Dr. Michael Olukotun DNP, APN is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. He previously worked at RWJ Barnabas in the Early Intervention Support Services (EISS) program which is a crisis intervention and diversion program and the Integrated Health Home Clinic, which utilizes an integrated healthcare model and a value-based system of care. At RWJ Barnabas, Dr. Olukotun also had the opportunity to participate in conducting Evidence-Based Practice and Quality Improvement projects and mentor APN students/graduates. Prior, he worked at the Philadelphia Department of Corrections caring for the inmate population in an inpatient/outpatient setting and part of the mobile crisis team. He likes to view every client’s personal experiences, needs, and symptoms as unique to them and use an individualized and holistic approach to develop a treatment regimen. He treats all of his clients with respect and compassion, while promoting healing and recovery. He is very conscious about the impact of stress on quality of life and encourages stress management and reduction. He enjoy spending his spare time with family and friends and watching and playing soccer as a hobby.
Major depressive disorder
Psychosis PTSD/Traumatic disorder
Education and Certification
Chatham University, Pittsburgh, PA
Degree: Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
Degree: Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), Advanced Practice Nurse (APN)
PMHNP – ANCC Certification
La Salle University, Philadelphia, PA
Degree: Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
Dr. Olukotun has always been interested in exploring the use of technology to improve patient outcomes. Over the course of his academic and professional career, he’s always viewed the mental health field as behind with technological advancement and integration, when compared to other fields in healthcare. While at RWJ Barnabas, he conducted and managed an evidenced-based project which involved utilizing mobile technology to improve medication adherence among patients with psychotic disorders. The project was successful in increasing medication adherence rates, reduced symptom remission and re-hospitalization rates. This was an exciting outcome for him and the organization. He’s also been excited about other new and evolving technologies being introduced into the mental health field including the use of telemedicine, self-care mobile apps, TMS, personalized treatment options with pharmacogenomics and use of long-acting Injectable medications.
Why are you passionate about providing mental healthcare?
Mental illness can be debilitating and negatively impact the lives of individuals. I believe individuals who suffer from mental illness can possibly have a more fulfilling life if they are given the proper care and support. For me, it is a rewarding experience to provide care that helps people heal from the burden of living with psychiatric symptoms to enjoying a better quality of life.