PARTNER - Psychiatric Advanced Practice Registered Nurse TechNology-Enhanced Residency Program 


IN THIS STRUCTURED EDUCATIONAL FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM, PARTNER augments MUSC's Outpatient Telepsychiatry Program by utilizing a clinical team (Psychiatrist, PMH-NPs, and newly board-certified PMH-NPs). PARTNER increases access to mental health services, increases workforce readiness, and comprehensively delivers a tele-mental health model, utilizing advanced clinical management and psychosocial interventions.

PARTNER trains new board-certified PMH-NPs in telehealth mental health services for children, adolescents, and adults for rural and underserved populations. The fellowship is a twelve-month, full-time, 40 hour/week program that provides comprehensive training in delivering care virtually via an e-consult system and synchronous video visit platforms. The program supports and guides proficiency in clinical decision-making for assessment, diagnosis, medication management, and psychotherapy modalities for acute and chronic mental illness. The program also includes primary care integration and advocacy. The program is innovative in its approach to training for 100% virtually delivered care. Considering the COVID-19 pandemic and the rapid shift of clinical care delivery systems away from traditional brick-and-mortar settings, this virtual care model is critical for future training for behavioral health nurse practitioners.

Fellows Bio:

Faustina Bello-Ogunu, MSN, APRN

Faustina Bello-Ogunu, MSN, APRN is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Charleston Southern University and her Master of Science in Nursing from Case Western Reserve University. Ms. Bello-Ogunu is currently a Doctoral Candidate with a concentration in Behavioral Science in the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Her background in psychiatric nursing and disaster relief work lends itself to her research interests in disaster mental health, community resilience, social networks & ties, and social vulnerability. Ms. Bello-Ogunu’s current dissertation research focuses on the psychological impact of the current COVID-19 pandemic, and the potential role of past community trauma, social support, and resilient coping in mitigating poor mental health outcomes among vulnerable groups.

She is an active member of the American Psychiatric Nursing Association, Sigma Theta Tau, and the American Public Health Association.

Hannah Robidoux

Dr. Hannah Robidoux is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She received an undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of South Carolina before graduating with her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from the Medical University of South Carolina. As a registered nurse she worked in various settings while completing her doctorate as a nurse practitioner from the Medical University of South Carolina. Within the field of psychiatry Dr. Robidoux has a wide range of interests and enjoys working with a variety of psychiatric disorders including anxiety disorders, mood disorders and PTSD. Dr. Robidoux currently works at the Medical University of South Carolina in the Telepsychiatry Outpatient Residency Program. 

Program Leaders:

Simone Chinnis, DNP, MBA, FNP-C, AE-C (Program Contact) 
College of Nursing
Medical University of South Carolina

James T. McElligott, M.D., MSCR 
Executive Medical Director
MUSC Health Center for Telehealth
Medical University of South Carolina

Christopher Pelic M.D.
Professor of Psychiatry
Medical Director Telepsychiatry/Associate Dean for GME Outreach
Medical University of South Carolina

Angie R Powers DNP, CNP, PMHNP-BC 
College of Nursing 
Co-director, VA PMHNP Residency Program 
Medical University of South Carolina