Cynthia A. Russell


Dean, Professor

PhD, Psychiatric Nursing, Rush University, Chicago, IL

MS, Adult Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI
BS, With Distinction, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI


Courses Taught

Graduate (Prior to HFU):
Theoretical and Professional Foundations of Nursing; Advanced Nursing Issues and Role; Nursing Research; Advanced Psychiatric Mental Health: Nursing I & II;
Tertiary Prevention in Health Care; Ethical, Legal and Spiritual Dimensions of Health Care; Primary Care in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing; Tertiary Care in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing; Loss and Grief: Theory and Intervention; Integrative Medicine:A Global Perspective

Undergraduate (Prior to HFU):

Nursing Research; Trends and Issues in Nursing; Ethical Decision Making in Health Care; Community Mental Health Nursing; Secondary Prevention in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing; Tertiary Prevention in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing; the Human Experience (Freshman Core); Integrative Medicine: A Global Perspective; Loss and Grief: Theory and Intervention; Professional Role in Nursing; Interpersonal Skills in Therapeutic Relationships; Family Assessment


Teaching Focus/Philosophy

As an educator, I think that you cannot separate teaching and learning. The best educators embrace the subject matter at hand with an eye on how best to share their knowledge and the critical questions/thinking of the discipline with those aspiring to learn the content. This is not a simple process, but I believe the ultimate compliment is when the learners teach the teacher.

Recent Presentations/Publications

Mauk, K., Russell, C., & Schmidt, N. (2004). Planning, implementing and evaluating spiritual care. In K. Mauk & N. Schmidt (Eds.), Spiritual care in nursing practice. Philadelphia: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins.

Mauk, K., Russell, C., & Birge, J. (2003). Congregational Health: How to make your congregation a health-aware community. Roscoe, IL: Hilton Publishing.

Russell, C. (2002). Health care & spirituality: Professional perspectives, A nurse speaks. In R.B. Gilbert (Ed.), Health care & spirituality: Listening, assessing & caring. Baywood Publishing.

Alverson, E., Kessler, T., & Russell, C. (2000). Development of a nursing center using a collaborative model. Nursing Leadership Forum.

Pepa, C., & Russell, C. (2000). Introducing complementary/alternative strategies in a baccalaureate curriculum. Nursing and Health Care Perspectives, 21, p.127-29.

Russell, C.A., Alverson, E.M., & Kessler, T.A. (2000). Health concerns and learning styles of underserved clients at a nurse managed center. Proceedings of the 24th Annual Midwest Nursing Research Conference. [Abstract]. (p.57). Glenview, IL.

Kessler, T.A., Alverson, E.M., & Russell, C.A. (1999). Addressing community health through a collaborative model. Proceedings of the Sigma Theta Tau International 35th Biennial Convention, [Abstract]. (p.42). San Diego, CA.

Russell, C., & Pepa, C. (1998). The relationship between reduced clinical hours and critical thinking skills: A preliminary study. Nurse Educator, 23, p.7, 15.

Pepa, C.A., & Russell, C.A. (1996). The effects of reduced clinical hours on critical thinking skills: A pilot study. Proceedings of the 20th Annual Midwest Nursing Research Conference. [Abstract]. (p.119). Glenview, IL.

Easton, K., & Russell, C. (1995). The Northwest Indiana Research Consortium: Expanding the foundation of nursing practice. The Nursing Spectrum, 8 (20), p.4.

Farran, C.J., Monbrod-Framburg, G., & Russell, C. (1992). Loss, mourning, and suffering: The "ongoing funeral" of dementia. In A.H. Katz, H.L. Hedricks, D.H. Isenberg, L.M. Thompson, T. Goodrich, & A.H. Kutshcer (Eds.), Self help: Concepts and application (pp.186-195). Philadelphia: Charles Press.

Russell, C.A. (1992). Metropolitan versus nonmetropolitan caregivers of persons with dementia. Proceedings of the 1992 Gerontological Society of America, [Abstract]. (p.308). Washington, D.C.

Russell, C.A., Farran, C.J., & Keane-Haggerty, E. (1992). Metropolitan versus nonmetropolitan caregivers of persons with dementia. Proceedings of the 1992 Midwest Nursing Research Society, [Abstract]. p. 51, Chicago, Illinois.

Keane-Haggerty, E., Farran, C.J., Russell, C.A., & Kinsman, J. (1989). Characteristics of dementia patient caregivers who attended education support groups. Proceedings of the 1989 Gerontological Society of America, [Abstract]. (p.51A). Minneapolis, MN.

Russell, C.A. (1988). Group intervention for caregivers of dementia patients: A cognitive focus. Proceedings of the 1988 Gerontological Society of America, [Abstract]. (p. 209A). San Francisco, CA.

Awards and Honors

Fellow, American Academy of Nursing, Washington, DC, 2014

  • Wall of Success Award, Sun Prairie High School, Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, 2002
  • Caterpillar Award for Excellence in Teaching Nominee, Valparaiso University, 1999 & 2000
  • Co-recipient of Collaborative Teaching/Learning Grant, Valparaiso University, 1999 & 1998
  • Co-recipient of Indiana Campus Compact Travel Scholarship, Valparaiso University, 1998
  • Co-recipient Expense Grant, Clinical Decision Making Skills in Two Groups of Baccalaureate Students, Valparaiso University, 1997
  • Co-recipient of a Knight Foundation Summer Course Development Grant, Valparaiso University, 1995
  • Kellogg Scholarship Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement, Rush University, 1990
  • Recipient of Predoctoral Fellowship Award, National Center for Nursing Research, 1989-1991
  • Co-recipient of the O.P. Kretzmann Memorial Faculty Grant, Wheat Ridge Foundation, Valparaiso University, 1989-1990
  • Recipient of the Young Careerist Award, District 1 and Valparaiso Business and Professional Women's Club, Valparaiso, Indiana, 1989-1990
  • Valparaiso University Alumni Association Faculty Fellowship Award, 1988
  • Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing
  • Sigma Xi Scientific Honor Society
Additional Info

Prepared as a clinical nurse specialist in psychiatric mental health nursing, Dr. Russell's clinical interests focus on families specializing in working with caregivers of persons with dementia. In addition, she ascribes to the principles of positive psychology and the promotion of health and wellness. Certified by the International Coaching Federation, Dr. Russell specializes in lifestyle management to create healthy habits and steps toward wellness. She is working on the second edition of her co-authored book that brings a health awareness focus into congregations. Dr. Russell serves as an on-site evaluator with the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Cynthia A. Russell
Office: NEB 115
Phone: 267-341-3292