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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 278
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


Born, S. L., Co-Principal, Carotta, C. L. Co-Principal, Elverson, C. A. Supporting. South Dakota Early Childhood Mental Health Collaborative. Funding Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration-Federal (October 1, 2018-September 30, 2023: $2,127,544). Southeastern Behavioral Healthcare is the primary recipient and SDSU has a subaward. I co-wrote evaluation content in the grant and serve as evaluator for 20% effort.

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). I served as evaluator for 15% effort.

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

Letcher, D., Massey, M., Nelson, M., & Elverson, C. A. (2019). Creating a Culture of Caring: A shared academic-practice clinical curriculum. Nurse Educator. Advance online publication. https://doi: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000735

Elverson, C. A., & Klawiter, R. (2019). Using guided reflection to link cultural and service learning in a study abroad course. Journal of Professional Nursing 35(3), 181-186.

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.


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