Irene attended Douglass College and graduated with a BA in Fine Arts. Irene worked for many years in advertising account management before returning to school in New Jersey to pursue a nursing degree. Irene completed her Associates Degree in Nursing at Mercer County Community College, and her Masters of Science in Nursing at MCP Hahnemann University in Philadelphia. Since then she has treated adults and adolescents in community mental health clinics and hospitals. Irene is a part time Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner embedded in two of FPCN’s health centers. Additionally, she is a co-investigator at the University of Pennsylvania’s Depression Research Unit studying allopathic and complementary/alternative medicine (CAM) treatments for depression, anxiety and bipolar illness. Irene is certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center to treat mental illness.