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Geoffry Phillips McEnany

Geoffrey Phillips McEnany
Geoffry Phillips-McEnanyProfessor Emeritus
  • College
    Zuckerberg College of Health Sciences
  • Department
    Susan and Alan Solomont School of Nursing
  • Phone
    (978) 934-4409
  • Email

Research Interests

Dr. McEnanyÍs interests include sleep and its relationship to psychiatric illness. He has a strong interest in psychobiology and psychopharmacology and has been teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels in these areas for many years. He maintains a small private practice in Boston. His current research is exploring the impact of gabapentin on sleep and hot flash regulation in midlife women. Dr. McEnany is the author/co-author of over 60 publications. He serves on the editorial boards for The Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association and is an associate editor for Issues in Mental Health Nursing.


  • Ph D: Nursing with a focus on sleep and chronobiology, (1994), University of California San Francisco - San Francisco, CA
  • MS: Nursing with a focus on adult psychiatric, (1984), University of California San Francisco - San Francisco, CA
  • BS: Nursing, (1981), University of San Francisco - San Francisco, CA
  • Other: Nursing, (1979), Massachusetts General Hospital School of Nursing - MA

Selected Awards and Honors

  • American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year: Sleep Disorders and Sleep Promotion in Nursing Practice (2012), Scholarship/Research - American Journal of Nursing
  • The Grayce Sills Distinguished Service Award (2008), Service, Professional - The American Psychiatric Nurses Association
  • Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching (2007), Teaching - Department of Nursing, University of Massachusetts, Lowell
  • Diamond Award for Excellence in Practice and Service. (2002), Service, Professional - Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates. Boston, Massachusetts
  • Neuroscience Vision Award. (2000), Leadership - Bristol Myers Squibb Company, Plainsboro, New Jersey.
  • National Research Service Award (1997), Scholarship/Research - Agency for Health Care Policy & Research/National Institutes for Health
  • Award for Excellence in Research. (1995), Scholarship/Research - American Psychiatric Nurses Association.
  • Pfizer Pharmaceuticals Scholar (1995), Scholarship/Research - American Nurses Foundation
  • National Research Service Award (1994), Scholarship/Research - National Institute of Nursing
  • Sigma Theta Tau Research Award (1994), Scholarship/Research - Alpha Eta Chapter, University of California, San Francisco
  • Excellence in Nursing Practice Award. (1992), Service, Professional - San Francisco General Hospital
  • National Research Service Award (1991), Scholarship/Research - National Center for Nursing Research.
  • National Research Service Award (1991) - National Institute of Nursing Research
  • Outstanding Master of Science Award (1984), Leadership - University of California San Francisco
  • Clarissa Peters Allen Award for Academic Excellence. (1979), Scholarship/Research - Massachusetts General Hospital School of Nursing
  • Faculty Award for Excellence (1979), Teaching - Massachusetts General Hospital School of Nursing

Selected Presentations

  • Sleep and medical comorbidities among Brazilian immigrants in Lowell and Framingham, MA: A pilot study. - 26th annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies, 2012 - Boston, MA
  • Cardiovascular correlates of sleep dysregulation., 2012 - Newton, MA
  • Sleep dysregulation/deprivation and medical comorbidity., 2012 - Atlanta, Georgia
  • Understanding sleep patterns in the Brazilian community in Lowell, MA: Perspectives from community health workers and healthcare consumers. - 25th annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies, 2011 - Minneapolis, MN
  • Sleep and its relationship to pain and depression., 2011 - Reston, Virginia
  • Public Health Implications of Sleep Disruption., January 2010 - Lowell, MA
  • Are the Patients Sleeping? If Not, Why Not? - 15th Annual Conference for Gerontological Nurses, 2009 - Kennebunkport, ME
  • Overview of Sleep Assessment in Adults. - 23rd Annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, 2009 - Charleston, SC
  • Who is a Candidate for Behavioral Sleep Medicine for Insomnia? - 23rd Annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, 2009 - Charleston, SC
  • Nursing Strategies to Address Sleep Dysregulation in Psychiatric Disease., 2009 - Greenville, South Carolina
  • Day long preconference session –Behavioral Sleep Medicine" - 22nd annual conference, 2008
  • Advances in pharmacologic interventions in sleep dysregulation., 2008 - Reston, VA
  • Sleep and insomnia: Issues abound for nursing practice, education and research., 2008 - McLean Hospital, Belmont, MA
  • Sleep dysregulation and psychiatric disease., 2008 - White Plains, NY
  • Sleep & chronobiology for psychiatric nurses. - 21st annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, 2007 - Kissimmee, Florida
  • Writing for publication. - 21st annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, 2007 - Kissimmee, Florida
  • Sleep & chronobiology for psychiatric nurses: An international online learning opportunity for nurses. - 39th Biennial convention, 2007 - Baltimore, MD
  • Sleep & psychiatric nursing: Nursing at the Interface. - 3rd annual meeting of the Eastern Massachusetts Nursing Collaborative., 2007 - Braintree, MA
  • No time to slumber: Sleep & womenês health for the nurse practitioner. - Nurse Practitioners in Womenês Health Annual Conference., 2007 - Philadelphia, PA
  • Pharmacologic management of sleep dysregulation in psychiatric disease. - Cambridge Health Alliance, Department of Psychiatry, January 2007
  • Re-evaluating psychopharmacologic approaches to sleep dysregulation in psychiatric disease. - 12th annual Midwest Regional Psychopharmacology Conference, 2006 - Chicago, Illinois
  • Medical and psychiatric comorbidities in bipolar spectrum disorders: focus on sleep. - American Psychiatric Nurses Association 20th Annual Meeting, 2006 - Long Beach, CA
  • Challenges in sleep evaluation for psychiatric trainees: Some pragmatic/theoretical approaches. - Massachusetts Department of Mental Health, Shattuck Hospital, September 2006
  • Clinical strategies in dealing with depression and sleep disturbance in the psychiatric patient. - 12th Annual meeting of the New England chapter of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, 2005 - Stow, Vermont
  • Assessment and intervention in sleep dysregulation in psychiatric illness. - American Psychiatric Nurses Association 19th Annual Meeting, 2005 - Nashville, TN
  • Sleep & psychiatric illness: Nursing strategies at the interface., 2005 - Cambridge, MA
  • Evaluation of & Intervention in Adverse Effects of Thymoleptics: Focus on Antidepressants and Sleep. - 18th Annual Meeting of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association., 2004 - Phoenix, Arizona
  • Disturbances in Sleep & Wakefulness Across Psychiatric Illnesses," –Update on Bipolar Disorder: Advances in Understanding and Long Term Management," –Recent Advances in the Psychopharmacology of Schizophrenia: Focus on partial agonists." - Psychopharmacology for Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses, 2004 - Philadelphia, PA
  • "Sleep in the care of psychiatric patients: A Nursing perspective," –New knowledge, new drugs: Pharmacologic advances in the treatment of psychosis," –New knowledge, new drugs (Part 2): Pharmacologic advances in the treatment of dysregulated sleep and wakefulness." - University of Southern California Psychiatric Nursing Conference, 2004 - Las Vegas, NV
  • –Applications of Light Therapy in Depression,Dementia, Shift Workers and More," –Sleepiness, Insomnia & Fatigue: Potential Etiologies & Interventions.", 2004 - San Diego, California
  • Research to Reality: Improving Outcomes for Patients with Psychotic Disorders. - 17th Annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association., 2003 - Atlanta, GA
  • Evaluation & Intervention in Sleep Disturbance in Psychiatric Practice," –Sleepiness, Insomnia & Fatigue: Potential Etiologies and Interventions.", 2003 - Orlando, FL
  • Novel Approaches to the Treatment of Psychosis. - International Society of Psychiatric Nurses Annual Meeting, 2003 - Charleston, SC
  • Treatment of Drug Induced Sleepiness and Insomnia., 2003 - Cambridge, MA
  • Gabapentin and its Relationship to Sleep and Hot Flash Regulation in Perimenopausal Women., 2002 - Wellesley, MA
  • The Impact of Sleep Disturbance on the Course of Psychiatric Illness in Women," –Herbal Psychotropics: Implications for Clinicians.", 2002 - Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Dysregulated systems: Psychoimmunology and individual response to psychotropic medications. - 2nd Annual Summer Institute on Psychopharmacotherapeutics in Advanced Practice Nursing, 2001 - Minneapolis, MN
  • Issues affecting antidepressant efficacy: Adherence, gender and sleep. - Central NY District Regional Meeting, 2001 - New York, NY
  • Sleep & Gender: Issues for the Clinician. - Menopause 2001: More Clinical Challenges, 2001 - Cambridge, MA
  • Sleep & Its Relationship to Psychiatric Disorders: A Clinical Perspective., 2001 - Providence, Rhode Island.
  • Circadian Dysregulation & Sleep in Psychiatric Illness. - New England Chapter, American Psychiatry Nurses Association, 7th Annual Conference, 2000 - Andover, MA
  • Sleep Dysregulation in Women Across Psychiatric Disorders: A critical review. - Tulane University Medical Center Psychiatric Conference, 2000 - New Orleans, LA
  • Depression, Sleep and Womenês Health Variables. - Western Institute of Nursing Research Annual Meeting, 1999 - San Diego, California
  • Advances in the Treatment of Depressive Disorders. - American Psychiatric Nurses Association 11th Annual meeting, 1998 - Orlando, Florida
  • Update in the Treatment of Mood Disorders: Focus on Sleep. - California Chapter of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, 1998 - Sacramento, CA
  • Insomnia; Issues in Efficacy, Economics and Education in the Treatment of Depression. - Annual Meeting of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, 1997 - New Orleans, LA
  • Psychopharmacology for Nurses; Dealing with Clinical Challenges in Practice - Dementia, Delirium and Associated Clinical Violence. - Annual Meeting of the Dayton Area Nursing Education Consortium, 1997 - Dayton, Ohio
  • Update on Sleep Psychopharmacology. - California Chapter of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, 1997 - Los Angeles, CA
  • Effects of phototherapy in women with depression., 1997 - San Francisco, CA
  • Post trauma psychiatric syndromes: Focus on Sleep. - Trauma Education Consortium of Northern California, 1997
  • Emotional sequelae of trauma. - Trauma Nursing Conference, 1997 - San Francisco, CA
  • Sleep disturbance in the major mental disorders. - American Psychiatric Nurses Association, New England Chapter, 1996 - Portland, Maine
  • Mood & fatigue in women with major depression. - Council of Nurse Researchers of the American Nurses Association, 1996 - Washington, DC
  • Phototherapy for Major Depression in Women. - Agency for Health Care Policy & Research NRSA Trainees Research Conference, 1995 - Chicago, Illinois
  • A Meta Analysis of Phototherapy in the Treatment of Nonseasonal Depression. - Association of Professional Sleep Societies Annual Meeting, 1995 - Nashville, Tennessee
  • Depression Screening in Primary Care. - California Coalition of Nurse Practitioners, 1995 - San Francisco, California
  • Advanced psychopharmacology workshop. - International Society of Psychiatric Consultation and Liaison Nurses, 1995 - San Diego, California
  • Sleep & Biological Rhythm Disturbances in Depression. - New England Chapter of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, 1995 - Worcester, MA
  • Sleep Pattern Disturbance across Psychiatric Illness. - Society of Educators & Researchers in Psychiatric Nursing, 1995 - Arlington, Virginia
  • Late Partial Sleep Deprivation as a Depression Intervention Strategy. - 2nd International Conference on Symptom Management, 1994 - San Francisco, California
  • Outcome Indicator Research in Care Delivery. - Regional Conference Society of Educators/Researchers in Psychiatric Nursing, 1994 - San Francisco, CA
  • Conceptual differentiation of depression, sleepiness and fatigue. - ANA Council of Nurse Researchers Scientific Sessions, 1993 - Washington, DC
  • Circadian & sleep variables in depression. - Refining Psychiatric Nursing: Agenda for the 90ês, 1993 - San Francisco, CA
  • Management of Delirium in the ICU. - American Association of Critical Care Nurses, 1992 - Saint Louis, MO
  • Management of Psychotic Behavior in the ICU. - American Association of Critical Care Nurses Regional Conference, 1992 - Corpus Christi, Texas
  • Sleep Disturbances in Depression. - Psychiatric Nursing Network of SE Florida, 1992 - Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Biologic Rhythm & Sleep Disturbance in Depression, Psychobiologic Curriculum in Graduate PMH Programs. - Society for Education & Research in Psych/MH Nursing, 1992 - Washington, DC
  • Clinical Assessment of Biological Rhythm and Sleep Disturbances. - Visiting Nurses Association of Northern California, 1992 - Emeryville, CA
  • Management of Behavioral Problems in the ICU: Delirium, Anxiety and Agitation. - Michigan Critical Care Nurses Association, 1991 - Ann Arbor, MI
  • Psychobiology of Mood and Corresponding Disorders. - Nursing Practice Forum-Mood Disorders, 1991 - San Francisco, CA
  • Psychobiology in Nursing Curriculum. - Society for Educators & Researchers in Psychiatric Nursing Conference, 1991 - San Francisco, California
  • Psychobiologic Concepts in Psychiatric Nursing Practice. - Nursing in the 1990's: Changes in Clinical Practice, 1990 - Emeryville, CA
  • Psychobiology and the Future of Psychiatric Nursing. - Trends 1990: Conference, 1990 - San Diego, CA
  • Psychobiological Indices of Bipolar Mood Disorder: Future Trends in Nursing Care. - Biological Psychiatry and the Future of Psychiatric Nursing, 1989 - Bethesda, MD
  • Curriculum development to meet current public health challenges. - AIDS: New Challenges in Nursing Education, 1988 - San Francisco, CA
  • Scope of Psychiatric Nursing Practice. - California Council on Psychiatry, Psychology, Social Work and Nursing, 1988 - San Francisco, CA
  • Psychobiologic Aspects of OCD. - National Psychiatric Nursing Conference, 1988 - San Francisco, CA
  • Care of the Psychiatric Patient with AIDS/ARC. - International Conference on AIDS, 1986 - San Francisco, CA
  • Neuro Assessment of Psychiatric Patients., 1986 - San Francisco, California
  • Trends in Nursing Research. - Uniformed Nurse Practitioner Association, Annual Symposium, 1985 - San Francisco, California
  • Psychobiology and Psychiatric Nursing., 1983 - San Francisco, CA

Selected Contracts, Fellowships, Grants and Sponsored Research

  • Assessing sleep dysregulation and associated medical comorbidity in Brazilian immigrants in Lowell (2011), Grant - Gaston Institute, University of Massachusetts Boston
  • Sleep & Medical Comorbidity in Immigrant communities in Lowell: Focus groups with Brazilian immigrants and lay healthcare providers (Promotoras) (2009), Grant - University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • Sleep & chronobiology for psychiatric nurses: A program of clinically-focused education. (2007), Grant - Private funding
    Phillips-McEnany, G. (Principal)
  • Effects of gabapentin on sleep and hot flash regulation in midlife women. (2004), Grant - Pfizer
    Phillips-McEnany, G. (Co-Investigator)
  • Effects of late partial sleep deprivation on major depression in premenopausal women (1994), Grant - NRSA
  • Sleep Dysregulation in Cambodian Immigrants: Risk Assessment for Co-morbid Disease. (), Grant - National Institutes of Health
    Phillips-McEnany, G. (Principal)
  • Sleep & Chronobiology for Psychiatric Nurses: A Program of Clinically Focused Edu (2007), Grant -
    Phillips-McEnany, G. (Principal)