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Cynthia Elverson

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Title Associate Professor (Sioux Falls)
Office Building Off-Campus
Room Number 268
Mailing Address South Dakota State University
College of Nursing
2300 N Career Ave, Ste 260
Sioux Falls, SD 57107

Specialty Area

  • Perinatal and Neonatal


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

Professional Memberships

Secretary Treasurer for SD Section AWHONN 2013-2014
President Phi Chapter Sigma Theta Tau 2011-2013

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 biomarkers such as salivary cortisol. I study stress, pain, and social regulation/attachment. I am most interested in infants, children and caregivers.

Academic Responsibilities

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

Area(s) of Research

Currently collecting data for a research study: Holding Infants Upright to Reduce Pain during Heel Puncture

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.


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).