Name: Eric Pauli, DNP, PMHNP-BC
USU Department of Primary Appointment:
PMHNP Director of Clinical Education
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD
Treatment of Substance Use Disorders
Bipolar and related disorders
A native of Hammond, Louisiana, CDR Pauli received his Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Southeastern Louisiana University and was commissioned as an Ensign in 2000. After attending Officer Indoctrination School, he accepted his first assignment to Naval Medical Center San Diego where he worked as a medical-surgical staff nurse and charge nurse on the inpatient mental health unit. In 2003, his journey continued as he was stationed at Naval Hospital Yokosuka, Japan. During his time in Japan, he worked as charge nurse on the inpatient multi-service unit and later served as the clinic manager of the outpatient internal medicine clinic. While in Japan, he also completed a brief tour on the USS Kitty Hawk. In 2006, he was accepted to the Navy’s Duty Under Instruction program and was allowed to attend the University of Washington (UW). In 2008, he was awarded a Master of Nursing degree from UW and became certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Following this accomplishment, CDR Pauli was assigned to Naval Medical Center Portsmouth in Virginia where he served as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. In 2009, he deployed to Afghanistan where he served as a PMHNP and Director of the Mental Health Clinic at the Bagram Theater Internment Facility and the Detention Facility in Parawan. Upon his return to Portsmouth in 2010, he was selected to serve as the Department Head of the Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Program in Norfolk, VA and Portsmouth, VA. In 2012, CDR Pauli was hand-selected by the Chief of Staff for Navy Medicine East to serve as the Special Assistant for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury for Admiral Elaine Wagner. In December of 2013, he moved to his current command at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. In May 2017, CDR Pauli received his Doctor of Nursing Practice degree in the Nurse Executive Program from Old Dominion University.
CDR Pauli’s clinical practice interest is the treatment of substance use disorders (SUDs) and bipolar and related disorders. His research interests include the efficacy of complementary and alternative treatments for mental disorders and the treatment and prevention of SUDs.
His military decorations and awards include the Joint Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (2 awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2 awards), Afghanistan Campaign Medal, NATO Medal, and other unit and service awards.