Barbara Jonker

Assistant Professor of Nursing Instruction
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Barb joined Hope as an assistant professor of nursing in 2017. Her courses include Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing, Special Topics in Nursing and Family Health Nursing. Her research interests include acute stress responses in youth exposed to violence.

AREAS OF Expertise

Barb's area of expertise is mental health nursing. She is a certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner and has spent the majority of her career working in various roles in mental health nursing in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Her primary area of focus has been child and adolescent mental health, but she has worked with patients across the lifespan.


  • M.S., nursing, Yale University, 2002
  • B.S., nursing, Calvin College, 1998


  • "Acute Stress Disorder Symptoms in Gunshot Injured Youth," presented at the International Society for Psychiatric Mental Health Nurses Annual Convention, Washington, D.C., April 2002


  • "Acute Stress Disorder Symptoms in Gunshot-Injured Youth," with V. Hamrin and L. Scahill, Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing, 17, 2004
  • "Acute Stress Disorder in Children Related to Violence," with V. Hamrin, Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing, 16, 2003

 Outside the College

Barb enjoys biking, hiking, swimming and traveling with her family. She also loves spending time at Lake Michigan.

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Barbara Jonker

Phone Number616.395.7535

Schaap Science Center 1145 35 East 12th Street Holland, MI 49423
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