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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

Professional Memberships

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

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.

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.

Academic Responsibilities

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


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).

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