Michelle M Knapp


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Michelle M Knapp


Clinical Assistant Professor
Program Director, Psychiatric-Mental Health NP
Program Director, Substance Use Disorders Specialty Sequence
Affiliated Faculty, Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing

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Michelle M Knapp's additional information

Michelle Knapp is a Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of the Substance Use Disorders Specialty Sequence and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Programs at Meyers. Knapp is a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who has spent most of her career specializing in the area of co-occurring primary mental health and addictive disorders. She has extensive experience working with vulnerable populations,  such as pregnant women and parolees, with substance use disorders. She has a passion for grass-roots work, and provides local addictions education to foster care services, nursing homes, and parole departments. 

Prof. Knapp's primary research is with the NYU Grossman School of Medicine's Substance Use Research Education and Training interprofessional program that seeks to generate and disseminate addictions research through a variety of educational programs. She is also a Fellow of the International Nurses Society on Addictions with the responsibility to enhance global nursing education through scholarship in the field of addictions. 

She has presented novel approaches to the treatment of substance use disorders at a variety of national, regional, and local conferences. Prof. Knapp also continues her work with the NY State Nurses Association's Statewide Peer Assistance for Nurses, advocating for the ethical, evidence-based treatment of nurses with substance use problems. 

In her free time, Prof. Knapp enjoys studying spiritual, energy-based healing traditions and techniques. She also spends time with her dogs and cat and takes long walks and runs along the Hudson River near her home in Washington Heights. 

Prof. Knapp earned her DNP from Chamberlain College of Nursing, MS from New York University, and BSN from Cleveland State University.

DNP - Chamberlain College of Nursing (2016)
MS - New York University (2013)
BN - Cleveland State University (2002)

Mental health
Substance use

American Psychiatric Nurses Association
American Society of Addiction Medicine
International Nurses Society on Addictions
Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing

Faculty Honors Awards

Fellow, International Nurses Society on Addictions (2018)
Member, Addictions Council's Steering Committee for American Psychiatric Nurses Association (2018)
Member, Sigma Theta Tau (2002)


Harm Reduction Psychotherapy: A Client with a Substance Use Disorder

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Compassionate Care of the Patient Who Uses Substances: Implications for the Infusion Nurse

Knapp, M., & Gilles, S. (2020). Journal of Infusion Nursing, 43(2), 70-77. 10.1097/NAN.0000000000000359
Given the high rate of infection secondary to substance use, infusion nurses have a unique opportunity to compassionately engage individuals with substance use problems. Compassion is an essential ingredient of nursing practice, yet compassionate care of the individual who uses substances may seem difficult to navigate. This article provides the infusion nurse with the essential principles of compassionate care of the patient who uses substances. A fundamental understanding of how to work with patients who use substances may enhance the infusion nurse's practice.

Screening and interventions for substance use in primary care

Knapp, M. M., & McCabe, D. E. (2019). Nurse Practitioner, 44(8), 48-55. 10.1097/01.NPR.0000574672.26862.24
NPs in primary care settings are well positioned to treat substance use disorders (SUDs). SUDs affect patients across the age spectrum and may be diagnosed and treated by NPs using brief interventions and pharmacologic therapies, or patients may be referred to specialty services. This article provides guidelines for screening, brief interventions, and pharmacologic therapies.

Substance misuse and alcohol use disorders.

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