Anka Roberto: DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BS, MPH Assistant Professor

Anka RobertoDr. Anka Roberto received her DNP in 2016 from Fairfield University as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner after her many years working with children and families in acute care and community health environments in New York. Roberto received her BSN from Fairfield University in 1999 and a dual masters’ degree receiving her MSN/MPH in 2005 from Hunter College in NYC.

As a pediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit nurse, Roberto recognized the need of clinicians to understand post traumatic stress disorder of the patients and families they serve. As part of her studies as a PMHNP she became fully trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), a level A trauma treatment and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to allow for her desire to care for clients struggling with symptoms of PTSD. Roberto’s desire to work with children has influenced her work with children in her practice as she takes a holistic approach in caring for traumatized children and their families. She specializes in sand tray therapy in combination with EMDR and therapeutic play as she helps children and their families gain some freedom from anxiety and behavioral issues that many times influence the whole family system. Roberto believes in taking a full family approach in her work with children as families come along side each other in the therapeutic process.


  • 2016, DNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Fairfield University
  • 2005, Dual Master's, MSN/MPH, Hunter College
  • 1999, BSN, Fairfield University

Research Interest(s)

  • Using trauma focused therapeutic play as an approach to overcome trauma symptoms on a path to resiliency & posttraumatic growth.
  • Utilizing an interprofessional holistic approach in helping people recover in working towards resiliency and post traumatic growth.
  • The influence that Spirituality has on resiliency and Posttraumatic Growth.
  • Community connections as an influential piece on resiliency and Posttraumatic Growth.

Community Engagement

Roberto has served her local community as the EMDRIA Regional Coordinator and member at large of the Trauma Recovery Network in Fairfield County, CT and plans to start a regional chapter in the New Hanover County Region.

Roberto also serves her local church in women’s ministry as she leads woman on a path towards recovery.

View Anka Roberto's Curriculum Vitae