Staff and faculty

Linda Fitzsimons, MS, RNC

  • Nursing Coordinator for the ECT Service, New York State Psychiatric Institute since 1990
  • Certified Clinical Rater
    • The Adult & Late Life Depression Center (1990-present)
    • The Brain Stimulation and Neuromodulation Center (1996-present)
  • ANA, Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse
  • Registered Nurse, Columbia Presbyterian School of Nursing
  • Master of Science Degree, Community Health Administration and Wellness Promotion
  • Trained and Certified in Group Psychotherapy at The Eastern Group Psychotherapy Institute
  • Nursing Research Coordinator for inpatient protocol funded by The National Institute of Mental Health, to study the efficacy and cognitive effects of ECT.
  • Collaborated on many Pharmacologic trials focusing on the treatment of Major Depression, Dysthymia and related Affective Disorders
  • Collaborated on many clinical trials in the Department of Brain Stimulation including; Rapid rate magnetic stimulation (rTMS), Optimization of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS), Deep Brain Stimulation, (DBS) and other innovative biological treatments for depression
  • Psychiatric nursing preceptor for college nursing students' rotation in Brain Stimulation.
  • Nursing Faculty for ECT Fellowship in Psychiatry.
  • New York State Psychiatric Institute, Nursing Leadership Member.


  • Fitzsimons, L., Ramos, F.: Electroconvulsive Therapy. In: Suzanne Lego (2nd, ed.) Psychiatric Nursing: A Comprehensive Reference. New York, Lippincott-Raven Pub
  • Fitzsimons, Meyer. Health care reform and ECT; soaring beyond the cuckoo's nest. J of Psychosocial Nursing And Mental Health Services
  • Fitzsimons, L. Electroconvulsive Therapy: what nurses need to know. J of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services
  • Coauthored fifteen publications in professional psychiatric and neuropsychiatry journals

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