Martha Mooneyham M.S.N., R.N., P.H.N., L.A.D.C. is the Psychiatric/Mental Health course coordinator and professor of the School of Nursing at the University of Northwestern in Saint Paul, MN. She is also a bilingual float alcohol and drug counselor at Hazelden Betty Ford and bilingual Virtual Family Program counselor. Her passion about physical and emotional health compels her to share her knowledge with others as a nursing educator and as an addiction counselor. She combines her faith and life experience with her formal education and personal research weaving them together in a way that can be delivered and easily understood by the listener or reader.
Martha desires to train future nurses to be knowledgeable about mental illness, especially about addiction and recovery and co-occurring disorders, since the prevalence of these mental illnesses are so high in our society. Martha is equally passionate about helping not only people suffering with addiction disorders but their families and loved ones too. She believes it is her calling to help save lives, marriages and families who are devastated by this terrible disease by applying the spiritual principles of the 12 Step Recovery Program and evidenced based medical knowledge and education.
Martha was born in Nicaragua, the eldest of 6 siblings. She and her family emigrated to the Dominican Republic during the Somoza-Sandinista Communist revolution. In 1986 the family moved to Minnesota where she met her future husband, Noel. They have been married for 36 years and have two sons, a daughter-in-law and a granddaughter. Martha is passionate about life, learning and applying knowledge. She loves to study and teach, and hosting family and friends for gatherings.