About Jo A Irving
Professor Emeritus Irving was on faculty since 1965 until she retired in December 2011. She continues to teach part-time in the psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner Doctorate of Nursing Practice track of the college. Professor Irving was awarded a number of teaching awards during her tenure including two Teaching Improvement Awards, given at the university level. Additionally, Professor Irving was conferred an honorary alumni of the University of Florida in 2008.
Although not an active researcher, Professor Irving has special interests in Family Theory Family Therapy; women’s issues, adoption and chronically mentally ill individuals.
Professor Irving holds memberships in Sigma Theta Tau International; American Nurses Association and the Florida Nurses Association, American Association of Psychiatric Mental Health Nurses, and The International Society of Psychiatric Nurses . She serves on the Board of Meridian Behavioral Health, Gainesville, Florida as well as a board memeber to the Gainesville Opportunity Center, Gainesville, goclubhouse.org . Other service interest are faculty representative to the College of Nursing’s Alumni Association and a member of the Capital Campaign of the college/University of Florida. Professor Irving has a special interest in the heritage and history of the college of nursing and was instrumental in the development of the college’s history alcove, located on the third floor of the HPNP building.
Professor Irving is an APRN, CS in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing, with a specialty in family therapy. Her clinical practice is in individual and family psychotherapy with special interest in Bowen Family Theory. She maintains a part-time private practice.