Dr. Richards studied Nursing at the University of Oklahoma and graduated with her BSN, followed by her MSN at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. After joining Rogers State University in 2011, Dr. Richards obtained her PhD from Oklahoma City University. She has published research articles in nursing education on the topics of teaching mental health, pet therapy, and human simulation in mental health. She currently teaches online, RN2BSN students. As a recipient of the Bernsen Endowed Professorship, Dr. Richards also provides cultural diversity and competency instruction to both RSU students and nursing faculty. She is married to James, the mother to three, the grandmother to seven and keeper of elderly horses and dogs.