- MSN as Clinical Nurse Specialist in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing (CNS Psych/Mental Health)
- PhD in Nursing
- Juris Doctorate of Law
- Certifications in Mediation & Arbitration
- Certification in Bioethical Mediation Pending
Areas of Research, Teaching, And Clinical Expertise and Scholarship
4 year HRSA Grant – "Providing Care to Wards of Texas Probate Courts" $750,000.
PhD Research Courses & DNP Law and Ethics Courses
Dr. O'Keefe is a tenured professor in the School of Nursing and has participated in nursing education for over 40 years. She has taught students at all levels in nursing: baccalaureate, master's and doctoral. She has also taught medical students as part of an interdisciplinary court visitor program and internationally in a biomedical mediation course with Shantou University in China. Her elective course on legal and ethical issues of leadership was so highly regarded by students that became a required course. She has been innovative in her approach to teaching. She quickly adapted her courses to an online format when the School of Nursing moved all graduate programs online. Her outstanding teaching has been previously recognized by being selected as a Distinguished Professor and recipient of the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award by the Academy of Master Teachers, a member of the Kenneth I. Shine Academy of Health Sciences Education, and a recipient of the University of Texas Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award. She has been described as an enthusiastic educator who is innovative, collaborative, and supportive of students and colleagues with a career devoted to education. Dr. O'Keefe was appointed to the position of Director of the PhD Program in Nursing in September of 2019.