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Brandon Thatcher

Assistant Teaching Professor

532 KMBL
Provo, UT 84602


I earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2009 followed by a Master of Science in Nursing in 2013 from the University of Utah. Before becoming a Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) I worked for five years as the charge nurse for both the child and adolescent inpatient units at the University Neuropsychiatric Institute in Salt Lake City. As a PMHNP I have worked in various settings including a psychiatric crisis center, several substance use disorder treatment centers, an eating disorder treatment center, therapeutic boarding schools, and at the BYU Student Health Center. I have worked with BYU as an adjunct faculty from 2014-2019 when I was hired full time at BYU.

My wife Danina and I have three children. I enjoy family time most of all, playing guitar, wrestling kids (my own), watercolor painting, and spending time outdoors.

Research Interests

Substance Use Disorders
Well-Being (personal, community, systems)
Positive Psychology
Effective Nursing Practice

Teaching Interests

Mental Health
Public Health
Substance Use Disorders
History of Nursing
Distress Management
Positive Psychology
Pediatric Nursing


  • MSN, Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing , University of Utah (2013)
  • BS, Nursing , University of Utah (2009)
  • BA, Spanish , Utah State University (2008)

Licenses and Certifications

  • AANP, Buprenorphine Training Certificate (2018 - Present)
  • Utah DOPL, A.P.R.N. Controlled Substance (2014 - 2024)
  • Utah DOPL, Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (2014 - 2024)

Honors and Awards

  • Assistant Professor, Brigham Young University (2019 - Present)


  • International Family Nurse Association (2022 - Present)
  • American Psychiatric Nurses Association (2012 - Present)
  • American Nurses Association (2009 - Present)
  • Utah Nurses Association (2009 - Present)

Professional Citizenship

  • Other, American Psychiatric Nurses Association Utah Chapter (2021 - Present)
  • Member, American Nurses Association (2009 - Present)
  • Officer (specify in Other), American Psychiatric Nurses Association (2020 - 2021)
  • Other, American Psychiatric Nurses Association Utah Chapter (2019 - 2020)

Courses Taught


Megan Austin Emily Kay Vaterlaus Patten Brandon Thatcher Susan Fullmer Leslie Willden W Miles Brandon Thatcher Michael Thomas Blaine Winters Barbara Anne Heise Arwen York Brandon Thatcher


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