• Title:
    Assistant Professor of Nursing
  • Department:
    Nursing and Health Professions




Sheena McAroy received her Bachelor of Science degree in Forensic Chemistry from the University of Central Oklahoma. She then worked for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Oklahoma City for 5 years with a focus in toxicology. While employed at the Medical Examiner’s Office, Sheena also assisted in the recovery of the victims of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building bombing and worked on-site with law enforcement and federal agencies to identify the decedents. 

In the 1990s, Sheena relocated to New England and enrolled at Rivier, where she went on to earn her Associate of Science in Nursing degree. She continued her education at Rivier by earning her master’s degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner and Post Master Certification as a Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Over the course of her nursing career, Sheena has worked in home health, occupational health, corrections, and currently works in inpatient psychiatry. She has been teaching at Rivier as adjunct faculty since 2017 and joined the faculty full-time in January of 2022. Sheena has special interests in the interplay of medical and psychiatric conditions and finding ways to holistically treat patients diagnosed with severe and persistent mental illness.


  • MSN, Rivier University
  • B.S., University of Central Oklahoma
  • ASN, Rivier College


  • Family Medicine
  • Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Inpatient Psychiatry

Courses Taught

  • NSG516 Advanced Health Assessment 
  • NSG521 Psychiatric Nursing Practicum I 
  • NSG521 Psychiatric Nursing Seminar I 

Recent Publications and Proceedings

  1. Presentation: “Metabolic Syndrome Associated with Psychotropic Medications”. Presented April 2019 at Northern New England Nurse Practitioner Conference.