Christina Cavinder

Christina Cavinder DNP, RN, CPNP-PC
Assistant Dean of Graduate Nursing Associate Professor of Nursing 219.548.7797 Promenade West, 102


Professor Cavinder teaches in the nursing graduate program. Her area of expertise is pediatrics especially newborns and infants. She has worked as a biology technician in a cellular biology research laboratory. She has also worked as a staff nurse in a newborn intensive care unit and a pediatric intensive care unit. As a nurse practitioner, she is currently employed in a newborn intensive care unit doing daily patient management and transports for critical infants. Her research is related to low stress environment in the newborn intensive care unit. She has worked in redesigning the NICU to provide circadian lighting and sound modification to decrease the premature infants’ stress expose that alters their DNA.  She is a member of NAPNAP, ANA, NANN, AWHONN, ANN, NLN, NONPF, AACN, and Sigma Theta Tau serving as president currently.

  • B.S. in Cellular Biology – Indiana University 1988
  • ASN – Indiana University 1991
  • MSN – Indiana University 1999
  • DNP – Valparaiso University
  • Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner – Primary Care
  • Certified Newborn Resuscitation Program Instructor
  • Certified Neonatal Pediatric Transport
  • Certified Registered Nurse for Neonatal Intensive Care