I’m Mary Lou Bernardo. If you want to get formal, my name is Marie Louise Bernardo. If you want to get very formal, I’m Marie Louise Bernardo, PhD, MSN. The PhD is in psychology (also a Master’s Degree in psychology). The MSN stands for Master’s of Science in Nursing. The psychology degrees are from Columbia University and the nursing degree is from Yale University. My undergraduate degree is from Central Connecticut State University.

I’m New York City born and bred and a first generation Italian-American with strong working class roots. I’m bilingual in Italian/English. But not very good at writing in Italian!  I’ve lived in Connecticut for many years.

So, I’m a licensed psychologist and a registered nurse. Currently I practice clinical psychology part-time. I specialize in health psychology, the branch of psychology that focuses on how mental, emotional, and social factors affect a person’s physical well-being. Health psychology also focuses on a patient’s mental and emotional reactions to an illness or recovery from an illness. I held a faculty appointment at the Yale School of Nursing for a number of years.  I’m now a non-practicing nurse practitioner.

What is WritePhD? Write PhD is the name of my healthcare writing company.  I’ve been a healthcare writer and editor, part-time and full-time, for over 20 years.

I hope you enjoy my blog.  Ciao.


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