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Carol Rogers

Carol A. Rogers



  • Over 35 years of experience in health care, including extensive experience in clinical, leadership, management, and performance improvement areas
Dr. Carol Rogers began her career in intensive care nursing. She was a member of the United States Army Nurse Corps and served one year at the 24th Evacuation Hospital in Long Binh, South Vietnam. At the 24th Evacuation Hospital, she was a staff nurse in neurosurgical ICU and charge nurse in the emergency room. Dr. Rogers attained the rank of captain before being honorably discharged. Upon returning to Los Angeles as a civilian, she worked as an assistant head nurse in medical ICU at LA County General Hospital. She has held positions as a psychotherapist, nurse manager, and a clinical specialist in behavioral health.
Dr. Rogers previously managed behavioral health units in inpatient and outpatient settings as well as surgical ICU and step-down units. In this capacity, she was responsible for clinical and fiscal operations, quality improvement, strategic planning, and budgeting for interdisciplinary staff of inpatient and outpatient services. She also served as a facilitator for multidisciplinary quality improvement teams and projects including restraint reduction in non-psychiatric settings and an alcohol detoxification protocol.
Dr. Rogers's research and publications have focused on inpatient suicide risk treatment and women's mental health issues. She co-authored two articles describing one of the first studies examining one-to-one suicide observation from the perspective of suicidal inpatients. The findings from this study have been referenced in many articles examining this intervention in hospital settings. In addition, she co-authored the social support scale used in the ENRICHD multisite clinical trial examining the effect of treatment for depression and low social support on men and women recovering from a myocardial infarction.
Dr. Rogers served as an Associate Professor of Nursing at Rush University College of Nursing. In addition, Dr. Rogers served as a consultant to an inpatient behavioral health department in Chicago. Currently, she serves as an adjunct professor in the College of Nursing. 
Dr. Rogers has published articles in Psychiatric Perspectives, Journal of Psychosocial Nursing, Journal of Nursing Education, Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation, Research in Nursing and Health, Issues in Mental Health Nursing, and the American Journal of Nursing. (She has also published under the name Dr. Carol Rogers Pitula.)

Professional Experience

  • Advanced Practice Nurse in Adult Psychiatric and Mental Health

Professional Affiliations or Certifications

  • Certified Joint Commission Professional (CJCP®
  • Certified Clinical Nurse Specialist (PMHCNS-BC)
  • RPI® Certified Yellow Belt, The Joint Commission


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Sociology, The University of IL at Chicago, IL, USA
  • Master’s in Nursing, UCLA School of Nursing, Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • Bachelor of Science, Nursing, Mount St. Mary’s College, Los Angeles, CA, USA