Dr. Melissa DeCapua, DNP, PMHNP
My name is Melissa DeCapua, and I am a design researcher at Microsoft. Those who know me best call me "Mav" (short for Maverick), which is one of those nicknames I'm happy has stuck.
I started my career as a psychiatric nurse practitioner (PMHNP), graduating from Vanderbilt University and completing a doctorate in nursing practice (DNP). My clinical background spanned inpatient child & adolescent psychiatry to psychosomatic medicine.
With the passage of the Affordable Care Act and the explosion in healthcare technology startups, I had the opportunity to begin consulting. Today I sit on the medical advisory board for Health Innovation Northwest, a Seattle-based non-profit. It was through these experiences I discovered the field of design research.
By day, I work at Microsoft as a design researcher on their Research & Intelligence team, analyzing human behavior and conducting user research (#dreamjob). By night, I continue advocating for nurse practitioner rights on both the state and national level through lobbying efforts and, of course, blogging.
"The very truths you are now contending for, will, in fifty years, be so completely embedded in public opinion that no one need say one word in their defense; whilst at the same time, new forms of truth will arise to test the faithfulness of the pioneer minds of that age
...and so on eternally.”