Alexandria Jones-Patten, PhD, RN Alexandria Jones-Patten, PhD, RN's Facebook Alexandria Jones-Patten, PhD, RN's LinkedIn Alexandria Jones-Patten, PhD, RN's Instagram Alexandria Jones-Patten, PhD, RN's Website Title: Registered Nurse; Writer Education: University of California Expertise: Mental health, cardiovascular disease, self-care Registered Nurse since 2017Lifetime studentFormer Track and Field athlete Experience Alexandria Jones-Patten is a registered nurse and health writer. She has worked in street medicine serving populations experiencing homelessness in Skid Row Los Angeles as well as in cardiovascular care in the hospital setting. Her research background includes substance use and mental health among populations experiencing homelessness, and cardiovascular disease among adults. More recently, she has published research in Clinical Nursing Research and Journal of Substance Use. I write on health topics with the goal of simplifying medical conditions into digestible chunks so readers can live longer, healthier lives. Education Alexandria received a PhD in nursing from the University of California, Irvine. She has also earned a master's degree in both nursing and business administration. She is working as a post-doctoral research fellow at Columbia University, focusing on cardiovascular disease research among minority populations. About Health Health, a Dotdash Meredith Brand, is an award-winning online resource for empathetic, trustworthy, and actionable health and wellness information so you can make the best choice for your health. We reach more than 9 million readers a month. We ensure the accuracy of our content by relying on seasoned health journalists, credentialed medical professionals and thorough fact checkers. Learn more about us and our editorial process.