Paula Gravitt, NP - Pediatric Mental Health at CHKD

"I am honored to be working with CHKD and I am proud to be able to educate others and to be among those working to end the stigma of mental health. I am excited to be working with an organization that is 100% dedicated to the health and well-being of children. CHKD has recognized the mental health crisis among today’s youth, and is doing something about it by expanding the mental health team and providing better access and availability of services. I am honored to be a part of that expansion and excited to help it grow."

Paula Gravitt, PMHNP

(757) 668-4673 (HOPE)

College: Bon Secours Memorial College of Nursing 

Graduate School: Virginia Commonwealth University


Paula Gravitt grew up in Tazewell, Va., a small town in the Appalachian Mountains. She moved to Richmond after high school and worked in retail pharmacy and food industry before getting married and having two children.

She learned American Sign Language at a community college, where she received an associate degree, and then enrolled in Bon Secours Memorial College of Nursing. Her first job out of college was as a nurse in an inpatient pediatric psychiatric hospital. The experience led her back to school to become a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner.

Gravitt and her husband and their two teenage children and two dogs recently moved to Chesapeake from Richmond. Gravitt enjoys reading, crafting, swimming, being outside, and spending time with friends and family.

Clinical Interests
  • Parent-child communication
  • Patient and family education
  • Diagnoses and treatment of ADD/ADHD
  • Early intervention
  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Collaborative treatment
  • Psychotherapeutic modalities and medication management
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
Professional Membership(s)
  • American Association of Nurse Practitioners
  • American Psychiatric Nurses Association
  • American Nurse Association