Faculty Profile

Julie M. Brandy, Ph.D., RN, FNP-BC

Assistant Professor



Dr. Brandy teaches in both the graduate and undergraduate programs. Dr. Brandy holds a Master's degree as a clinical nurse specialist in psychiatric nursing, and is certified as a family nurse practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Her clinical background includes experience in critical care, surgery, acute and residential psychiatric care, and family practice. She currently practices as a nursing practitioner in the hospice/palliative care program at the Visiting Nurses Association of Porter County. Dr. Brandy serves as the parish nurse coordinator for a local congregation, and is a member of the board of directors at Whispering Pines Healthcare Center. She is a member of several professional nursing organizations including Sigma Theta Tau, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, and American Psychiatric Nurses Association. Dr. Brandy served as a reviewer for the tenth edition of Principles and Practice of Psychiatric Nursing, and has been invited to serve as a peer reviewer for the Journal of American Psychiatric Association. Her work has been published in the Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services. Dr. Brandy was selected as a recipient of the prestigious Wheat Ridge Grant to support her qualitative study examining depression in first year college students. Her research interests include spirituality and mental health.


Ph.D. - Loyola University, Chicago 
MSN - Valparaiso University 
BSN - University of Evansville 


  • American Nurses Credentialing Center as Family Nurse Practitioner

Areas of Specialization

  • Clinical Nurse Specialist in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing
  • Family Nurse Practitioner

Research Interests

Spirituality and Mental Health

Current Research

Evaluation of the Health Habits of Thriving Individuals over the age of 85

Depression in First year College Students

Professional Affiliations

  • American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP)
  • American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA)
  • Midwest Nursing Research Society (MNRS)
  • Sigma Theta Tau