Prof. Donna Hallas receives Book of the Year Award from American Journal of Nursing


January 28, 2019

The American Journal of Nursing has named Behavioral Pediatric Healthcare for Nurse Practitioners: A Growth and Developmental Approach to Intercepting Abnormal Behaviors (Springer, 2019) a recipient of its 2018 Book of the Year awards, honoring it with first place in the Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing category and third for Child Health. The book is edited by Donna Hallas, PhD, PPCNP-BC, CPNP, PMHS, FAANP, clinical professor and director of the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner program at NYU Meyers.

Behavioral Pediatric Healthcare for Nurse Practitioners, written for practicing pediatric and family nurse practitioners and students, delivers strategic, evidence-based measures for recognizing and treating abnormal behaviors in children in the context of primary care practice. It uses strategic, evidence-based measures to evaluate and treat behavioral health during each well-child visit across the pediatric life span and restore order to their patients and their families.

“The book is based on my conceptual framework on intercepting behaviors before they escalate into major problems for the children and the family members,” said Hallas.

In addition to editing Behavioral Pediatric Healthcare for Nurse Practitioners, Hallas authored or coauthored four of its chapters on topics including infant development, infant depression and adolescent substance use. NYU Meyers faculty members Sally Cohen, Caroline Dorsen, and James Weidel also authored chapters in the book, and several graduate PNP students authored case study chapters. Julie Baldyga, a graduate of NYU School of Professional Studies, also authored a chapter.