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Cynthia Elverson

Cynthia Elverson


Associate Professor (Sioux Falls)

Office Building


Mailing Address

University Center-Nursing
2300 Career Ave Ste 260, Room 268
Sioux Falls, SD 57107


BSN, University of Missouri-Columbia, 1979 MS in Perinatal Clinical Nurse Specialist, University of California-San Francisco, 1986 Neonatal Nurse Practitioner certificate, SDSU, 1988 PhD, University of Nebraska Medical Center, 2006

Academic Interests/Expertise

My major area of expertise is quantitative research, including use of structured observational measurements such as those used to measure pediatric pain and behavior.

Academic Responsibilities

I teach undergraduate and graduate students in Sioux Falls and online.

Specialty Area

  • Perinatal and Neonatal


Mylant, MaryLou, PI, Elverson, Cynthia, Mennenga, Heidi, Arends, Robin, Hawkins-Taylor, Chamika, Bruns, Kristin, Co-Investigators, Implementation of Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment Education. Funding Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (2015, Year 1: $165,793, Year 2: 179,654, Year 3: 201,524).
Elverson, Cynthia, Project Director. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) New Careers in Nursing Scholarships. Funding Source: RWJF (2009-2010, $100,000; 2008-2009, $50,000). Elverson, Cynthia, Project Director. Leadership and Mentorship Activities for NCIN Scholarship recipients. Funding Source: RWJF (2009-2010, $1,500; 2008-2009, $1,000).

Professional Memberships

Association of Women's Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses
Midwest Nursing Research Society
Sigma Theta Tau International, Phi Chapter

Area(s) of Research

Elverson, C. A., & Samra, H. A. (2012). Overview of structure, process, and outcome indicators of quality in neonatal care. Newborn & Infant Nursing Reviews, 12(3), 154-161. doi:10.1053/j.nainr.2012.06.002
Elverson, C. A., Wilson, M. E., Hertzog, M. A., & French, J. A. (2012). Social regulation of the stress response in the transitional newborn: A pilot study. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 27, 214-224. doi:10.1016/j.pedn.2011.01.029 Elverson, C. A., & Wilson, M. E. (2005). Cortisol: Circadian rhythm and response to a stressor. Newborn and Infant Nursing Reviews, 5(4), 159-169.