Nicole Karcinski, DNP

Nicole Karcinski


Nicole Karcinski, DNP

Board Certified Family Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Nicole Karcinski joined UF’s Student Health Psychiatry in February 2009. She graduated from The University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2003, from The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) in 2007 with a Master of Science in Nursing, and from The University of Florida in 2016 with a Doctor of Nursing Practice. While studying at UF Nicole was recognized for her academic achievement and dedication to patient care as the recipient of the Catherine Bell Award for Excellence in Psychiatric Nursing.

Nicole’s entire career of 15+ years has been exclusively in psychiatry/mental health. Prior to joining Student Mental Health, she worked in a variety of agency settings including inpatient psychiatry at UF and UNC-CH; partial-hospitalization and intensive outpatient at UNC-CH; and private (outpatient) practice in Chapel Hill and Raleigh, NC. Nicole’s areas of special interest include eating disorders, gender and sexual minorities, sport/athletic mental health, and trauma.

In addition to medication management, Nicole enjoys conducting therapy and is trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.  Her style of therapeutic engagement is rooted in interpersonal, psychodynamic and humanistic theory, as well as in the concepts of strength, resiliency and self-acceptance.

Nicole is the psychiatric consultant for UF’s Behavioral Consultation Team.  This campus-wide multidisciplinary team reviews threats to the campus community and implements threat mitigation practices as needed.

In her non-work life Nicole enjoys spending time with her family and being outdoors. She is an avid runner and Orange Theory Fitness enthusiast. For her personal wellness she has a daily meditative practice and is starting to incorporate Yoga more regularly into her life.

Nicole’s favorite quote is by Anaïs Nin – “And the day came when the risk to remain tight as a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”