Faculty Profile for Dr. Amber Denee Littlefield

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Dr. Amber Denee Littlefield
Clinical Associate Professor — St. David's School of Nursing
SON 334
phone: (512) 716-2900

Biography Section

Biography and Education

I grew up in Houston, TX. My first degree is BS in psychology from the University of Houston. I later received a Masters in Education from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and taught Kindergarten and first grade. I decided to change my career path and returned to the University of Louisiana at Lafayette to earn a BSRN through an accelerated program and then an MSN in the adult nurse practitioner program. I immediately enrolled at the University of Massachusetts at Boston to earn a post master's certificate as a family nurse practitioner. Upon completion of this degree I practiced as an FNP in the emergency department for 11 years. During this time I completed a DNP from Frontier Nursing University. Upon completing my DNP I was offered a faculty position and accepted. I worked in both the FNP and PMHNP programs at Frontier. In the FNP program I was course coordinator in a didactic course. In the PMHNP program I was Regional Clinical Faculty. I remained faculty at Frontier Nursing University for 8 years. In 2019 I completed a post masters certificate in Frontier's PMHNP program. I joined an established PMHNP outpatient clinic as a parter/owner. In 2023 I left Frontier Nursing University to join Texas State University as a Clinical Associate Professor in the PMHNP program and to cross teach in the FNP program.

Teaching Interests

I prefer to teach PMHNP student because that is what I practice and therefore I am more knowledgable about the current literature and standard of care in this field. While I enjoy teaching clinical students, didactic courses are my primary interest as that is where the majority of my teaching experience is derived from.

Research Interests

My research and scholarly interests revolve around mental health issues. My main focus is in diagnosis and treatment of major depression disorder, adult attention/hyperactivity disorder and bipolar disorder.

Selected Scholarly/Creative Work

  • Hunt, Keefe, Whitehead, & Littlefield, A. D. (2020). Understanding cannabis. The Journal for Nurse Practitioners (JNP), 16(9), 645–649. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nurpra.2020.07.007
  • Littlefield, A. D., Hunt, & Keefe. (2019). Teen dating violence: Not child’s play. Women’s Healthcare: A Clinical Journal for NP’s, 7(4), 22–30.
  • Hurst, Lenahan, & Littlefield, A. D. (2019). Recognition and management of secondary postpartum hemorrhage. Women’s Healthcare: A Clinical Journal for NPs, 7(3), 40–43.
  • Littlefield, A. D., & Lenahan. (2019). Cholelithiasis: presentation and management. Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health, 64(3), 289–297. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1111/jmwh.12959
  • Littlefield, A. D. (2019). Increasing cognitive thinking skills with Edpuzzle. Nurse Educator, 44(2), 78. https://doi.org/10.1097/NNE.0000000000000555

Selected Awards

  • Award / Honor Recipient: Student Choice Award for Teaching Excellence at Frontier Nursing University 2016., Frontier Nursing University. 2016

Selected Service Activities

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Admission/Progression/Graduation
2023-Present
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Faculty Assembly
2023-Present
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Simulation/IPE
2023-Present
Clinician
Amber Littlefield NP, LLC
2011-Present
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SON Strategic Plan Goal #4
August 2023-2024