Cameron Duncan, Ph.D., DNP, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP-BC, CNE

Interim Dean; Associate Professor
Cameron Duncan


Cameron Duncan, Ph.D., DNP, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP-BC, CNE

Dr. Cameron Duncan currently serves as the Interim Dean of the Orvis School of Nursing. He has been teaching at Orvis since 2017, serving as the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program Director. He also serves as vice president of the Nevada Advanced Practice Nurses Association.

Cameron was born and raised in Reno, Nevada and was the first in his family to complete a college degree. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) at the University of Nevada, Reno in 2010. He then went on to earn his first Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), specializing in Organizational Leadership in Healthcare Organizations (2012) at Grand Canyon University. In 2014, he completed his second MSN to become a Family Nurse Practitioner and his Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree both at the University of Arizona. He went on to specialize in mental health by completing a post-master’s certificate (2015), becoming a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, also at the University of Arizona. Cameron was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (Ph.D.) in 2022 at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Dr. Duncan has a wide variety of experience working in nursing and education. He began his nursing career working as a certified nursing assistant in a long-term care facility while going to school. After he was accepted into nursing school at Orvis, he was offered an internship opportunity at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Reno as a student nurse. Upon graduation, he continued working at the VA as a medical-surgical nurse. After a few years, he began teaching at Carrington College and later at the University of Arizona as nursing faculty. In 2013 he moved to Palm Springs, California and began working in an underserved community health clinic as a nurse practitioner. In 2016, he moved back to Reno to open an independent, nurse-managed mental health and primary care clinic. In 2017, Cameron joined the Orvis faculty as assistant professor and soon was asked to lead the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program as Director. Dr. Duncan will serve as Interim Dean of the Orvis School of Nursing and continue to serve as the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program Director.

Cameron’s research interests reflect his professional and educational successes. His passion is to provide comprehensive healthcare to individuals across the lifespan using a holistic approach, treating high physical and mental health ailments together. He also is interested in the integration of mental health into primary care settings, advocacy for the nursing profession, healthcare policy, and substance abuse. His most recent study focused on identifying a potential treatment, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, for those suffering from opioid use disorder, a prevalent disorder here in Nevada. In addition, he has had multiple manuscripts published in peer-reviewed journals, some of which he authored with his students.


Yimmee, S. & Duncan, C. (In press, Dec. 2023). Using story theory as a systematic approach for therapeutic communication. The Nurse Practitioner. 

Duncan, C., & Pitlock, C. (2022). Recognizing childbirth-related post-traumatic stress disorder. The Nurse Practitioner, 47(9), 10-12.

Duncan, C. (2022). Caring for patients who are transgender. In Dunphy, Winland-Brown, Porter & Thomas. (Eds.), Primary Care: The art and science of advanced practice nursing- An interprofessional approach. F.A. Davis.

Duncan, C. (2021). Diagnosis: Diverticular disease. In Crowley-Koschnitzki, C., Wallace, C. Kay, K. & Letz, K. (Eds.), 3 P’s: Pathophysiology, Pharmacology, & Physical Assessment (pp. 221-224). ACNPF.  

Duncan, C., Shipman, B., Salvacion, C., Jenkins, V., & Richards, S. (2021). Transcranial magnetic stimulation and depression. The Nurse Practitioner, 46(2), 13-15. 

Duncan, C., Butler, K., & Loa, L. (2021). Cannabis use disorder: Implications and best practices. The Nurse Practitioner, 46(3), 12-15.

Duncan, C., Serafica, R., Williams, D., Kuron, M., & Rogne, A. (2020). Telepsychiatry during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Nurse Practitioner, 45(12), 6-9.

Duncan, C., Mellum, N., Cuneo, C., Anukam, D., & Anderson-Monroe, C. (2020). Understanding histrionic personality disorder: A guide for APRNs. International Journal of Nursing and Healthcare Research, 3, 1983.

Sheppard, K. G., & Duncan, C. G. (2020). Relative value units in health care: Friend, foe, or necessary evil?. Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners32(9), 626-629.

Duncan, C. G. (2019). Nicotine dependence: Identification and recommendations. International Journal of Nursing and Healthcare Research, 2(8), 1113.

Duncan, C. G. & Sheppard K. G. (2019). Implications and recommendations for addressing insomnia disorder. The Nurse Practitioner, 44(1), 19-25.

Sheppard, K. G. & Duncan, C. G. (2018). Borderline personality disorder: Implications and best practice recommendations. The Nurse Practitioner, 43(6), 14-17.

Duncan, C. G. & Sheppard, K. G. (2015). The full practice authority initiative: Lessons learned from Nevada. The Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 6(11), 610-617. doi:10.1016/j.nurpra.2015.01.020

Duncan, C. G. & Sheppard, K. G. (2015). Barriers to nurse practitioner full practice authority: State of the science. International Journal of Nursing Student Scholarship, (2), 1-12 (Article #8). 

Podium Presentation 

2nd Annual Northern Nevada Nursing Summit, Organizer, Moderator & Presenter; October 2023 

Nevada Advanced Practice Nurses Associate Annual North Fall CEU Event, Organizer, Moderator, and Presenter on Using Mental Health Assessments in Primary Care Settings; September 2023 

Northern Nevada Nursing Summit Moderator and Presenter;July 2022 

Addressing Suicide in Nevada: Mae Orvis Symposium Podium Presentation, UNR, April 2019 

I Can’t Sleep: Implications and Recommendations for Addressing Insomnia Disorder- Mae Orvis Symposium Podium Presentation, UNR, April 2019 

Identifying and Treating Major Depressive Disorder: New Therapies- March 2018, NAPNA 

Poster Presentations 

Insomnia Disorder: Evidenced-based assessment and treatment Sigma Nu Iota Chapter 30th Anniversary Celebration and CEU Event, 2022

Addressing Opioid Use Disorder using Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation: Psych Congress Elevate Conference Poster Presentation, June 2021 

Evaluating Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation to Reduce Opioid Cravings in Opioid Use Disorder: Western Institute of Nursing, 2021 

Full Practice Authority Initiative: Lessons Learned from Nevada: Western Institute of Nursing, 2015 

The Path to Autonomous Practice: Identifying Legislative Barriers: Western Institute of Nursing, 2014 

Poster Presentation- Accepted, pending presentation

Implementing Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation to increase revenue in a nurse practitioner-owned mental health clinic: National Conference for Nurse Practitioners.



Nevada Nurse Expansion, Nevada Legislature though the Nevada Systems of Higher Education: 2023
Purpose: To expand undergraduate and graduate nursing programs within the NSHE system.
Amount: $20 million to NSHE, $3,829,161.75 to Orvis School of Nursing 

Coronavirus State Recovery Funds, Division of Health and Human Services, Department of Child, and Family Services Grant: 2023
Purpose: Develop and enhance the nursing workforce to address unprecedented medical workforce shortages by providing scholarships to eligible Nevada Registered Nurses to enter a nationally accredited APRN program. 
Amount: $3 million 


  • A.S. General Science, Truckee Meadows Community College
  • B.S.N., Nursing, University of Nevada, Reno
  • M.S.N., Nursing Leadership in Healthcare Organizations, Grand Canyon University
  • M.S.N., Family Nurse Practitioner, University of Arizona
  • Post-Masters Certificate, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, University of Arizona
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), University of Arizona
  • Ph.D, Nursing, University of Nevada, Las Vegas