Dr. Brenda Hamel-Bissell is a clinical specialist in psychiatric-mental health nursing who focuses on psychotherapy modes of care. She has additional treatment abilities in Reiki, meditation/relaxation, aromatherapy, magnified healing, and hypnotherapy. She has created and taught undergraduate and graduate nursing courses in nursing research, psychiatric nursing theory and practice, family theory, advanced qualitative nursing research methods, and issues in women's health.

Associations and Affiliations

  • Tri-county foster grandparent
  • Retired Senior Volunteers Programs Advisory Council Member and Evaluation Committee Member
  • College of Nursing & Health Sciences Professional Standards Committee
  • Dartmouth-Hitchcock Assembly of Overseers
  • Vermont State Nurses' Psychiatric Interest Group for Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses
  • University faculty ombudsperson
  • Curricular Affairs, Grievance, and Professional Standards Committees


Brenda Hamel-Bissell, Ed.D., RN

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Mental health, psychiatric illness, substance use assessment and treatment


  • Ed.D., Humanistic Education & Behavioral Studies; Boston University
  • M.S., Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing; Boston University


  • (802) 656-3399
Office Location:

224 Rowell Building