James F. Adams, MSN, RN, PMHCNS-BC

Director, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program and Assistant Professor
Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext. 5943
Office Location: Building One, Room #316
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James F. Adams is the Director of the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program and has taught in the accelerated Master of Science in Nursing program (ELM) and in other School of Nursing graduate programs for the last seven years. He collaborated on the development of the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) program, which started in 2009 and was awarded a three-year California Department of Mental Health Student Educational Grant. In 2014 the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program was also awarded a $1.2 million grant award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. James has also developed many clinical facility affiliation agreements, instituted a recovery model curriculum, as well as completed the revision of the program in 2014 to meet the new educational standards for Psych NP certification. James also collaborated with APU Theater to begin innovative psychiatric practice simulation modules for PMHNP students in learning/practicing skills necessary for psychotherapy.
James believes that one of the most critical factors in becoming an effective Advanced Practice Nurse is in promoting hope to individuals and families with mental illnesses, to instill self-responsibility and empowerment, and in helping individuals living with mental illness seek a meaningful role in life.


  • M.S., Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 1995
  • B.S., Nursing, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA 1982


  • Preparatory Academic Nursing Faculty Program (Post-Master’s), Azusa Pacific University
  • American Nurses Credentialing Center – Psychiatric Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist - BC

Academic Area

  • School of Nursing
    • Graduate Programs


  • Psychiatric Mental Health
  • Psychopharmacotherapy
  • Psychotherapy
  • Substance Abuse

Courses Taught

  • GNRS 533 – Psychiatric Theories across the Lifespan
  • GNRS 534 – Integrated Psychiatric and Health Assessment across the Life Span
  • GNRS 535 – Psychiatric Interventions and Health Promotion across the Life Span
  • GNRS 536 – Psychiatric Mental Health Care with Adults and Older Adults
  • GNRS 584 – Mental Health Nursing

Office Hours

Monday and Tuesday 1:00pm-4:00pm
Wednesday 1:00pm-4:00pm
Additional appointments are available by request. Please contact me to set up an appointment.