosophical Foundations of Education, Rutgers University, 1986
MS, Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing, Hunter College, 1975
BS, Nursing, Rutgers University, 1973
AAS, Nursing, Middlesex County College, 1971

Honors and awards

Gestalt Center of New Jersey Clinical Excellence Award (2015)
Society of Psychiatric Advanced Practice Nurses Leadership Award (2011)
Teacher of the Year Award Rutgers College of Nursing; (2010)
New Jersey State Nurses Association Leadership Award (2004)
New Jersey State Nurses Association Psychiatric Nurse of the Year (1990)
Ella B. Stonesby Highest Academic Average Award, Rutgers University (1973)



Professional membership

Society of Psychiatric Advanced Practice Nurses of the NJSNA (Director of Legislative Affairs)
American Psychiatric Nurses Association
International Society of Psychiatric Nursing
American Nurses Association
NJ Nurses Assocation
American Psychological Association
Somerset-Hunterdon Psychological Association
American Academy of Psychotherapists
National Association for the Advancement of Gestalt Therapy
NJ Society of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapists



Follow-up with primary care providers for elevated glycated haemoglobin identified at the dental visit

Rosedale, M., Strauss, S., Kaur, N., Knight, C., & Malaspina, D. (2016). International Journal of Dental Hygiene. 10.1111/idh.12214
Objectives: This study examined patient experiences after receiving elevated diabetes screening values using blood collected at a dental clinic. It explores patients' reactions to screening, whether or not they sought recommended medical follow-up, and facilitating factors and barriers to obtaining follow-up care. Methods: At the comprehensive care clinics at a large, urban College of Dentistry in the United States, haemoglobin A1C (HbA1C) values were obtained from 379 study participants who had not been previously diagnosed with diabetes. In all, 169 (44.6%) had elevated HbA1C values. We analysed quantitative and qualitative data concerning these patients' follow-up with primary care providers (PCPs). Results: We were able to contact 112 (66.3%) of the 169 study participants who had an elevated HbA1C reading. Of that group, 61 (54.5%) received recommended follow-up care from a PCP within 3 months, and an additional 28 (25.0%) said they intended to seek such care. Qualitative themes included the following: the screening letter - opportunity or burden, appreciation for the 3-month follow-up call and barriers to medical follow-up that included the following: lack of knowledge about diabetes, not understanding the importance of follow-up, busyness, financial concerns, fear and denial. Conclusions: Quantitative and qualitative data demonstrate that dentists, dental hygienists and nurses are well poised to discover and translate new models of patient-centred, comprehensive care to patients with oral and systemic illness.

Awareness of prediabetes and diabetes among persons with clinical depression

Rosedale, M., Strauss, S. M., Knight, C., & Malaspina, D. (2015). International Journal of Endocrinology, 2015. 10.1155/2015/839152
Background: Major depressive disorder (MDD) is highly comorbid with diabetes, a relationship underappreciated by clinicians. Purpose: Examine the proportion of nonpregnant individuals ≥20 years with MDD and elevated glucose and the demographic and clinical characteristics associated with unrecognized elevated glucose. Methods: 14,373 subjects who participated in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (2007-2012) completed the PHQ-9 depression screen and had hemoglobin A1C (HbA1c) measured. PHQ-9 scores ≥10 and HbA1c scores ≥5.7% were defned as MDD and elevated HbA1c, respectively. Data were analyzed using complex survey sampling sofware. Results: 38.4% of the sample with MDD had elevated HbA1c readings. Compared with nondepressed subjects, they were significantly more likely to have elevated glucose readings (P = 0.003) and to be aware of their elevated glucose levels if they had a higher body mass index, family history of diabetes, more doctor visits in the past year, a usual care source, health insurance, or were taking hypertension or hypercholesterolemia medications. Conclusions: Many adults with MDD have elevated HbA1c levels, have never been advised of elevated HbA1c, have not received diabetes screening, and have minimal contact with a healthcare provider. Additional opportunities for diabetes risk screening in people with MDD are needed.

The role of the psychiatric mental health advanced practice registered nurse in the scope of psychiatric practice

Rosedale, M., Knight, C., & Standard, J. (2015). Journal of ECT, 31(4), 205-206. 10.1097/YCT.0000000000000250