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Cynthia A. Walters, DNP, MSN, RN

Assistant Clinical Professor/RN-BSN Program Coordinator
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.

Dr. Walters has a diverse nursing background that includes Forensic Nursing, Community Health Nursing, Occupational Health, and Holistic Nursing  Dr. Walters is currently a clinical leader in the undergraduate sophomore level and teaches Forensic Nursing courses in the Master's program which includes a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) course. She also integrates holistic health care modalities into the undergraduate curriculum

Dr. Walters enjoys teaching students in the clinical setting and uses her Forensic background to develop unique learning opportunities for her students. She has developed a partnership with the Allegheny County Jail, where her students provide health promotion programs to female inmates, and has worked with the Susan G. Komen Foundation to provide inmates with a "Walk for the Cure" in which they advocated for Breast Cancer Awareness by walking the track inside the jail and writing letters to legislators to improve access to cancer screenings for women.

Her current scholarship focuses on the development of safe sleep interventions for caregivers of infants in multiple housing projects located in the Pittsburgh area. She has 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 by providing them with the opportunity to attend monthly meetings with the Allegheny County Child Death Review Team.  She presented her work at the Cribs for Kids Second National Conference.

Dr. Walters received the American Cancer Society's "Community Impact Award" twice. She and her colleague, Dr. Yvonne Weideman, were also recognized for developing an advocacy program in which nursing students traveled to Harrisburg and urged legislators to pass the Clean Indoor Air Act and to enforce guidelines which expand the protocols for colo-rectal cancer screenings.

Dr. Walters is a member of the International Association of Forensic Nurses, the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association, the American Holistic Nursing Association, the Duquesne School of Nursing Alumni Association, and the Duquesne University Wellness Committee in which she helped to pioneer the "Wellness in Motion' program aimed to promote healthy lifestyles to university employees.



Research Interests

  • Nursing Education
  • Community Wellness and Safety
  • Domestic Violence
  • Homelessness
  • Incarceration
  • Community Health Disparities


Community Impact Award:  American Cancer Society 2007