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Cynthia Walters, DNP, AHN-BC, GAHN

Clinical Associate Professor
School of Nursing

Fisher Hall 550K
Phone: 412.396.1513


DNP, Nursing, Duquesne University, 2012
MSN, Nursing, Duquesne University, 2004
BSN, Nursing, Duquesne University, 2003

Dr. Cynthia Walters joined Duquesne University School of Nursing as a part-time clinical instructor in 2004 and became a full time faculty member in 2008. Dr. Walters earned her Master's Degree in Forensic Nursing and her Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) from Duquesne University. In 2022 Dr. Walters accepted a position as Board Member At-Large for the Global Academy of Holistic Nursing (GAHN); she was indicuted as a GAHN Scholar in 2021.

Dr. Walters has a diverse nursing background including Holistic Nursing, Forensic Nursing, Community Health Nursing and Occupational Health. She is board certified through the American Holistic Nursing Association as an Advanced Holistic Nurse and integrates holistic health care modalities and cultural applications into the undergraduate curriculum.

Her scholarship focuses on holistic nursing, community engagement, self-care and wellness. She developed safe sleep interventions for caregivers of infants in multiple housing projects located in the Pittsburgh area. She formed a partnership with the Allegheny County Housing Authority and Sudden Infant Death Services of PA to help educate individuals and communities about SIDS. She has developed an interactive, on-line SIDS training module for nursing students and has promoted SIDS awareness to students. She presented her work at the Cribs for Kids Second National Conference and along with a colleague; she won the Duquesne University Creative Teaching award for implementing SIDS into a web-based teaching module, "The Virtual Clinic".

Dr. Walters is a member of the American Holistic Nursing Association, International Association of Forensic Nurses, the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association and the Duquesne School of Nursing Alumni Association.

  • Holistic nursing and integrative therapies
  • EPB/quality improvement
  • Community health
  • Nursing self-care

Research Interests

  • Holistic Nursing
  • Cultural Issues in Healthcare
  • Self-Care and Wellness
  • Community Health and Wellness


Zoucha, R., Walters, C., Colbert, A., Carlins, C., Smith, E. (2014). Exploring Safe Sleep and SIDS Risk Perception in an African American Community: A Focused Ethnography. Public Health Nursing (under review).

Walters, C., Weideman, Y. (2014). The Virtual SIDS Module: A Unique Strategy to Teaching Nursing Students about Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Journal of Nursing Education (under review).

Lear, C., Walters, C. (2014). Use of Electronic Nurse Reminders to Improve Documentation: A Process Improvement for a Comprehensive Stroke Center. Computers, Informatics, Nursing (under review).

Walters, C., Colbert, A., Zoucha, R. Carlins, E., Smith, E., (2014). Safe & Sound: Effectives of an Evidence Based Intervention to Reduce Risk of SIDS in a High-Risk Population (under review)

Grants Awarded:

Duquesne University Community Engagement Pathways Grant
Role: Co-Investigator
Project: Expand Community Engagement activities and coursework within the School of Nursing
Dates: 2016-present

SIDS of PA and Birmingham Foundation
Role: Co-Investigator
Project: Exploring Safe Sleep and SIDS Risk Perception in a High-Risk Community
Dates: April 2011-March 2012