Rose Mary Xavier, Ph.D., PMHNP-BC Research Fellow and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Rose Mary Xavier is a postdoctoral research fellow in neuropsychiatry at the Perelman School of Medicine. As a nurse scientist, her research broadly focuses on the neurobiological mechanisms of psychosis and schizophrenia symptoms leveraging the tools of genomics and neuroscience.Dr Xavier is also a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with extensive clinical experience working with the severely mentally ill and chemically dependent adult population in a variety of psychiatric care settings including involuntary and voluntary treatment facilities, large community hospitals, state mental health systems and outpatient psychiatry clinics.



Other Titles: 
Research Post Doc – University of Pennsylvania


M.S. – Arizona State University – 2008 - Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
NIH/NINR Summer Genetics Institute Fellow - 2015
PhD – Duke University – 2017 – Nursing, with Doctoral Certificate in Cognitive Neuroscience

Selected Publications



1. Xavier, R. M., Dungan, J.R., Keefe,R., and Vorderstrasse,A., 2018. Polygenic signal for symptom dimensions and cognitive performance in patients with chronic schizophrenia, Schizophrenia Research: Cognition, Volume 12, June 2018, Pages 11-19, ISSN 2215-0013,

2. Xavier, R.M, Vorderstrasse, A., Keefe, R., & Dungan, J. (2017). Genetic correlates of insight in schizophrenia, Schizophrenia Research (2017).

3. Xavier, R. M., Pan, W., Dungan, J. R., Keefe, R. S., & Vorderstrasse, A. (2017) Unraveling interrelationships among psychopathology symptoms, cognitive domains and insight dimensions in chronic schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Research.

4. Xavier, R. M., & Vorderstrasse, A. (2017). Genetic Basis of Positive and Negative Symptom Domains in Schizophrenia. Biological Research for Nursing, 19(5), 559-575. doi:10.1177/1099800417715907).

5. Xavier, R. M., & Vorderstrasse, A. (2016). Neurobiological Basis of Insight in Schizophrenia: A Systematic Review. Nursing Research, 65(3), 224-237. doi: 10.1097/NNR.0000000000000159