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Cynthia Elverson

Cynthia Elverson


Associate Professor and Interim Assistant Dean (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. Maternal-child and pediatric populations are my interest areas, especially health promotion and reduction of disparities.

Academic Responsibilities

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

Awards and Honors

2020 SDSU College of Nursing Outstanding Researcher/Scholar
2019 SDSU College of Nursing Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching, Research, and Leadership


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

Applications of Research

Carotta, C., Born, S., Elverson, C., Hauck, A., & Hillerud, K. (2021). With-in child protective factors among rural Head Start children. Early Childhood Education Journal. Advance online publication.

Cordell (Draisey), A., & Elverson, C. A. (2020). Interventions to improve breastfeeding outcomes from six weeks to six months: A systematic review. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 43(6), 583-596.

Arends, R., Elverson, C. A., Keefner, T. P., & Mylant, M. (2020). Screening brief intervention and referral to treatment (SBIRT) training for family nurse practitioner students. Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, 33(5), 375-382. https://doi:10.1097/JXX.0000000000000423

Letcher, D., Massey, A., Nelson, M., & Elverson, C. A. (2020). Creating a Culture of Caring: A Shared Academic-Practice Clinical Curriculum. Nurse Educator, 45, 269-272.

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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